Concert review: GOASTT, Dinosaur Jr., & Primus (August 1, 2015 @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, Columbus OH)
Bass player extraordinaire Les Claypool brought his band Primus to Columbus’ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Saturday, August 1, supported by Sean Lennon’s Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and Dinosaur Jr. Lennon’s outfit was the first to take the stage.
There was an enthusiastic older crowd that showed up to seen the late John Lennon’s son in action, and GOASTT did not disappoint. I had viewed a couple of videos on YouTube earlier in the day to get a feel for the music, and I was not impressed, but in concert they sound much better. Their set was a short thirty minutes and intrigued me enough to investigate the band and their album Midnight Sun further this coming week when I find some extra time (I know I put that extra time around here somewhere).
Next up was Dinosaur Jr., who got the crowd amped up with a powerful ten-song set, including “Watch the Corners,” “Freak Scene,” and their cover of the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.”
The moshing began about halfway through Dinosaur Jr.’s set. I was only stepped on three times. The band finished their set with “Budge” from the Bug album. I went to the show to see Primus, but I definitely left a Dinosaur Jr. fan.
At 9:15, the headliner took the stage to a thunderous reception.
The moshpits and crowdsurfing were in full force (I stood my ground center stage about ten rows back, my feet never leaving the ground). Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander, rocked hard for a solid ninety minutes. There were no wardrobe changes, though Claypool did don a couple of masks during the performance.
The group galloped through sixteen songs total, including “Fisticuffs,” “Frizzle Fry,” “Mr. Krinkle,” “Lee Van Cleef” (my personal favorite), and of course, “My Name Is Mud” and “Jerry was a Race Car Driver.” They wrapped up with “Too Many Puppies” and “Groundhog’s Day” for an encore. Surprisingly, they neglected their most recent album, Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble as well as their highest-charting mainstream hit from the mid-1990s. Regardless, it was a great show, and not a single fan left unhappy.
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