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HELLYEAH and Clutch tear up The Paramount
Last week, two forces of hard rock came together and combined their powers for a co-headlined show at The Paramount in Huntington, NY that won't soon be forgotten. In fact, the chants of "HELLYEAH! HELLYEAH!! HELLYEAH!!!" still ring in my ears when all goes quiet.
Clutch and HELLYEAH put on an incredible show at the newest local venue, which is an amazing place to see a show. Joining Clutch and Hellyeah on tour were Monstro and Kyng. Monstro and Kyng are sludgy and bluesy sounding bands - a perfect fit for any tour with Clutch. This was another co-headlining tour, which seems to be a popular theme these days, although it can backfire for sometimes. I am a big fan of of these bands so needless to say when I first heard about this tour I was really excited. Both bands have this vibe about them just make you want to get drunk and have a good time.
After Monstro and Kyng, Clutch was up next and the beer was flowing. They came out to one of their usual bluesy intros and started right up. They are such a blue collar group of guys, if I didn't know any better I would've thought they were fans who snuck onto stage. Lead singer Neil Fallon, with his big black beard, was anything but boring. With his Danzig/southern Baptist-like mannerisms and prowess for preaching he got the crowd going immediately. Within the first couple of songs and you could tell who the majority of the crowd was there to see. They played an hour-long set with a nice mix of hits. They also played a new song for the very first time, which got not only myself, but many in the crowded room amped for their upcoming album.
After a short intermission, the headliners of the evening, HELLYEAH, took the stage. Of all the attempts at collaborations and super groups, HELLYEAH is one that just works. Their only goal when it comes to a live show is to party and get drunk and thats exactly what they did! I would say for 75% of the show lead singer Chad Gray was either walking around with a drink in his hand or egging the crowd on to join him. Something you can always count on from these guys is an energetic and very LOUD show. As I mentioned earlier, it seemed to be more of a Clutch crowd and when they were done the of the nearly sold out crowd decreased in size by almost half, which shocked the hell out of me. But to HELLYEAH's credit, and one of the reasons I respect this group of guys so much, they did not let that slow them down. Whether there are 100 people or 100,000 - they always give it their all. Having an attitude like that pays off because the fans that were left rocked the place. They played an awesome set and even played their new single "War In Me" off their new album Band Of Brothers, due out on July 17.
Check out the band's setlist below:
1 - HELLYEAH
2 - Matter Of Time
3 - Stampede
4 - Goddamn
5 - War In Me
6 - Hell Of A Time
7 - Nausea
8 - You Wouldn't Know
9 - Rotten To The Core
10 - Alcohaulin' Ass
11 - Cowboy Way
The band put on an outstanding show at an amazing venue and a good time was had by all. By all means, check these guys out whenever you get the chance. A tour with VOLBEAT is in the works and more information, including dates and venues, will be provided as it becomes available!
Tri-State Rock had the chance to chat with HELLYEAH/Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul two weeks ago. He told us all about the new record, Pantera's 1st new track in a LONG TIME and a whole lot more. Check out that interview by clicking here.
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