Primus frontman Les Claypool is sad to report that his nephew Matthew has passed away after struggling with Infant's leukemia for the past two years. The bassist-singer brought Matthew's struggle to light last year when auctioning off one of his basses to raise funds to help offset his brother's family's mounting medical costs.
How much is a prize item like one of Les Claypool's basses worth to you? Now add in the fact that he's auctioning it off for his ailing two-year-old nephew who is suffering from a rare form of infant leukemia. After putting the bass on the block, the Primus leader found out just how much it could get, as the auction just ended with the winning bid going for $50,599.99.
A couple of days ago, it was announced that Primus bassist/singer Les Claypool would be auctioning off a rare prototype of his Pachyderm bass to benefit his two-year-old nephew, Matthew. Claypool's nephew is suffering from a rare form of infant leukemia and is undergoing bone marrow treatment. With the medical costs rising, Claypool is putting his bass up for auction on eBay to help pay for Matthew's treatment.
It is not uncommon for rockers to step up and help out those in need, but when that someone is family, it takes on even more meaning for the musicians. That's what is happening at the moment for Primus bassist/singer Les Claypool, who is parting with one of his prize basses in order to help out his nephew.
Les Claypool and his dizzying bass guitar-driven outfit Primus are currently on the road, and according to Claypool, the tour is unlike any they’ve done before. “We're doing two sets. One set is a mixture of older material, and the second set is the new album in its entirety,” he told SFGate.com, referring to songs off the band’s first full-length in over a decade, ‘Green Naugahyde.’
Legendary bass guitar-driven band Primus are known for charismatic, quirky frontman Les Claypool and his stellar fretless bass attack. So, when the band reunited to spit out their first full-length in 11 years this fall, the dizzying ‘Green Naugahyde,’ many low-end fans rejoiced and counted down the days until the Sept. 13 release. But, surprisingly, it took a while for Claypool to warm up to the idea of getting Primus back together at all.