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Live and Local: Primus and the Chocolate Factory at the Majestic Theatre


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Art met psychedelia as Primus arrived at the Majestic Theatre to support their eighth album Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble. The classic lineup of expert bassist Les Claypool, underrated guitarist Larry Lalonde and ecstatic drummer Tim Alexander is back for their latest Dahl-inspired album. With imagery to match the '71 film adaptation, the concert had shown an outstanding balance of art and impeccable musicianship.

[Related: 26 Twisted Photos of Primus and the Chocolate Factory]

The first set featured several of their hits with few new songs. Hits such as “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” and “Jerry was a Race Car Driver” were fan favorites to get the crowd excited. Les Claypool showed amazing musicianship to the point where his complex bass-slapping seemed effortless. Guitarist Larry Lalonde showcased his abilities and experiments with the psychedelic to create a trippy show to remember. Drummer Tim Alexander proved his drumming expertise as he soloed while Claypool changed basses.

The second set purely focused on the Chocolate Factory. Miles of subliminal and unimaginable sights with a variety of colors to show off the visuals of the movie. Clips of the movie appeared behind the band as people dressed in fantastic Oompa Loompa heads. The overall imagery throws the audience in the wonderful world of the Chocolate Factory and chews you with psychedelic promises and spits you out with a “What did I just see?” mentality.

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