Clutch announce the release of “Fortunate Son”. The single is the fourth in a series of new studio recordings that comprise the newly launched Weathermaker Vault Series.
Available on all digital outlets here: https://orcd.co/dlrxa4p.
“Growing up it was hard not to hear CCR’s Fortunate Son on the radio, on TV or even at the county fair. The groovy backbeat and sloshy hi hats that introduces John Fogerty’s timeless lyrics written so many years ago could be found everywhere. While it may be true to say that Fortunate Son could be seen as a political song we think it’s bigger than that. For us Fortunate Son is an inspirational song. For that reason we’d like to dedicate the song to the most inspirational person we’ve ever had in our lives, our late manager Jack Flanagan. Jack Flanagan was no Fortunate son. He worked tirelessly and passionately all the while keeping a razor sharp sense of humor until his last days. Thank you Jack for making us better than we ever thought we could be.” Jean-Paul Gaster
“Fortunate Son” was mixed by 6X Grammy Award winner and Clutch collaborator, Vance Powell (Wolfmother, The Raconteurs, Arctic Monkeys).
In the video that accompanies this release Tim Sult pays homage to Jack Flanagan by playing Jack’s beloved 90’s Les Paul. The video was shot at J Robbins’ Magpie Cage Recording Studio in Baltimore, MD. J Robbins produced the Clutch albums “Robot Hive/Exodus” and “Strange Cousins From The West” and he recorded all of the WM Vault Series singles.
The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/F1DJFNSideQ.
Clutch has curated their own Spotify playlist “Clutch’s Heavy Rotation” at this location: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3NlZsjNNOoCvwjCv58mcNR
On Monday, December 2nd, Clutch will embark on a European headline tour with Graveyard and Kamchatka as support.
Tickets available here.
2 Dec (Mon) – Wiesbaden, GER @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
3 Dec (Tue) – Oberhausen, GER @ Turbinenhalle
5 Dec (Thu) – Bremen, GER @ Aladin Music Hall
6 Dec (Fri) – Nuremberg, GER @ Löwensaal
*7 Dec (Sat) – Strasbourg, FRA @ La Laiterie
8 Dec (Sun) – Villeurbanne, FRA @ Transbordeur
10 Dec (Tue) – Barcelona, ESP @ Sala Apolo
*11 Dec (Wed) – Madrid, ESP @ Sala But
13 Dec (Fri) – Madrid, ESP @ Sala But
14 Dec (Sat) – Bilbao, ESP @ Santana 27
15 Dec (Sun) – Bordeaux, FRA @ Le Rocher de Palmer
17 Dec (Tue) – Southampton, GBR @ O2 Guildhall
18 Dec (Wed) – London, GBR @ Roundhouse
19 Dec (Thu) – Leeds, GBR @ O2 Academy
*20 Dec (Fri) – Nottingham, GBR @ Rock City
Then, right after the Christmas holidays Clutch will head out one last time in 2019 for the annual run of dates between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. They are supported at each show by The Steel Woods and Damon Johnson. The only exception will be at the Ashville, NC show where Tyler Bryant will have the opening slot instead of Damon Johnson. Tickets available here.
27 Dec (Fri) – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
*28 Dec (Sat) – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
29 Dec (Sun) – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
30 Dec (Mon) – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
31 Dec (Tue) – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Neil Fallon - Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult - Guitar
Dan Maines - Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster - Drums/Percussion
For more information, check out the band’s website:
LOTS INCLUDE RARE & SIGNED ITEMS FROM FOO FIGHTERS, SLIPKNOT, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, NO DOUBT, ZAKK WYLDE/ BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, CLUTCH, THURSDAY, AND A LIMITED PRINT OF CHRIS CORNELL.
Neil Fallon is the lyricist, singer, and rhythm guitar player of the rock band CLUTCH. What you might not know, is that since 2017, he's also been on the board of the non-profit organisation INNOCENT LIVES FOUNDATION.
Based in the United States but working globally, the ILF is committed to helping children by unmasking anonymous online predators and aiding law enforcement to bring them to justice. Through open source intelligence gathering, the ILF create dossiers on possible child exploiters by searching the Internet for information and scouring the dark web for proof. Once evidence is found, the ILF turns the dossiers over to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. In 2019 more than 80 of the dossiers produced by the ILF are being used by law enforcement to track, capture, and and apprehend child predators. The ILF is a 501c3 charitable organisation and relies solely on donations.
Now, Fallon has organised a special online auction of rare and sought after rock 'n roll memorabilia to benefit the Innocent Lives Foundation.
The auction lots include signed guitars from Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, No Doubt, Zakk Wylde, Thursday, and Clutch. Also up for bids are signed posters from the Foo Fighters and Black Label Society. Finally, there is a limited edition (#21 of 25) black and white photo print of Chris Cornell, courtesy of Andrew Stuart and approved by the Cornell estate.
When asked why he wanted to organise an auction for the ILF, Fallon responded, “No one wants to hear, let alone talk, about the topic of child abuse. We can choose to look away, but the victims don’t have that option. I realised that if I am in a position to help, how could I not? Putting together this auction is an easy thing to do for kids that need our help so desperately.”
Interested fans can place bids at: auctions.innocentlivesfoundation.org.
Bidding starts on November 25th at 11am EST (8am PST / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET) and concludes on December 7th at 11:59pm EST.
Fallon returns to the UK with CLUTCH for headline shows pre-Christmas, with special guests Graveyard and Kamchatka. For tickets, visit www.pro-rock.com.
