I do not know very much Primus music at all. I listened so some of their newest album, Green Naugahyde, with Matt when it first came out, but all and all its always seemed a bit to...heavy...for me. Fine, but not exactly my cup of tea. But when they announced a show in Billings--a show with 3D effects--I didn't really hesitate to support the music scene with my ticket purchase. And really, a 3D show?! What was THAT going to be all about?!
It was, apparently, a show that attracted all kinds. I think that is a good thing. And a sign of good music. I hardly saw anyone I knew inside the venue though I did see a good number of my friends on the way out. A very diverse crowd though I will say. Not as many older folks as at a Dead show though.
But by the second set I felt compelled to let loose a holler in my excitement and pleasure. I think musicians that makes me feel like giving a yell are successfully reaching my joy center. Lots of music is good. Not just anything can me me hoot and holler.
To add to the weirdest-concert-ever category I should mention that at set break they played black and white Popeye cartoons!
It also was pretty amusing to see the whole crowd dancing with 3D glasses on.
The 3D effects seemed to all be themed to the song--elephants during Southbound Pachyderm, waterfalls during Over the Falls and so on. Over the Falls was probably my favorite of the night--at least of the songs I was able to describe well enough to Matt so he could teach me the titles to. I included their video for it below. Its a song about people trying to go over Niagara Falls.
He told a funny story about eating out a a hamburger joint before the show and then going into a pawn show where the people working knew he'd just eaten burgers because there were already photos of him going up online. He said that Billings must be pretty hard up for music if people are taking pictures of him while he's eating a burger. He has a strange, clipped little accent that makes all his stories both hard to follow and all that much more amusing if you do manage to follow it.
Made my ticket for such a weird and wonderful show a real bargain. I hope they come back again sometime.