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.
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.
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.