Tonight the North East welcomed Maryland ‘Earth Rockers’ Clutch to the O2 Academy Newcastle for the opening night of their European Tour.  A good crowd were in attendance to see the band and their Weathermaker label mates Lionize.  The last time Clutch played in the area was opening for Thin Lizzy back in 2012.

Last week Lionize were out on tour in the US with Umphrey’s McGee, as well as releasing a split 7-inch this last weekend with Clutch for the now much celebrated Record Store Day.  The vinyl featured Clutch track Run, John Barleycorn Run and Either Madness by Lionize. The band’s latest album, Jetpack Soundtrack, was released earlier this year.

Lionize rattled through a nice set of groove heavy psychedelic rock, full of deep bass lines, power chords, infectious Doors-esque keyboard lines and instrumental breakdowns.  They received a great response from the local crowd.

Next up was the mighty Clutch.  The band’s intro tape, We Need Some Money by Chuck Brown, rolled as they took to the stage opening their set with Crucial Velocity.  Energetic front man Neil Fallon strutted around the stage, arms reaching out, fists in the air captivating the crowd.  It’s hard to believe that the band had just flown in from the US into London Heathrow this morning and driven straight up to Newcastle.

The band charged their way through an impressive triple attack of Earth Rocker, The Face, and D.C. Sound Attack from their latest album, which is soon to be re-released as a triple deluxe (2xcd/DVD) release in June.  Fallon taking to some heavy-duty bluesy Harmonica riffs during the later.

Mice and Gods saw hands in the air from the crowd, clapping along, and hanging on every word before Fallon picking up his acoustic guitar and slowing it down with Gone Cold.  The band had the room bouncing along to the southern rock infused Electric Worry from their album From Beale Street to Oblivion.  The main set was brought to a close with The Wolf Man Kindly Requests leaving the Newcastle crowd cheering for me.

Clutch returned to the stage to finish the night with classic wah-wah driven Profits of Doom from their 2004 album Blast Tyrant and new track Unto The Breach.  A nice well-balanced set from the band, some old favourites as well as some great new material.   The Earth certainly rocked in Newcastle tonight!

Clutch Set List:
Crucial Velocity
Burning Beard
The Mob Goes Wild
Subtle Hustle
Earth Rocker
D.C. Sound Attack!
The Face
Mice and Gods
Gone Cold
The Elephant Riders
Oh, Isabella
Cypress Grove
The Regulator
Pure Rock Fury
Electric Worry
One Eye Dollar
The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…

Encore:
Profits of Doom
Unto the Breach

Clutch:
pro-rock.com
facebook.com/Clutchband


Lionize:
lionizemusic.com
facebook.com/LIONIZEMUSIC

 

About The Author

Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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