Clutch To Join Volbeat For Upcoming North American Tour

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Clutch will join Volbeat on the road this spring.

The band will join Volbeat for the North American leg of its Rewind, Replay, Rebound World Tour. The North American leg of the tour is scheduled to launch April 4 in Tempe, AZ and to run through  May 13 in New York, NY.  It features performances in cities, such as Atlanta, GA; Irving, TX and Gran Rapids, MI.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available now here.

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

Clutch’s upcoming tour with Volbeat is not the first time that the two bands have toured together.  Clutch supported Volbeat in 2011 during its European tour.  Front man Neil Fallon also recently offered his vocal talents for Volbeat’s song ‘Die To Live.’  Fallon also took part in the shoot for the song’s video.

More information on Clutch’s upcoming live schedule with Volbeat is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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Clutch Announces Year-End “Clutchmas” Shows

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Clutch is giving audiences a very special Christmas present.

The band announced this week, a trio of holiday shows scheduled to take place between Dec. 29 and 31. The group has dubbed the concert series “Clutch-mas.”

The band’s Dec. 29 show is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C.; its Dec. 30 show in Sayreville, NJ and its New Year’s Eve show in Philadelphia, PA.  Each show will feature its own unique set list separate from the others.  The band’s Dec. 31 show will feature a full performance of its 2004 album Blast Tyrant.

Tickets for the shows are available online here.

More information on the band’s upcoming shows, which are also in support of the band’s 2018 album Book of Bad Decisions, is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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Clutch Debuts ‘Fortunate Son’ Cover Video

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Clutch debuted the video Thursday for its cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s timeless song ‘Fortunate Son.’

The video’s debut came alongside the band’s release of the song as part of Weathermarker Records’ “Weathermaker Vault Series.”  Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster talked about the band’s cover of the song in a recent interview.

“Growing up, it was hard not to hear CCR’s ‘Fortunate Son’ on the radio, on TV or even at the county fair,” he said.  “The groovy backbeat and the 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.  Fro 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.”

Clutch pays tribute to Flanagan in its video, with a picture of the band’s late manager with the band members in the video’s final moments.

Clutch is preparing to return to the road in support of its latest album Book of Bad Decisions on Dec. 2 in Wiesbaden, Germany.  The band’s  upcoming European tour runs through Dec. 20 in Nottingham, Great Britain.  Tickets for the band’s European shows are available here.

Following that run, the band will take some time off to rest and recharge before returning to North America for a short run of dates, including an already sold out date Dec. 28 in Asheville, NC.

Tickets for the band’s North American dates are available here.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

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
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

More information on Clutch’s upcoming tour dates, video and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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Clutch Announces Dates For Annual Holiday Run

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Clutch announced this week, the dates for its annual Holiday Run.

The band made the announcement Thursday.  The tour is scheduled to launch Dec. 27 in Cincinnati, OH and to run through Dec. 31 in Philadelphia, PA.

The Steel Woods will serve as support for each show while Damon Johson (Brother Cane, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper) will open each show except Clutch’s Asheville, NC date.  Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown will open that concert.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets are available now at the band’s official website.

Clutch Annual Holiday Tour Dates:
Fri/Dec-27 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Sat/Dec-28 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel (support from Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown)
Sun/Dec-29 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Mon/Dec-30 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Tue/Dec-31 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (New Years Eve Show)

Clutch is touring alongside Dropkick Murphys and Hatebreed.  The tour is scheduled to make its way to Chicago, IL Monday night before winding its way through the Midwest throughout the rest of the week.  Tickets for the tour are available here.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

