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Primus with Clutch and a Little Rain Dancing

My Name is Rain….. Charlotte style.

Photos by: Richard Thigpen Photography

The other night we were drenched with sweat, rain, and rock and treated to a show with Primus and Clutch. The veteran bands came to party. We should be impartial and not even interject Shutter 16 if we were doing an impartial journalism piece – but this is Primus and freaking Clutch we are talking about, so sorry if we go fanboy/girl a little. Of course we were at this show and think you’re crazy to not experience this sometime in your life. As for us – any chance we get to hop in the photo pit or cut-a-rug with these gems in the industry we do it!Primus-7912

Before each set it got soggy; fans alike cuddled under some rain gears. Others wore the rain like a badge and twirled in their area Woohoo’ing and taking it all in. Cooling down in the summer with a little rain never hurt much of anything – as long as it’s not electrical that is. Rain gear is a must during our wet season — please dress accordingly. Lucky for our photographer it seemed each time we were set to get into the pit the rain died off and the show went on.


Up first was Clutch, who are out touring on their eleventh studio album Psychic Warfare – the epic album which tears you between old and new Clutch. Under another umbrella (pun most definitely intended), Clutch is also a rock band that is going to jump and scream all over the stage sweating and smiling, which would be much different than the later performance. Vocalist Neil Fallon is known for his boisterous energy and his sick vocals. There is always something to take away from Clutch’s performance but usually it’s a lot of raw rock and roll and a whole lot of sweat; he always has his deathclaw and eyes locked on one of you.


After you’ve been taken to adrenaline town with Clutch, you are left to gather yourself up a bit and get ready to go down the rabbit hole with none-other than Primus. The band became infamous back in the early 90s with staple hits “My Name is Mud,” and “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver.” Both of which were on the setlist.


Now they are known for wacky stage lights – TV’s that run through distinct visuals and not running around on stage much. They let the music speak for itself. It’s a more laid back chill vibe when you listen to this music so you can expect this behind the mic. This tour they are playing a new song to give fans what they have been waiting for all of six years, “Seven.”  It’s circus like vibe stays in tune with what the band is known for with an updated sound.  The chords are a bit muted but spotlight Claypool’s distinctive playing. Which also teases that the next album will be out in a year’s time, marking the first full album in seven year. Sneaky sneaky.  

While Claypool is also know to be one of the best bassists in the world, they are still touring due to his passion for the music world still.


He lights up when he is playing for fans and fans just lose their minds when they get a chance to see this musical-mastermind strum the thick chords night-after-night. And just like that, another Primus show comes to an end with an encore of “Soundboard Pachyderm,” and a graceful bow. The rain and the band left the stage and left us awaiting their return to the Queen City again soon and next time with a new album to play!

See the full gallery of the night here.

Remaining Tour Dates:

Date Venue Location
Jul 18 Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh, NC Tickets & More
Jul 20 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Sterling Heights, MI Tickets & More
Jul 21 Dome Arena Henrietta, NY Tickets & More
Jul 22 Freedom Hall / Lancaster Co. Convention Center Lancaster, PA Tickets & More
Jul 23 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA Tickets & More
Jul 25 Maine State Pier Portland, ME Tickets & More
Jul 27 Waterfront Park Burlington Burlington, VT Tickets & More
Jul 28 Stone Pony Summer Stage Asbury Park, NJ Tickets & More
Jul 29 Festival Pier Philadelphia, PA Tickets & More
Jul 30 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA Tickets & More
Aug 01 The Rave-Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI Tickets & More
Aug 02 Vetter Stone Amphitheater Mankato, MN Tickets & More
Aug 04 McGrath Amphitheatre Cedar Rapids, IA Tickets & More
Aug 05 CrossroadsKC Kansas City, MO Tickets & More
Aug 06 South Side Ballroom Dallas, TX Tickets & More
Aug 08 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ Tickets & More
Aug 09 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Tickets & More
Aug 11 KettleHouse Amphitheater Bonner, MT Tickets & More
Aug 12 McMenamins Edgefield Troutdale, OR Tickets & More
Aug 13 Cuthbert Amphitheater Eugene, OR Tickets & More
Aug 15 King County’s Marymoor Park Redmond, WA Tickets & More
Aug 17 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Stateline, NV Tickets & More
Aug 18 Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley Berkeley, CA Tickets & More

The leader of the pack, shutter16.fam, head photographer and brain schemer has been a Charlotte based concert photographer since early 2002. Her passion for photography was cultivated by her grandfather, a very well known and decorated war photographer who put the first camera in her very small hands at the age of three.

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