MADISON, WI (November 20, 2013) The Earth Rocker Tour arrived at the Orph in Madison on hump day. The fact it was a Wednesday night began looking like it may not draw the usual Orph triple bill show. Billed as a Metal show, The Earth Rocker Tour was more of a hard rock event. There were no outrageous clothes, minimal tattoos and limited special effects. Tennis shoes were the preferred footwear.  I did find it interesting that The Sword wore an American Sharks T and Clutch wore a Sword T.

Kicking off the show were Texans American Sharks. Billed as heavy metal soul, stoner rock , punk trio, the Band consists of  bassist/vocalist Mike Hardin, guitarist Will Ellis (part Tony Iommi, part “Fast” Eddie Clarke), and drummer Nick Cornetti. An opener of a triple bill has the shittiest  spot and stage environment in rock.  This really hurt the Sharks. The three had to play around The Sword’s drum kit and various equipment draped in black. Mike Hardin was all but cut off from the others. Too bad really as they were trying like hell to kick out the jams. Ramones on acid?

The Sword, another Texas band,  is why the Earth Rocker show was a MUST shoot show.  I was drawn to their obvious Black Sabbath influences and their searing guitar solos that embraced what is known as stoner rock. I have played The Sword along side Sleepless and Uncle Acid  and the Deadbeats. The Sword is currently John D. Cronise – vocals, guitar, Kyle Shutt – guitar, Bryan Richie – bass, synthesizers and newest member Santiago “Jimmy” Vela III – drums, percussion. I did not keep track of the length of the songs, judging from the number of shots I got  it was not less than 10 minutes per song.  After my 3 in the pit I made it through the crowd and found an empty seat. The Sword is every stoner , psychedelic , acid, and doom metal rock addicts drug. I was injecting all that I could.



The Veil of Isis

Cloak of Feathers

How Heavy This Axe

Arcane Montane

Tres Brujas

Maiden, Mother & Crone



 Clutch is  Neil Fallon – vocals, guitar, keyboards, Tim Sult – guitar, Dan Maines – bass and Jean-Paul Gaster – drums.  Clutch has released 10 records since 1993. Earth Rocker, the tour’s namesake, was released this year. Minutes before Clutch was to grace the stage the audience appeared to double. If there  is such a thing as Clutch heads then they were out in full form on a Wednesday. Security also doubled in the pit leaving little room for us to shoot.  Having never seen Clutch or hearing much of their music it was a maiden voyage. Given the growth of the crowd and bright yellow SECURITY shirts I expected to bombarded by body surfers  and beer.  In a flash the lights escorted the band, with Neil Fallon leading the way, onto the stage. Instantaneously Clutch launched into Earth Rocker. I could not stop focusing on  Neil Fallon. Fallen possessed Maynard James Keenan (Tool) stage mannerisms with a steel workers” appearance.  Clutch’s songs were much shorter than The Sword’s but I still had time to overshoot  Neil Fallon, he was infectious. Clutch is now”officially” on my radar.


Earth Rocker

Unto the Breach

Mr. Freedom

Pure Rock Fury

Texan Book of the Dead

D.C. Sound Attack!

Mice and Gods

Subtle Hustle

Burning Beard

Cyborg Bette

Crucial Velocity

Oh, Isabella

Gone Cold

50,000 Unstoppable Watts

Struck Down

The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…


Electric Worry

 American Sharks

American Sharks “Overdrive” (Official Music Video) from Picture Machine Productions on Vimeo.

The Sword


THE SWORD live at Hellfest 2013 from Hellfest on Vimeo.


Earth Rocker by CLUTCH from Karate Pinky Visual Design, LLC on Vimeo.

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.