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Formed: 1991
From: MD, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Clutch News

Below is our complete Clutch news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Clutch and Motorhead UK Tour Dates

Clutch will support Motorhead on tour in the UK this November. Here are the latest tour dates:

11/02 Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
11/04 Glasgow, UK @ Carling Glasgow Academy
11/05 Manchester, UK @ Carling Apollo Manchester
11/07 Bradford, UK @ St. George's Hall
11/08 Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
11/09 Birmingham, UK @ Carling Birmingham Academy
11/11 Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff University
11/12 Oxford, UK @ New Theatre
11/13 Leicester, UK @ De Montfort Hall
11/15 Norwich, UK @ University Of East Anglia
11/16 @ Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
11/17 Ipswich, UK @ Ipswich Regent
11/19 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
11/20 Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
11/21 Plymouth, UK @ Plymouth Pavilions
11/23 Portsmouth, UK @ Portsmouth Guildhall
11/24 Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
11/25 London, UK @ Carling Brixton Academy

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Clutch To Tour Parts of US

CLUTCH has announced the following U.S. dates in September:

Sep. 09 - The Pit - Kill Devil Hills, NC
Sep. 10 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
Sep. 11 - TBA
Sep. 12 - Blue Cats - Knoxville, TN
Sep. 13 - TBA
Sep. 14 - Headliner's - Toledo, OH
Sep. 15 - Buffalo Icon - Buffalo, NY
Sep. 16 - Nyabinghi - Youngstown, OH
Sep. 17 - The Sound Factory - Charleston, WV
Sep. 18 - TBA
Sep. 19 - The Temple Club - Lansing, MI
Sep. 20 – Streeters - Traverse City, MI
Sep. 21 - TBA
Sep. 22 - Blue Note - Columbia, MO

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Bam Margera's Viva La Bands Tour 2006 Initial Info

After executing a successful 5-date mini-tour last year Bam Margera's Viva La Bands Tour 2006 is being planned. As of now, Clutch and CKY are confirmed and Turbonegro is rumored to be in negotiations as well for the planned 20 date outing. There will be a number of after-parties featuring other bands and rotating some emerging artists at different shows.

The tour will feature exclusive Bam themed video content on big screens (Jackass-style stuff) produced by Tim Glomb. There will also be special live appearances from the Viva La Bam crew and many of their celebrity friends.

The Viva La Bands 2006 tour is tentatively scheduled to kick off on October 4th in Phoenix and end with a big Halloween bash in Philly on October 31st. Ticket prices are expected to be kept low (around $20). There will be numerous opportunities for fans to meet Bam and the bands, and it will all be caught on film.

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Trivium, In Flames, Opeth Metal Hammer Nominees

The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards — which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London — were recently announced. In keeping with the "Valhalla" theme of this year's awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the "Hammer of the Gods", an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team's cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.

Leading the field for nominations are longstanding rock and metal purveyors Roadrunner Records, with a staggering total of 14 nominations for the label that is home to acts as diverse as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD and award-nominated DRAGONFORCE. Coming in a very close second for overall nominations is major label powerhouse Warner Music with an impressive 11 awards for their roster of breakthrough U.S. rock bands MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD (a favourite of Radio 1's Jo Whiley), as well as Valley boys FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and Finnish rockers H.I.M. In a complete whitewash of the category, Warner Music have secured four of the five nominations in the "Best Video" category, with the fifth and final nomination going to Roadrunner.

Going head-to-head with a joint total of four nominations are Sony and Universal, while EMI have secured two nominations for metal stalwarts and British institution IRON MAIDEN. Coming on strong is independent challenger to the rock throne Visible Noise marginally trails Sony and Universal with three nominations including "Best UK Band" and "Album of the Year", both for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. U.S. alternative rockers COHEED & CAMBRIA have surprised many with 3 nominations including appearances in the prestigious "Best Album" and "Best International Band" categories.

The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows: More...

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Sounds Of The Underground DVD Info Revealed

Last year marked the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, which saw 17 of the best and most brutal metal acts around traverse the U.S. and Canada in what proved to be a very successful alternative to the more commercial Ozzfest. The tour hit the parking lot of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on July 2nd, 2005, and with it came almost 5000 fans. Metal bands like A Life Once Once Lost and Strapping Young Lad hammered out their sets alongside hardcore acts like Madball and Throwdown in the sweltering 95+ degree midday heat. As the sun began to set, stalwarts like Chimaira, Poison the Well and From Autumn to Ashes played well into the darkness. All of the passion and power of that day is captured in Sounds of the Underground Live: Vol. 1, which will hit streets on June 20th.

