The first thing Primus fans need to know about the bands new 3-D-enhanced tour coming Sunday to Wichitas Cotillion is that there will be no holograms.
Tupac will not be in the building, said Primus leader Les Claypool, referencing the deceased rappers surprise hologram appearance at the California Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival this summer. I dont even know who we would put up there. Jerry Garcia?
Claypool said the idea to do a 3-D tour came after seeing what a friend was doing with effects after buying some items from Industrial Light and Magics model shop.
I would go by and see these things he was doing, and it was unbelievable, he said. I said, Lets try it out. Its amazing when I look out into the audience and see them staring at me with these glasses on.
The 3-D concert is the first of its kind for the Cotillion, the venues owner, Richard Leslie, said.
Claypool said he wanted to try something that would take the show over the top.
Usually you have to go to an IMAX or a movie theater and see Prometheus to see all these different things, he said.
Claypool said the experience with Primus tour is more psychedelic, involving things hes reluctant to describe except to say that its lots of textures, tunnels, moving landscapes of light.
We had to put up a disclaimer that people who are sensitive to motion sickness try not to vomit on their neighbors, he said. So far, so good.
Fans can watch the concert wearing glasses, which will be distributed for free.
Its pretty cool, Claypool said. The joke is were bringing acid rock back to the masses.
As part of the 3-D tour, Claypool said fans can continue to expect different sets from show to show.
For this tour, were digging into older, deeper cuts we havent played in a long time or ever on stage, he said. Folks are getting some surprise deep nuggets.
The latest from Primus is last years Green Naugahyde, the bands first studio album since Antipop in 1999.
Claypool said Green Naugahyde was an opportunity to utilize much of the vintage recording gear hed been wanting to use. He said that gave the album a more organic feel.
Its the first album weve done in many years that captures the spontaneity of three guys getting together, throwing pasta at the wall musically and seeing if it sticks, he said.
Contributing: Lori OToole Buselt of The Eagle