Clutch’s Neil Fallon Having Back Surgery; Shows Postponed

Neil Fallon

Well, this is rather concerning.

I hope Neil Fallon of Clutch is going to be OK. Turns out the Maryland rockers have had to postpone their September tour dates.

Most of the shows will be rescheduled and you can find the postponed dates at the end of this here post.

Support on the rescheduled shows will remain the same with The Sword and Crobot. Tickets that were already purchased for the dates in September will be honored for the rescheduled dates in January, which makes sense.

“This week, I’ve learned that a childhood injury to the neck, a genetic predisposition for spinal disease, and 20 some years of head banging will exact a toll. I’ve been diagnosed with an ugly case of cervical spinal stenosis and two herniated discs,” says Neil.

That’s gotta be fucking painful.

“In some instances these conditions can be treated non-surgically. This is not the case for me. I have been advised by several neurosurgeons that my spinal cord has already been damaged and that I risk further damage were I not to address the situation.

“For this reason, I’ve decided to take care of this ASAP. Believe me, rescheduling a tour turns my stomach, but I believe this is the wisest choice given the prognosis,” says Fallon. I agree.

“On Tuesday I will undergo surgery. The procedure will fuse three vertebrae together with a small titanium plate. I have faith that this surgery will go as well as it can, and that I will be back in the saddle for our October and November tour. On behalf of my spine, deepest apologies to those who had been looking forward to seeing Clutch over the next two weeks. We’ll make it up to you.”

Fuck. I know Neil will be fine, but its still surgery. Keep the man in your thoughts next week, and lets send positive vibes his way.

Shows cancelled:
9/21: Vienna, WV

To be rescheduled:
9/27: Long Island, NY
9/24: Burlington, VT

10/25: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
1/2: Ashville, NC @ The Orange Peel
1/3: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
1/4: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
1/5: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
1/6: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
1/9: South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
1/10: Buffalo. NY @ Town Ballroom
1/11: Port Chester, NY @ Capital Theater

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