Primus and Mastodon played the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA July 5th. This intense co-headline tour started on May 6th at Red Rocks Amphitheater in CO and ended July 7th in Phoenix, AZ at the Comerica Theater. Primus was the closer for the Greek. Mastodon hit the stage at 7:45 while there was still light out. As a photographer this was very helpful as Mastodon shows are usually dark and colored light. I’ve seen Mastodon in both outdoor and indoor venues and this was a great venue to see them at. For Primus outdoors is always a great setting.
For the 18 years Mastodon has been together it has been Troy Sanders (Bass/Vocals), Bill Kelliher (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Brent Hinds (Lead Guitar/ Vocals/) and Brann Dailor (Drums/Vocals). After 5 Grammy nominations, Mastodon won their first Grammy earlier this year for Best Metal Performance. Mastodon performed 17 songs including “Crystal Skull,” “Megalodon,” “Show Yourself,” “Mother Puncher,” and “Steambreather.” I’ve seen Mastodon performances ranging from the Jimmy Kimmel outdoor stage to venues between 1,000-5,000 and festival crowds of 30,000+ and they are a must-see band. One of my favorite parts is when Hinds, Dailor, and Sanders trade off vocals on top of their enormous sound.
Primus took the stage at 9:30 P.M. Primus is the type of band that you can’t place with one genre of music and I would say have their own unique sound. Also, how many bands have a bass player that can start a mosh pit. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of Primus’s debut album “Suck On This,” which consisted of the bands current lineup Les Claypool (Bass/Vocals) Larry “Ler” LaLonde (Guitar), and Tim “Herb” Alexander (Drums). After a 3-year hiatus with the band, Alexander announced his return (2013), but then suffered a heart attack and went open heart surgery in 2014 then returned as a permanent member again 3 months later. Primus has a unique sound as a band, but individually all 3 members have influenced many musicians and have their own style of playing unrivaled. Primus’s set was broken into three parts starting with 5 songs including fan favorite “Too Many Puppies.” Set two was their latest release “The Desaturating Seven.” Set three started with a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Intruder,” but included 3 special guests Brann Dailor and Troy Sanders of Mastodon and Tool’s Danny Carey who filled in for Alexander on a few shows in 2014. Primus continued with “Welcome to the World,” “My Name Is Mud,” and “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver.” Primus closed the show with “Tommy the Cat.”