Colonel Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade

by Russell Solomon.

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, USA. February 24, 2001.

Colonel Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade rocked the house (or should I say Contemporary Arts Center)! They started with "Thela Hun Ginjeet" by King Crimson, and then they did some cover of the Beatles' tunes, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (which was subsituted "Colonel Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade!") and "A Little Help from My Friends". They did the Sausage tunes "Shattering Song" and "Girls For Single Men", the Holy Mackarel tunes "Hendershot" and Calling Kyle" (on electric upright with the bow!) and the Primus classic "Harold of The Rocks".

At one point Les whipped out this weird one string electric upright bass thingy and beat the shit out of it with a drum stick. It looked custom built and had a hinged pull lever at the top that would stretch the string out and fuck shit up! It was fucking awesome! It jammed hard! Also, I think Les was talking to me... because he was looking right at me and he said "Now Eenor is going to Mess with YOUR mind!" It was so surreal... as if the whole place went away and it was just Les talking to me. Well anyway... awesome show!

I am not sure what the last song they played was but it was a really long awesome jam. They were joined by members of Galactic (the headling act) It was amazing and Les set his bass on delay so that it kept playing a line even when he walked off stage. The band jammed along for awhile until they all walked off stage at different points. Finally it was down to the two drummers: Jay Lane and the drummer of Galactic. They just jammed and traded solos to the delayed bass until the two got off stage and all that was left was the eerie bass delay, which eventually faded away.

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