The Claypool Lennon Delirium + Deen Ween Group 4/18/16, Portchester, NY

Dates: April 18, 2016

Location: Capitol Theatre, Portchester NY

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The Upshot: With Dr. Ween on hand as well, Dr. Claypool brought an uncommon new level of cool to John Lennon’s kid.

TEXT & PHOTOS BY GREG KELLY

The crowd at the Capitol Theatre was in for a treat, and the night got started with the Dean Ween Group (below), which was billed as a special opening act for the last two nights of the tour. Ween went through a great set list, playing the Grateful Dead’s “Stella Blue” as well as some killer Ween tracks which really set the tone for the evening. The Dean Ween Group is a force to be reckoned with—a unique part in their show was when Les Claypool came out and played “The Mollusk” with them. A rock and roll connection that echoed through the walls of the Capitol.

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The Claypool Lennon Delirium next opened their part of the show with “There is no Underwear in Space.” Never having seen Sean Lennon before this night, I have a whole new respect. Together the collaboration between the artists added a whole new dimension, as both are very talented and have their own styles. Playing a good part of the new album The Monolith of Phobos, the band had a grip on the audience, with a sometimes psychedelic/sometimes jam-like sound. Lennon demonstrated great guitar interplay with Claypool’s bass, and you would think these rockers have played together much longer than they have.

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Towards the end of the show the band played an incredible cover of Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine” as well as a very impressive version of the Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Closing the night, Dean Ween was invited on stage to join in on an eighteen-minute-long Primus classic, “Southbound Pachyderm.” This band made people feel good, Claypool and Lennon joining a long list of performers who have appeared on the stage of the legendary Capitol Theatre.

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