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Chocolate-covered Primus: Les Claypool as Willy Wonka at Fillmore

Les Claypool’s recent visits to South Florida have come in distinctive guises:  Intracoastal fisherman (in waters from Pompano Beach to Aventura with buddy Dean Ween) and bawdy campfire scout master (with Duo de Twang at Revolution Live). The next time you see him, he’ll be Willy Wonka.

Bassist-vocalist Claypool will bring his relentlessly alternative band Primus to the Fillmore Miami Beach Nov. 11 on a tour called Primus and the Chocolate Factory, indeed based on the kids’ classic. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday (general admission $39.50, reserved $49.50) at the box office,  and 800-745-3000.

 The tour, which Claypool describes as an “homage” to his boyhood-favorite Gene Wilder film  “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” was inspired by a Wonka-themed Primus show on New Year’s Eve last year, when the band played the soundtrack in its entirety.

“Of the 23 or so New Years shows, I don’t think we’ve ever had a better combination of elements,” Claypool says in a tour statement.  “It felt good.  It felt like we needed to be doing this. … Now we get to sell Primus candy bars and hang out with demented Oompa Loompas. Plus to top it off, it gives me an excuse to wear a purple, velvet waistcoat and brown top hat for the next 18 months.” 

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