Best WTF Set: The Claypool Lennon Delirium
The weather was not in sync with Les Claypool and Sean Lennon's trippy side project: 30 minutes before their set, Centeroo was forced to evacuate due to thunderstorms moving into the area. However, after a 45-minute delay where the rain never gained strength above a drizzle — "I'm happy to see you survived the raging storm that came flying through here. We were concerned," Claypool deadpanned — the Delirium was allowed to resume with their complete journey into Uncle Les' Funhouse, where the music takes so many sharp turns and sudden detours, you don't know where you'll end up.
One minute they're Hawkwind, the next they're Deep Purple; one moment Lennon's singing a track about Michael Jackson's pet chimp and then suddenly he and Claypool are engaged in an impromptu improv comedy routine. The whole time, Claypool's thumb acts as conductor, slapping out the see-sawing bass riffs that guided the unmapped exploration. In addition to the proggy cuts off their new album Monolith of Phobos, the Delirium also pulled some covers out of the grab bag, with Lennon covering his father's Beatles epic "Tomorrow Never Knows," the band running through an extra spacey take on Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" and a pair of songs from Claypool projects like Primus ("Southbound Pachyderm") and the Frog Brigade ("Up on the Roof").