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Artwork for The Grand Pecking Order, the band's sole studio album.
Artwork for The Grand Pecking Order, the band's sole studio album.
Background information
GenresAlternative rock, neo-psychedelia
Years active2000–2001, 2006, 2019-Present
Associated actsPhish, Primus, The Police
MembersStewart Copeland
Les Claypool
Trey Anastasio

Oysterhead is an American rock supergroup featuring bassist Les Claypool of Primus, guitarist Trey Anastasio of Phish and drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police, with both Claypool and Anastasio providing vocals. The band's eclectic sound has been described as "alt-funk fusion".[1][2]

In April 2000 Superfly Presents asked Claypool to assemble a band to perform during New Orleans Jazz Fest. Claypool contacted Anastasio and together they agreed on mutual hero, Copeland.[3] Oysterhead was originally intended to be a singular live performance at New Orleans Saenger Theatre[4] on May 4, 2000. The band compiled a set of almost entirely original material for the show, practicing at Muskegon's Frauenthal Theatre. Tickets were scalped for up to $2,000 each, audience members included Francis Ford Coppola and Matt Groening.[3] The band toured in 2001 and is scheduled to tour in 2021. Both times it has toured it has been interrupted due to significant disasters, both man-made and natural, in 2001 due to the September 11 attacks and in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Grand Pecking Order[edit]

In 2001, Oysterhead officially reformed to record and release an album entitled The Grand Pecking Order, which featured nine new tracks in addition to four songs originally debuted in New Orleans.[5] The release of this album was supported by a brief tour of North America, during which most shows were performed to sold-out audiences. The Oysterhead tour of fall 2001 also saw the debut of the Matterhorn, a guitar played by Trey Anastasio featuring a full-size deer antler.

On November 15, 2001, the band performed the song "Oz Is Ever Floating" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[6] After the 2001 tour, which had schedule changes due to the September 11 attacks, the trio went their separate ways.

Reformation at Bonnaroo[edit]

On June 16, 2006, Oysterhead reunited to perform a two-hour set at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. The band performed music from The Grand Pecking Order during the set.[7]

Reformation in 2019[edit]

On October 14, 2019, Oysterhead created social media accounts on Instagram and Twitter sparking debate about their reunion. On October 15, Oysterhead announced two shows on February 14 and 15, 2020 at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. Oysterhead will be headlining the SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta, Georgia.[8] On December 6, Oysterhead announced they were headlining the 2020 Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. On December 17, they announced two shows in the Bay Area. They will perform in Berkeley, California on April 17, 2020; and Stanford, California on April 18, 2020 as well as Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 13, 2020.

The Broomfield, Colorado shows featured 2 sets of music featuring songs from The Grand Pecking Order and various covers from individual careers. The setlists varied in terms of song placement, improvisation and chosen covers. The shows were met with high praise from those in attendance.[9]

Aside from the performance in Broomfield, the entire reunion for 2020 was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Oysterhead is now scheduled to tour through 2021.[10]

List of performances[edit]

Location Venue Date
Louisiana New Orleans, LA Saenger Theater 05/04/2000
Connecticut New Haven, CT The Toad's Place 09/14/2001
New York (state) New York, NY Irving Plaza 09/15/2001
Vermont Westford, VT The Barn 09/15/2001
Washington (state) Seattle, WA The Paramount 10/21/2001
British Columbia Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre 10/23/2001
Oregon Salem, OR Salem Armory 10/24/2001
California Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre 10/26/2001
California Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium 10/27/2001
Colorado Denver, CO The Fillmore 10/30/2001
Illinois Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom 11/02/2001
Indiana West Lafayette, IN Elliot Hall of Music 11/03/2001
Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Hill Auditorium 11/04/2001
Ohio Cleveland, OH Cleveland State Theatre 11/06/2001
Ontario Toronto, ON Massey Hall 11/07/2001
New York (state) Utica, NY Utica Memorial Auditorium 11/09/2001
Massachusetts Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena 11/10/2001
New Jersey Camden, NJ Tweeter Center 11/11/2001
New York (state) New York, NY Roseland Ballroom 11/13/2001
Studio 6A, NBC Studios 11/15/2001
Washington, D.C. Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall 11/16/2001
North Carolina Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center 11/17/2001
Florida Gainesville, FL O'Connell Center 11/18/2001
Tennessee Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival 06/16/2006
Colorado Broomfield, CO 1stBank Center 02/14/2020
California Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre 04/17/2020
California Stanford, CA Frost Amphitheater 04/18/2020
Illinois Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom 04/22/2020
Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, GA Centennial Olympic Park 04/24/2020
Tennessee Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival 06/13/2020
Pennsylvania Scranton, PA Scranton Peach Festival 07/04/2020
Tennessee Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival
(1st reschedule)
California Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre 04/17/2021
Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, GA Centennial Olympic Park 04/23/2021
Tennessee Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival
(2nd reschedule)
Pennsylvania Scranton, PA Scranton Peach Festival 07/04/2021
Canceled due to September 11 Attacks
Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
Postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic
Make-up show
Television only
Private performance



  1. ^ Jon Wiederhorn Three Oysterheads Are Better Than One mtv.com, Oct 5 2001, Diakses 11 February 2009
  2. ^ David Holmberg Palladium comes alive with Oysterhead’s unique blend Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine dailybruin.ucla.edu, October 29, 2001, Diakses 11 February 2009
  3. ^ a b Neva Chonin out of its shell: Oysterhead unites three very different musical visions to create a unique sound sfgate.com, October 24, 2001, Retrieved February 11, 2009
  4. ^ Mike Powers Frogs & Oysters: A Les Claypool Interview jambase.com, 1/26/01, Retrieved January 26, 2008
  5. ^ "CD REVIEWS: Bush, Headstones, Incubus, Rheostatics and many more". Chart Attack, October 23, 2001 By: Debbie Bento
  6. ^ The Mockingbird Foundation (2004). The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and Their Music. Backbeat Books. p. 740. ISBN 9780879307998. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  7. ^ "PT | Phish | News". Phantasytour.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  8. ^ "2020 Lineup – TEST". SweetWater 420 Fest. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  9. ^ "Bonnaroo 2020 Lineup". Bonnaroo. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  10. ^ "Organizers Cancel/Postpone SweetWater 420 Fest 2020 Due To Coronavirus". JamBase.com. 2020-03-13. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  11. ^ "Oysterhead (@realoysterhead) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  12. ^ "Oysterhead setlists from 2001". toasterland.com. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  13. ^ "Oysterhead News". Web.archive.org. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  14. ^ Oysterhead - 2/14/20 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO, retrieved 2020-07-02
  15. ^ Oysterhead - 2/15/20 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO, retrieved 2020-07-02

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