VOLBEAT @ The Troubador, West Hollywood (12/09/09)

Denmark’s best import since MERCYFUL FATE played their first show in Los Angeles. Though this off-date from the band’s opening slot on the current METALLICA U.S. tour was hardly publicized, the Troubador was packed with enthusiastic VOLBEAT fans. As the band hit the stage, you could see the smiles on their faces as they had not anticipated such a great turn out. Everyone was in a good mood, plenty of drinks were being consumed by all, and it was just a fun party atmosphere. People were singing along and smiling the entire time. VOLBEAT played for a good hour and a half in which they played all the hits from their three albums. Even though their first album is not available domestically, the crowd seemed to be very familiar with the songs. They also played their latest song, “A Warrior’s Call,” which is the theme song for Danish boxing champ Mikkel Kessler. And for all the MISFITS fans, VOLBEAT played the classic, “Angelfuck.” Frontman Michael Poulsen told the crowd that although they are honored to be opening for METALLICA, there’s nothing like playing a full show. He also proclaimed that the Troubador crowd was the best crowd so far during the tour. All in all, this was probably one of the most fun shows in recent times to attend in LA, and there’s no doubt that VOLBEAT will be back soon. Skål!

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