Clutch Celebrates the First Night of the Book of Bad Decisions Tour at The Myth


It’s incredible the difference three days can make. Three days ago when I went out to catch Bullet For My Valentine at The Myth, I was drenched in sweat and trying to stay as far away from the sun and the general outdoors as possible. Fast forward and here I am again at The Myth in weather barely above 60 degrees, this time to catch Clutch and Sevendust. I was a little surprised at how easy it was to find a parking spot, considering last weekend I almost didn’t find one at all almost an hour before the show. 

The first band to get the stage was Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown. I keep telling myself that when I don’t know a band or am unfamiliar with their music, I’m going to check it out before I see them live. Somehow that ends up being the thing that doesn’t happen. Regardless, it was easy to say I had no idea what to expect from Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown before they sauntered on stage. What ended up happening was a modern classic rock vibe that permeated throughout The Myth from the beginning to the end of their set. The band proved to be a fun one to watch, with jam sessions mixed into a few songs, each member bringing their unique charisma to the stage particularly in their extended instrumental finale. 

Next up was Sevendust, a band that formed in Atlanta in the mid 90’s. I’d be lying if the excitement in the venue didn’t go up a few notches once the lights dimmed and Sevendust took the stage. It’s almost as if the band took the energy from the opener, severely turned it up and infected the crowd with it. It was difficult to find people in the crowd that were standing still; people packed into the pit to enjoy Sevendust’s performance. Having never seen this band live before, I was definitely impressed with how the band outright commanded the stage, a presence akin to one is expect from a headliner. I realize I’m a bit late to the game on Sevendust and the chances of me seeing them again may not be as high as they would have been a few years ago, but I’d definitely catch them again the next time they make a stop in the Twin Cities. 

Finally, it was time for the headliners of the evening. Clutch took the stage just before 10pm, to a way more packed venue than I first thought. The band took the stage amidst a loud wave of cheers that ignited the band’s performance. The best part about watching Clutch play through their set for me was how lead vocalist Neil Fallon commanded the stage; between his all over the place energy and the band’s solid musical performance, Clutch proved to be a nice surprise for me on a dreary Tuesday night.