Primus -- Toronto, Ontario -- November 7th, 1999
Support: Incubus, Buckethead
Date: November 7th, 1999
Venue: the Warehouse in Toronto, Ontario
Buckethead came out first and it was one of the strangest performances I’ve ever seen. We all know Buckethead and what he’s all about but what was even stranger was that during some vocal samples he grabbed this demented looking puppet and had it talk into the microphone as if it was speaking the samples. Aside from that the whole performance was just him lurching around on the stage shredding to a tape-recorded backtrack with the odd nunchuck break. He has huge fucking hands. Fucking weird shit but really appropriate as an opener for Primus. I’d have loved to see him in a small club as opposed to a huge venue like the Warehouse.
Incubus were still cool at this point, having just released Make Yourself. I was a little disappointed that they played nothing off their Enjoy Incubus EP, but they’d chanced their style enough at this point that songs off that wouldn’t work with the newer stuff. Pardon Me was awesome and the Warmth was really trippy since we’d just smoked a bunch of hash before their set. Every time I saw Primus the openers (Limp Bizkit, Powerman 5000, Finger Eleven, Blink-182 and these guys) ended up getting WAY bigger than they ever were within a few years. So if you want you band to get huge, open for Primus!
2. Favorite Things
4. Make Yourself
5. A Certain Shade of Green
6. Nowhere Fast
7. The Warmth
8. New Skin
9. Pardon Me
This was the third time I’d seen Primus, and probably the worst with it being the tour for the Antipop and the crowd they were trying to pull in at the time. I’d also seen them in October 1997 and March 1998 (both at the Warehouse) but the sets on setlist.fm are can't be right. In three times seeing them I've never seen Wynonna’s Big Brown Beaver and both those sets list them, so both are wrong. Even though this is my least favorite Primus show this is the only set I could rip of setlist.fm that I know was correct.
One good thing about Primus live is that they have never been a band that ignored their past. They always embraced, it even in the middle of their career when lots of bands start trying to ignore their pasts. That’s how on a tour behind their most recent album they only played four songs. And thank god for that. I hated the Antipop album pretty much from the second I heard it. I’m still not sure what the problem was but I know I’m not alone. I was a little disappointed at this show that they didn’t play anything from Tales From the Punchbowl and only one from the Brown Album (an album that I’m not sure why people hate to this day). But it was a solid set. Even though I’ve stated twice now how I hated the Antipop, Electric Uncle Sam was actually good live. Buckethead lurched back on stage during that song and I know he was onstage for another one earlier but I can’t for the life of me remember which.
1. To Defy the Laws of Tradition
2. Sgt. Baker
3. The Antipop
4. Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread
5. Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers
6. My Name Is Mud
7. Jerry Was A Race Car Driver
8. The Final Voyage of the Liquid Sky
9. Groundhog's Day
10. Lacquer Head
11. Harold of the Rocks
12. Electric Uncle Sam
13. Pudding Time
01/18 & 01/19 -- Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Neurosis (in Montreal)
02/08 -- Dark Tranquility
04/11 -- Black Sabbath