Clutch Frontman Talks Cell Phones, Piracy

Claims illegal downloads have likely helped expand band’s fanbase



Clutch frontman Neil Fallon doesn’t like cell phone use at his shows, but doesn’t think piracy’s been all that bad for his band.


He told Pop Culture Madness:

“Music recorded is a static thing. Every time you listen to ‘Four Sticks’ by Led Zeppelin, it’s gonna sound the same, but if you have the opportunity to see a band, that live experience — unless they use a lot of pre-recorded tracks — is gonna be a one-time event. And if you’re spending your time [holding a phone,] you’re not participating in it.

“At least that’s the way I feel. I kind of treat concerts the way I do a dinner — turn your phone off, you know. I don’t get so irritated from the perspective of the stage. I mean, if someone wants to do that, fine, but just me, personally, I remember concerts much better from the ’80s and ’90s than I do a lot of these ones that have be en, kind of, with the phone.
Like, ‘Oh, I’m here.’ ‘I’m here too.’ ‘What are you doing?’ ‘The same thing you are.’ Who gives a shit?”

And when it comes to piracy, Fallon thinks technology has helped expand Clutch’s fanbase.

“In the 90′s we had the backing of every major label on planet earth; we got signed and dropped and signed and dropped. Nothing ever really happened for Clutch, we had very small shows—even if we got played on the radio.

“It was only when people started pirating music that our shows got bigger. I mean I can’t say that for a fact, but I hazard a guess that… if someone liked the band that they heard for free, even though it was ‘illegal,’ then they came to our show and bought a t-shirt and has become a lifelong fan, I’m alright with that.”

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