CLUTCH bassist Dan Maines was forced to sit out some of the shows on the band's ongoing European tour in order to attend to family matters. His temporary replacement was Brad Davis of FU MANCHU.
On Wednesday (June 21),CLUTCH shared a photo of the band with Davis and included the following message: "We'd like to thank our friend Brad Davis of FU MANCHU for filling in on the bass while Dan is at home attending to family matters. Brad played great and made us laugh. Thank you Brad!!"
CLUTCH recently announced the third leg of its "No Stars Above" U.S. tour with support from GIOVANNIE AND THE HIRED GUNS and MIKE DILLON & PUNKADELICK. A month earlier, CLUTCH will also embark on a North American headlining tour with support from DINOSAUR JR. and RED FANG. The 12-date trek will kick off on July 21 in Washington, D.C. and include stops in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, Nashville and Wichita before concluding on August 5 in Denver.
In a recent interview with AndrewHaug.com, CLUTCH drummer Jean-Paul Gaster was asked if there is a "retirement plan" in place for him and his bandmates. Gaster replied: "No, there is no retirement plan in the future. We're gonna do this for as long as we can possibly do it. We still enjoy it. We just wrapped up a very extensive European tour, probably the longest we've done over there. And it was certainly difficult to do, and it was tiring, but it was also probably one of the most exciting things I'll ever do for my entire life. It was amazing. It was an experience of a lifetime. And I think we all feel like that. This opportunity to play music is such a special thing. And I think we all appreciate it more. And so we're just gonna keep doing this thing for as long as we can. We really enjoy it. I enjoy making music with these guys. It's a very special thing."
Gaster's bandmate, CLUTCH singer Neil Fallon, previously discussed the group's longevity in an interview with RVA magazine last year. He said: "The way I calculate success is like, you got to do something that you love, and that's all you have to do. Most of our friends that are in bands or are musicians have to relegate that to weekends, maybe. I've known plenty of musicians that bang their head against the wall for years, to no avail. And sometimes things are looking good and then fate just deals them in, all four hands. But you know, we've stayed committed, through feast and famine as well. Sometimes you can generate more quote-unquote 'luck' the harder you work. But I also understand it's a rare thing, to have the same lineup and to be able to do this. And as every tour passes, every year passes, I think we get more and more defensive and protective about it, because we realize that we dodged a lot of bullets along the way. We don't, and we shouldn't, take any of it for granted. I mean, the last two years [of the pandemic] was sort of a preview of what retirement might feel like. And it's a drag. We don't want to do that."
CLUTCH's thirteenth studio album, "Sunrise On Slaughter Beach", was released last September. The LP, which was recorded at the The Magpie Cage Recording Studio in Baltimore, Maryland, was produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated Tom Dalgety (GHOST, ROYAL BLOOD, PIXIES) with additional engineering by J Robbins (JAWBREAKER, AGAINST ME!, THE SWORD).