Volbeat Announce U.S. Tour With Clutch & The Picturebooks

Volbeat have announced a spring U.S. tour. Clutch and The Picturebooks will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

04/04 Tempe, AZ – Big Surf (‘UFEST‘)
04/05 Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
04/07 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
04/08 Independence, MO – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
04/10 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
04/11 Beaumont, TX – Ford Arena
04/13 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
04/14 Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Coliseum
04/15 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
05/01 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater (no Clutch)
05/02 Hershey, PA – GIANT Center (with Gojira) (no Clutch)
05/03 Charlotte, NC – Epicenter Festival
05/05 Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
05/06 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
05/08 Minneapolis, MN – 93X Twin City Takeover (no Clutch)
05/09 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
05/10 Grand Rapids, MI – The DeltaPlex Arena
05/12 Baltimore, MD – UMBC Event Center
05/13 New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 17

Volbeat Cancel Finland Show Due To Labor Strikes

Volbeat have been forced to cancel their November 27 show in Helsinki, Finland. The cancellation was related to the ongoing labor strikes in the country.

The band commented:

“Hello Finland! Due to the current country-wide labor strikes, we will unfortunately have to cancel our show at Hartwall Arena this Wednesday, November 27th. Many of the people and services that we depend on to get the bands, touring crew and gear safely to and from Helsinki will be on strike and it will be impossible for us to arrive in your beautiful city in time for the show. Please contact your point of purchase for a full refund.

Please know that we hope for these strikes to have a positive outcome, and we are already planning our next trip to come play for all of you amazing fans (announcements to be made soon). In the meantime, please keep rocking, have a great holiday season and we will see you in the new year!”

Volbeat Premiere New Video For “Die To Live” Feat. Clutch’s Neil Fallon

Volbeat have premiered a new video for their song “Die To Live.” This track and its accompanying video both feature Clutch’s Neil Fallon, as well as Raynier Jacob Jacildo and Doug Corcoran of JD McPherson’s band. The song appears on Volbeat’s latest album “Rewind, Replay, Rebound.”

Michael Poulsen commented:

“We were thrilled to be able to get Neil, Raynier and Doug together with us in the same room to shoot this video, and we’re really proud of how it came out. We hope you have as much fun watching it as we did making it!”

Fallon added:

“A couple of months ago, I flew up to Boston to meet up with Volbeat to film the video for their new single, ‘Die To Live’. It was a breeze to make, maybe four hours. It’s a catchy straight-ahead rocker of a song and I am flattered to have been asked to participate.”

Volbeat Stop Belfast Show After One Song

During Volbeat’s show in Belfast, Ireland last night (October 3), the band only played one song before walking offstage. The group started things off with a performance of “Pelvis On Fire,” before cutting things short and reportedly trying again about 10 minutes later. However, they stopped again and ultimately cancelled the concert. A number of fans voiced their frustration on social media:

The band have since issued the following statement:

“We in Volbeat want to extend our most heartfelt apologies for having to cancel tonight’s show in Belfast. As many of you know, Michael has been having some throat issues and we ran into multiple technical issues on stage that prevented the band from being able to hear each other play. While he has mostly recovered his voice at this point, it was decided that had he continued to play the show this way he would have risked blowing out his voice again and having to cancel even more shows. We’re gutted that we weren’t able to perform for you tonight, but we will be back to reschedule the show as soon as we possibly can.”

Clutch’s Neil Fallon Guests On New Volbeat Song “Die To Live”

Volbeat officially released their new album “Rewind, Replay, Rebound” today (August 2) and one track on the effort, “Die To Live,” features Clutch’s Neil Fallon. You can stream that below. Fallon commented:

“A few months back I got an email from Michael Poulsen. He asked if I’d be interested in singing on a Volbeat track called “Die to Live.” The track is guns out rock and roll. I’m flattered that Michael asked me to do it and maybe we’ll get the chance to do it live one day!”

Concert Review: Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, & Behemoth In Mountain View, CA

Last night (July 26), I attended the opening night of Slipknot’s “Knotfest Roadshow” at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA and it was one hell of a concert.

Behemoth kicked off the night with a dose of blackened death metal. The group took the stage with skull masks and blasted into “Wolves ov Siberia” much to the excitement of those who showed up early to catch their set. From there, the band removed the masks to reveal their corpse paint, before powering through tracks like “Daimonos” and “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer.” The group’s sound was completely on point and they definitely proved that they are a top notch live act. Some highlights from their set included the aforementioned “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer,” “Bartzabel,” which frontman Nergal donned a Pope hat for, and “Chant For Eschaton 2000.”

After Behemoth, it was time for Gojira. The band’s brand of groove oriented death/progressive metal captured the audience from the get-go. The group opened with “Oroborus” before rocking tracks like “Backbone” and “Stranded.” They were definitely one of the strongest acts of the night with unmatched musicianship and technicality. If you have yet to see Gojira live, you are definitely doing yourself a disservice. Some highlights from their set included the aforementioned “Oroborus,” “Flying Whales,” and “Silvera.”

Once Gojira finished, it was time for the hard rock stylings of Volbeat. The band were firing on all cylinders and gave the crowd something they could dance to after the heavier nature of the previous acts. As frontman Michael Poulsen said: “Did Behemoth steal your soul? Did Gojira rip your face off? Well, we’re here to make you beautiful again.” The group kicked things of with “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and after that it was nothing but killer tracks and impeccable guitar work from Rob Caggiano (ex-Anthrax) and Poulsen. Some highlights from their set included “Sad Man’s Tongue,” which was complete with a partial performance of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire,” “Slaytan,” “Doc Holliday,” “Seal the Deal,” and “Still Counting.”

After Volbeat, it was time for the headliners of the evening, nu-metal legends Slipknot. A giant banner with the band’s logo was on display as AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” rocked the amphitheatre. “(515)” then started to play through the speakers as everyone screamed. After the track, the banner fell as the group launched into “People = Shit” followed by “(sic).”

The band sounded absolutely perfect. Between Corey Taylor’s insanely powerful vocals, Mick Thomson and Jim Root’s masterful guitar work, Alessandro Venturella’s grooving bass lines, and Jay Weinberg’s incredible drumming, everything was solid on all fronts. Percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, the new percussionist, who fans have been calling “Tortilla Man,” and DJ Sid Wilson were also extremely entertaining with their stage antics. Furthermore, Wilson and sampler Craig Jones seemed to be more audible in the mix, which was cool to see. On top of the phenomenal showmanship, the band also had awesome stage production that only added to the experience.

The setlist was amazing too. Fans got all the hits like “Before I Forget,” “Psychosocial,” “Duality,” and “Vermilion,” mixed with a couple of new songs including “Unsainted” off their new album “We Are Not Your Kind” (out August 9) and their 2018 single “All Out Life.” They even pulled out a deeper cut with a performance of “Prosthetics.” It’s too hard to even choose a highlight, but “Spit It Out” is always amazing, especially since the band have everyone get down on the floor only to have them jump back up when Taylor gives the signal.

All in all, it was a stellar show and if you have a chance to catch this tour, it will definitely be worth your while.

Volbeat Premiere New Song “Pelvis On Fire”

Volbeat have premiered a new song titled “Pelvis On Fire.” This track is from the band’s new album “Rewind, Replay, Rebound,” which will be released on August 2. Michael Poulsen commented:

“It’s a pure rock ‘n’ roller. When you hear songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s, and read the lyrics, they are not that deep. But it sounds great. It is a feeling. It’s a movement. It’s sexuality. It’s emotional and that thing we feel when we hear good rock ‘n’ roll.”