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22 Mar

Volbeat Invades the Sunset Strip!

Last Friday, the massively popular Danish rockers, Volbeat, stormed into the epicenter of the World’s Entertainment Capital of Los Angeles, CA, to offer up an unparalleled live show that was perfectly executed to awe and amaze.  As the band’s intro succumbed to the cheers of the sold out crowd, Volbeat ripped into their 19-song set list filled with fan favorites, chart toppers, and new instant classics from their forthcoming album, offering a non-stop barrage of high energy explosiveness that kept the eager crowd in a constant frenzy.  The typically-tame LA crowd was in rare form throughout Volbeat’s masterful set, feeding off of the pandemonium taking place on stage and screaming along to the lyrics of “Heaven Nor Hell”, “Mirror and the Ripper”, “A Warrior’s Call”, and many other hits that have infiltrated the rock radio airwaves throughout the past years; making Volbeat’s return to Los Angeles a triumphant celebration of rock ‘n’ roll in today’s purest form. 

Volbeat is currently touring in support of their new album, Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies, which is scheduled to be released in the US on April 9th.  The new album comes in response to the band’s 2010 effort, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, which hosts the charting singles, “A Warrior’s Call”, which topped the US Rock Charts, “Heaven Nor Hell”, which is currently charting and peaked at the No. 2 position, and “Fallen”, which peaked at the No. 11 position on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts.  Volbeat’s latest single, “The Cape of Our Hero”, which will be featured on their new album, can be heard here.
Volbeat drummer and Pearl artist, Jon Larsen, is quickly becoming a household name for any active member of the drum community.  A remarkable player with a perfect blend of tasteful, rock solid drumming mixed with appropriate technical bursts of drum fills and masterful rolls, Jon defines a drummer’s true responsibility of providing the backbeat and leading each piece without any unnecessary overplaying.  He gets the job done, and does the job right.  With a sound that demands a vast array of differing sections, from the heavy double bass choruses, floor tom friendly interludes, and varying fills and rolls, Jon relies on the full bodied tones of his Masters MCX Series shells to accomplish the wide range of sounds needed to capture Volbeat’s signature sound.  His massive 4-up, 3-down setup combined with the 6-ply, all maple shells found in the Masters MCX allows Jon to achieve the necessary highs needed from his 10” and 12” toms, the warm mids from the 13” and 14” rack toms, and the chest pounding lows from his floor toms and kick drums.  Jon’s full specs are as follow:

Masters MCX
Cherry Red lacquer
w/ Black Chrome hardware

22x20 bass drum x2
10x10 tom
12x10 tom
13x11 tom
14x12 tom
16x14 tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 Sensitone Brass snare drum

For more information on Jon Larsen and Volbeat, please be sure to visit their official website,  Also be sure to be on the lookout for the band’s new album, Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies, which will hit the shelves in only a matter of weeks.