Join the band at the following UK dates:
Tue 17th Dec - SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
Wed 18th Dec - LONDON Roundhouse
Thu 19th Dec - LEEDS O2 Academy
Fri 20th Dec - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
About the Innocent Lives Foundation
The ILF uses experts from around the globe to save children and stop the spread of child abuse material, which can include child pornography, child erotica, and content displaying any type of child abuse. They create technology and processes to combat child abuse material. They use this technology to assist law enforcement in bringing predators to justice.
To donate or for more info on the ILF's work, please visit www.innocentlivesfoundation.org.
Summer at the Jersey shore. Sun, heat, boardwalk, ocean...there's nothing like the Jersey shore, especially on a Friday night, at the historic Stone Pony, with the almighty CLUTCH in concert!
Dispite heavy traffic, temperatures in the 90's, a dead cellphone battery, and a faulty camera memory card NOTHING was going to deter me from enjoying myself. Being outside at the shore with the opening notes of "How To Shake Hands" (from the current Clutch release "Book of Bad Decisions") in the air all of my focus was on the band. I first saw Clutch perform "How To Shake Hands" in Philadelphia prior to the release of "Book of Bad Decisions". It went over then and was way over tonight.
As the Clutch set progressed it was clear this was different then what the band has been playing over the past couple tours. Songs such as "Earth Rocker" and "X-Ray Visions" were missing from tonight's set and instead replaced by songs from "Book of Bad Decisions" including "H.B. Is In Control" and "Gimme The Keys". Very cool to hear these songs live and with all the dancing going on around me the Asbury Park crowd clearly agreed.
Neil Fallon was in top form, motoring through the intense "Crucial Velocity" and the power track "50,000 Unstoppable Watts". Earlier in the day on the Clutch official Twitter site @clutchofficial a Tweet went out celebrating the 46 year anniversary of the ZZ Top album "Tres Hombres". The tune "Precious and Grace" was released on that album and Clutch recently released their version of the song as part of the "Weathermaker Vault Series". The band played the song tonight and Tim Sult's hard, crushing guitar sounded superb. The solos were out of control!!!
"A Quick Death In Texas" is such a memorable song from the album "Psychic Warfare" with the blues rock feel that flows through and Fallon perfoms the song live with such intensity it was great to hear during tonight's set. And of course you can't forget "Cypress Grove" which finds it's way into most Clutch live sets. Simply a badass tune!
The Clutch/Killswitch Engage co-headlining tour wraps up August 4 but don't worry if you miss the tour. Clutch will most likely release dates for their annual Winter tour soon. At least that's what I'm hoping for!!
How To Shake Hands
H. B. Is In Control
El Jefe Speaks
Red Horse Rainbow
A Quick Death In Texas
Precious & Grace
50,000 Unstoppable Watts
Gimme The Keys
D.C. Sound Attack
Released September 7, 2018
Label - Weathermaker Music
For their 12th full-length album, Maryland rockers Clutch highlight all the best aspects of what they put forth on record throughout their career; groove rock, soulful blues, thought-provoking lyrical content, full-bodied drums, and a good fucking time!
One of the many things that draws me to Clutch is their uniqueness and ability to give me something refreshing. Vocalist Neil Fallon, guitarist Tim Sult, bassist Dan Maines, and drummer Jean-Paul Gaster develop songs that can go all out rock, full bore blues, or really any direction they see fit. Throw in funk bass grooves or jazz-influenced drums, Clutch do what a song needs.
For “Book of Bad Decisions” they go in multiple directions. The lead song “Gimme The Keys” has Fallon’s vocals as the focal point with the music methodically taking a break throughout the song to give a power punch. When the band fires it up together….man it’s a hard rock delight! You can picture Fallon’s on stage stance as he’s belting out this tune. Classic way to open an album.
The title track is brilliant with Maines laying down a cool funky bass groove underneath Sult’s power guitar. And throughout the track there’s Jean-Paul behind the kit playing in his classic style of fun, laid back jazz/blues/rock drumming. I can focus on his drumming and just drift off into no man’s land. Amazing talent!
“How To Shake Hands” is Fallon throwing in a political themed tune as he’s known to do. Whatever your political view is, Fallon makes you think about the whole process and sometimes the innate silliness of it all and on this one he succeeds again.
“Hot Bottom Feeder” has to be the first ever song about the that Maryland delicacy…..the crab cake. The song rock and gives a pretty damn good recipe on cooking a bad ass crab cake too!
Give the song “Sonic Counselor” a listen. This song wraps up a lot of what Clutch is about. Great track with each band member nailing it. This song’s heartbeat is rock and could be one of those songs that gets extended live. The music just lends itself to jamming!
And come on, how do you not love a song titled “Emily Dickinson”. Lyrics on this one are written like a poem, descriptive meaningful lines that flow and detail works of Ms. Dickinson.
Clutch is out on the road now and just announced their annual Holiday run of shows for the end of the year.
For all things Clutch go to www.pro-rock.com.
Gimme The Keys
Spirit of ‘76
Book of Bad Decisions
How to Shake Hands
In Walks Barbarella
A Good Fire
H.B. Is In Control
Hot Bottom Feeder
Paper & Strife
Neil Fallon - vocals
Tim Sult - guitar
Jean-Paul Gaster - drums
Dan Maines - bass
Phone interview with Neil Fallon discussing "Psychic Warfare" and "Earth Rocker
In person interview with Tim Sult from Allentown, PA 2013
In person interview with Jean-Paul from Philly Dec 2012
Phone interview with Dan Maines discussing "Psychic Warfare" and the Rock Carnival