Best show ever.
I don’t exactly remember how many Clutch shows I’ve been to, but the total has got to be around 8 or 9. Sure, that’s not as many as some of the other superfans, but I only learned such a band existed about 8 years ago in the car on the way to Lake Anna with Shawn Morgan.
No, they didn’t play “Impetus”.
No, they didn’t play “A Shogun Named Marcus”.
No, they didn’t play “Spacegrass”.
Y’know why? Because it’s all about the newer shit. They played 7 songs out of 12 on the new album (review), 4 from Robot Hive/Exodus (review), and 5 from Blast Tyrant (review). They threw in a couple of tunes offa’ Clutch, and a token jam from Pure Rock Fury, but the best way to round out the show was the planned encore featuring 3-in-a-row from Elephant Riders.
That was a nice surprise… even if the band telegraphed their intentions by dropping a huge Elephant Riders banner in front of their standard “Clutch” backdrop during the short intermission.
The following set list is from a photo posted over on the Clutch message boards, and my memory confirms its accuracy. I didn’t drink enough for my shriveling brain to fail vouching for it.
You Can’t Stop Progress
Mice and Gods
Profits of Doom
The Incomparable Mr. Flannery
The Devil and Me
Texan Book of the Dead
(In the Wake of) The Swollen Goat
(Note from the Trial of) La Curandera
Red Horse Rainbow
One Eye Dollar
The Elephant Riders
Ship of Gold
Mr. Shiny Cadillackness
Seriously… best Clutch show ever.