2010 will prove to be the busiest calender year in the career of veteran rock band CLUTCH. Building on the Top 30 Billboard chart success of 2009's "Strange Cousins From the West" (Weathermaker Music), the Maryland-based quartet will internationally issue a brand new epic DVD set called "Live at the 9:30" in mid-May. This 200-minute double-disc concert film will be sold at the fan-friendly price of $19.98.
Disc one features a 90-minute full length concert filmed with seven high-definition cameras last December at Washington, D.C.'s legendary 9:30 Club. In addition to newer fan favorites like "50,000 Unstoppable Watts" and "Let a Poor Man Be", the concert film's first disc includes an electifying version of the 1995 "Clutch" self-titled release in its entirety. An audio version of the full 19-song concert will be exclusively available through iTunes on May 11.
Disc two is the 110-minute feature film "Fortune Tellers Make a Killing Nowadays", which takes a behind-the-scenes look at CLUTCH "on tour" city by city in 2009. This "bonus disc" is not limited to recent CLUTCH happenings, however, as it includes rare band interviews as well as vintage never-before-seen footage documenting much of CLUTCH's history from 1991 to the present. Both discs were directed and produced by Agent Ogden, who first worked with the band on 2007's "Full Fathom Five, Video Field Recordings".
On June 4, CLUTCH will kick off another leg of their 2010 worldwide headlining tour. The early summer portion takes the band through the USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Italy and the U.K. The band's instrumental jazz rock alter ego, THE BAKERTON GROUP, will appear as one of the opening acts in North America. Both THE BAKERTON GROUP and CLUTCH will appear on the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 11 and June 12 respectively.
In support of the tour dates and the forthcoming "Live at the 9:30" DVD, as well as the current "Strange Cousins From the West" CD, Weathermaker Music released the new single, "Let a Poor Man Be", on May 3, with an accompanying video clip and a rare promo-only EP featuring unreleased material.
As if that's not enough to keep this hard-working rock and roll band musically busy, CLUTCH and Weathermaker Music are currently preparing expanded CD and vinyl re-issues of catalog pieces "From Beale Street to Oblivion", "Robot Hive/Exodus" and "Blast Tyrant". These three highly anticipated projects will be available digitally and physically at retail and the band's web sites on the CD/DVD format on June 22, August 17 and October 12, respectively. Double vinyl versions of all three re-issues will be available on November 23. Track listings are not yet available, but Weathermaker label manager Jon Nardachone hints at some very exciting details.
"The bonus content of the three re-issues will be entirely different," he said. "We're still sifting through unreleased CLUTCH originals, cover songs, live audio, live video, alternate takes, etc, One thing we know for sure is that each reissue will have updated and upgraded artwork/packaging as well as additional music from the exact timeframe each CD was first released. This is not about tacking on a couple of unfinished demos to the end of each CD. We're producing these with the knowledge that CLUTCH fans expect something fresh, yet distinguishably representative of that moment in time. The diehard fan will appreciate these projects in a big way."
"Live at the 9:30" two-DVD track listing:
DVD 1: Live at 9:30 Club on December 28, 2009
01. 50,000 Unstoppable Watts
02. Struck Down
04. Let A Poor Man Be
05. Big News 1
06. Big News 2
07. Rock & Roll Outlaw
08. Texan Book of The Dead
09. Escape From The Prison Planet
11. I Have The Body of John Wilkes Booth
12. Tight Like That
13. Animal Farm
15. The House That Peterbilt
16. 7 Jam
17. Tim Sult Vs. The Greys
19. Gravel Road
* "Fortune Tellers Make A Killing Nowadays" documentary-style film
The official trailer for "Live at the 9:30" can be viewed below.