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Godspeed, Captain Jack.

Posted: 10/12/2019

"We lost a hero today.

Jack Flanagan was super human in every way. For 25 years, Jack guided the band through every conceivable situation with a precision and enthusiasm that will never be matched. It was only with Jack’s guidance and vision that we four young men were able to build a career out of rock and roll. His insight, his passion for the music, his love for all those around him, and his sense of humor, made him someone we couldn’t wait to see again. We were always excited when he would come visit us on the road or, even better, travel with us for a couple nights. Then it’d be like the old days again, when Jack was our road manager... and we’d all be on the bus together riding to the next gig, listening to the The Pogues, and cracking jokes. Jack Flanagan was the best manager, mentor, and friend we could have ever hoped for.

Jack, thank you for making us better than we ever thought we could be.

- Clutch


Over the last twenty plus years, every time Jack sent over something to be posted on the website, his message would regularly be footnoted with something along the lines of, "You can use your discretion… You always nail it." That pretty much sums up our perfectly uncomplicated workflow. On this mournful occasion, I believe the above words from the band appropriately say what needs to be said on their own.

In consideration of the foregoing, I feel inclined to personally close this post with a song that I know meant something to Jack, and one that means a great deal to me as well. If I close my eyes, I can still smell the whiskey and cigarette smoke as Willie's voice just about drowns out the Van Hool engine taking us to the next show.

Until we meet again, my friend.


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