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It was a long time ago that Machine Head outgrew places like Norwich. Big band, who just seem to keep growing, getting better with maturity? Too right. They haven’t needed to play places like this for many a year; just take a straight line down the middle and hit the regional big. Easy to fill, easy to kill.
Still it’s hard to believe it’s been 17 years since this city last shook to Machine Head’s riffs. We could kiss them then for announcing the Killers and Kings tour – a handful of dates in small lost-in-the-fringes places, overlooked but still loyal. Here at The Waterfront, Norwich, tickets sold out in moments. Clearly this has been a long time coming.
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“It may say The Forum above the door, but tonight this is the church of Clutch. Say hallelujah and enter all ye with the luck to have a ticket; it’s promised that you will leave changed. If they call rock a religion then Clutch are surely some offshoot branch that’s not always widely acknowledged but really touch something inside the attracted masses. They say God has a plan – well Clutch must feature in there somewhere.”
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“Above ground talk is of shamrocks and Guinness, this being St Patrick’s Day and all, but below, in the bowels of The Underworld is where something interesting is happening. Where the sounds are of steel being sharpened and axes being restrung. For tonight Grand Magus will lead another army of followers into battle. Maybe they’ll even claim an iron throne.”
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