Volbeat's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies is the #1 album in the band's home country of Denmark alongside Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Austria. The new release saw a debut at #2 in Finland, #4 in the Netherlands and Sweden, and #9 in The United States. Volbeat's Michael Poulsen shares, "This is amazing and something we almost can't believe. It's crazy for us to think we did that, but the most fantastic thing about it is we did it with the fans support and dedication to the band. Without your love for the band, this would not be possible. So thanks a lot dear Volbeat fans and listeners. The support you are giving us for our shows and records are something we're very proud of. You people rock big time."
The April 9th release, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies is a record that's rich with stories and characters woven throughout its lyrics. Some are real – like the noble lady outlaw Pearl Hart, who held up a stagecoach to buy medicine for her dying mother, or Lola Montez, the erotic dancer with her infamous 'Spider Dance,' or Black Bart, the gentleman highwayman who wrote poems for the people he robbed. Others are entirely fictional. "The Nameless One" is a cautionary tale of dabbling in the dark arts, featuring the mysterious and sinister character of the title. Elsewhere, "Room 24," featuring King Diamond, was inspired by a terrifying experience in a hotel room somewhere in the heart of America.
Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, Volbeat has released five studio albums, and two live offerings, that have turned the band into superstars, collecting platinum discs and prestigious awards making them one of the most talked about bands around the world. Distilling the rebel spirits of metal, rockabilly, country & western and rock'n'roll into a gas-guzzling beast of a sound, they've drawn huge acclaim from music fans worldwide, and earned them the respect and admiration of such iconic musicians as James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica (who invited them on tour in 2009), Lemmy and Danish metal legend King Diamond, Dave Mustaine, Hank III, Jon Schaefer, Social Distortion and Scott Ian. And now Volbeat's electrifying fifth album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, is about to secure them a seat at rock's top table alongside those very same legends. It finds the core trio of Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums) joined by former Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the album with longtime Volbeat co-producer Jacob Hansen.
The band returns to the U.S. for leg two of the North American tour May 1 in Boston. Direct support will be All That Remains, with Eye Empire opening on the band's non-festival dates. In June, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies will be released in Japan, with confirmed appearances at the major festival Summer Sonic 2013 on 8/10 in Tokyo and 8/11 in Osaka. Prior, the band begins a major European tour 5/25 in Jelling, Denmark that will travel through the U.K.., Eastern and Western Europe, and Scandinavia, with major festivals complimented by headline dates. Planned U.S. May appearances include:
5/01 Boston, MA House of Blues
5/02 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre
5/03 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live - Lunatic Luau 13
5/05 Rockingham, NC Carolina Rebellion
5/06 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
5/07 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
5/09 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
5/10 Boone, IA Central Iowa Expo - Lazer Fest
5/11 Kansas City, MO Liberty Memorial Rockfest
5/12 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless - KPNT Pointfest
5/14 Springfield, MO Shrine Mosque
5/15 Lincoln, NE Pershing Auditorium
5/16 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
5/18 Syracuse, NY NY State Fair / KROCK
5/19 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range