DRT Entertainment will be releasing the DVD which documents the day's festivities, complete with performances from 16 of the 17 artists who participated in the tour. Along with over 90 minutes of performance footage, the DVD also features vignettes on every band on the tour, along with a host of hilarious 'guest interview' segments from members of GWAR, Every Time I Die and Throwdown. The DVD was filmed by Doug Spangenberg of Highroller Studios (Lamb of God's Killadelphia).

Featuring live performances from:

All That Remains
A Life Once Lost
High on Fire
Strapping Young Lad
Norma Jean
Every Time I Die
Poison the Well
From Autumn to Ashes
Lamb of God

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Fireball Ministry Update and Tour Dates

FIREBALL MINISTRY appeared on NBC-TV’s “Last Call With Carson Daly” on last night. On the special hour-long show, the band performed “Sundown,” the first single from their newly released THEIR ROCK IS NOT OUR ROCK (Liquor & Poker Music) CD as well as “King” from their previous album The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast, 2003). FIREBALL MINISTRY are the first music act to utilize pyrotechnics in their performance on the show since it relocated to Los Angeles this fall.

In other TV news, the video for “Sundown” has just been added to MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and will make its debut on Saturday, December 17. The clip can be viewed on launch.yahoo.com, rollingstone.com, aolmusic.com, and liquorandpokermusic.com.

After wrapping tours with H.I.M., Opeth, CKY, Nevermore, Pelican, Finch and Skindred, among others, FIREBALL MINISTRY will kick-off an East Coast trek with Clutch on December 26, marking their fifth outing since August. In addition, the band will perform a special one-off gig at the Knitting Factory in New York City on Thursday, December 29. On January 22, the band will join Disturbed for a show at the House of Blues in Anaheim.

THEIR ROCK IS NOT OUR ROCK, the group’s third full-length, was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens of The Stone Age, Velvet Revolver, Foo Fighters), engineered by Mike Terry (Halford, Ash) and recorded at Dave Grohl’s and Elliot Smith’s studios.

Catch FIREBALL MINISTRY on the road:

Mon. 12/26 Washington, D.C 9:30 Club (with Clutch)
Tue. 12/27 Norfolk, VA Norva Theatre (with Clutch)
Wed 12/28 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero (with Clutch)
Thu 12/29 New York, NY Knitting Factory
Fri 12/30 Toledo, OH Headliners (with Clutch)
Sat 12/31 Flint, MI Machine Shop (with Clutch)
Sun 1/22 Anaheim, CA House of Blues (with Disturbed)

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New Opeth Album Tops Unrestrained's 2005 List

Canada’s UNRESTRAINED! Magazine has named Opeth’s "Ghost Reveries" as the #1 Album of 2005 in their year-end issue that will be on stands December15th, 2005.

The full Top 20 of 2005 (as chosen by the staff) is as follows:


1. Opeth - Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner)
2. Nevermore – This Godless Endeavour (Century Media)
3. Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness (Metal Blade)
4. Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus (DRT)
5. Lurker Of Chalice – Lurker Of Chalice (Southern Lord/Total Holocaust)
6. Deathspell Omega – Kenose (N.E.D./Ajna Offensive)
7. Corrosion Of Conformity - In The Arms Of God (Sanctuary)
8. Hypocrisy – Virus (Nuclear Blast)
9. Strapping Young Lad – Alien (Century Media)
10. Between The Buried And Me – Alaska (Victory)
11. Dark Tranquillity - Character (Century Media)
12. Ulver – The Blood Inside (The End)
13. Napalm Death - The Code Is Red... Long Live The Code (Century Media)
14. Rammstein - Rosenrot (Universal)
15. Torche – Torche (Robotic Empire)
16. Green Carnation – The Quiet Offspring (The End Records)
17. Leaves’ Eyes – Vinland Saga (Napalm)
18. Jesu - Jesu (Hydra Head)
19. Slough Feg – Atavism (Cruz Del Sur)
20. Red Knife Lottery – So Much Drama (Uprising)

