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Volbeat Announce New Album, Release First Single

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I got really excited when I read that the new Volbeat single is called “Shotgun Blues,” because I thought it was a Guns N’ Roses cover. They’ve already covered Metallica’s “Don’t Tread on Me” this year. Maybe they were just really, really getting into the spirit of 1991?

Alas, this is not the case. Volbeat’s “Shotgun Blues” is an original song that “explores the ghostly events” that guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen “recently experienced upon moving into a new home.” It features no mention whatsoever of “verbal masturbation,” sucking ass, or making love to someone else’s wife. Real bummer.

“Shotgun Blues” will appear on Volbeat’s just-announced eighth album, Servant of the Mind. Says Poulsen of that release:

“I wrote the whole album in three months. I was in a good place and mood while at home, and had a captive audience of myself… There are a lot of Volbeat signatures in it. If you go back to the first record and compare it to where we are now, you can hear how the band has developed its style, while keeping the signature sound.”

Listen to “Shotgun Blues” below. Servant of the Mind is out December 3 on Republic Records. You can pre-order it here.

Earlier this week, Volbeat announced a 2022 U.S. co-headline arena tour with Ghost. All of Volbeat’s upcoming live dates are below.

Volbeat w/o Ghost

Sept. 23 – Orlando, FL at Rebel Rock (festival) [tickets]
Sep. 24 – Atlanta, GA at Tabernacle (w/ Twin Temple) [tickets]
Sep. 26 – Oklahoma City, OK at The Criterion (w/ Twin Temple) [tickets]
Sep. 28 – San Antonio, TX at Sunken Garden Amphitheater (w/ The Hu, Twin Temple) [tickets]
Sep. 29 – Lubbock, TX at Lonestar Amphitheater (w/ The Hu, Twin Temple) [tickets]
Oct. 02 – San Diego, CA at The Observatory North Park (w/ Municipal Waste, The Hu, Twin Temple) [tickets]
Oct. 06 – Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Palladium (w/ Municipal Waste) [tickets]
Oct. 08 – Sacramento, CA at Aftershock (festival) [tickets]
Oct. 09 – Paso Robles, CA at Vina Robles Amphitheatre (w/ Twin Temple) [tickets]
Oct. 10 – Oakland, CA at The Fox Theater (w/ Twin Temple) [tickets]

Volbeat, Ghost, and Twin Temple

Jan. 25 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center [tickets]
Jan. 27 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena [tickets]
Jan. 28 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena [tickets]
Jan. 29 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum [tickets]
Jan. 31 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center [tickets]
Feb. 02 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena [tickets]
Feb. 04 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena [tickets]
Feb. 05 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center [tickets]
Feb. 07 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena [tickets]
Feb. 08 – Hershey, PA – GIANT Center [tickets]
Feb. 10 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center [tickets]
Feb. 11 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center [tickets]
Feb. 12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion [tickets]
Feb. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center [tickets]
Feb. 15 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center [tickets]
Feb. 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena [tickets]
Feb. 18 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena [tickets]
Feb. 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center [tickets]
Feb. 20 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum [tickets]
Feb. 21 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena [tickets]
Feb. 23 – Independence, MO – Cable Dahmer Arena [tickets]
Feb. 25 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land [tickets]
Feb. 26 – Dallas, TX – Fair Park Coliseum [tickets]
Feb. 28 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center [tickets]
Mar. 01 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center [tickets]
Mar. 03 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center [tickets]

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