The first thing Primus fans need to know about the band’s new 3-D-enhanced tour coming Sunday to Wichita’s Cotillion is that there will be no holograms.
“Tupac will not be in the building,” said Primus leader Les Claypool, referencing the deceased rapper’s surprise hologram appearance at the California Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival this summer. “I don’t 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 Magic’s model shop.
“I would go by and see these things he was doing, and it was unbelievable,” he said. “I said, ‘Let’s try it out.’ It’s amazing when I look out into the audience and see them staring at me with these glasses on.”
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The 3-D concert is the first of its kind for the Cotillion, the venue’s 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 he’s reluctant to describe except to say that it’s “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.
It’s pretty cool, Claypool said. “The joke is we’re 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, we’re digging into older, deeper cuts we haven’t played in a long time or ever on stage,” he said. “Folks are getting some surprise deep nuggets.”
The latest from Primus is last year’s “Green Naugahyde,” the band’s first studio album since “Antipop” in 1999.
Claypool said “Green Naugahyde” was an opportunity to utilize much of the vintage recording gear he’d been wanting to use. He said that gave the album a more organic feel.
“It’s the first album we’ve 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 O’Toole Buselt of The Eagle