Fronted by singer and guitarist Michael Poulsen, the band (Rob Caggiano on lead guitar, Anders Kjølholm on bass, and Jon Larsen on drums) delivered a raucous set in which they profusely thanked the Atlanta-area audience for their hospitality and visible enthusiasm at the band’s first appearance in the area.
The setlist took from their five albums since their first release in 2005, including a hard-rock tribute to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” with Poulsen on electric acoustic and deeper-voiced Southern accent, as a preamble to their own Cash-inspired “Sad Man’s Tongue.” Although a lot harder than Cash would have done it – Volbeat is a metal band, after all – his distinctive sound is definitely in there.
“You know I talk to Johnny Cash every day in spirit. He just told me you sound beautiful, man, thank you.” –Michael Poulsen
Volbeat’s tour will continue in the US until October 26 at Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA; and then will move on to the UK. Please see http://volbeat.dk for more information and schedule.
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