Now in their twenty-fifth year as a band, Maryland’s Clutch has found enormous success built on the cornerstones of two things: consistency and simplicity. Since their inception in 1991 Clutch has featured the same four core members, in fact - save for the addition of a keyboard player for three years in the mid 2000’s - the lineup has always been the same. Their musical identity has always remained as well - stoner rock, psychedelic metal, blues rock are just a few of the labels that have been attached to them throughout the years, but above all else Clutch is a straightforward, put some hair on your chest, rock band. You won’t find an expensive light show or lavish video boards or stage props at a Clutch show, but what you will find is a band who puts their heart and soul into every piece of music they write.
Keeping things simple has turned into a veritable enterprise for them as they’ve released 11 studio albums in their career, a host of live albums and rarities, and even started their own record label, Weathermaker Music. Last fall, the band’s latest album “Physic Warfare” debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 1 on the Top Rock Albums charts – both career highs for the band. Since then, they’ve been touring around the world in support of the album.
The latest leg of their tour finds them in the direct support slot for groove metal titans Lamb of God. Recently the tour stopped in Boston, MA, a city that always welcomed Clutch with open arms. Having sold out the venue on their own multiple times in the past, it was safe to say that a large portion of the night’s near-capacity crowd was there for Clutch. As always, the band delivered and then some. Clutch blazed through a nearly hour long set, playing songs from throughout the career. Opening with the ultra-catchy “Mob Goes Wild” was a bold choice as it’s usually a song played near the end of their set when the crowd is well warmed up. The fan favorite, and rarely played “Space Grass” was also worked into the set, and to make things more exciting, Corrosion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan came out to join Clutch for the song. By the end of the set, all of the hardcore Clutch fans in the audience were smiling ear to ear upon another blitzing set from the powerful group.
Photos from Clutch's appearance at House of Blues in Boston, MA on 5/10/16
Not waiting long to get back at it, Clutch have already revealed details for their next run of US dates, heading out this fall with Zakk Sabbath and Kyng.
Clutch, Zakk Sabbath, Kyng 2016 Tour Dates
09/28 - Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom 09/30 - Lakewood, NJ @ First Energy Park - Rock Carnival * 10/01 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE 10/02 - Louisville, KY @ Champions Park - Louder Than Life * 10/04 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues 10/05 - Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre 10/07 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre Street Stage 10/08 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live 10/10 - Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex 10/11 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom 10/12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater 10/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo 10/15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl 10/16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom 10/18 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater 10/20 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater 10/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 10/22 - Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 10/24 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note ** NO Zakk Sabbath 10/25 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues 10/27 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater 10/28 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore 10/29 - Clifton Park, NY @Upstate Concert Hall 10/30 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Neil Fallon - Vocals/Guitar Tim Sult - Guitar Dan Maines - Bass Jean-Paul Gaster - Drums/Percussion