Primus and Mastodon to deliver doubly thunderous concert at SDSU

Les Claypool of Primus is shown performing at a May concert in Atlanta. He and his band play Friday at SDSU.
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Primus appears to be headed for an extended hiatus after its current summer tour.

At least, that’s the plan according to a recent statement from Les Claypool, this unabashedly quirky punk-funk-meets-prog-metal band’s bassist, singer and conceptual mastermind.

But fans and non-fans alike will still be able to hear Primus almost anytime they want, thanks to “South Park.”

In 1997, Claypool and the edition of Primus he led at the time were asked to write and record the theme song for “South Park,” whose 22nd season debuts this fall. The show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, were big fans of Primus, who in turn became big fans of one of the most successful animated series in TV history.

So successful, as Claypool recently acknowledged, that Primus’ royalties for its Frank Zappa-esque “South Park” theme song fully paid for all his kids to go to college.

Primus’ tour, which stops here Friday at SDSU, finds the band focusing on music from its ninth and newest album, “The Desaturating Seven.” The concert also features the mighty Mastodon, whose music rocks with more grace than its name implies.

Primus, Mastodon and Jjuujjuu: 7 p.m. Friday. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego. $25-$39.60. (800) 745-3000.

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