Clutch announce April and May 2020 US tour dates as Special Guest of Volbeat’s Rewind Replay Rebound World Tour. The first leg of the tour starts on April 4th in Tempe, AZ at 98KUPDUFest and finishes April 15th in Atlanta, GA. The second leg of the tour starts May 5th in Youngstown, OH and ends in New York, NY on May 13th. The Picturebooks open each show.

Clutch has some interesting history with Volbeat. Back in 2011 Clutch successfully supported Volbeat on their mainland European dates. Most recently Neil Fallon was invited by Michael Poulson to share vocal duties on Volbeat’s recording of the track “Die To Live” and to join the band at the video shoot for the song in Boston, MA. 

“It’s a catchy straight-ahead rocker of a song and I am flattered to have been asked to participate” says Neil Fallon. Tim Sult very favorably remembers the 2011 tour with the band. “We had such a great time touring Europe with both Volbeat and The Picturebooks, it was only natural that we do it in the US.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 17th at 10 AM EST via

April 04 | Tempe, AZ | 98KUPD UFest
April 05 | Las Vegas, NV | The Pearl
April 07 | Denver, CO | Mission Ballroom
April 08 | Independence, MO | Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
April 10 | Irving, TX | Toyota Music Factory
April 11 | Beaumont, TX | Ford Arena
April 13 | Nashville, TN | Municipal Auditorium
April 14 | Knoxville, TN | Civic Coliseum
April 15 | Atlanta, GA | Coca-Cola Roxy
May 02 | Hershey, PA | Giant Center ^
May 05 | Youngstown, OH | Covelli Center
May 06 | Columbus, OH | Schottenstein Center
May 09 | Milwaukee, WI | Eagles Ballroom
May 10 | Grand Rapids, MI | Deltaplex
May 12 | Baltimore, MD | UMBC Event Center
May 13 | New York, NY | Pier 17

^ Special guests Gojira & The Picturebooks; Clutch will not be supporting on this date 

Follow and listen to Clutch’s Spotify playlist at: playlist/ 3NlZsjNNOoCvwjCv58mcNR


Neil Fallon - Vocals/Guitar

Tim Sult - Guitar

Dan Maines - Bass

Jean-Paul Gaster - Drums/Percussion

For more information, check out the band’s website: clutchband clutchofficial clutchofficial officialclutch


Concert Review

New Year's Eve 2019

For this year's annual Holiday tour it was Philadelphia that pulled the CLUTCH New Year's Eve show.   Union Transfer hosted and was filled wall to wall with Philly Clutch fans.

For this special show Neil, Tim, Dan, and JP performed "Blast Tyrant" in it's entirety for the first time ever!  Needless to say crowd participation was the theme for the night.  From the opening notes of "Mercury" to the final drum beat of "WYSIWYG" the crowd was singing along with Neil on every song.

"Blast Tyrant" is  a classic Clutch album that exemplifies what's so special about this band.  They can bring the fury with a song like "The Mob Goes Wild", funk it up as they do on "Cypress Grove",  or lay down the soul and groove with "The Regulator".  All in one alum, all in one concert.  The show ended with an encore featuring "Electric Worry" and their latest cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate son".

And with it being New Year's Eve the guys tried to time it out so they would count us down to midnight but were just a couple minutes off.  No worries though, after a quick "Happy New Year" at midnight we all joined in together for a true countdown with the band, saying goodbye to 2019 and welcoming in 2020.  See the video below.

Such a great time with Clutch ringing in 2020.  Let's hope we see them again in the new year.

Set List:


Profits of Doom

The Mob Goes Wild

Cypress Grove

Promoter (of Earthbound Causes)

The Regulator

Worm Drink

Army of Bono

Spleen Merchant

(In the Wake of) The Swollen Goat


Subtle Hustle


(Notes from the Trial of ) La Curandera


Struck Down

Big News 1

Big News 2

Electric Worry

Fortunate Son (CCR Cover)

Clutch is:

Neil Fallon

Tim Sult

Dan Maines

Jean-Paul Gastier 


Happy New Year with Clutch



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:

“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 (WolfmotherThe RaconteursArctic 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:

Clutch has curated their own Spotify playlist “Clutch’s Heavy Rotation” at this location:

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

*Sold out


Neil Fallon - Vocals/Guitar

Tim Sult - Guitar

Dan Maines - Bass

Jean-Paul Gaster - Drums/Percussion

For more information, check out the band’s website:





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:

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

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


Concert Review

July 26, 2019: The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

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!!

Set List:

How To Shake Hands

H. B. Is In Control

Passive Restraints

El Jefe Speaks


Crucial Velocity

Red Horse Rainbow

A Quick Death In Texas

Precious & Grace

50,000 Unstoppable Watts

Cypress Grove

Gimme The Keys

Willie Nelson

D.C. Sound Attack

Electric Worry



Review: "Book of Bad Decisions"

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

Song List

Gimme The Keys

Spirit of ‘76

Book of Bad Decisions

How to Shake Hands

In Walks Barbarella

Vision Quest

Weird Times

Emily Dickinson

Sonic Counselor

A Good Fire

Ghoul Wrangler

H.B. Is In Control

Hot Bottom Feeder

Paper & Strife


Clutch is:

Neil Fallon - vocals

Tim Sult - guitar

Jean-Paul Gaster - drums

Dan Maines - bass


Neil Fallon interview

Phone interview with Neil Fallon discussing "Psychic Warfare" and "Earth Rocker

Tim Sult interview

In person interview with Tim Sult from Allentown, PA 2013

Jean-Paul Gaster interview 2012

In person interview with Jean-Paul from Philly Dec 2012

Dan Maines Interview

Phone interview with Dan Maines discussing "Psychic Warfare" and the Rock Carnival