(headline** and festival* dates) = no Dropkick Murphys.
Clutch headline ** show support below.
 Sun/Sep-29 Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
 Mon/Sep-30 Chicago, IL @ Aragon
 Tue/Oct-01 Minneapolis, MN @ The Myth
 Thu/Oct-03 Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center For The Arts
 Fri/Oct-04 Council Bluffs, IA @ Westfair Amphitheatre
 Sat/Oct-05 Broomfield, CO @ FirstBank Center
 Sun/Oct-06 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
 Tue/Oct-08 Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
 Wed/Oct-09 San Diego, CA @ Park at the Park
 *Fri/Oct-11 Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
 **Sat/Oct-12 Bend, OR @ Midtown Theater (support: Red Fang, Mos Generator)
 **Sun/Oct-13 Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater (support: Red Fang, Mos Generator)
 Mon/Oct-14 Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanic Gardens
 Tue/Oct-15 Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theatre
** = HEADLINE SHOW
* = FESTIVAL

Clutch’s tour is in support of its most recent album Book of Bad Decisions (2018).  More information on each item is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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Killswitch Engage, Clutch To Launch Co-Headlining Summer Tour

Killswitch Engage and Clutch will embark on a dual headliner tour this summer.

The tour schedule is scheduled to launch July 8 in Quebec City, QC and run through Aug. 7 in Las Vegas, NV.  It will feature performances in cities, such as Myrtle Beach, SC; Bangor, ME and Tulsa, OK.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + CLUTCH TOUR DATES:
7/8 — Quebec City, QC — Festival D’ete%
7/11 — London, ON — Rock The Park#
7/12 — Syracuse, NY — SI Hall
7/13 — Inwood, WV — Shiley Acres
7/14 — Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
7/16 — Fort Wayne, IN — The Clyde
7/18 — Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock & Casin
7/19 — Cadott, WI — Cadott Rock Fest#
7/20 — OshKosh, WI — Rock USA#
7/22 — Tulsa, OK — The Brady Theater
7/23 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
7/25 — Bethlehem, PA — Sands Event Center
7/26 — Asbury Park, NJ — Stone Pony Outdoors
7/27 — Montreal, QC — Heavy MTL#
7/28 — Bangor, ME — Impact Festival#
7/30 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount
8/2 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE Outdoors
8/3 — Port Chester, NY — Capital Theater
8/4 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
8/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Psycho Las Vegas^
#Festival
^Clutch Only
%KsE Only

Cro Mags JM and All that Remains will serve  as support. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

The announcement of KsE and Clutch’s co-headlining tour comes as KsE is wrapping its current tour with Parkway Drive.  The bands’ tour makes its last stop Saturday in Columbus, OH.

Killswitch Engage is touring in support of its most recent album, 2016’s Incarnate.  Clutch is touring in support of its latest album, 2018’s Book of Bad Decisions.

More information on Killswitch Engage is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.killswitchengage.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/killswitchengage

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kseofficial

 

More information on Clutch is available online along with all of the band’s news at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Clutchband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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Gibbons’ New Solo LP Is 2018’s “Baddest” Rock Album

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This year was a very productive span for the rock realm.  New offerings from well-known acts, such as Joe Satriani, Billy Gibbons and Stone Temple Pilots were joined by some enjoyable offerings from some lesser-known acts, such as The Magpie Salute, The Marcus King Band and Black Coffee to make for quite the selection of new offerings.

Simply put, the mainstream and the independent offerings turned out this year gave audiences plenty to appreciate. Many of those offerings made their way into Phil’s Picks list of the year’s top new rock albums, including and not limited to the offerings from the acts already noted here.

Topping off this critic’s list this year is Billy Gibbons’ new album The Big Bad Blues.  The ZZ Top star’s latest solo offering features some impressive covers of classic blues and blues rock tunes, while also offering some equally entertaining originals to round out the record’s body.  The whole is a record that is a solid listen from start to finish.

Taking second spot in this year’s list of the year’s top new rock albums is legendary guitarist Joe Satriani’s latest offering What Happens Next.  The full-on instrumental offering is everything that fans have come to expect from Satch, with touches of his past and present.

