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Clutch 2011

Greetings and salutations, acolytes. This post shall be brief, in large part due to the real lack of information available regarding this event, but the included video is the true centerpiece here anyway. Neil Fallon, frontman of stoner/blues rock stalwarts Clutch (and one of my five favorite bands of all time) has always generally seemed like an incredibly nice, genial fellow, sort of the anti-rock star. It’s fitting, given that Clutch is sort of the anti-rock star band. At any rate, within the past week Fallon joined four young musicians, students of the Silver Spring School Of Rock, to jam on the old Clutch standby “What Would A Wookie Do?“.

While the end result is almost precisely what you might expect, given that these kids are students rather than seasoned musicians and are therefore a little rough around the edges, performance-wise, the whole thing is still well-executed. Moreover, the fact that Fallon would take time out of his road warrior schedule to jam with four students, who I can only assume are big fans given the relative obscurity of the song that they chose, shows just how much of a good guy Fallon really is. I can only imagine what it would have been like for me had I gotten the chance to play a song with Les Claypool or Trent Reznor.

In other Clutch news, the band are poised to release their new album Earth Rocker in March of 2013. A live video of the title track has been circulating the internet for over a month, but on the off chance you had missed it, I have included it below. It sounds like Clutch, which is precisely what I want from a Clutch song, and it should go without saying that I am eagerly awaiting this album’s release.

Professor D. Grover the XIIIth