Photos & Review By : Rich Frollini
All Photos © Coda Photography & PA Music News
‘Pure Rock Fury’ – It’s not just a song title. It’s what the Maryland rock band Clutch unleashed at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE on Friday night. No crazy lighting setups and little if any stage fog, Clutch puts on straight-up rock and roll show playing their asses off and stirring the crowd into a frenzy. The band seems to feed off of this energy as they dive deeper and deeper into their set. Clutch is considered to fit into a few different genres, but to me they seem like a blender full of rock, blues, funk and metal with a dash of secret sauce that pours out into a very unique sound that is all their own.
Touring in support of their 10th studio album ‘Earth Rocker‘, the band opened up the set with two songs from the album. First up was ‘Crucial Velocity’ in which frontman Neil Fallon displayed “velocity” as he darted back and forth across the stage engaging the crowd from the very start. Next up was ‘Book, Saddle and Go’ in which drummer, Jean-Paul Gaster and bassist, Dan Maines bring in with a rumbling intro before the song opens up into guitarist Tim Sult’s thick and groovy riff. Coupling these amazing musicians with Fallon’s raspy yet strong voice and rambunctious stage presence, gives the band that certain flair that helps keep the crowd involved in the entire show.
The next song up was ‘Mice and Gods’ from the 2005 release ‘Robot Hive/Exodus’. Being the third song of the set, this was the last one that I was allowed to photograph from the pit. The stage lighting carried pretty much the same intensity throughout the entire evening, while changing hues from blue to red and quite often a vibrant orange. Fallon and company continued on to absolutely crush it up there for another dozen or more songs which included crowd favorites such as ‘DC Sound Attack’ and ‘Open Up the Border’ and finishing the set with hard-driving ‘Earth Rocker’.
The crowd, sweaty and on edge erupted into calling for an encore only 10 seconds after the band left the stage. And Clutch did not disappoint their fans. The three song encore began with the band launching into their classic ‘Pure Rock Fury’, followed by ‘Electric Worry’ and ‘One Eye Dollar’. At the end of the evening, people flocked to the merch booth to pick up t-shirts, CD’s and whatever else they could get their hands on. Definitely a sign that nobody wanted to leave the pit area and miss anything while the show was going on. Clutch came into Pittsburgh and simply kicked it’s ass. Can’t wait to see them again soon…
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