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VOLBEAT/BLACK SPIDERS, The Garage, Glasgow
24 October 2011
you buy for £10 these days? A couple of pints, a gallon and a bit of
petrol, two main courses at your local Brewers Fayre or a ticket to this
excellent looking bill. In the current gig climate this one is a steal
and the sold out signs proved I wasn't alone with that thought.
Volbeat had been due to play the same venue back in December 2010, but
the tour was cancelled after front man Michael Poulson fell ill as the
tour was about to kick off. This was also Volbeat's first gig in
Scotland so anticipation was high on all fronts.
With the hall filling nicely, The Black Spiders took to the stage
for a short, energetic set. I had read a lot of good things about The
Black Spiders in the music press and wasn't disappointed by tonight's
performance, put bluntly they kicked ass!
opening of 'Kiss Tried To Kill Me', through 'Stick It To The Man' to the
closer 'Just Like A Woman' the band played like their lives depended on
it. This is straight forward rock 'n' roll played as it should be.
mention should go to their drummer Tiger Si who appeared to be on day
release from a mental institution, his facial expressions are a sight to
behold! I will definitely be catching these guys again in the future.
The main event of the night though is Denmark's third biggest export
after bacon and butter, the mighty Volbeat. The band are still
relatively unknown in the UK but are playing in arenas to upwards of
10,000 per night across mainland Europe and are currently building a
large following in the States due in no small part to their extensive
touring in support to Metallica. Judging by the crowd reaction tonight
the band won't be playing this size of venue in the UK for much longer
opened with 'The Human Instrument' before launching into the title track
from their third album 'Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood' and boy
were they on form.
headlined arenas and played high on numerous festival bills, it would
have been understandable if the guys had put in a little less effort in
this setting, but nothing could be further from the truth. The band were
as up for the gig as the audience and things just got better and better.
Michael was in fine voice and the band commanded the stage as if they
were playing to 8000 instead of 800.
Continuing with 'Heaven Nor Hell' from their latest album and then
playing a good mix from their four albums, including my own personal
favourite 'The Garden's Tale', they could do no wrong.
appeared to be having as much fun on stage and appeared genuinely
surprised at the warmth of the response from the Glasgow crowd. At one
point between songs they took requests from the audience playing
snippets of Motorhead, Metallica, Dio, Slayer and Queen, something for
Finishing the main set was singalong favourite 'Still Counting', the
band took a well earned breather before coming back for five encores,
talk about value for money! During one track 'Thanks' the stage was
filled with members of the crowd to sing and dance along to add to the
party atmosphere. Finishing off with live favourite 'Pool Of Booze,
Booze, Booza' Volbeat completed an amazing show.
If you get
the chance to catch Volbeat in an intimate club setting, grab it with
both hands because believe me they won't be playing them for much
longer. In fact forget the butter and the bacon, Volbeat are the
tastiest Danish product by far.
photos by David Wilson
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