Primus, Gogol Bordello Double Down at New Vegas Venue

Brooklyn Bowl, a new 36 lane bowling alley, restaurant, bar and concert venue, has opened in the Linq, a new sliver of the Vegas Strip.

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Primus played three nights at the beginning of May at a new concert venue in Las Vegas called the Brooklyn Bowl. Gogol Bordello followed with a midnight set the last two nights.
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"Tonight, my dream has been fulfilled to be flanked by Ler, Herb and bowling alleys," Primus singer and bassist Les Claypool joked during the Friday night set.
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The Brooklyn Bowl is a beautifully well done new spot, with a two-level, 36-lane bowling alley, restaurant with multiple bars and an outside patio, surrounding a concert venue hosting mostly rock and roll bands.
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The Brooklyn Bowl is located in the new Linq part of Las Vegas, a pedestrian pathway with shops and restaurants between the Strip, and the new High Roller observation wheel.
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For $25 in the day, or $35 at night, visitors can take a 30 minute ride in the 550-foot observation wheel rising high above Las Vegas. It is now the largest observation wheel in the world.
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This is the third Brooklyn Bowl in existence, with London following the original in Brooklyn. All three have a similar set up, but the Vegas one is much larger than the other two.
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Larry "Ler" LaLonde at soundcheck Friday night.
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One of the cool things about the Brooklyn Bowl in Vegas is that while you line up to get into the show before the "doors" open, you are actually already in the room, listening in on the soundcheck.
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Matt Knight (right, dressed as Hunter S. Thompson) and Matt Cavanaugh flew to Vegas from Aberdeen, South Dakota for their 22nd, 23rd and 24th Primus shows in the last few years. "In 2010 they got back together and we've seen them consistently since then." They grabbed a beer and a bite during sound check before the doors opened, from this perfect perch.
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Drum tech, and Victims Family / Black Cat Grave drummer, Tim Solyan checks in with Tim "Herb" Alexander at soundcheck.
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Soundcheck is about the only time the people on the stage have light on them during a Primus show.
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Mad dash to the front of the stage after doors open to the 2,000 person venue.
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The bowling alleys on one side of the room are so close to the stage, if you are there, you can really take a good at Ler's guitars waiting for showtime.
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Les' bass tech Josh Boyne makes some last minute fixes on the Dobro backstage just before showtime.
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Primus took the stage around 8 p.m. for an hour, then another hour plus after a short break.
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Les Claypool spoke about a new Primus book coming out later this year, with pictures chronically 30 years of the band's existence.
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Ler was in full effect, and the sound in the Brooklyn Bowl was top notch, especially in the back of the room on the floor.
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It's great to have Tim "Herb" Alexander back in the saddle again.
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Primus played six sets in their Vegas Brooklyn Bowl three-day run.
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Hopefully this Primus Vegas weekend thing will become an annual event.
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Primus is set to hit the road for a few weeks in May and June, mostly on the east coast.
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The view on the right side of the upper floor is highlighted by the lanes.
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The bowling alley thing is pretty cool. If you are paying for a lane, which cost around $30 for a half hour during shows, you don't have to buy tix to the show. If you want to reserve a lane for the night, it costs $100/hour, but you can bring eight people. High Rollers can get a couple of upper lanes with booths for a few thousand dollars. Here Andrew Fox tosses a ball in a lane his friends from Portland, OR won on the Brooklyn Bowl Facebook page.
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Veronica Fox, from Las Vegas, has some friends from Portland, OR who won a lane for the Friday night Primus show, to her delight.
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Those astronauts have been getting quite the workout over the years.
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View of the stage from the bowling alleys. Again, these people watching at the side of the stage didn't buy tickets to the show, they just paid for the bowling alleys. Perhaps the best bowling alley view in the world.
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Tim "Herb" Alexander is no stranger to Las Vegas, he did a stint with Blue Man Group in between his Primus runs.
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It's nice to see a rock and roll club open in a city that leans heavily towards electronic dance music (EDM).
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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The lanes on the lower level were pretty packed for the Friday show.
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Primus at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Friday, May 2, 2014
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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This is the view from the lanes. Not only to do you get to bowl, if you want, you can have up to eight people, and the money you spend on food and beverages goes towards the fee for reserving the lane.
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The Brooklyn Bowl has a full menu, and their fried chicken is incredibly tasty.
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These folks eating and drinking at the restaurant are basically getting to hear and see the show for free during their meal. Pretty cool.
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The weekend run seems to be a common set up for the Brooklyn Bowl. The second weekend in May Jane's Addiction is doing the same thing, with Fishbone following at midnight like Gogol Bordello did after Primus.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus video and web guru Agent O usually has a big video screen behind the band to work with, but at the Brooklyn Bowl he was using the video screens above the bowling lanes.
