Volbeat Frontman Says Former Slayer Drummer Jon Dette Was Very Successful In Replacing Jon Larsen
In this week’s episode of 95.5 KLOSit’s “New and Approved” To display, VOLBEAT leader Michael Poulsen discussed what it was like for him and his bandmates to play multiple shows with alumni KILLER and WILL drummer Jon Dette late January and early February after the band’s regular drummer Jon Larsen, tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It was very early [our U.S. co-headlining] to visit [with GHOST]. Suddenly Jon got hit by COVID and we had to get him out of the building and then into a hotel. And he was there for – I don’t know – five, six [or] seven days.
“The worst thing is always canceling shows because you really don’t want to disappoint the fans,” Michael Explain. “But at the same time, Jon is the original drummer and he played all Single VOLBEAT show that there never was. So we were like, ‘Okay, what are we going to do? Are we going to cancel some shows or are we going to see if we can come up with a plan B? And plan B was to see if we could find a drummer who could learn, like, 16 VOLBEAT songs in less than 24 hours. And Jon Dette was the guy. And we called him and he was very excited about it. And he’s been a very good friend of ours for a very long time. And he always said, “If I can ever help you, call me. So that’s what we did. And I don’t know how he managed to do it, but he learned those 16 songs in 24 hours. And he did very well. He ended up playing three or four shows; I don’t remember now.”
VOLBEAT canceled its January 29 show at Ford Idaho Center Arena in Nampa, Idaho following Feedbackthe diagnosis.
VOLBEATtour with PHANTOM wraps up tonight (Thursday, March 3) in Anaheim, Calif.
VOLBEATit’s “The Shotgun Blues” excerpt from the group’s latest album, “Spirit Servant”recently exceeded both the Billboard mainstream rock and Mediabase Active Rock charts, the Danish/American band’s tenth chart-topper, and cemented VOLBEAT‘s record for having the most No. 1 singles on the Mainstream Rock chart by an artist based outside of North America.
Revolver called “Spirit Servant” “excellent… the darkest and heaviest VOLBEAT still offers.” For the LP, the group, which consists of Michael Poulsen (guitar, vocals), Feedback, Rob Caggiano (guitars) and Kaspar Boye Larsen (bass), took his signature heavy metal, psychobilly and punk ‘n’ roll up a notch while showcasing Poulsenhis great ability to write songs and tell stories. “Rarely has a successful band been so voracious,” says Kerrang! album review.
“Spirit Servant” was written and recorded during the shutdown and quarantine necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The LP includes the “double barrel” of summer songs the band released last June: “Wait a minute girl” and “Dagen For” (with Stine Bramsen), the first of which became the band’s ninth number-one single on the Billboard Mainstream rock map.
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