CLUTCH & RIVAL SONS announce North American ‘The Two-Headed Beast Tour’ with Fu Manchu / Black Stone Cherry

Hard-working road hounds CLUTCH have been proving themselves on stage night after night for more than three decades – vocalist Neil Fallon declaring “If you’re gonna do it, do it live on stage, or don’t do it at all” in their 2013 track “Earth Rocker”. It’s an ethos the band still cleave to today.

Since their emergence in 2009, RIVAL SONS have reignited and recharged rock ‘n’ roll with towering vocals, uncompromising guitar playing, and thunderous grooves to enthusiastic fans the world over.

Fans will soon get another chance to witness the electrifying live magic these skilful musicians conjure, with the announcement today of CLUTCH and RIVAL SONS’s upcoming fall co-headline tour.

Titled The Two-Headed Beast Tour, the North American run is set to captivate 23 cities, kicking off September 5th in Brooklyn, NY and bowing out October 10th in Las Vegas, NV. In an unexpected twist, both bands will be performing the majority of songs on one of their best-loved albums: Blast Tyrant for CLUTCH and Great Western Valkyrie for RIVAL SONS.

As for special guests, FU MANCHU will support from September 5th – 26th, with BLACK STONE CHERRY taking over from September 28th – October 10th.

CLUTCH’s chief storyteller Neil Fallon declares, “We are looking forward to our tour with Rival Sons. Throughout the course of our set, Clutch will be performing Blast Tyrant. Both bands have plenty of mutual fans and will garner many more throughout the course of the Two-Headed Beast Tour. We hope to see you there!”

Scott Holiday, guitarist of RIVAL SONS, adds, “We’ve wanted to put something together with Clutch for a long time! They’re one of the acts that we could notice people rep’ing at our shows, so we’ve always thought it could make a really great double bill! Happy to bring the “Two-Headed Beast” to life! The riff will be strong on this tour …as will the good times!”

Refresh your memory of CLUTCH’s Blast Tyrant by listening to the deluxe edition of the album on Spotify here, which has clocked up nearly 87 million streams on Spotify alone, including beloved tracks “The Regulator” and party starter “The Mob Goes Wild.”

Listen to RIVAL SONS 2014 album Great Western Valkyrie, now in its tenth year, here on Spotify, which has racked up nearly 69 million Spotify streams and includes fan favorites Electric Man and Open My Eyes”.

Tickets go on sale on April 19th at 10am local time from clutchmerch.com and rivalsons.com/tour.

Prepare to adjust your pants so you may dance the good time dance at the following dates and locations:

CLUTCH and RIVAL SONS with FU MANCHU

Thu 5th Sep – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Paramount

Fri 6th Sep – Atlantic City, NJ – Ocean Casino Resort, Ovation Hall

Sat 7th Sep – Washington, DC – The Anthem

Sun 8th Sep – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

Tue 10th Sep – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

Thu 12th Sep – Niagara Falls, ON – OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino

Fri 13th Sep – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

Sun 15th Sep – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

Tue 17th Sep – Boston, MA – Citizens House of Blues

Thu 19th Sep – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion

Fri 20th Sep – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

Sun 22nd Sep – Fort Wayne, IN – Sweetwater Performance Pavilion

Tue 24th Sep – La Vista, NE – The Astro

Thu 26th Sep – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe

CLUTCH and RIVAL SONS with BLACK STONE CHERRY

Sat 28th Sep – Green Bay, WI – EPIC Event Center

Sun 29th Sep – St Paul, MN – Myth Live

Tue 1st Oct – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom

Wed 2nd Oct – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater

Fri 4th Oct – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

Sat 5th Oct – Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum

Tue 8th Oct – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

Wed 9th Oct – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

Thu 10th Oct – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

Most recently, CLUTCH released a special, limited version of seminal album Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths on vinyl for the first time.

The remastered edition is available exclusively as a gatefold 12″ LP, including a band-signed insert. The vinyl is a stunning 180-gram translucent emerald green, housed in robust, extra-heavy sleeves. Sticklers for high quality detail, even the gatefold jacket is printed on luxe, metalized, polyester paper. This numbered, limited edition is restricted to just 7500 units worldwide.

Order it here.

CLUTCH’s thirteenth studio album, Sunrise On Slaughter Beach, was released in September 2022 and is a slamming summary of everything that makes the band great. The band have released three official singles – “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)“, “We Strive For Excellence” and “Slaughter Beach“. Sunrise On Slaughter Beach is the natural culmination of what CLUTCH began as teenagers in the early ‘90s. It’s a new chapter in an ever-unfolding story which means as much to the fans as it does to the band.

Double Grammy-nominated band RIVAL SONS released two albums last year to critical acclaim. DARKFIGHTER (June 2023) and LIGHTBRINGER (October 2023) were released on Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records. “Suited and booted, twice-Grammy-nominated, Rival Sons sound stadia-ready, ” stated MOJO.

