Wednesday, May 09 2012 12:28

Dad's Night Out: CLUTCH, HELLYEAH, KYNG...

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I don't get to do to many shows these days, and with a new baby set for release next month, the few will become even fewer. Luckily, there's a place close to Rock Father HQ to catch the occasional concert, and that's Austin's Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL. Last night was a special event for me, because one of my Top Four Favorite bands of all-time was on the bill - CLUTCH. Technically, the band was co-headlining with HELLYEAH, but for me it was all about the Pro-Rock crew from Maryland.

Having to do the old "changing of the guard" at home after my wife rolled in from work around 6:30, I missed much of opener MonstrO (who hit the stage at 7:15). Since I didn't get to snag any pictures, check out this archive review of their excellent Self-Titled 2011 album, just republished here on The Rock Father.

Next up was KYNG, whom I've been hearing a lot over on Sirius XM's Liquid Metal... 


I've written a lot about CLUTCH over the years - news, reviews, an interview with Tim Sult - but seeing them this close to home had just never happened. In fact, they usually play some bigger venues, so this was a treat. Better yet, since the band isn't really supporting an album right now, their set was a career-spanning affair peppered with a trio of brand-new CLUTCH jams. And I do mean, jams. From a crowd standpoint, I'd expected to see more folks out for HELLYEAH, but this was a CLUTCH crowd. The beards were mighty, and I missed my formerly-luxurious full-beard. And the rock? The rock was mighty as well...


Want a CLUTCH Flashback? Check out this 2010 review of their LIVE AT THE 9:30 DVD.

While my ticket was free, I still threw down $45 for a new flexfit hat and a classic logo t-shirt. I used to have one just like it (though it was a longsleeve with flames) and I literally wore it out. 


After meeting up with some friends old and new, it was time for HELLYEAH - who took the stage about an hour late, which meant I was able to catch a couple of songs before hitting the door. Since I do most of my real work late at night, I had to jump back into a video project that you'll all be able to view very soon.

A few shots of HELLYEAH from the balcony...

The next night out?  Stay tuned...

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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