The Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan, got a taste of Hillbilly
Rock N’ Roll this past week.

Photo x Chris Batea
Photo x Chris Batea

With lines stretching as far as the eye could see engulfing both blocks surrounding the venue, Volbeat prepared to rock the house. This show being one of many included in the bands second North American stretch of tour.

Black Wizard, a heavy metal group hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, hyped the crowd as direct support for Volbeat this evening. Regular direct support Killswitch Engage was already slated to play in town the following evening for Dirt Fest, so they were not on the bill for the night. Playing hits from their most recent EP, and sprinkling in a few older numbers they got the crowd ready for what was about to come.

The curtain dropped, with a Volbeat original Johnny Cash look alike skull, and the crowd knew what was coming. The lights dimmed out, and Motörhead’s “Born to Raise Hell” started blaring through the speakers, as spotlights ran through the crowd. The crowd sang along and chants of “Volbeat” rang through the venue.

Photo x Chris Batea
Photo x Chris Batea

At what seemed to be the peak of the crowd’s excitement, the backdrop raised and there stood Volbeat ready to melt our faces. Starting with “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown”, no fan was left sitting as the band played through one hit after another.  Throughout the sixteen song set list, fans could be seen crowd surfing, dancing, and singing along.

At times lead singer, Michael Poulsen, would stop singing, allowing the crowd’s voices to shine, as they belted out the words, as if they were their own. Michael would just stand back and seemingly take it all in as the house lights brightened so he could see the crowd.

Volbeat’s official website has the band on tour until the beginning weeks of December, bouncing back and fourth between North America and Europe. 


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