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Danish rockers Volbeat got their first major exposure to U.S. fans as an opening act for Metallica, and frontman Michael Poulsen told Lithium magazine that getting to play in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers was the biggest break of Volbeat's career. He explained, "There was some underground buzz going on, but after those shows with Metallica, that's when people starting talking like, 'Wow, that opening band was actually pretty good.' So they started coming to the Volbeat shows when we started headlining and they'd say, 'The first time I saw you was at Metallica.' That's the biggest promotional tour and band that you can go out with; the biggest heavy rock band in the world. They're great guys. We still are very inspired by those guys." We asked Volbeat drummer Jon Larsen what his band learned from touring with, as he called them, the "big boys": "I guess just soaking up the vibe of how everything works on a Metallica tour. Everything was so professional that we couldn't believe it, and how calm those guys are. I remember clearly watching James (Hetfield, Metallica frontman) walking down one of the halls in the arena one day -- he said hi to everybody, and he knew them by name and he knew exactly what they were doing. That's definitely something that you can pick up and say, 'OK, that's the way to do it." Volbeat kicked off its latest North American headlining tour last week, with dates booked through late July. Supporting acts on the bill are Hellyeah and Iced Earth. The trek stops in St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday (June 26th).Volbeat continues to beat the pavement in support of its fourth album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, which has yielded the Top 10 rock radio tracks "Fallen," "A Warrior's Call" and current Number Three single "Still Counting."

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