Madison, WI 5.16.13– Volbeat is a a Danish Superstar status band that has had people trying to figure out who the hell they are since 2008. Are they Metal, Hardrock, Hellbilly, where do they fit?  Just ask the sold-out Oprh loyalists that question and you’ll get “They frickin kick-ass” or ” Best band out there. “Volbeat die hards were out in force on a Thursday night. I spoke with a Volbeat devotee on the coveted rail prior to their set. Very gently he asked if I knew what to expect from Volbeat. I said I had been listening to them for about 2 weeks and watching videos to prepare for my maiden Volbeat voyage.  He then reveled that he has seen Volbeat upward to 9 times and each show contains new elements.  I had heard from two very well regarded music authorities close  to the concert world that Volbeat may be one of their favorite touring bands.  With those endorsements my expectation were on high.  After a 45 min set change after the superb Eye Empire  Volbeat’s stage crew began their final sound checks by playing some bad ass power jams that were clearly designed to tempt you for what was to come. Then the light dimmed, turned a florescent blue as harmonious  music gently crept up in db’s until a spot light revealed drummer Jon Larsen holding his sticks high above his head behind his massive double bass master drum kit. Seamlessly the intro exploded into “Hallelujah Goat” and Donald Carpenter and crew were “LIVE” in the Orph.

Having lived with their new record “Outlaw Gentleman and Shady Ladies” for over 2 weeks I was more than familiar with Volbeat, I was hooked.

Volbeat has helped change the way I have been looking at bands in the metal genre. The same happened with Opeth after I began following them via Steven Wilson’s of Porcupine tree involvement with Opeth via his masterful 5.1 engineering.

A serious inspection of Volbeat’s back catalog is in progress or should it be a more “Progressive” look?

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Volbeat setlist:
Hallelujah Goat
Pearl Hart
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Heaven Nor Hell
Sad Man’s Tongue
Lola Montez
The Garden’s Tale
16 Dollars
Cape of Our Hero
A Warrior’s Call
Mary Ann’s Place
Dead But Rising (Slayer intro)
The Hangman’s Body Count
The Mirror and the Ripper
Still Counting
Doc Holiday
Maybellene I Hofteholder
Pool of Booze, Booze, Booza

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.