Volbeat’s Jon Larsen tests positive for Covid 19; Former Slayer drummer Jon Dette to be replaced
VOLBEAT canceled their concert tonight (Friday, January 29) at Ford Idaho Center Arena in Nampa, Idaho after the band’s drummer, Jon Larsentested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. VOLBEAT is set to resume her headlining US tour with PHANTOM tomorrow night (Saturday, January 29) at Portland, Oregon’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, with veterans KILLER and WILL drummer Jon Dette to fill.
Earlier today, VOLBEAT released the following statement: “Boise Volfam: Unfortunately this morning Jon tested positive for COVID, so we will have to cancel our appearance tonight at Idaho Center. Jon is asymptomatic and feeling well, so hopefully he’ll be back behind the kit soon. PHANTOM and TWIN TEMPLE are still playing, but refunds are available from your point of sale upon request. In the meantime, our great friend and amazing drummer Jon Dette give up everything to join us in Portland and will fill up our Jon is allowed to return, so we can resume the visit tomorrow evening.
“Boise, we hope to be back soon. Please stay safe in the meantime!”
VOLBEATit is “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.
VOLBEAT racked up nearly three billion cumulative streams in his career, landed a “Best Metal Performance” grammys nomination for “Room 24” (with King Diamond) of 2014 acclaimed (and gold seller) “Outlaw Gentlemen and Sleazy Ladies”and won several Danish music awards.
Since its creation in 2001, VOLBEAT went from clubs in Copenhagen to headliners around the world, including Denmark’s famous Telia Parken Stadium (becoming the only national artist to sell the venue). Over the course of seven record-breaking albums, the band picked up number one songs (including nine No. 1s on the US Mainstream Rock chart and counting, the most of any band based outside of North America), multi certifications -platinum, awards and accolades all over the planet. More recently, they have contributed to a revival of “Don’t Tread on Me” at “The Metallica Blacklist”with all proceeds from the track benefiting METALLICit is Everything in my hands foundation and the Borne Cancer Fonden from Denmark.
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