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Interview:
Denmark's Volbeat finding new fans from package tours, festivals
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Since it began coming to the United States a decade ago, the Danish hard rock group Volbeat has mixed billings on package tours -- most recently Megadeth's Gigantour earlier this year -- with its own headlining dates. And frontman Michael Poulsen says the former clearly work to the benefit of the latter.

"We always gain some new fans and listeners when we do the festivals or the opening tours," says Poulsen, 37, who formed Volbeat in 2000 after breaking up his previous group, the death metal band Dominus. "There will always be people who will go with a friend, and they may not want to hear Volbeat but will because they want to hang out with their friend, and then they'll like us.

"It's all about being somewhere and doing your thing and showing people what you're all about, and I definitely believe it helps."

Volbeat -- whose U.S. management is handled by Wild Justice in Southfield -- is still supporting its last album, 2010's guest-laden "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven," but Poulsen says he already has "tons of material" in motion for the band's next album. And one of his inspirations, he says, is "old Western movies," an interest that hails from his childhood and that he thinks has always been part of Volbeat's music but will "definitely be more in your face on the coming record."

"There's some really good Western movies," Poulsen notes. "It really depends on my mood. Sometimes it's really fun to watch those really old black & white movies, but sometimes it gets a little boring so you want to watch something that's a little more new.

"But it really doesn't matter if it's old or new; it's all about having a feeling that's inspiring you, and those kinds of movies always have such good soundtracks. We all know 'Once Upon a Time in the West,' right? That could be one of the movies that inspires this next album."

Volbeat, Hellyeah and Iced Earth perform Tuesday, June 19, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 and $29.50 with a $40 balcony four-pack. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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