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Half of the screens had live video of the stage show, the other half had Agent O's psychedelic display. To see more of Anget O's handiwork, check out a feature film called When the Man Went South, screening Friday, May 9th at the College of San Mateo.
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Here you can see the upper level of bowling alleys.
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Freestyle Motocross racer Carey Hart, husband of singer Pink, had a group of friends on a few lanes upstairs in the VIP area Friday night.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Drum tech Tim Solyan tosses a drum stick after the Friday night show.
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Each of the two giant astronauts have name tags printed on their chests. Neil is the closer one, and Buzz is on the other side of the stage.
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After the curtain raised, the Gogol Bordello equipment could be seen ready for action.
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Man down!
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After the show, fellow Sonoma County residents Les Claypool and Guy Fieri sampled some of the fancy juice from their neck of the woods, Williams Selyem Pinot Noir (consumed with plastic cups, sadly). Instead of talking about Fieri's new Vegas Kitchen & Bar that recently opened, the parents instead were heard talking about their kids' upcoming prom.
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About an hour or so after the Primus set was done, Gogol Bordello hit the stage for a full show at midnight that ticket holders for the Primus show were welcomed to stay for.
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Gogol Bordello singer Eugene Hütz
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Gogol Bordello had played the Brooklyn Bowl weekend before as well.
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Many Primus fans first saw Gogol Bordello when they opened for the group years ago. They've played many shows together since.
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Gogol Bordello's violinist Sergey Ryabtsev
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Eugene Hütz wielding a bottle of red.
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Gogol Bordello singer Elizabeth Sun
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Gogol Bordello played a midnight set following Primus on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Gogol Bordello guitarist Michael Ward
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Gogol Bordello played a midnight set following Primus on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Gogol Bordello singer Eugene Hütz
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Road Manager extraordinaire Brad Sands tiptoes down the lane, winding up his patent pending ball launch.
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While it might be a hinderance to your bowling score, seeing a multi-camera video feed of the show that is happening right behind you is pretty cool to watch while you are tackling your ten frames.
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Here you can see the two floors of lanes and video screens across the room.
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The "Evil Twins," as Les affectionately calls them, are Michelle (left) and Nicole Thorne, both of Las Vegas.
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These three first met at Lollapalooza in 1993 and the girls have a collection of photos just like this one from the 20 years since.
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Les doing his Eugene Hütz impersonation.
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Looks like this was July 23, 1994.
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Just a sampling of the collection.
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Tim and Larry's stuff waiting for the final show of three.
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Jeff Tortora, seen here with Larry LaLonde, played drums with Tim Alexander in Blue Man Group. Tortora still lives in Vegas and is a drummer in the Blue Man Group band.
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Nice post show spread!
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Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo Producer Jason McHugh was in town for the Friday night show, taking snaps from above and below from time to time.
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Gogol Bordello played two midnight shows following Primus the first weekend of May, 2014.
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Artist Mark Dean Veca made different posters for each of the three nights in Vegas. The other two look just like this, but with Scrooge McDuck and one of Ralph Steadman's iconic takes on Hunter S. Thompson.
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The lanes are open all day, with or without concerts, and movies or sporting events will often be playing on the screens above the bowling alleys of the Brooklyn Bowl.
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Primus tech Jason Mills took to the far lane before sound check Friday.
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There are a number of bars at the Brooklyn Bowl. This one is the one closest to the stage.
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Primus merch, complete with Suck on This onesie and Pork Soda toddler t-shirt.
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First setlist Thursday night, with Ler as the Big Lebowski.
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Second setlist Thursday night, with awesome Les as Jesus self-portrait.
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After a day of hanging poolside, Les drew a sketch on Friday of him flanked by tour manager Brad Sands and drummer Tim Alexander.
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Les was a fan of the fried chicken, but wanted his gravy fries.
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Drum tech Tim Solyan gets immortalized again in another setlist sketch, this time from the first set Saturday night.
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Final setlist of the weekend.
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Les' basses backstage after the show Friday night.
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Following the weekend of Primus and Gogol Bordello, a weekend of Jane's Addiction with midnight Fishbone shows take to the Brooklyn Bowl.
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Thanks for keeping Rock and Roll alive in Las Vegas, Brooklyn Bowl! Here's a list of upcoming shows.
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Like many things in Las Vegas, the Brooklyn Bowl is massive. This is the entry way.
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The High Roller runs until 1:30am, a perfect way to see the city after the show.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Here are a few more pix of Primus.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Primus played the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Remember kids, take it from the Primus Road Crew: What happens in Vegas, stays on the interwebs.
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