For more information, visit www.unrestrainedmag.com.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Announce UK Tour Dates

Corrosion of Conformity have announced the following UK tour dates with Clutch and Stinking Lizabeta in January 2006:

Jan. 23 Leeds - Cockpit
Jan. 24 Glasgow - Garage
Jan. 25 TBA
Jan. 26 Portsmouth - Wedgewoodrooms
Jan. 27 Brighton - Concorde 2
Jan. 28 Oxford - Zodiac
Jan. 29 London - Mean Fiddler/Astoria

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Huntington, WV Clutch Show Report

I arrived early to the Huntington Music Hall for the Clutch show. November 10th had been an unusually warm and sunny day; I figured seeing these guys play would just finish my evening off perfectly. I was also looking forward to interviewing the band before the show, which had been hastily arranged with the tour manager the same day. I’ve been listening to this band for a long time; I grew up in Maryland, not too far from where Clutch started out. I’ve always enjoyed their music and was ready to see them play live.

While standing in line at the door, waiting to get in the club just like everyone else, rumors were flying… the band was running late and may not make it to the show on time or at all. I didn’t see them canceling a show bill with two full sets so I just ignored the small up setters. When I finally got to the ticket booth and asked the desk guys where to find the band’s tour manager for my scheduled interview, he explained they were running late and had not yet arrived. He told me to hunt down the club manager to help get things moving when they did arrive. Disappointed with the prospect of not being able to complete my interview I entered the club and ordered a gin and tonic. More...

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Clutch Books A Few Headlining Dates

Clutch have booked a new string of dates with Kelly Carmichael tapped to serve as support, here's the rundown:
October 25th Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
October 26th Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
October 27th Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
October 28th Richmond, VA - Alley Katz
October 29th Jacksonville, NC - Coastal Plains Raceway
October 30th Tallahassee, FL - The Beta Bar
October 31st Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room
November 02nd Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
November 04th Dallas, TX - Trees
November 07th Austin, TX - Emo's

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Clutch To Support CKY On UK Tour

CLUTCH will be supporting CKY on a U.K. tour beginning in late September. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sep. 27 - Carling Academy – Bristol, UK
Sep. 28 – Barfly – Cardiff, UK (CLUTCH Only)
Sep. 29 – Astoria – London, UK
Sep. 30 - Pyramid Center – Portsmouth, UK
Oct. 01 – Academy – Manchester, UK
Oct. 02 – ABC – Glasgow, UK
Oct. 04 – Ambassador – Dublin, IRE
Oct. 05 - Rock City – Nottingham, UK
Oct. 06 – UEA – Norwich, UK
Oct. 07 - Carling Academy – Birmingham, UK

CLUTCH are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Robot Hive/Exodus", available now on DRT Entertainment. The follow-up to the acclaimed "Blast Tyrant", was produced by J. Robbins (JAWBOX, THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN) at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY, and was mixed at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ.

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God Forbid Added To Locobazooka Festival

God Forbid has just been added to the WAAF Locobazooka Festival, which is set to take place on September 18 in Fitchburgh, MA. The festival features Disturbed, The Dropkick Murphys, Ill Nino, Life Of Agony, Clutch, Seemless, Darkest Hour, Bury Your Dead, Dope, Bloodsimple, and many more. Tickets are $39.95. For more information, check out www.locobazooka.com.

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Sounds Of The Underground Report From Vancouver

On July 26, I got the chance to attend the Sounds of the Underground tour when they stopped in Vancouver, BC. The show was originally scheduled for the Pacific Coliseum but was moved to the PNE Forum, which is a lot smaller. My guess was that the ticket sales didn’t do very well. More...

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Clutch New Video 'Burning Beard' Online

CLUTCH have just released a new video for the song 'Burning Beard', the first single off of their latest release "Robot Hive/Exodus". You can check out the video here.

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Sounds Of The Underground Vancouver Venue Moved

The Sounds of the Underground Tour show in Vancouver on July 26 has been moved from the Pacific Coliseum to the PNE Forum. All tickets for the Pacific Coliseum will be honored at the door and are now general admission.

