Photos From The AMP’s Primus Concert
The Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers played host to Primus and Mastadon who are on their 2018 Tour. After playing in NW Arkansas, they make stops in Birmingham, Nashville, Atlanta, Portsmouth, Charlotte and Raleigh. A Northeast swing features stops in Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland including a performance at Ford Amphitheater @ Coney Island Boardwalk on June 3.
Primus is an American rock band currently composed of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander. The trio’s alt/punk/avant-garde/psychedelic/country sound – along with Claypool’s surreal, fever-dream lyrics – resulted in some of rock’s unlikeliest hits, including “Tommy the Cat,” “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” and “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.”
What started as an underground phenomenon in San Francisco, the band’s following grew rapidly. Albums such as Sailing the Seas of Cheese (1991), Pork Soda (1993) and Tales from the Punch Bowl (1995) all went gold and or platinum, and Primus toured with some of rock’s biggest names—U2, Jane’s Addiction, Public Enemy, Rush—and headlined the third Lollapalooza festival.
Mastodon is an American heavy metal band that consists of vocalist and bass guitarist Troy Sander, vocalist and guitarist Brent Hinds, vocalist and drummer Brann Dailor and guitarist and backing vocalist Bill Kelliher. The group received the Best Metal Performance Grammy® Award for Sultan’s Curse at the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Their eighth full-length album, Emperor of Sand (2017), ponders the nature of time and conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey quickly slipping through a cosmic hourglass. Once More ‘Round The Sun (2014) bowed at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their highest chart entry to date and second consecutive Top 10 debut following The Hunter (2011).
Mastadon received Grammy® Award nominations in 2007, 2014 and again in 2015 for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. Their music blasted through the Academy® Award-winning comedy The Big Short, animated blockbuster Monsters University and sci-fi western Jonah Hex starring Josh Brolin—for which the group composed the score.
Dailor, Hinds and Kelliher recently appeared as “Wildlings” in a popular episode of Game of Thrones Season 5 after contributing “White Walker” to HBO’s Catch The Throne, Vol. 2 mix tape.