Erik D. Harshman
Clutch has always been a mixed bag for me.
I first became aware of them after seeing them perform with Sevendust and (ugh) Limp Bizkit on the “Ladies Night in Cambodia Tour” in 1998 at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis. I loved what I heard and immediately ran out and bought Elephant Riders (an album that has divided most of their fans, as it was the first album that ushered in their now defining blues-classic rock sound). I then saw them several times over the years (opening for Slayer, opening for Sevendust, headlining a bunch, opening for Motörhead, on the Sounds of the Underground tour, etc.). I’ve always found Neil Fallon (both in his lyrics, stage presence and overall persona and personality) to be a bit pretentious and cantankerous. He seems extremely intelligent, but seems to be trying to pull off sort of a “wise country fool”…
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