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Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen says he's very proud of the band's latest album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, but is disappointed that musicians can't make a living off their album sales anymore. Speaking with Classic Rock magazine about the upcoming expanded edition of the CD, Poulsen explained, "Some people out there don't really get what musicians are trying to do. Because, let's be honest, selling records doesn't put food on the table any more, it's touring. But some fans just think, 'Oh, here comes the same CD with some live bonus tracks so they can try and cash in.'"
The singer/guitarist continued, "You know that it isn't about that because you can't sell records to make money any more. It's more about giving the fans something special and trying to get the CD sales back again from all the downloading."
Poulsen added that he is not a fan of downloading music, saying, "I don't think downloading has any soul or spirit. I personally don't download anything. I like to hunt for the record or the movie that I want."
The "tour edition" of Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies will arrive in stores on November 5th. It will contain new bonus tracks and a live DVD, featuring footage of the group performing at a number of major summer festivals in Europe.
Poulsen said he thinks such reissues are a "really good idea," adding, "We are not trying to just make easy bucks, we are trying to get the record sales back in the stores again instead of people just sitting at home and doing it on the internet. It is actually killing the music industry"
Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies debuted at Number One in several countries when it arrived last April, with the disc entering the Billboard album chart at Number Nine.
The quartet launches a European tour on October 19th in London.