Volbeat is a Danish heavy metal band that formed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2001. They blur the line between rock n’ roll and rockabilly, somehow amounting in fusion to something people call heavy metal. As if the child of two parents with different ethnicities or religion, Volbeat takes half its inspiration from guys like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and the other half from hard rock, thrash punk and alternative rock groups that Elvis and Johnny Cash fans have probably never heard of. The group’s makeup right now consists of guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Rob Caggiano, drummer Jon Larsen and bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen. They’ve been certified gold in Denmark and have released six studio albums and one DVD under Mascot Records.
However, Volbeat isn’t currently in the news because of their previous accomplishments. On August 26th, the band was joined by a multitude of big-name acts in their hometown of Copenhagen at Telia Parken. Most prominently perhaps was Metallica drummer Hans Ulrich, who joined in Volbeat’s cover of his bands song, “Enter Sandman,” and one of Volbeat’s tunes, “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood.” They had good chemistry on stage, they rocked. Other names involved were Mille Petrozza of Kreator, Napalm Death’s Mark “Barney” Greenway, and Danko Jones.
The idea was to get people who had worked on the songs with Volbeat involved in the actual performance of them. Petrozza had worked on the track he accompanied on, “7 Shots,” while Greenway played his parts on “Evelyn.” Jones joined in for his track with the band, “Black Rose.” It was raucous night of metal and hard rock, to say the least. Musicians love accompanying friends in other bands just as much as playing with their own, especially if they’ve collaborated with those other bands. Fan-filmed footage of the performances can be found below.