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Clutch Live in Portland ME, Providence RI and Manchester NH

By Tokemaster General, Contributor
Monday, November 1, 2004 @ 11:23 AM


Clutch Live at Asylum in Portl

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REVIEW BY: Bill Violette

Another great weekend tour of the Northeast with America's finest rock band! Three shows, three nights in three states. It doesn't get much better than this. Stoner rock heroes Clutch are still working hard touring in support of Blast Tyrant, their most recent and probably most impressive release. If you know Clutch, you understand the magnitude of that statement. As usual, they brought the rock with them. Opening band Sugardaddie were excellent and I highly recommend their new CD, Americanrickshaw, produced by Clutch drummer Jean Paul Gaster. Standout live tracks were “River Boat,” Kill Em' All-era Metallica.

The middle slot on two of the three nights was filled by New Hampshires' own Scissorfight. They rocked as usual, with standout live tracks like “Outmotherfucker The Man, New Hampshire’s All Right If You Like Fighting and Granite State Destroyer.

The middle night, in Providence, brought Seemless as the 2nd act. This was the first time I've seen them, and they really didn't do a whole lot for me. All that said, there was only one reason that I would travel 500 miles and fight traffic and idiots... CLUTCH!

Night one at Asylum in Portland, Maine was predictable in one way... the Portland Clutch crowd is the worst one I've experienced. A huge number of overly aggressive people trying to injure each other in the pit, and taking their mayhem all over the building. I am legally blind, and can't see those idiots coming, and can't tell which one I should smack, if I could even see to smack them! Neil Fallon even stopped the show to get one jerk tossed, commenting that security was not his job. Bottom line, Asylum sucks too. Luckily, the band played a great set that really caught fire starting with “Pure Rock Fury” and included an awesome new jam that really rocked the house. An approximate setlist follow, may be slightly out of order in the middle.

Asylum - Portland, ME 10/8/04

Wysiwyg
Mercury
Profits of Doom
Mob Goes Wild
8x Over Miss October
Tight Like That
Pure Rock Fury
Army of Bono
Cypress Grove
Shogun Named Marcus
Rats
House of Peterbilt
Hoodoo Operator
Ship of Gold
(New Jam)
Regulator
Escape from the Prison Planet
Big I
Big II

Night two in Providence, RI. Three hours drive to get properly primed for the show was a good start. The Living Room was the perfect venue for this show. The PA was good and the vibe of the crowd was incredible. Also, the smoking policy (Smoke Anything You Want) made this the best room of the weekend. The only problem with the Living Room? I've never been in any living room that had absolutely ZERO seats! With all that room, a place to sit and drink would have been most welcome. I think the really loose vibe was best exemplified by the fact that the bands were all hanging out in the club instead of back in the dressing room. Clutch played their best set of the weekend on this night, with great sound and a terrific set list. It really seemed as though the band was enjoying themselves this night. The playing was excellent throughout, and I was brought to edge of ecstasy when the band played “Spleen Merchant” off the new record and followed with a brilliant version “The Soapmakers.” They played the new jam again, and it gets better every time I hear it. They also played a great version of “Spacegrass,” which made me sad that I was fresh out!

The Living Room - Providence, RI 10/9/04

Mercury
Profits of Doom
Mob Goes Wild
Cypress Grove
Pure Rock Fury
Red Horse Rainbows
Elephant Riders
New jam
Army of Bono
Escape from the Prison Planet
Spleen Merchant
Soapmakers
Regulator
Swollen Goat
House of Peterbilt
Spacegrass
Marcus
Impetus

The finale: On this night, I went without my seeing-eye wife, so I was a little nervous about what I was facing. I went with my cousin in his car, which died when we reached the parking lot of the club, some 80 miles from home! We missed Sugardaddie, as we had to take a taxi to WalMart to buy a couple of car batteries to make sure we'd get home. All part of the adventure! The club seemed like a cave, with the stage about 1 foot high. I stood in the drinking section along the rail (Nice safe spot for a blind guy). This area was pretty well lit throughout the show, so for the first time all weekend I got to check out the audience. More ladies than I would have suspected, and they were an interesting group to look at. Clutch girls run the gamut from the beautiful and busty to the dark and gothic and tattooed. I can see that much! So the stage setup sucked, as you could barely see the band, and the PA was terrible as well. I could barely hear the vocals through half of Scissorfight’s set. The sound was a little better for Clutch, until the PA started cutting out. I also think the band must of lost monitors for a while, as Neil really seemed to have a hard time hearing himself and staying in tune. This led to a pretty bad vocal performance of “Easy Breeze,” which is too bad because it's such a great song. The highlight of this night for me would be the trio of “Animal Farm” – “Body of John Wilkes Booth” – “Oregon.” How do I love Clutch? Let me count the ways. This being the 12th time I've seen the band, was the first time they've gone through a set without playing something I haven't seem from them before.

The Bomb Shelter - Manchester, NH 10/10/2004

Mercury
Profits
Mob
8 X Over Miss October
Animal Farm
I Have the Body of John Wilkes Booth
Oregon
Rats
House of Peterbilt
New Jam
Sea of Destruction
Regulator
Elephant Riders
Easy Breeze
Red Horse Rainbow
Ship of Gold
12 oz Epilogue
Swollen Goat
Spacegrass
Impetus

SUMMARY:

A great weekend of rock with the most interesting and creative force in American Rock! If you don't know CLUTCH, you are most definitely missing out. Go see the hardest working band in America when they come to your town!



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