Review and Photos by MDG ROCK PHOTOGRAPHY

The Prophets of Doom, Earth Rockers, Blast Tyrants, Elephant Riders… or, just the mighty CLUTCH as most people know them, rolled through the Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, Kentucky on May 5th. To say you missed the show of the year if you were not there or at of the dates on this short run of shows would be a HUGE understatement, to say the least. With a line up that included my new pals in the FIREBALL MINISTRY, as well as RED FANG, THE BRONX and CLUTCH, it’s safe to say that Lexington, may never be the same. This really isn’t a formal “show review” because honestly, this was a quick tour (5 dates) and you already missed it so there is no “hurry and get your tickets” kind of spill here. Just rewind back a few sentences and read that lineup again…Blistering. Ask my longtime concert sidekick, Eric Moore of the SATURDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION podcast, or my pal Derik Novak, a staff writer over at DECIBEL GEEK. They will tell you that faces were melted and that the Earth was truely rocked. See what I did there? Consider this just more of an intro of sorts to my photo gallery from the show. Included here are some of my shots from all four bands. Please enjoy these photos and be sure to check out all of the bands mentioned here. Follow the links and buy some damn music.







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I recently ran into Eddie Trunk at a festival and we talked about the great Ronnie James Dio. When asked for a story, Eddie told me about his time with Ronnie at a castle in Birmingham, England. Click player above to hear the entire chat.

“When he first reunited with Sabbath for Heaven and Hell which was ’06. I went to England to shoot a TV special with him for VH1 classic. We arrived at the hotel at the same time.

Anybody that knows traveling to England, because of the time difference, the best thing you thing you can do is not go to sleep when you get there. Even if it is in the middle of the day. Even though you are dead tired. You need to try to adjust to the time difference.

I arrived at hotel at the same time as Ronnie and I was dead, dead tired. I was walking in, checking in right at the same time as him and it was like noon. I didn’t even see him coming up behind me and he yelled down the hall. He used to always call me “kid”. “Where you going kid, where you going?”. I go ‘Ronnie I gotta sleep for a couple hours’. He was like ‘no way, no way… you meet me at the pub and we are going to have some drinks, you gotta stay up’. Who’s going to say no to Ronnie? I said ‘o.k. I’ll see you for one’. We must have stayed down there for eight hours and drank and ate and shared stories. Had the time of our lives. It was in an old castle in Birmingham, where we were staying. It’s one of my fondest memories.

I’m a big fan of the band U.F.O. and they were playing there that night. He was busting my balls about not making it to go see them because I couldn’t get there. What people may not know about Ronnie was he was an incredible ball buster.”

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