Primus @ the Great American Music Hall (7/18/10)

It’s been years since I’ve found myself in the middle of a mosh pit, but that’s what happened last night at the sold out Great American Music Hall for a ‘warm-up’ show with Les Claypool’s Primus. And I’m almost ashamed to admit this, but I haven’t made the time to see arguably one of the most talented bassists of all time before last night since the 1993 Lollapalooza tour. That’s especially shameful since Bay Area local, Claypool, typically puts on an annual New Years Eve show at either the Fillmore or Great American.

As I walked into the show around 8:45 – thinking that Primus wouldn’t hit the stage until around 9 or 9:30 – I recognized that my assumption was wrong and found out that the band was already well into their first set. But luckily, that meant there’d be at least 2 sets! I also recognized that this was probably one of the most, if not *the* most crowded Great American Music Hall concerts I’ve ever been to. I had to elbow my way through the crowd just to get through the LOBBY and into the main floor. Shortly after I found a decent spot, Les and co. launched into a classic, and one of my favorites, ‘Jerry was a Race Car Driver’ to end the first set. The band took a 30 minute break, and it seemed like a decent number of people left – maybe thinking that the first set was going to be all the band was going to play?!?

Here’s ‘Jerry was a Race Car Driver’ shot by Youtube user, AngryDadRocks:

By the way, GAMH security was in full effect last night and forced people to check their cameras at the door (mine included), so thanks to AngryDadRocks for getting his snuck in successfully!

All I can say is that Claypool is a bass-god and the crowd treated him as such. What a great show and I’ve learned from my lessons, when Primus comes to your town, be first in line to get a ticket!

Primus Setlist Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, USA 2010

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