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| Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:33 a.m
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Primus frontman Les Claypool plays the part of Willy Wonka during the Primus & the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 14 at Stage AE.
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A pair of Oompa Loompas make an appearance during the Primus & the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday April 14 at Stage AE.
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Oompa Loompas make an appearance for their theme song during the Primus & the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday April 14 at Stage AE.
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Les Claypool, frontman of the funk-rock band Primus plays 'Candy Man' during the Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 14 at Stage AE.
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Les Claypool, frontman of the funk-rock band Primus performs during the Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 14 at Stage AE.
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Primus frontman and renowned bassist Les Claypool performs during the Primus & the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 14 at Stage AE.
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Cello player Sam Bass performs during Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday April 14 at Stage AE.
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A masked xylophone player performs during the Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday April 14 at Stage AE.
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Primus frontman and renowned bassist Les Claypool plays 'Hello Wonkites' to start the Primus & the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 14 at Stage AE.
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Cello player Sam Bass performs during Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday April 14 at Stage AE.
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Scenes from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are projected during the performance by funk-rock band Primus on the Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday April 14 at Stage AE.
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Cello player Sam Bass performs during Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday April 14 at Stage AE.
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Primus frontman Les Claypool plays the part of Willy Wonka during the Primus & the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 14 at Stage AE.
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Primus frontman and renowned bassist Les Claypool performs during the Primus & the Chocolate Factory tour in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 14 at Stage AE.

For a band that is best known for their eccentric and improvised live performances, Primus ups the visual ante on the “Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble” tour.

Things started off with a normal set, as normal as it gets for Primus anyway, jamming out fan favorites like “My Name is Mud,” and “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver,” before launching into the psychedelic re-imagining of the soundtrack of the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

Following a brief intermission, the stage was transformed to resemble Wonka’s chocolate factory with scenes from the film projected between giant mushrooms, amid oversized candies and lollipops. Ringleader Les Claypool reappeared masked by a long-beaked masquerade, playing a modified stand-up bass on “Hello Wonkites” and “The Candy Man Can.” Backed by original bandmates Larry LaLonde on guitar and drummer Tim Alexander, the group was joined by a pair of butlers playing cello, xylophone, bongos and keyboard.

“Primus and the Chocolate Factory” is the eighth studio album by the seasoned, psychedelic funky bunch. To tie in with the album’s Wonka theme, Primus began selling exclusive chocolate “Primus Bars” at their performances made by Pennsylvania’s Asher’s Chocolates. The album will also be available on chocolate-colored vinyl and in keeping with the “Chocolate Factory” tradition, five golden records have been released as a lottery, giving the winners Primus tickets for life.

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