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Road warriors CLUTCH have confirmed a headlining run for this July with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY serving as direct support. The tour will kick off with two special concerts in the New York area. The first show is on July 20 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York. The following evening, CLUTCH will play a in New York City aboard The Temptress Cruise ship on the Hudson River as part of the “Rocks off Boat Cruise Series”. Tickets for the cruise are extremely limited and will sell out fast.

The entire July run, with the previously announced dates supporting FLOGGING MOLLY, is as follows:

Jul. 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
Jul. 21 – New York, NY @ The Temptress (Rocks off Boat Cruise) (CLUTCH only)
Jul. 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Jul. 23 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Jul. 24 – Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
Jul. 26 – Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
Jul. 27 – Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club
Jul. 28 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica (w/ FLOGGING MOLLY)
Jul. 29 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion (w/ FLOGGING MOLLY)
Jul. 30 – Madison, WI @ Willow Island @ Alliant Energy Center (CLUTCH only)
Jul. 31 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

CLUTCH will kick off its nine-date headlining tour on May 20 in Reading, Pennsylvania to promote its forthcoming “Basket Of Eggs” project, as well as serving as an extended warm-up run for their large scale European festival tour in June. The 10 day south-eastern U.S. run will feature MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER as main support. CLUTCH will keep the average ticket price for these shows to a fan friendly $17.50.

Weathermaker Music has added even more bonus value to CLUTCH‘s new deluxe “Blast Tyrant” 2CD set, in the form of a collector’s edition vinyl “Worm Drink” bumper sticker. The item was designed in the likeness of the “Worm Drink” character image that appears within “Blast Tyrant”‘s “Atlas Of The Invisible World”, which is also available inside the deluxe packaging. The collector sticker is the first in a series of “Blast Tyrant” images, and will be available in every retail copy of this reissue’s first pressing. The fan-friendly retail price of the double disc set, which also features CLUTCH‘s “Basket Of Eggs” bonus CD, will remain $15.98. The onsale/retail date for this package is May 10, but fans can now pre-order “Blast Tyrant” at the band’s online store,

The third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards presented by Epiphone — America’s only hard-rock and heavy-metal award show — announced this year’s winners last night at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. Highlights from the Revolver Golden Gods Awards will be broadcast on VH1 Classic on Saturday, May 28. Revolver will release a special Golden Gods issue of the magazine on May 24. The Golden Gods issue will include exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and interviews.

The full list of winners and presenters for the third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards is as follows:

* Golden God Award: Alice Cooper (presented by Rob Zombie)

* Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: MÖTLEY CRÜE (presented by Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR)

* Honorary Headbanger Award: William Shatner (presented by Scott Ian of ANTHRAX and THE DAMNED THINGS and comedian Brian Posehn)

* Best Guitarists Award: Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance of AVENGED SEVENFOLD (presented by Robb Flynn of MACHINE HEAD and Wayne Static of STATIC X)

* Best Drummer Award: Mike Portnoy for his work with AVENGED SEVENFOLD (presented by Vinnie Paul of PANTERA/HELLYEAH)

* Best New Band Award: BLACK VEIL BRIDES (presented by Duff McKagan of LOADED/VELVET REVOLVER/GUNS N’ ROSES)

* Most Metal Athlete Award: Skateboarder Mike Vallely (presented by Chino Moreno of Deftones)

* Best Vocalist Award: M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD (presented by Taylor Momsen of THE PRETTY RECKLESS and Sebastian Bach)

* Best Live Band Award: RAMMSTEIN (presented by Charlie Benante of ANTHRAX and Mike Portnoy)

* Comeback of the Year Award: MURDERDOLLS (presented by David Coverdale of WHITESNAKE)

* Album of the Year Award: AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s “Nightmare” (presented by Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of ALICE IN CHAINS)

The show featured host Chris Jericho (WWE, FOZZY, “Dancing With The Stars”) along with presenters, performers, nominees and attendees, including:

* Alice Cooper
* Rob Zombie
* Actor William Shatner
* Steve Jones (SEX PISTOLS)
* Dave Navarro (JANE’S ADDICTION)
* Chino Moreno (DEFTONES)
* Vinnie Paul Abbott (PANTERA/HELLYEAH)
* Actress Juliette Lewis
* Steven Adler (GUNS N’ ROSES)
* Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES)

And members of:


Also appearing were comedian Brian Posehn, skateboarders Mike Vallely and Chris Cole, MMA fighters Dan Hardy and Josh Barnett, Wendy Dio (wife of Ronnie James Dio) and many more.

