16.11.2014 – Academy / Manchester

Posted: November 18, 2014 in Concert Reports, Volbeat
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01. Hallelujah Goat
02. Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
03. The Nameless One
04. Sad Man’s Tongue
05. Heaven nor Hell / A Warrior’s Call
06. 16 Dollars
07. Lola Montez
08. Dead but Rising
09. I Only Want To Be With You (Dusty Springfield Cover)
10. The Lonesome Rider
11. The Mirror And The Ripper
12. The Hangman’s Body Count
13. Doc Holliday
14. Maybellene / Hofteholder


15. Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza
16. Fallen
17. Still Counting

Having flown in on that very morning I was extremely tired and not really in the mood to go to a gig. But we already bought the tickets so we went. The Guinness at the Grand Central did the trick and I started feeling better as we went queuing up at the venue. I have seen Volbeat at Download Festival and I thought they were pretty good.

They are quite popular in Germany where they fill the big venues like the O2 in Berlin or the Olympic Hall in Munich. So it was kind of unusual to see them in such a teeny tiny location like Manchester Academy. It only has a capacity of 2,600.

Support act was Hatebreed. I have never heard of them before. They were actually really good and surprisingly heavy. They attracted a lot of their own fans who formed circle pits and went quite wild. There were people jumping, pushing each other and throwing their beers all over the place. “First you do your “Hatebreeding”, then you do your “Volbeating!”

Hatebreed were done and we waited for Volbeat to show up. It took like forever until they finally entered the stage. The show was pretty good and we had a great time. Well, until some things in a circle pit got a little out of hand and drunk guys started a bloody fight right next to us. They were really putting the “beat” in “Volbeat”. Apparently if you don’t have beer in your hair and blood on your clothes you’re doing it wrong.

The typical Volbeat fan could not really cope with all that. A girl was standing next to me and she was clearly terrified of what was going on. We left the fight scene and watched the end of the show quite peacefully.

Michael Poulsen talked to a 10 year old boy on the gallery and crowdsurfed to him, getting him a Volbeat shirt. He then said: “Your dad owes me £10 or something.” The set was quite short but that was ok. I liked the show and it was a good start for my time here in Manchester. Seether is next.


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