Les Claypool Talks Oysterhead and Dean Ween Fishing Show
... that oneeither. We started off with this 30-minute episode, and we whittled it down to a five-minute piece. We're talking to production houses, and we're starting to take meetings, sowe'll see what happens." Head over to Rolling Stone for the full article to read Claypool's thoughts about reuniting with drummer Tim Alexander, Duo de Twang and muchmore. The bit about reforming with Tim Alexander includes the scoop that RatDog is getting back together next year, hence Jay Lane leaving Les's employ. [via Rolling Stone, Hat Tip - @MKDevo] Les Claypool Talks Oysterhead
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Stewart Copeland Shares Oysterhead Bonnaroo Footage
... Supergroup Oysterhead
featured Trey Anastasio of Phish on guitar, Primus bassist LesClaypool and Stewart Copeland of The Police pounding the skins. The group first cametogether at Superfly Productions' urging in 2000 to play a show during that year's NewOrleans Jazz Fest in The Crescent City. Les, Trey and Stewart hit it off and reformed ayearlater to record what stands as their only studio album - The Grand Pecking Order.Oysterhead
's only tour took place towards the end of 2001 and for five years that was it.The group reformed at Superfly's urging to play Bonnaroo in 2006. Copeland recently shared an amazing five-minute clip of "Pseudo Suicide" from the trio'sBonnaroo '06 performance stating, "Oysterhead
! The nice folks at Bonnaroo gave me thisfootage to play with." Take a look: The footage marks a major upgrade from the webcast rip that circulates: Stewart Copeland Shares Oysterhead
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Trey Anastasio (guitar, vocals)
Les Claypool (bass)
Stewart Copeland (drums)
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Oysterhead are considered one of the only successful supergroups in rock history — "supergroup" indicating that each member originally played for a band that had already achieved mainstream success. Anastasio was in Phish, Claypool from Primus, and Copeland played with The Police.
The first time the three played together, they never intended to develop into a band. The three musicians collaborated for a performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in May 2000, intending for it to be a one-off performance. However, the performance was so dynamic that the three agreed that further collaboration was in order. This culminated in studio sessions for the band's only album, 2001's The Grand Pecking Order, as well as a subsequent North American tour.
The band has reunited twice since the end of their 2001 tour, both times in 2006. The first reunion appearance was a two hour set at Bonnaroo, the second at the Allgood Music Festival. The band has expressed interest in reuniting to record more music if their schedules permit it.
Steward Copeland said an interview with Jam Base
that the band considered "setlists are for wimps" to be a sort of motto. Reflecting this, the band would simply walk on stage and play whichever songs they felt like playing, all the while varying the music with jazz-like improvisation.
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