Oysterhead Confirms 2020 Tour Dates
Oysterhead will perform at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado on February 14 and February 15, 2020. The shows are the first for the band featuring Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Primus bassist Les Claypool and The Police drummer Stewart Copeland since 2006.
A lottery for tickets is currently underway. The request period ends Thursday, October 17 at 9 a.m. MT. Tickets go on sale to general public on Saturday, October 19 at 10 MT. More information is here.
The birth of Oysterhead can be traced to an offer New Orleans promoters Superfly made to Claypool asking the bassist to put together a group to play a super jam at night during the 2000 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Les’ first call went to Anastasio who told Claypool he would only do it if the pair could recruit Stewart Copeland. Stewart agreed and Oysterhead was formed. The trio tried to recruit Tom Morello, “who was interested but couldn’t make the gig,” according to Claypool.
Claypool, Anastasio and Copeland made their debut as Oysterhead at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans on May 4, 2000. The trio of Alpha Musicians prepped a set of original material for the sold-out concert and encored with a series of covers that included Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” Desmond Dekker’s “Israelites,” The Kinks’ “All Day & All Of The Night” and the traditional “House Of The Rising Sun.”
While Trey mentioned in an interview that he thought the concert “kinda sucked,” Copeland compiled a collection of the best moments from the show and sent them to Les and Trey. “Les and I were both convinced [to keep the project going] after that because the moments that were good were really good,” Anastasio explained.
In April 2001, the three musicians assembled at Anastasio’s The Barn facility in Vermont to begin work on a studio album. Oysterhead released what still stands as their lone album, The Grand Pecking Order, on October 2, 2001. The band combined some of the material they unveiled at The Saenger with new songs that emerged during the sessions to form the 13-track LP. Oysterhead supported the album with a 20-date fall tour in 2001. The three-piece also made an appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien.
The members of Oysterhead went their separate ways after the tour and Superfly, helped in part by the success from the band’s debut, launched the Bonnaroo festival with AC Entertainment in 2002. Bonnaroo organizers convinced Oysterhead to reunite for a set at the 2006 festival which currently stands as the group’s last live performance. In 2016, Primus took a hiatus and Claypool attempted to reconvene Oysterhead “but the planets just wouldn’t align for that.”