Danish rockers Volbeat hit Oklahoma City’s Diamond Ballroom last night, touring in support of their upcoming fifth LP, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. The band’s first time in OKC in more than four years, Monday night’s show saw Volbeat perform for a sold out crowd for nearly two hours, largely playing older material with a few new tracks sprinkled in.
Support act Danko Jones did a great job getting the crowd warmed up even though they showcase a largely different sound than Volbeat. Band leader Danko Jones was very talkative with the crowd, explaining how bummed out he was about not being able to say “fuck” without being fined by the city, but finding creative ways to get around using the word.
The band sounded solid backing Danko’s weird talk-singing vocal style, playing through mostly older material. Lovercall got the biggest response of the evening, probably because Danko spent several minutes explaining how much he enjoys what the track is about – oral sex.
After a little over an hour of Danko, it was time for Volbeat. Decked out with a sheriff’s badge and a slicked back pompadour, vocalist and rhythm guitarist Michael Poulsen spent the entirety of the show keeping the crowd on their toes, doing everything from teaching them a few Danish phrases to sprinkling in random micro-covers of songs by everyone from Johnny Cash to Suffocation and Judas Priest.
Former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano has joined the band for the foreseeable future and had no problem fitting right in on lead guitar, popping off solos and grinning from ear to ear for pretty much the entire show. You could tell he enjoys playing with his new bandmates, and they seemed to enjoy his company as well.
It’s a bit difficult to define Volbeat’s sound – a little metal, a dash of punk and even a hint of rockabilly… imagine Metallica with a vocalist that sounds like a mixture of Johnny Cash and Elvis and you’ve just about got the picture. While Michael Poulsen’s unique vocal style was on display all night, perhaps the best example was the group’s performance of Sad Man’s Tongue. The band started the song by playing the first verse of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, slowly evolving from the Cash standard into a rockabilly/metal hybrid, throwing every style the band has out all at once. It’s weird, it’s different – but somehow it works.
And that pretty much sums up Volbeat – if you are interested in metal or rockabilly, or even better, both — the band is going to be right up your alley. The band is finally picking up steam in the U.S., so if you want to catch them while they are still playing smaller clubs, now is your chance. They are definitely worth checking out if you want to try something a little bit different.
Hallelujah Goat, A New Day, Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood, Heaven nor Hell, Sad Man’s Tongue (w/ Ring of Fire), Lola Montez, The Human Instrument, 16 Dollars, A Warrior’s Call, Mary Ann’s Place, My Body, Another Day Another Way, The Garden’s Tale, The Hangman’s Body Count, Still Counting, The Mirror and the Ripper, Fallen, Pool of Booze Booze Booza
Danko Jones setlist:
Terrified, Forget My Name, First Date, Just a Beautiful Day, Full of Regret, I Think Bad Thoughts, Lovercall, Cadillac, Mountain
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