Danish metallers Volbeat brought the riffs, rockabilly, and roof raising antics to Dublin’s Olympia theatre on Sunday night (28th May 2018), as they kicked off their European tour in Ireland. Following a show in Belfast on Saturday night where the band played to a packed Telegraph Building, the Danes arrived in the capital to a roaring reception.
Focusing primarily on recent release ‘Seal The Deal & Lets Boogie’, and 2013’s ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies’, the Danes proved a veritable hit with the sold-out crowd that even included eager fans who’d traveled from the bands’ home town of Ringsted, Denmark to attend.
Kicking off with the demonic stomp of ‘The Devil’s Bleeding Crown’ and going straight into the purposeful march of ‘Heaven Nor Hell’, band leader Michael Poulsen was in a playful mood from the off, taunting the crowd by asking; “Is that it, IS THAT IT?!” following their enthusiastic chants.
With “Hey! Hey! Hey!”s traded for “Fight! Fight! Fight!”s, the energetic opening climaxed with a distinctly Motörized version of Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, in what wasn’t to be the last nod of the night to their broad range of influences.
Greeting the audience, Poulsen gushed; “We’ve been looking forward to doing this”, and with pleasantries exchanged, the band went into their biggest hit, the bombastic ‘Lola Montez’, with the audience threating to drown out the band with their uproarious singing.
Changing the tune, the rockabilly shuffle of ’16 Dollars’ gave way to Johnny Cash homage ‘Sad Man’s Tongue’, showcasing the diversity of the four-piece, and showing off their heavy- music-you-can-dance-to approach.
Shifting gear once more, devilish Slayer tribute ‘Slaytan’ preceded the evening’s biggest surprise. Introducing special guest Mark 'Barney' Greenway to join in on ‘Evelyn’, Poulsen said; “Growing up in Denmark we listened to all the good stuff”, tempering; “Don’t be scared; This is Barney from Napalm Death”.
Putting in a truly demented vocal performance, Greenway’s addition prompted the singer to quip; “Thats the real deal. I feel like fucking Mickey Mouse after that!”
Going on to close the evening with a heavy as hell ‘Gates of Babylon’ and primal metal of ‘For Evgit’, before a final encore of a celebratory ‘Still Counting’, Volbeat took their bows to a deafening applause. “Its been an honour coming all the way from Denmark and New York to play for you tonight”, said Poulsen signing off; “Thank you so much Dublin, you’ve been beautiful”.
Volbeat’s U.K. tour continues on Tuesday night (29th May 2018), when the band play Manchester’s O2 Ritz before playing an exclusive free show at the House of Vans in London on 30th May. For a full list of dates, see below.
Ahead of the show, eonmusic caught up with Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano for a chat. Check back here shortly for our exclusive interview.
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Volbeat 2018 U.K. Dates:
Tue 29th May - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
Wed 30th May - LONDON House Of Vans
Wed 6th Jun - GLASGOW O2 ABC
Fri 8th Jun - DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL
Check out our photo gallery from the Dublin show below. Click on the image to enlarge. All photos by Olga Kuzmenko Photography.