Live performances for the Revolver Golden Gods awards included musical sets from ALICE COOPER (fresh off their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and their first L.A. appearance in 40 years), LOADED (featuring Duff McKagan of GUNS N’ ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER), Elvis Presley/Johnny Cash-inspired metal group VOLBEAT, host Chris Jericho‘s band FOZZY, fast-rising metalcore newcomers ASKING ALEXANDRIA, and hometown heroes AVENGED SEVENFOLD closed out the night.

Special collaborations that took place at the 2011 show included AVENGED SEVENFOLD performing PANTERA‘s “Mouth For War” with Vinnie Paul Abbott and GUNS N’ ROSES“It’s So Easy” with Duff McKagan; Steve Jones and Corey Taylor performing JUDAS PRIEST‘s “Electric Eye” with LOADED; Sebastian Bach performing SKID ROW‘s “Youth Gone Wild” with ASKING ALEXANDRIA; Scott Ian of ANTHRAX performing DUSTY SPRINGFIELD‘s “I Only Want To Be With You” with VOLBEAT; Max Cavalera, Jamey Jasta, and Mike Vallely joining DEVILDRIVER for a salute to BLACK FLAG.

The official show poster created by renowned horror artists “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin and Justin Erickson can be viewed below. The limited-edition poster is 18″x24″ and only for sale online at this location.

JON OLIVA’S PAIN, the band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:”It is with great heartache and sorrow that we relay the passing of our dear friend, bandmate, guitarist and brother Matthew LaPorte.

Matt passed away in his home shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday. No information regarding his cause of death is currently available.

Matt was a brilliant guitar player on all levels. He understood that instrument better than almost anyone. His knowledge of music in general was just amazing. His contributions to JON OLIVA’S PAIN and every band he ever played with was also without measure. He was truly a one-guitar army when he needed to be and his solo performances on all the JON OLIVA’S PAIN CDs will forever send chills down our spines. A near-20-year history and friendship with one of the true greats has now ended and we are deeply saddened.

Matt was a fan of all kinds of music and instruments, having even embarked on a mission to conquer the hammered dulcimer…one of the hardest instruments to play. He was always trying to expand his musical horizons and influences. He marveled at the musical greats, both old and new. He was never one to rate his talents above others and often commented about the great new music and artists he had just discovered.

Criss Oliva was without a doubt his most profound influence, and anyone who saw him play SAVATAGE songs knew that Criss was channeling his talents via Matt. Matt‘s attention to detail and always striving to play everything perfect is without comparison. We would sit for hours during rehearsals with him muddling over whether a guitar chord was played exactly as recorded. Sometimes frustrating, but always appreciated in the end. He was the professionals’ professional when it came to his guitar skills, and the loss of such a talent will be forever felt.

Matt was a gentle soul, and would avoid conflict at all costs. He got along with everyone and greeted all with a smile on his face. There was a shyness and almost embarrassment felt by him from the adoration of his fans around the world…and he had many. He was humbled by the love and respect music fans gave to him, but in a quiet way, that made him work just a little bit harder. His had a hilarious, twisted and often sarcastic sense of humor that was unique to him. A very funny man, indeed.

“We miss you terribly, Matt, and we will celebrate your music and life each and every day. That great band in the sky just got a whole lot better, and you are in the most peaceful place you could have ever hoped for.

“Until we meet again…”

Matthew Davis LaPorte was 40 years old at the time of his death.

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