Primus’ Les Claypool Auctioning Bass to Benefit Nephew’s Medical Expenses


Story by Anne Erickson

Primus frontman offering up bass on eBay to help pay for nephew’s leukemia treatment

Les Claypool is auctioning up his Pachyderm prototype bass for a very personal cause. The Primus personality is using his bass to raise funds to help cover medical expenses for his two-year-old nephew Matthew, who is facing a form of leukemia.

“Watching my younger brother and his wife go through one of the most heart aching situations that any parent can endure has been gut-wrenching,” Claypool said in an official statement.  “On top of that there is the unbelievable expense of the treatments ($80,000 for one particular shot alone and Matthew needed two of them).”

Those wishing to bid on Claypool’s bass may head over to and place a bit through Aug. 15. Claypool has played the exact bass onstage over the past year, so it’s not just a bass that’s been sitting in his collection. On top of scoring the prized bass, the highest bidder will also be able to have Claypool put his autograph on the instrument, unless they’d rather have it ink-free.

Claypool and Primus are currently staring at a lengthy fall tour, which will kick off Oct. 12 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The upcoming tour will feature a unique 3D backdrop screen and quadraphonic sound system. For the full list of tour dates, visit Primus’ official website.




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