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Clutch and William Elliott Whitmore
The Roxy
Thursday 15 December 2005

The show started with William Elliott Whitmore doing a solo banjo/guitar set of blues/folk songs.  Whitmore displayed a deep understanding and respect for southern blues, and his 45 minute set was soulful and honest.  The crowd responded in kind, respectfully listening and applauding this gentleman for baring his soul.

Clutch took the stage without fanfare and launched into a blistering set that heavily featured tracks from their latest album, Robot Hive/Exodus, and their previous release, Blast Tyrant.  With no pretentious on-stage antics, Clutch barreled through song after song, with a set list that focused on their more recent releases.  After more than an hour, singer Neil Fallon announced to the crowd that they would be taking a short break before they played a second full set.

The second set was played with perhaps more intensity, as the band broke out some of their older material with the added strength of their guitar tech on second guitar.  Returning to a five-piece, a few songs were extended into jams so that Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums) and Mick Schauer (keys) each had a chance to shine in the solo spotlight.  Ending on a extended cover of "Gravel Road", and after more than two hours of giving their all, Clutch left the audience wanting more.


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