(PCM) Despite some brutally cold temperatures outside, the heat was on at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA once Clutch, along with opening band Crobot graced the stage for their sold-out gig! I have been following the trajectory of Crobot’s career and they have absolutely been on fire! Talk about getting the party started! Crobot’s blistering hour long set was mesmerizing as always and the perfect way to amp up the crowd for Clutch’s headlining performance.
Over the years I have witnessed Clutch’s fan base continue to grow in leaps and bounds and with each tour they further cement their place as being one of the best live rock bands on the scene. Blasting out of the gate with “X-Ray Visions” off their latest album “Psychic Warfare” (review here) there was no slowing down from beginning to end. The crowd went absolutely wild and were clinging to each and every phrase belted out by front man Neil Fallon who commandeers the stage.
The band sounded both tight and well-rehearsed giving fans a performance of epic proportion. Their set consisted mainly of tracks off of both “Psychic Warfare” and “Earth Rocker”, however there were a few gems thrown into the mix from both “Blast Tyrant” and “Robot Hive”. Tragically, it was a sad night for music fans as many of us had just learned that legendary rock Lemmy Kilmister had passed away, so it was an incredibly touching moment when Clutch played several Motorhead songs in tribute to Lemmy as we belted out the lyrics with tears in our eyes.
It felt fitting to be at a rock show on this night and Clutch certainly delivered. We absolutely can’t wait to see what is next for the band in 2016!
Photo credit: Mike Sievila