Concert-Going with Zeke - The Mighty Clutch!

in #music2 months ago



How long has it been since you were at a live music show? To be honest as I always am, it has not been that long for me. I shared a Danko Jones show I attended and even had the chance to return to the stage myself in this show at the Hootenanny. So it hasn't been all that long for me.

For others, I am sure it has been small shows or none at all so I thought it would be good to share my fun adventure again. First things first!


The Poster


Turns out the poster for this show was designed by a dood I am friends with on facebook as we had played a couple shows together back in the day. Show date was May the 4th and the band are sci-fi nerds like us so a Star Wars themed posted seemed to fit the bill...literally. Each of the band members are represented in the image as well as references to music and the lyrics which have become definitive for them.


First Beers


You can watch a concert nowadays remotely or even streamed live. So why attend one in person? Mainly for the like-minded friends who make the trek to be there. We met at one hell of a brewpub with fantastic small plates and enjoyed a couple 6-pint rounds of IPA. Without this step of the journey, it almost wouldn't have been worth it. What was funny was seeing the number of Clutch shirts in this place before the show and quick conversations with folks destined for the same show.

The Venue


The London Concert Hall was damn full this night. I looked around and saw that I was the only shmo with a mask on and put it away for the futility of it. Half of me was glad to be back to normal while the other half wondered which of these people were in denial and were headed to kill their grand parents in the next couple weeks. I have already had covid in the last couple months and was prepared to wear my mask in public and not visit at-risk folks so that was enough for me to stop focussing upon that.

The Sword


There was a local band opening up but we missed them for the beers. From the hour and the HUGE crowd smoking pot out on the patio when we ordered, we figure we had even missed The Sword When the music started up, we were just in time for the band and they were great!


Some solid sonic riff rock was what we had prepared for and listened to before attending the show and that is what we got. The singer looked like a hipster but totally rocked the guitar and carried the show vocally. Great band and I would encourage you to discover them starting now.

Cloak of Feathers is the song that pops up first so give that a listen and surf the autoplay if you are into it.



Before too long, it was time for Clutch hit the stage. We discovered them in the middle of the 90s and have seen them well over a dozen times. Is assume if a band has not made it huge after 2 decades of constant touring, they will never. Still, we have loved these Maryland guys since the first listen and that first concert at Lee's Palace in Toronto back in 1995.


They really are one of the hardest working bands still in the business. During the pandemic, they learned new tricks, bought some new toys, and held some online concerts despite being primarily fuelled by live crowd response. I "attended" some of these virtually initially because they were raising money for the out-of-work crew who would have otherwise been accompanying them on tour in an employed fashion. Pretty noble and it was great to see them progress and keep engaged.


The energy felt simultaneously subdued but equally renewed as a bunch of concert thrivers awakened from their 2-year hibernation. So great to see the guys again and drink in so many old an new tunes.


As they regularly do, the set list was posted online for those attending this show, and those looking forward to the next show in the next town. They started with a brand new single, dropped back into some oldshool jams, journeyed into some tuned you don't often see live, revisited some old favourites and ended with a 3-shot of all of the above.

One of my favourite live jams was the last one to close out the set.


It was great to see old friends, look forward to a concert, and assemble the Clutch Cavalry after a couple years off. It did feel strange to be skulking in grocery stores wearing a mask and then casting all caution aside in this press of denial but the music and friends made it worth it. I hope you are getting to enjoy live music again there you are.

What a show!

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Live music show is electrifying. Great atmosphere and amazing sound !

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Oh that's awesome. I don't even remember the last rock show I was at. We have a folk festival here in July and we went last year with no restrictions. This year looks like they can add a few hundred more people so it should be really good. We've seen a few small folkies at the coffee shop too.

Up until now I hadn't heard of Clutch but I am going to listen a bit when I get up. That tune is pretty interesting and a unique sound, which is hard to make nowadays.

I used to love going to rock concerts but I have learned to dislike crowds over the years and especially boisterous ones. Maybe if I ever get my midlife crisis I will start going again.

Thanks for letting me do it vicariously.

Looks awesome!!

I have not been to a live event in years. I’m going to a conference in June and there will be some
Concerts there I hear.



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