Volbeat abandoned a show in Belfast at Ulster Hall after performing only one song due to technical issues on stage. These issues affected Michael Poulsen, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the Danish heavy metal band. They were minutes into the opening track ‘Pelvis On Fire’ before Poulsen walked off the stage midway into the track. He returned again to announce “We’re having technical issues with the guitars and I can’t really hear what’s going on, which means I can’t play. But we’re going to give it a shot, OK?”
They went again but the same issues occurred, leading Poulsen to address the crowd, “Sorry, sorry. It’s not going to work,”. For the second time, the lead vocalist left the stage.
We want to say thank you to everyone who came out to the show last night. Again we want to apologies for the technical issues and illness that prevented us from performing in Belfast. We are still working on rescheduling the Belfast and Bristol shows, more info will come soon. pic.twitter.com/agFehhlg9n
— Volbeat (@VOLBEAT) October 5, 2019
In a statement later issued by the band, they said. “We in Volbeat want to extend our most heartfelt apologies for having to cancel tonight’s show in Belfast.” the band apologised. “As many of you know, Michael has been having some throat issues and we ran into multiple technical issues on stage that prevented the band from being able to hear each other play.”
They continued. “While he has mostly recovered his voice at this point, it was decided that had he continued to play the show this way he would have risked blowing out his voice again and having to cancel even more shows.”
They concluded the apology. “We’re gutted that we weren’t able to perform for you tonight, but we will be back to reschedule the show as soon as we possibly can.”
The Copenhagen band were due to play the 02 Academy in Bristol on September 28,, but however were forced to postpone the gig due to illness. They were due to perform alongside Danko Jones and Baroness.
The band’s seventh album, Rewind, Replay, Rebound, was released on August 2. In a review by The Guardian, they awarded the album three out of five stars, concluding. “It’s not revolutionary, but Rewind, Replay, Rebound doesn’t sound like Volbeat’s last day under the sun in the slightest.”
Photo Credit: Ross Halfin.