PICS: Clutch, Sevendust at the Observatory North Park

Hard-rock stalwarts Clutch and Sevendust ripped through the Observatory North Park recently.

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The two bands lowered the boom on San Diego during an Oct. 14 show.
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Clutch hail from Germantown, Maryland (but call Frederick, Maryland home) and originally got off the ground in 1991 while its members were still in high school. (Guitarist Tim Sult pictured)
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Since its formation, the band lineup has included Neil Fallon (vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards -- pictured foreground), Tim Sult (lead guitar, backing vocals), Dan Maines (bass, backing vocals) and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums and percussion).
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To date, Clutch has released 12 studio albums, and several rarities and live albums. (Fallon pictured right)
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Their latest studio album, "Book of Bad Decisions," was released just last month. (Maines pictured)
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Exclaim! gave the album a 9/10, stating that "this really needs to be said more, but Clutch are one of the best rock acts of the modern era." We couldn't agree more! (Fallon pictured)
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The band's Oct. 14 set list included the following songs: "Gimme the Keys," "Crucial Velocity," "Vision Quest," "Noble Savage," "Pure Rock Fury"... (Gaster pictured)
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"The Mob Goes Wild," "Book of Bad Decisions," "How to Shake Hands," "Big News 1," "Big News II" (the first time played live since 2013), "Spirit of '76," "In Walks Barbarella"... (Fallon pictured)
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Followed by "El Jefe Speaks," "A Shogun Named Marcus," "Electric Worry," "X-Ray Visions," "Lorelei" and "Earth Rocker."
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Sevendust were the show's co-headliner. The Atlanta, Georgia-based band originally formed in 1994.
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Band members include lead vocalist Lajon Witherspoon (pictured middle), guitarist Clint Lowery, bassist Vince Hornsby, drummer Morgan Rose and guitarist John Connolly.
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Fun fact: The band went through several different band names when starting up -- Snake Nation, Rumblefish, Crawlspace and then finally, Sevendust. According to the band, "Sevendust" was inspired by the commercial insecticide brand Sevin Dust. (Hornsby pictured)
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The band's current tour comes on the heels of their 2018 studio album, "All I See Is War." (Rose pictured)
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They rose to fame in 1997 with their self-titled debut album. It contained two massive hit singles, "Black" (which the band would go on to use to open every show until 2004) and "Bitch." (Connolly pictured)
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It also featured "My Ruin," which had also been released on the "Mortal Kombat" film soundtrack. (Witherspoon pictured)
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The "Sevendust" album appeared on the Billboard 200 and remained their for 16 weeks in 1998. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry of America on May 19, 1999. (Connolly pictured)
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The band had another huge hit on their hands in 2003 with their album, "Seasons." It featured the single "Enemy," which would become the band's highest charting single to date and was used as the official theme song for "WWE Unforgiven 2003." (Witherspoon pictured)
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Fun fact: In September of 2010, the band filmed a video for "Falcons On Top" featuring the Atlanta Falcon cheerleaders -- and it became the official theme song of the team.
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Their 2015 single "Thank You" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards. What a great show -- we hope they both come back to town soon!
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