Believe it or not, members of Primus and Anthrax are fans of rebel rappers Public Enemy.
Already this year, Anthrax and Public Enemy gained quite a bit of airplay by recording a new version of PE's "Bring The Noise," and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has also professed his admiration for the other band's resiliency against charges of misogyny and racism.While Primus leader Les Claypool might not be so overt about listening to Public Enemy, he told the Deseret News in a recent interview that the selling point for joining a current tour was the involvement with Public Enemy.
"Anthrax's management had contacted us about touring with them, but we've been on the road so long we weren't sure we wanted to do another tour so soon," Claypool said. "But when they told us Public Enemy had joined the bill, we jumped at the chance."
Fans of all three bands will get their chance to view the odd triple-bill Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Salt Palace Exhibition Hall.
Speaking of fans, Claypool and his two bandmates have visited Salt Lake City three times in the past 18 months and have received tremendous response, he said. Also in that time, the band has grown from an underground phenomenon to college radio stars. The band even put in a guest appearance performing in "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey."
"We really don't know what we'll do for an encore," Claypool said. "We're thinking of doing a Pepsi commercial, even though we're all Coke fans, and I guess we'll start writing songs about buxom blondes soon."
While Claypool might not take burgeoning stardom too seriously, one thing that does concern him is some minor controversy over the tour. So far, though some might expect the tour to lead to violence (since it mixes bands representing heavy metal, rap and underground rock factions), Claypool said crowds at the first few shows have been respectful.
"They've been great and that's another reason that we're glad to be on this bill."
Anthrax, New York's speed-metal saviors, is no stranger to controversy. Already its "Attack of the Killer B's" album was banned from Wal-Mart stores because of what some have termed as questionable lyrics. That album finally reached those stores after a "clean" version (in which the band members "buzz" over questionable lyrics) was released.
However, that doesn't mean the band is buckling in to commercial pressure, according to Scott Ian. In fact, if anything, the opposite is true, he said.
"We want what we have to say to get out there to the public. There are plenty of problems out there, and while what we've got to say isn't exactly `preachy,' it's the only way we can vent out a lot of frustrations. Otherwise we'd probably be out there beating on a lot of those idiots with baseball bats."
Opening the 7:30 p.m. show will be rappers Young Black Teenagers, who are anything but. Reserved seating tickets for the show are $18 ($20 the day of show) and are available at all Smith'sTix locations and the Salt Palace box office.