RIVAL SONS have recently announced a remastered reissue of critically acclaimed third full-length album Head Down (2012); described as “howling blues rock meets psychedelic pop perfection”. Head Down includes the hit single and fan favorite “Keep On Swinging”, plus poppy retro dance numbers “Until The Sun Comes” and “Wild Animal.” An album that showcases the versatility of Rival Sons, Head Down also includes the classic ballad of death and loss “Jordan” and “Manifest Destiny Parts 1 & 2”, an epic stonking room shaker of betrayal and revenge of the Native American People. Out on May 24th, the reissued Head Down will be released on their own record label Sacred Tongue Recordings and distributed through Thirty Tigers. For more information and to pre-order your copy go to https://orcd.co/headdown.

ABOUT CLUTCH

Clutch shares more in common with The Grateful Dead, Rush, and the Allman Brothers than their heavy riffs and heady twists-of-phrase might suggest. Because like those bands, the supporters who adore Clutch are there for the experience, community, and authentic connection. To love Clutch is to feel a sense of ownership, membership, and belonging.

Seneca Valley High School classmates Neil Fallon (vocals), Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass), and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums) share an unshakeable musical and personal bond now three decades strong. Shaped by the same region which birthed Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Rites Of Spring, Clutch crafts hyper-literate and libertine jams informed by hardcore fury and fuzzy, athletic, stoner rock.

“There’s no question that Clutch etched themselves a name in the pantheon of great rock bands,” Lambgoat wrote in 2004. Classic Rock counted 2013’s Earth Rocker and 2015’s Psychic Warfare among the 50 Best Rock Albums of the 2010s. Rolling Stone described 2018’s Book of Bad Decisions as “bathed in the grit and liberal fuzz tone that have made their live shows legendary.” The global accolades across their acclaimed catalog are numerous.

Live shows over the years include tours with Slayer and System Of A Down and more recent co-headlining treks with Dropkick Murphys, Killswitch Engage, and Mastodon. Like Slayer or Iron Maiden, Clutch outlasted rock bands anchored to “hit songs” and the pressure of replicating them. The foursome from Germantown, Maryland, isn’t bound by trends. Across thirteen studio albums and assorted releases since 1991, they’ve earned a reputation as one of the best around.

Clutch are: Neil Fallon – Vocals, Tim Sult – Guitar, Dan Maines – Bass, and Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums.

ABOUT RIVAL SONS

“A lifetime of hard knocks and an old-school work ethic has seen Rival Sons emerge as standard-bearers of modern rock’n’roll” – MOJO

Like a gang of tried-and-true mavericks, Rival Sons march to the beat of their own drum. Right when you think you’ve got them figured out, the Los Angeles quartet – Jay Buchanan [vocals, acoustic guitar], Scott Holiday [lead guitar], Mike Miley [drums], and Dave Beste [bass] – will flip the script and surprise you once more. Their very emergence is inexplicable in the best way. They never fit into any era or category, yet their uncompromising spirit might be more necessary today than ever. A sense of panache, a dash of mystery, and an unapologetic commitment to the craft of rock ‘n’ roll underscore their deep catalog highlighted by the likes of Pressure & Time [2011], Great Western Valkyrie [2014], and Feral Roots [2019], which garnered two GRAMMY® Award nominations in the categories of “Best Rock Album” and “Best Rock Performance” for the single “Too Bad.” Meanwhile, the Rock Radio #1 hit “Do Your Worst” has reeled in 70 million streams and counting. At the same time, hand-picked by Black Sabbath for their final tour, they’ve held their own on stage with the greats like The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and Lenny Kravitz in addition to blowing the roof off television staples such as The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jools Holland, and Jimmy Kimmel.

“In an era when the marketing man is king, Rival Sons prove it’s still possible not to play by corporate rules.” – THE INDEPENDENT

In 2023, they continued to subvert expectations with two full-length LPs—DARKFIGHTER and LIGHTBRINGER [Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records]. Though the genesis of these albums is intertwined, they also speak to the band’s perpetual progression forward. “I’m just trying to figure out who I am and illuminate things in myself,” Jay concludes. “It just so happens I’m doing so in front of a crowd every night. It’s my hope people relate and feel less alone in their despair or joy. Music is communal. At heart, I want to be part of the solution as a DARKFIGHTER or LIGHTBRINGER. It’s a lofty goal. With my art and life, I just want to leave things better than how I found them.”

In the end, Rival Sons are still paving their own path into the light, and we’re all basking in the glow.

Rival Sons are: Jay Buchanan – Vocals, Scott Holiday – Guitar, Dave Beste – Bass, and Michael Miley – Drums.

Rival Sons photo credit – Anne-Marie Forker

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