Volbeat drummer Jon Larsen says it felt good to return to the road and shake off the cobwebs.
So gratifying that the Danish band is hitting stages again — this time with Ghost — to support its latest album, “Servant of the Mind.”
“It’s kind of a relief now when we get the call that it’s an hour until showtime,” Larsen says. “We have a lot of energy we need to get rid of for those 90 minutes after a day of being told to hurry up and wait.
“We always have a feeling that every song that we create has to be played live. We’ve never made a song with the idea of it never being played live otherwise it’s no fun.”
Larsen says he feels Volbeat injected more energy into this batch of songs.
“This is one of the best albums we’ve ever done,” he says. “When we made this, it was really smooth and we found a lot of newfound energy. When we started working on the songs, it went really fast.
“When I listen to the songs on this album, it feels very spontaneous, and they have a primal energy to them.”
Because of this, Volbeat teased plans to play each song off of “Servant of the Mind” at least once during the tour.
“We’re definitely most excited about playing the new songs live and we have the idea, if it’s possible, of playing every song off the album at least once live just to see if it works,” Larsen says. “There are definitely certain songs that we think will go down well, and that is not the case.”
However, the set list has no restrictions.
“The only rule we have on tour is that if we don’t remember what we did two days ago, then it wasn’t good anyway,” Larsen says.
While Larsen hopes to curate a set list that rocks fans from the moment he sits at his kit to the last beat he plays, he feels that Volbeat is in good company on this tour.
“On paper this may look like a strange bill, but we have been on some very strange bills in the past that have worked out, so I don’t see why this shouldn’t work out,” he says. “Ghost has a lot of great songs with a lot of big choruses, hook lines and melodies, and so do we. Ghost is just a very visual band, and we are not.”
Like his fans, Larsen is excited to get back to doing what he loves — entertaining fans.
“Fans can expect a few jokes, a few bum notes but a fun regular rock ’n’ roll show in general,” Larsen says. “It’s an old cliché and it goes, ‘If we can get the audience to forget their everyday troubles for those 90 minutes we are up onstage, then we have done our job.’”
Ghost and Volbeat w/ Twin Temple
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1
WHERE: Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix
COST: Tickets start at $34.50
INFO: footprintcenter.com, volbeat.dk