“An outlandish debut” – Rolling Stone

Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. With some help from the Gods of Pinot Noir, Primus’s Les Claypool and Sean Lennon decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their efforts have now spawned the psychedelic space rock record, Monolith of Phobos, which is out today. Order the album HERE.

Also out today is the band’s new video for “Bubbles Burst”, a track Lennon penned about  Bubbles, pet chimpanzee of Lennon’s childhood friend Michael Jackson. The video stars UK actors Michael and Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh) and was directed by Les Claypool. Courtesy of NPR Music, you can see the video for the first time + hear Lennon discuss its making with Robin Hilton HERE.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium will begin its summer tour tomorrow and the touring band includes Les Claypool (bass, vocals), Sean Lennon (guitar, vocals), Mark “Money Mark” Ramos Nishita of the Beastie Boys (keyboards), and Paul Baldi of the Fungi Band (drums). All upcoming tour dates including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and other summer festivals are below.


6/4 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham*

6/5 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor*

6/7 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre#

6/9 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre#

6/10 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel#

6/11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo

6/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant#

6/14 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads#

6/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre#

6/17 – Garrettsville, OH – Nelson Ledges Quarry Park$

6/18 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre$

721 – Seattle, WA -Showbox SODO*

7/22 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion*

7/23 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre*

7/25 – Jackson Hole, WY – Pink Garter Theatre*

7/26 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre*

7/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot*

7/29 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre*

7/30 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre*

7/31 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl*

8/2 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory*

8/3 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park*

8/4 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theatre*

8/5 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands

8/5 – 8/7 – Buena Vista, CO – Vertex Festival

8/9 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre*

8/11 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre*

8/12 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! Indoor Pavilion*

8/13 – Scranton, PA – Peach Fest

8/25 – Buffalo, NY – Canalside Concert Series*

8/26 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

8/27 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall*

8/28 – Portland, ME – State Theatre*

8/30 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*

8/31 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore%

9/1 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club%

9/2 – 9/4 – Chicago, IL – Northcoast Music Festival

* – with JJUUJJUU
# – with Chicano Batman
$ – with The Dean Ween Group
% – with Marco Bevento



The Monolith of Phobos
Cricket And The Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)
Cricket And The Genie (Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket)
Mr. Wright
Boomerang Baby
Breath of a Salesman
Captain Lariat
Oxycontin Girl
Bubbles Burst

Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After a successful summer tour pairing Primus with Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon have decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their efforts thus far have spawned the upcoming, full-length release called “Monolith of Phobos.”

“Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart,” said Claypool. “He definitely reflects his genetics—not just the sensibilities of his dad but also the abstract perspective and unique approach of his mother. It makes for a glorious freak stew.” After some impromptu, backstage jams and an epic live sit-in on Primus’s psychedelic opus, “Southbound Pachyderm,” Claypool approached Lennon about doing a recording project. “I was trying to wrangle up an Oysterhead reunion since Primus was taking a rest for 2016 but the planets just wouldn’t align for that,” said Claypool. “I don’t like sitting around, so when Sean said he didn’t have plans for this next year, we started kicking around the notion of making an old-school, psychedelic/prog record. Next thing I know, he’s staying in my guesthouse, drinking my vino and banging on my drums.” Lennon responded, “I told Les that I was Neil Diamond’s nephew. I think that is what really sold him on the idea of working with me.”

Over the course of six weeks or so, the two wrote and recorded a total of ten songs with both of them sharing various vocal and instrumental responsibilities, going beyond their core instruments of bass and guitar. Claypool explained, “Usually I play the drums and percussion on my records but Sean has such a different feel than I do, it just made more sense for him to man the kit on most of the tunes on this project. I took the helm at my old vintage API console and let him bang away. He was happy as a piggy rolling in shit every time he grabbed the sticks…his drumming is like a cross between Ringo and Nick Mason. But I think folks will be most surprised by what a monster guitar player he is, especially when you prod him a bit.”

“Monolith of Phobos” is just how the title implies—an old-school approach to a psychedelic space rock record. Lennon added, “It’s been an honor and a challenge playing with someone of Les’ caliber, but luckily the Gods of Pinot Noir shone favorably down and granted us a bundle of devilish tunes about monkeys, outer space and sexual deviancy.”

The Claypool Lennon Delirium “Monolith of Phobos” record is slated for a spring release and the band will be touring through the summer. More: