Clutch & GWAR Pay Tribute To Late Manager Jack Flanagan

Clutch and GWAR’s longtime manager Jack Flanagan has sadly passed away. Both bands confirmed the news on social media, while also paying tribute to their late friend.

Here’s Clutch’s statement:

“We lost a hero today. Jack Flanagan was super human in every way. For 25 years, Jack guided the band through every conceivable situation with a precision and enthusiasm that will never be matched. It was only with Jack’s guidance and vision that we four young men were able to build a career out of rock and roll. His insight, his passion for the music, his love for all those around him, and his sense of humor, made him someone we couldn’t wait to see again. We were always excited when he would come visit us on the road or, even better, travel with us for a couple nights. Then it’d be like the old days again, when Jack was our road manager… and we’d all be on the bus together riding to the next gig, listening to the The Pogues, and cracking jokes. Jack Flanagan was the best manager, mentor, and friend we could have ever hoped for. Jack, thank you for making us better than we ever thought we could be.”

Here’s GWAR’s statement:

“Today we lost GWAR’s longtime manager and friend Jack Flanagan. Jack played a huge role in the career of GWAR and the lives of members of the Slave Pit for more than two decades. Jack was a staple in the punk and metal scene up and down the east coast since the 80’s, first playing with his band The Mob, and then as a figure in the music industry. No one believed in GWAR and supported the band and its members more than Jack Flanagan. We are eternally grateful, and will miss him more than words can express. #GWAR #JackFlanaganRIP”

Clutch Announce December Shows

Clutch have announced some December shows with The Steel Woods and Damon Johnson. Here’s the dates:

12/27 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
12/28 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel (no Damon Johnson) (with Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown)
12/29 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
12/30 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
12/31 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

Former Clutch Keyboardist Mick Schauer Passes Away

Former Clutch keyboardist Mick Schauer has passed away. The band confirmed the sad news on Facebook:

“We are saddened to hear the news of Mick Schauer’s passing. Mick was an incredible talent and he will be missed. His contribution to the albums Robot Hive Exodus and From Beale Street to Oblivion brought a new sound to the band at a time when the band sought to stretch into new territory. Mick helped us to achieve those goals and more. He was also a powerful force at our live shows. His natural ability was unmatched and his love for the music made us all play better. We are grateful for having had the opportunity to make music with you Mick!”

Clutch Release New Version Of “Electric Worry”

Clutch have premiered a new video for their new version of “Electric Worry.” This version of the track is from the band’s ongoing “Weathermaker Vault Series.” Neil Fallon commented:

“All in all it’s just a leaner, meaner song. We wanted to put something out there that was representative of what we do these days since it happens to be one of our most popular songs.”

Clutch Release Cover Of ZZ Top‘s “Precious And Grace“

Clutch have released a cover of ZZ Top‘s “Precious And Grace.“ This track is the second song in the band’s “Weathermaker Vault Series.” Neil Fallon commented:

“It should be fairly obvious by now that Clutch are huge fans of ZZ Top. They’re a band that we grew up listening to — and we still listen to them to this day. ‘Precious And Grace’, from their classic ‘Tres Hombres’ LP, is easily one of our favorite ZZ Top songs and that’s really the only story behind the choice.”

Clutch Share “Evil” Live Video From 2019 Download Festival

Clutch have shared a live video of themselves performing their cover of Willie Dixon’s “Evil” at the UK Download Festival. That track was originally made famous by Howlin’ Wolf and was later covered by Cactus. Clutch’s version was recently released as the first song in their “Weathermaker Vault Series.”