Primus Bassist Issues Statement On Bass Auction


Primus frontman and bassist extraordinaire Les Claypool has thanked fans for bidding quite generously on a bass he’s put up for auction.

Money raised through the sale of the bass will benefit Claypool’s 2-year-old nephew, who is quite sick with a rare type of leukemia.

“After watching the Bass for Baby Matthew auction shoot up to nearly $20,000 in one day, I was prompted to reach out and thank some people who helped us launch this thing,” says Les.

“While writing and email to a fine fellow from Bass Player
 Magazine, who ran a piece on their website, I came to this conclusion: Only part of this auction is about the money.

“My brother needs all the financial help he can get but more than anything, he needs uplifting elements in his life. Matthew’s situation is so fragile that every week is another roller coaster ride,” says Les.

“Unfortunately recent news on Matthew has been not so good and having this auction gives my Bro something exciting to help distract him from the ebb and flow of the emotional tide that comes with watching his toddler son struggle. Also, I think the more we are aware of this new wave of infant leukemia, the more we all become conscious of our environment and what we choose to expose ourselves to. It REALLY warms my heart and brings a tear to my eye to witness all these folks rallying around this boy via this instrument.”

That is rather cool. Kudos to you folks who placed bids.

“Yesterday was an emotional day for all of us. I’m sure the last 30 minutes of this auction next week will be like watching the Niners (he’s a big SF fan) win the Superbowl for my brother and his family.”

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