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Rock Allegiance Tour at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights 8-28-13

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Wednesday night Freedom Hill hosted one of the biggest rock festivals of the summer as the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour made a stop in Sterling Heights.

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The tour has an international flair this year as four bands from four different countries are taking the stage in Volbeat (Denmark), HIM (Finland), All That Remains (U.S.) and Airbourne (Australia).

Wednesday's show had to change things up a bit as All That Remains had to sit things out because of their vocalist, Phil Labonte, suffering from illness.

As a result, a number of things from set times to meet and greet times had to be shuffled around.

Airbourne kicked off the show before HIM took the stage for a 15-song set and Volbeat closed the show with a 19-song set.

HIM is out on tour supporting their eighth release, Tears On Tape, and their set list featured a number of songs from the new album including fantastic performances of the title track and their new single "Into the Night".

They also pulled out a number of crowd favorites like "Join Me In Death", "Your Sweet Six Six Six" and closer "Funeral of Hearts".

With a large back catalog of their own, Volbeat had more than enough material to pull out to close the evening off in style.

With their signature sound of a blending of metal, rockabilly and country, Volbeat tore the roof off as they moved through songs from all of their albums including new tracks like "Lola Montez", which is off of their latest release, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.

After adding Anthrax's Rob Caggiano to the band earlier this year, they sound tighter than ever and judging by the band's enthusiasm and smiles they are clearly relishing the current lineup.

Older songs like "Sad Man's Tongue" and closer "Pool of Booze, Booze, Booza" are re-invigorated and the newer material was well-received by the loud crowd.

Volbeat Setlist:

Hallelujah Goat
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Another Day, Another Way
The Nameless One
Sad Man's Tongue
Lola Montez
Fallen
16 Dollars
Dead but Rising
Cape of Our Hero
The Mirror and the Ripper
Heaven nor Hell
Maybellene I Hofteholder
The Hangman's Body Count
Still Counting

Encore:

Doc Holliday
My Body
A Warrior's Call
Pool of Booze, Booze, Booza

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