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Oysterhead - The Grand Pecking Order.jpg
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 style and sound of the band is a collaborative eclectic mix of 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 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 that Trey manipulated to make sounds similar to those of a theremin.

On November 5, 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 15th, Oysterhead announced two shows on February 14th & 15th 2020 at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. Oysterhead will be headlining the Sweetwater 420 Festival in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2020. [8] On December 6th, Oysterhead announced they were headlining the 2020 Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. On December 17th, they announced two shows in the Bay Area. They will perform in Berkeley, California on April 17th, 2020; and Stanford, California on April 18th, 2020 as well as Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 13, 2020. [9]



  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 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. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  7. ^ "PT | Phish | News". Phantasytour.com. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  8. ^ "2020 Lineup – TEST". SweetWater 420 Fest. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  9. ^ "Bonnaroo 2020 Lineup". Bonnaroo. Retrieved 2020-01-07.

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