Primus' Les Claypool Raises Over $50 for Young Nephew
Primus head Les Claypool has
raised just over $50,000,00 for his extremely ill young nephew by
auctioning his Pachyderm bass.
The eccentric bass master had stated that he can't stand by
while watching the trouble his brothers family are going through
with their infant son, Matthew as he battles a rare form of infant
leukaemia. And as the medical bills began to pile up, the Primus
frontman decided to auction off the bass to raise funds for his
nephews bone marrow.
He recently told the
"The expenses of these things are insane. I remember he had to
get a couple of shots when he first got diagnosed with this, and
the shots were $80,000 apiece. And that's just the tip of the
iceberg. It's been nonstop."
Claypool recently made the final prototype for his Pachyderm
four-string bass, which will be the design by which all future
Pachyderm basses will be modelled on. Claypool has been playing the
bass live for over a year and according to him it's a "fabulous
feeling and sounding instrument."
Shortly after seeing some of the returns, he posted a message
"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.
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. 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."