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 Rolling Stone:
"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 stating:
"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."