"VOLBEAT have just unveiled the new artwork for their new album "Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies" which will be released on 9th April. As well as this they have also revealed who their new permanent guitarist will be. After leaving Anthrax just a few weeks ago, it was announced that Rob Caggiano was to produce the new VOLBEAT album, but now he has just been announced as their full time guitarist.
In a statement by VOLBEAT and Rob (which can be read below) they state that a firm relationship was established during the recording of the album and that Rob was only going to lay down some guest solos until he was asked by Michael Poulsen to join the band on a permanent basis. Rob goes on to say that it was an opportunity not to be missed and that he had no idea this was going to happen and possibly he may not have played live ever again. Now we just have to wait and see what this new album is like but we have big expectations.
Statement from Michael Poulsen: "The band is very proud and happy to announce that he will also be the new guitar player in Volbeat. The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him. Basically we went into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!”
Statement from Rob Caggiano: "Wow! I have to say I'm completely blown away by the turn of events over the last few weeks here in Denmark and at this point an update is definitely in order. To start with, I came to Denmark about a month ago to produce the new Volbeat record which in and of itself has been an incredibly exciting adventure from a producer's perspective thus far. However, I'm extremely happy to say my relationship with these guys will not end there as it turns out......it's just beginning! Michael had asked me on the phone before I got out here if I would play some guest solos on the new album in addition to my other duties and of course I was thrilled about that and agreed to do so. When I actually got to Denmark and started going through the material, this turned out to be so much more than that. After weeks of collaboration between Michael and I it became quite clear that we had an amazing creative chemistry together and a huge mutual respect for one another. It's so refreshing and inspiring to be creative again on a songwriting level that words can't even describe it and the vibe between Anders, Jon, Michael and I is just awesome. I'd say an artistic relationship like this one is very rare and it's also something I don't take for granted. When the guys asked me if I was interested in joining Volbeat the other day, my jaw just about hit the floor! It actually didn't even register in my brain properly until the next morning but I gotta say, it also didn't take me long to decide. It really isn't the way I envisioned the rest of my year to play out but at the same time, THIS feels more "right" to me than anything I could have possibly imagined and I'm going for it! To all my fans, family, friends and overall supporters that have reached out to me over this last month wondering if I'm ever gonna play guitar again or what I'm up to in general etc........See you all soon my friends and get ready for a wild ride!!!"