Primus at Fox PAC in Riverside 11/23/2014

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Primus at Fox PAC in Riverside 11/23/2014

I first saw Primus in the 90s as a youngster, and as a fan I know they won’t disappoint.  The great thing about Primus though is how they continue to incorporate new elements into their style.  They really outdid themselves in their translation of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory into musical performance.  Primus and the Chocolate Factory is phenomenal for fans new and old.

The venue provided a classic theatre style scene, with full seating and unobstructed views surrounded by beautiful architecture.  It really set the stage for a kickass Wonka-infused Primus show.  The photo shooting policy and options was more challenging but Dan was able to get some great shots

Marquee Riverside Fox PAC

Marquee Riverside Fox PAC

The merch area offered fans an opportunity to pick up a variety of items, including a poster by renowned artist Mario Martinez. Attendees also had the chance to pick up autographed posters, with proceeds going to cancer research.  Check out some of the amazing artists they have conspired with here.

The first part of the show was all Primus, as they played to fans of their music.  Full of great montage and solo jams, Les, Larry, and Tim had the crowd wriggling and jumping.  It was fantastic to see Tim after his health scare this year and even better to say that his drumming suffered not one iota.  Les let everyone know that Larry was a Riverside native.  We are much happier with his strumming for Primus rather than purveyor of Ler’s Fancy Franks.

Tim Alexander of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Tim Alexander of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Les Claypool of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Les Claypool of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus and the Chocolate Factory

The second half of the show was preceded by an intermission.  Upon completion of intermission the curtain raised to reveal a Wonka wonderland complete with mushrooms, candy and colors.  The big screen kept time with a multidimensional interpretation of the original Wonka film as Primus drew the crown through the Dahlian wonder of an otherworld candy paradise.

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

The band’s love of the movie was evident in the show, and its combination with the band’s wonderful sound was loved by the crowd.  Original footage combined with the psychedelic camera work which was often beat driven was inspired.  I will never tire of the ease with which Primus unleashes their art into an auditorium.  Primus and the Chocolate Factory fans have a couple of more dates to look forward to.  If you are anywhere near the upcoming venues/shows and have a chance to attend, you’d be a special kind of fool not to take the opportunity.

Special thanks for allowing Music Icon News access to photograph Primus at the fantastic Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center.

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