Primus and the Chocolate Factory Sweeten Oakland’s Fox Theater

A newly reformed Primus, with original 1990s line-up of Les, Ler and Herb, played another New Year's Eve show, this time tackling tunes from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Les as Willie Wonka in Primus and the Chocolate Factory on New Year's Eve at the Fox Theater in Oakland.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory, at the Fox Theater in Oakland on New Year's Eve, 2013.
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A few Oompa Loompas made the trip for the show.
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But first, the group opened with a set of mostly old tunes, welcoming back drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander.
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Alexander was incredible, delighting old-school fans who got to see the group's 1990s line-up back together again.
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Les Claypool was in top form as always.
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Larry "Ler" LaLonde was also hitting it out of the park.
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The first set started with old tunes: John the Fisherman (with Rush's "YYZ" intro as first heard on Suck on This), Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers and Groundhog's Day.
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Newer songs played in the first set from the last Primus album Green Naugahyde included Lee Van Cleef, and Jilly's on Smack.
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It was great to see the old team back together again, rocking like no time had passed at all.
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Here's a copy of the first set-list. Les Claypool draws a picture on most of the set lists for each show.
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After a thirty minute break, the curtain was peeled back to reveal an elaborate set, with a video playing talking about the value of the original Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film.
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After the video played, the lights came up and showed an incredible set staged with giant candy, mushrooms and two new musicians.
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Colonel Claypool played his stand-up electric bass for much of the Willy Wonka set.
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Mike Dillon joined for the Wonka set, a regular Claypool collaborator.
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Ler backlit by a giant video screen showing scenes from the film.
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Saxophonist Skerik also joined for the Primus and the Chocolate Factory set.
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Tim "Herb" Alexander had an massive drum set for the second set, with all kinds of cool looking and sounding additions to a regular kit.
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After the show, Claypool said he thought this set would have been an easy thing to put together. But, once he started tackling it, it ended up being a lot of work because he wanted to do a good job on it. Mission accomplished!
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film. It was amazing.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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Primus and the Chocolate Factory played for an hour leading up to the midnight countdown on New Year's Eve. They put together thirteen songs inspired by the original Willie Wonka film.
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At the end of the Primus and the Chocolate Factory set, a ten-second countdown rang in 2014.
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Tour Manager extraordinaire Brad Sands wishes the Colonel a happy new year.
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After many years of ringing in the new year together, and then many more not doing it, Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander have a chat while people around the room hug and kiss each other.
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Now that it was 2014, back to some old Primus tunes, with Here Come the Bastards, Southbound Pachyderm and Harold of the Rocks closing out the second set.
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Ler and Skerik
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Mike and Les
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A few years ago, Primus said they may quit the playing New Year's Eve, after two decades of doing it. Since then they've reconsidered and have said they'll keep doing it as long as they can.
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Theresa Hughes lead a team of people who created the amazing props for the show. On facebook she thanked David Farish, Egglet Eggleston, Mica Jennings, Kathleen Vogt and Meredith Johnson for their help.
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View from the side of the stage.
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Drum Tech / Equipment Manager Tim Solyan watches from the side of the stage. Solyan put together the two drum kits for the night, with a total of 49 different drum inputs!
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Another look at the awesome stage props.
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Nice work guys! Another Primus NYE show in the books. Hopefully they'll take the Chocolate Factory on the road to share with all.
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Ziggy the Wine Gal
Here's a look at the second set's set-list, courtesy Ziggy the Wine Gal.
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Fox Theater's marquee for NYE.
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A pair of passes for the night.
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Golden Ticket winners backstage after the show.
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Before the show, the merch line was massive, filling the entire lobby.
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Limited Edition posters by Zoltron and NYE t-shirts sold out quickly.
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Specialty candy bars with names like: Bastard Bar, Professor Nutbutter and Mr. Krinkle, were available for sale, as well as a Primus bar. (Look where the long nose is pointed to see the bars.)
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Here's a better look at the custom candy bars, courtesy Primus' facebook page.
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Claypool Cellars wine was available for sale at the show.
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After the show, this guy was skipping champagne for the fancy red juice. Good to the last drop!
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After the show in Oakland, there was still time to make it over to The Armory in SF for New Bohemia, where Extra Action was still playing on the 4th Floor at 3 a.m.
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