The iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, near Morrison, Colorado was the perfect setting for South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert, given that show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker met at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The three-hour, 30-song event featured Primus (Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander), Ween (guitarist vocalists Dean and Gene Ween—a.k.a. Michael Melchiando Jr, and Aaron Freeman—bassist Dave Driewitz, drummer Claude Colman Jr, and keyboardist Glenn McClelland), Stone, Parker’s character voices, and a major surprise. An elaborate stage setup included the gear for Primus and Ween on separate halves, with a piano for Parker and several instruments for Stone in the middle, as well as a section for background vocalists. The stage itself was decorated with cutouts to recreate the trees from the show, a big screen in the rear, and a giant banner above.
The concert started with Ween, who were first featured on season two of South Park. They performed two songs, “Take Me Away” and “Roses Are Free,” before being joined by Primus to perform a song from each of their catalogs (“It’s Gonna Be a Long Night and “Here Come the Bastards”).
Parker and Stone made their debut for the Terrence and Philip song “Uncle F*cka,” done as a ballad, and joined by Primus and Ween. More South Park songs ensued, ending with “It’s Easy, M’Kay.” Colorado Govenor Jared Polis took the stage to present Parker and Stone with a proclamation declaring August 10th as South Park Day. Primus then took over to perform “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” and “Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers.” Les Claypool wore the barbershop quartet-style outfit and hat that his animated self wore in South Park’s opening credits the first few seasons, and Primus and Parker played various versions of “South Park Theme Song.”
Next came three more South Park songs beginning with “Butter’s Theme Song.” Following “Blame Canada,” the special surprise moment arrived, as Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush took the stage to perform “Closer to the Heart,” with Primus and Matt Stone on additional drums.
The show continued with Primus, Ween, and Parker and Stone playing songs from the show, and tunes from the two bands’ catalogs. Some of the more notable numbers included “Lemmiwinks” (with everyone dressed in medieval clothing), “Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch,” “Gay Fish,” and “What Would Brian Boitano Do? Pt. II”—the latter two with Matt Stone on bass.
The encore, featuring all participants, was “America, Fuck Yeah,” from the Parker and Stone 2004 film, Team America. This was quite an historic two evenings, which were later televised and streamed on August 13th. Below is the full set list.
Setlist from Setlist.fm
1. “Take Me Away (Ween)
2. “Roses Are Free” (Ween)
3. “It’s Gonna Be a Long Night” (Ween with Primus))
4. “Here Come the Bastards” (Primus with Ween)
5. “Uncle F*cka” (with Primus & Ween)
6. “Montage” (with Primus)
7. “San Diego” (with Primus and Ween)
8. “It’s Easy, M’Kay” (with Tim Alexander)
19. “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” (Primus)
10. “Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers” (Primus)
11. “South Park Theme” (Primus)
12. “Butter’s Theme Song”
13. “Have You Heard About My Robot Friend?”
14. “Blame Canada” (with Primus)
15. “Closer to the Heart” (Rush with Primus)
16. “On a Colorado Farm” (with Primus)
17. “Buckingham Green” (Ween)
18. “My Name Is Mud” (Primus)
19. “Gay Fish” (Claude Coleman Jr. on drums and Bruce Howell on guitar)
20. “The Mollusk” (Ween)
21. “Voodoo Lady” (Ween)
22. “Tommy the Cat” (Primus with Butters on vocals)
23. “Let’s Fighting Love” (with Michael Melchiondo, Larry “Ler” LaLonde, Tim “Herb” Alexander, and Bruce Howell)
24. “When I Was on Top of You” (MS on drums and Bruce Howell on guitar)
25. “Merry F*cking Christmas”
The Death Camp of Intolerance Lemmiwinks clip
26. “Lemmiwinks” (with Primus)
27. “Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch” (with Ween, Bruce Howell on guitar)
28. “What Would Brian Boitano Do? Pt. II” (with Michael Melchiondo, Tim “Herb” Alexander, Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and Bruce Howell)
You’re Not Yelping clips
29. “Yelper Special” (with Primus)
30. “America, Fuck Yeah” (with Primus)