Maryland rockers CLUTCH will be back on the road this fall, headlining another leg of their U.S. tour. Support on the trek will come from ZAKK SABBATH, the BLACK SABBATH cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE), bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE), and Los Angeles-based metal band KYNG. Including two festival appearances, the trek will begin in Buffalo, New York at the The Town Ballroom on September 28 and conclude in Worcester, Massachusetts at The Palladium on October 30.
Commented CLUTCH lead vocalist Neil Fallon: "We are pleased to announce that this fall CLUTCH will be hitting the road again in the U.S.. This time with ZAKK SABBATH and KYNG. CLUTCH toured with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY a few years back and it was a blast — and no doubt, this one will be a blast as well. We hope to see you all there!"
Pre-sale tickets will be on sale today (June 15) at 12 p.m. local time with public on sale beginning Friday, June 17 at 10 a.m. local time.
The dates are as follows:
Sep. 28 - Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
Sep. 30 - Lakewood, NJ @ First Energy Park - Rock Carnival *
Oct. 01 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Oct. 02 - Louisville, KY @ Champions Park - Louder Than Life *
Oct. 04 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Oct. 05 - Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre
Oct. 07 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
Oct. 08 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live
Oct. 10 - Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex
Oct. 11 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Oct. 12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct. 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
Oct. 15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Oct. 16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Oct. 18 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
Oct. 20 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
Oct. 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Oct. 22 - Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Oct. 24 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note ** NO Zakk Sabbath
Oct. 25 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Oct. 27 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
Oct. 28 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Oct. 29 - Clifton Park, NY @Upstate Concert Hall
Oct. 30 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
CLUTCH's latest album, "Psychic Warfare", debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 26,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015. The effort was released on October 2, 2015 via CLUTCH's own label Weathermaker Music. The CD consists was helmed by longtime CLUTCH producer Machine and consists of 12 new tracks. The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.
"Psychic Warfare" was released on October 2 via CLUTCH's own label Weathermaker Music. The CD consists of 12 new tracks.
"The title 'Psychic Warfare' is taken from the track 'X-Ray Visions'," stated Fallon. "It's a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel. He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep-deprived paranoia."
According to Fallon, the "X-Ray Visions" lyrical concept was influenced by Philip K. Dick, the science fiction author whose 1968 novel"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" was the basis for "Blade Runner". Neil said: "[Dick's] general philosophy and questions have always crept into my lyrics, because I share an interest in it. On [2013's] 'Earth Rocker', 'Crucial Velocity' was definitely a Philip K. Dick song for me. On this record, 'X-Ray Visions' certainly is."
Fallon added that the secluded studio location was the inspiration for the song "A Quick Death In Texas". He explained: "I was staying in a kind of unique, maybe 100-year-old property, by myself. I got spooked out because I come from the East Coast and the suburbs and I was out in the woods. That was the environment that brought out 'A Quick Death In Texas' — and the locals."
Regarding the musical direction of "Psychic Warfare", Fallon said: "It's probably faster than 'Earth Rocker'. We wrote it pretty quickly after 'Earth Rocker', so we were, kind of, still in that headspace."
CLUTCH drummer Jean-Paul Gaster told The Aquarian Weekly: "There are some similarities in regards to 'Earth Rocker', and there are some songs on it that are sort of familiar, but we did some different stuff, too. There's stuff that is a little funkier, and there's other stuff that's a little more bluesy. So there's more diversity, I think."