LIVE: The Claypool Lennon Delirium

New supergroup the Claypool Lennon Delirium brought their unique brand of psych-prog to the Observatory North Park on Aug. 3.

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A new supergroup of sorts, the Claypool Lennon Delirium took over the Observatory North Park on Aug. 3.
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The group is a collision of two worlds: Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Sean Lennon (pictured) and legendary bassist/vocalist Les Claypool (from Primus and Oysterhead).
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The show was understandably sold out, and fans ate up the madness that ensued.
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The band just released their debut album together, “Monolith of Phobos.”
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The collaboration between the two took place after Lennon spontaneously sat in on some impromptu jams with Claypool’s band Primus, while they were recording their “Southbound Pachyderm” album.
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Afterward, Claypool asked Lennon about working together on a recording project.
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Claypool has stated: “I don’t like sitting around, so when Sean said he didn’t have plans for the next year, we started kicking around the notion of making an old-school, psychedelic/prog record.”
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“Next thing I know, he’s staying in my guesthouse, drinking my vino and banging on my drums,” Claypool said.
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The two wrote and recorded 10 songs that appear on the record over the course of six weeks.
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Lennon, usually a guitarist in his projects, also helmed the drums for the sessions.
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During their Aug. 3 show, the band performed a 13-song setlist and a one-song encore.
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The set began with a King Crimson cover, “Thela Hun Ginjeet,” which led to “Cricket and the Genie (Movement 1, The Delirium)” and “Cricket and the Genie (Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket.”
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The band followed with: “Breath of a Saleman,” “The Monolith of Phobos,” “Up on the Roof” (a Les Claypool Frog Bridage cover) and “Boomerang Baby.”
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They then played another King Crimson cover, “In the Court of the Crimson King,” followed by “Mr. Wright” and “Bubbles Burst.”
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The group plowed through a spirited take on “Astronomy Domine,” a Pink Floyd cover.
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“Captain Lariat” followed that, along with “Tomorrow Never Knows” (the famed Beatles song) to end the set.
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For their encore, they performed “Southbound Pachyderm” – the title song of the aforementioned Primus album.
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