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Bataclan - Paris, France
November 10 2011

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Michael Poulsen from Volbeat at the Bataclan in Paris France

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At the end of 2010, Volbeat toured all over Europe to promote their new record Beyond Hell / Above Heaven. Nevertheless, no concert was scheduled in France back then...
This summer, Volbeat played at Sonisphere Amneville, a sucessful show that proved that they have fans here!

Thomas Bredahl from Volbeat at the Bataclan in Paris France

The fans have been waiting patiently but tonight, Volbeat were finally back in Paris, 3 years after the show at La Scène Bastille in 2008.
3 years is a lot for a band that has enjoyed so much success lately, playing arenas all over the globe.

The Bataclan is the largest venue Volbeat have played in Paris, so I guess that for many people, this was the first time they're seeing Volbeat on stage.

Anders Kjølholm on bass - Volbeat live in Paris

So, this was going to be a very special night. Not only it was Volbeat's return... but there were also some special guests in the audience.
James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo from Metallica were in the audience watching the show tonight.
Unfortunately, there was no jam, but I can tell you that James doesn't joke when he says that he's a fan of Volbeat.
I saw him singing the words of the songs and banging his head during Volbeat's riffs!

Michael Poulsen in Paris with Volbeat

The concert started with Motörhead's Born To Raise Hell, a good intro to sum up what was going to come.
The band came on stage with the riff of Find That Soul, followed by Hallelujah Goat.

The guys from Volbeat were certainly in high spirits today! They were full of energy, giving it all while playing.

Thomas Bredhal and Anders Kjølholm - Volbeatt live in Paris

The tour has been long and Michael Poulsen's voice sounded a bit tired. He couldn't reach very hight notes, but nevertheless he did a good performance.

Michael changed his position on stage several time during the show by singing on every microphone available. Thus, he was as close as possible to the audience and could tease everyone. He even had a short conversation with some crazy guys on the balcony to the left!

Michael Poulsen and Jon Larsen, live with Volbeat

Volbeat's best known influences are certainly Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Metallica. But there's much more than that!

Michael Poulsen played the show with a t-shirt of Napalm Death, and wore one of Death during the encores.
As for Thomas Bredahl, he wore a T-shirt from The Misfits and then one from Social Distortion.

The Garden's Tale: Thomas Bredahl at the Bataclan in Paris, live with Volbeat Volbeat played a few excerpts from cover songs, including We Will Rock You and I Want To Break Free from Queen and South Of Heaven and Raining Blood from Slayer.
They didn't forget their homeland: Michael said that in Denmark they had King Diamond, before playing part of Come To The Sabbath from Mercyful Fate.
Worth to note, Mercyful Fate and The Misfits are also some of Metallica's main influences.
Michael Poulsen live in Paris with Volbeat

One of the last songs Volbeat played was Thanks, a tune written for the fans. A dozen of fans were invited on stage for a little party during this one.

After 20 complete songs plus some 10 excerpts, everyone could be satified.
But knowing that some Metallica members were attending the show, maybe they could have played The Wild Rover Of Hell.

Volbeat at the Bataclan in Paris

This was a good night of rock and metal. It was a pleasure to see Volbeat headlining a concert again.
I love this band, they're really good on stage. And if you're not convinced... ask James Hetfield!

The next day there was another concert: Paul diAnno was in town.

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Setlist Volbeat – Bataclan - Paris, France – November 10 2011

Intro: Born To Raise Hell
01. Hallelujah Goat
02. Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
03. Mr. & Mrs. Ness
04. Heaven nor Hell
05. Sad Man's Tongue
06. The Mirror and the Ripper
07. Mary Ann's Place
08. Medley: I Disappear (Metallica) / Ace of Spades (Motörhead) / South Of Heaven (Slayer) / Come To The Sabbath (Mercyful Fate)
09. A New Day
10. The Garden's Tale
11. The Human Instrument
12. We Will Rock You / I Want to Break Free (Queen)
13. Radio Girl
14. Rebel Monster
15. Still Counting
16. River Queen
17. 16 Dollars
18. A Warrior's Call
19. Fallen
20. Thanks
21. I Only Wanna Be With You (Dusty Springfield) / Boa
22. Pool of Booze, Booze, Booza / Raining Blood (Slayer)

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Volbeat Line-up:

Michael Poulsen – Vocals / Guitars
Thomas Bredahl – Guitars
Anders Kjølholm – Bass
Jon Larsen – Drums
Michael Poulsen from Volbeat live at the Bataclan
Thomas Bredahl on guitars with Volbeat, live at the Bataclan in Paris
Volbeat performing the song 'Thanks' witth some fans on stage
Volbeat at the Bataclan in Paris
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