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New Clutch Album Debuts In Billboard Top 100

Clutch's new album, Robot Hive/Exodus, will debut next week at #93 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and #7 on the Independent Label chart. With sales of almost 13,000, Robot Hive/Exodus (their sixth studio album) marks the band’s highest chart debut and biggest first week sales in their 12 year history.

Clutch is currently co-headlining the Sounds Of The Underground tour. The band will be playing material from the new album, including the first single '10001', as the tour crosses North Americathrough the first week of August, and will return to the road in fall 2005 for their own headlining tour.

“This impressive first sales week by Clutch not only affirms the band's continuing relevance within the rock community,” said DRT co-principal Derek Shulman, “but also shows how competitive an independent label like DRT can be with quality rock acts such as Clutch.”

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Sounds Of The Underground Photos Posted Online

ReturnToThePit.com has posted a bunch of photos from the first Sounds of the Undergroud show in Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA on June 25. Check them out here.

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SotU Bands Schedule Meet And Greet

Everyday at the Sounds of the Underground Tour, all the bands playing will be hanging at their merch tents are various times looking to meet you. The times have been posted here. They change through the tour so check the date you're headed too and see what time the bands will be around.

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Sounds Of The Underground Tour: 3 Week Countdown

The countdown is on. Three weeks from now the North American Continent will be hit with a five week musical storm - The Sounds Of The Underground Tour launching June 25th in Lowell, Mass.!

Lead singer D. Randall Blythe proclaims: "Lamb Of God are very pleased to be included as the headliner for the Sounds Of The Underground tour. The tour has a very diverse line up, including many of our old friends, and showcases established acts as well as many excellent up and coming bands to watch for. Corporate politics had no part in the formation of this tour - this one's for the bands and the fans, not some executive's paycheck. The party is coming your way this summer - show up with your dancing shoes and help us bring the ruckus!"

This history making tour features 26 shows in 31 days; bringing 22 of todays heaviest and most hard core underground musical performers to the forefront. This fan friendly event is keeping ticket prices very low, under $30.00 per ticket in most markets. The tour delivers Lamb Of God, Opeth, Gwar, Clutch, Poison The Well, Every Time I Die, Chimaira, A Life Once Lost, Throwdown, Unearth, Norma Jean, DevilDriver, From Autumn To Ashes, Madball, High On Fire, Strapping Young Lad, All That Remains, Terror, The Red Chord, Nora and Fear Before The March Of Flames to arenas all summer long.

Even more for the fans: SotU special Tour Program insert will be in every issue of Revolver magazine on the newsstands in June; with additional limited edition copies of this tour program on heavy stock paper to be distributed at each show.

Also available now and all summer long at Hot Topic is the exclusive DVD/CD Box Set specially priced at $9.99; featuring videos and songs from every band on the tour as well as other favorites from the labels who bring you the SotU tour and also contains a trailer of Lamb Of God's new "Killadelphia" DVD (June 21 Epic Records).

Tickets are still available thru the website where surcharges on tickets are much cheaper, also the website lists many surcharge free box office available locally.

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Manson, Slayer, SoaD To Play Festimad 2005

Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, Slayer and System of a Down are some of the music bands to perform in the festival Festimad 2005, to be held in Cantueña de Fuenlabrada (Madrid) on May 27 and 28. This edition will host the "heaviest" concerts it has ever sheltered.

The organisers expect this year near 60,000 people will attend the event, 20,000 more than in 2004. Furthermore, there will be many novelties in this edition, from a completely new headquarters to running-water WC's and hot-water showers.

Another of the novelties is that instead of a main stage and another smaller, both of them will have the same size one by the other. This nearness will allow a greater comfort for the audience to move from one stage to the other.

According to the organisers, the camping site will be much bigger and "closer from concerts, with a supermarket and food street stalls."

The Friday 27 programme will host Marilyn Manson's new show, as well as the bands Nightwish, The Hives, Wednesday 13 and Muletrain. The heavy metal Californian band Slayer will also perform on that day at the other stage, together with Turbonegro, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Skizoo and Legen Beltza.

The Prodigy will play on the first stage on Saturday 28 with Incubus, Hermano, Mondo Generator and The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster. System of a Down, one of the most creative bands on the North-American hard rock scene will share the stage on Saturday with Fu Manchu, Clutch, Five Horse Johnson and Hamlet.

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