Third spot in this year’s list goes to Slash, Alter bridge front man Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The group’s new offering Living The Dream is a well-produced and engineered album with plenty of radio ready singles that go a long way toward displaying the group’s collective talents.  The lyrical themes are just as easily accessible as the record’s arrangements.  While not a perfect record, it is still enjoyable in its own right.

The remainder of this year’s list is noted below.  Also featured in this year’s list are new efforts from Black Coffee, Pop Evil and P.O.D.  As always, the list’s top 10 titles are the best while the five that follow are all honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. Billy Gibbons — The Big Bad Blues
  2. Joe Satriani — What Happens Next
  3. Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators — Living The Dream
  4. Clutch — The Book of Bad Ideas
  5. Michael Schenker Fest — Resurrection
  6. Black Coffee — Take One
  7. Black Stone Cherry — Family Tree
  8. Pompeii — The Secret Sessions
  9. P.O.D. — Circles
  10. The Marcus King Band — Carolina Confessions
  11. The Zealots — Only Rocks Live Forever
  12. Roine Stolt’s Flower King — Manifesto of an Alchemist
  13. The Magpie Salute — Highwater I
  14. Royal Tusk — Tusk II
  15. Stone Temple Pilots — Stone Temple Pilots

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Project 86 “Among” Rock and Metal’s Best On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top New Hard Rock & Metal Albums

Courtesy: Project 86/TAG Publicity

For those about to rock, we salute you!

Yes, everyone knows that phrase from AC/DC’s classic song by the same name.  As popular as it is, it is more than just a song lyric and title.  It is a statement of honor for the acts and audiences who span the rock community.  This year, as with every year prior, there are so many bands to honor as the year nears its end, including hard rock and metal bands.  In case it hasn’t become clear by now, this article focuses on this critic’s choices for the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  As with every list before, compiling it was not an easy task.  New releases from Project 86, Arch Enemy, Iced Earth, and so many others made this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums very crowded.  That is putting it lightly.  Between well-known mainstream acts and their lesser-known independent counterparts, the two sides collectively offered so many impressive new albums.

Topping this critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums is Project 86’s latest album Sheep Among Wolves.  The band’s 10th full-length studio recording in 20 years, this record takes all of the best elements of the band’s past — both musically and lyrically — and uses them to craft a work that is just as memorable and engaging as its predecessors.  Also on this year’s list from Phil’s Picks are new albums from — as already noted — Iced Earth and Arch Enemy — as well as new offerings from Overkill, Act of Defiance, Prong, Adrenaline Mob, Blacktop Mojo and others. As with every list, this list presents this critic’s Top 10 titles plus five additional titles for a total of 15 records.  That being noted, here for you is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. Project 86 — Sheep Among Wolves
  2. Prong — Zero Days
  3. Act of Defiance — Old Scars, New Wounds
  4. Overkill — The Grinding Wheel
  5. Iced Earth — Incorruptable
  6. Blacktop Mojo — Burn The Ships
  7. Adrenaline Mob — We The People
  8. Marty Friedman — Wall of Sound
  9. Corroded — Defcon Zero
  10. Dragonforce — Reaching Into Infinity
  11. The Haunted — Strength In Numbers
  12. Doyle — As We Die
  13. Demon Hunter — Outlive
  14. 36 Crazyfists — Lanterns
  15. Arch Enemy — Will To Power

That’s all for this list.  Again, it was not an easy list to compile.  Acts the likes of Eve To Eve to Adam, Marty Friedman, Sepultura, Annihilator, Mastodon and so many others all deserve their own share of credit.  With that in mind, it becomes easy to see why no disrespect was meant to any one act or another here.  Every noted act released its own impressive album.  Only so many spaces were available, sadly.

2018 is already shaping up to be an interesting year in its own right, with new material from Ministry on the way alongside new albums from Judas Priest, Saxon, Machine Head, Corrosion of Conformity, Tool, Clutch and lots more.  Stay tuned for all of that in the new year.  To keep up with all of the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.