On Wednesday April 9, 2014 Danish rockers Volbeat hit the stage at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno to a sold out performance inside the 1,800 seat Grand Theatre. It was absolutely packed with all ages of die hard Volbeat fans.
The mosh pit was in full swing as were the crowd surfers, many were flying over the rail of the photo pit. This examiner was nearly hit more than once, but thanks to the great guys from security I was saved, no wipe-outs.
Volbeat are a Danish rock band which was formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly. They are inspired by classic rock and roll artists such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, as well as modern hard rock, heavy metal, alternative rock and hardcore groups.
The band is signed to Dutch label Mascot Records and has released five studio albums and one DVD. All of their studio albums have been certified gold in Denmark.
Current members include, Michael Poulsen-(lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Anders Kjølholm-(bass guitar, backing vocals), Jon Larsen-(drums, percussion) and Rob Caggiano-(lead guitar).
The bands set lasted nearly two hours and went like this,
"Doc Holliday", "Radio Girl", "Hallelujah Goat", "Lola Montez", "Boa", "Sad Man's Tongue", "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood", "Dead But Rising", "A Broken Man And The Dawn / Mary Ann's Place / Rebel Monster / Making Believe", "The Mirror And The Ripper", "Maybellene I Hofteholder", "Heaven Nor Hell", "The Nameless One", "We", "Still Counting" and four encore songs, "Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza", "The Hangman's Body Count", "Thanks" and "The Human Instrument / A Warrior's Call".
As soon as the lights went down, the crowd went wild. Lead vocalist Poulsen was in top form and interacted with the fans after almost every song. The rest of the band really did a very good job rockin' every song as well.
Very impressive as usual, Volbeat is a band you don't want to miss every time that they come this way.
Main support for Volbeat on this tour is metal rockers Trivium.
Trivium is an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2000. After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released six studio albums and eighteen singles. Their most recent album, Vengeance Falls, was released on October 9, 2013. The band has sold over one million albums worldwide.
Current members are, Matt Heafy-(lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Corey Beaulieu-(lead guitar, backing vocals), Paolo Gregoletto-(bass guitar, backing vocals) and Nick Augusto-(drums, percussion).
Trivium's set lasted around 45 minutes and went like this,
"Brave This Storm", "Like Light To the Flies", "Built To Fall", "Strife", "Black", "Dying In Your Arms", "Through Blood And Dirt And Bone", "Down From The Sky" and "In Waves".
Now these guys know how to put on a show, they are rockers to the core. As a matter of fact, they almost stole the show in this examiners opinion, it was very close. It won't be long till this band is the headliner and their supporting act days are over.
Be sure not miss this band the next time they come around, I guarantee you won't be sorry.
Starting the night off was Digital Summer.
Digital Summer is an American hard rock band from Phoenix, Arizona, formed in 2006.
The band released an EP and 4 full-length albums, the most recent of which, titled After Hours: Unplugged & Rewired, was released on October 8, 2013.
Band members are brothers Kyle Winterstein-(lead vocals) and Ian Winterstein-(guitar) along with, Anthony "Guido" Hernandez-(bass), teenage drummer, Austin Rios and Derek Kleoppel-(guitar).
Unfortunately there was a mix up on my photo pass and the guys at will call where I pick it up before the show had given it to another photographer and I missed their whole set waiting till they finally got mine from Volbeats tour manager.
Luckily for me, I know the photog that got my photo pass (no worries sister). She happens to know the band very well and introduced me to them after the show where I apologized for missing their set due to "unforeseen circumstances". They got a laugh out of it and said, "it's cool, we'll be back soon". I did manage to get a group photo of the band with me in it, very cool.
As usual this was just another great night of rock & roll which Reno is well known for.
A great time was had by all.
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All photos by, JOHN TUCKNESS (except Digital Summer group photo by Ashley Mally)
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