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It’s time to say the hell goodbye to 2021! The year will end with a bang when Clutch performs at The Agora on December 29.

The Maryland natives were able to tour their most recent project, 2018’s ‘Book of Bad Decisions,’ (coincidentally, the title of this preview writer’s autobiography) — prior to the pandemic shutdown.

Recorded over three weeks at Sputnik Studios in Nashville, ‘Book of Bad Decisions’ was produced by four-time Grammy winner Vance Powell (Seasick Steve, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, etc.), a man who apparently knows that a one-degree angle change in microphones makes a difference to how an instrument sounds. No stranger to the road, Powell spent three days on tour with the band in order to get a feel for what they do best, watching first from the front of house and then from the stage, checking out the live sound and how Clutch connect with their audience.

With no “new” record to promote, so to speak, expect Clutch to dive deep into their extensive catalog that spans one dozen albums!

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In an August 2020 interview on the Detroit-based radio station WRIF, drummer Jean-Paul Gaster stated that Clutch would “probably” begin recording their thirteenth studio album in the winter. In an interview with Metal Kaoz in April 2021, Gaster offered an update on the new album, saying: “Over the last year, we’ve written a lot of songs for our new album, and we’ve done some streaming shows too, which was something we knew nothing about prior to the pandemic. But we educated ourselves quickly, and that kept us busy for a lot of last year as well. We’ve been writing now for our new album that we will record in the fall, and I think we’re spending more time than ever in the studio, just trying out different ideas. And most of the ideas don’t ever really make it to the end; we try 10 things and we keep one.” Gaster also stated that their new album will likely not be released until early 2022.

Always grateful for their fans: drummer Jean-Paul Gaster notes:

“They’re diehard, and because of that, we take this that much more seriously. We do not take this for granted. We know that those folks could be anywhere else, and they’ve chosen to spend the evening at a Clutch show, so we’re gonna do the best we can to provide them with the best musical experience we can. I think that translates to the records, because at the end of the day, all you have is your records. When this whole thing wraps up, those are gonna be the things that go down in history.”

Ticket info

Reserved mezzanine tickets are priced at $75. General admission floor tix are $35 each. Tix can be purchased in person at The Agora box office or online via the link below: