Due to unforeseen circumstances relating to production issues we are forced to announce that the 25th Anniversary concert, ‘An Evening with Opeth’, scheduled for the 18th October 2015 at the London Palladium, will now take place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane instead, on the same date.
Tickets will be exchanged in order of purchase where possible. Ticket sellers will be in touch very soon to confirm your new seats and exchange your tickets.
The historic Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, situated in central London’s Covent Garden, can be easily reached from several Underground stations (Covent Garden/Holborn/Temple) and is itself just a 20 minute walk from the London Palladium.
Opeth are proud to become the heaviest band to play the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in all of its 350 year history.
'Deliverance & Damnation', a double album almost 15 years in the making. Originally released separately in 2002 and 2003 respectively, these sessions were written and recorded together and it’s time for Music For Nations to present the album as a complete piece. PRE ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!
4 Disc (2CD/2DVD) Book Set:
- New Stereo and 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson (Damnation) and Bruce Soord (Deliverance)
- Liner notes by Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth and Jerry Ewing of Prog Magazine
- New unseen photos
- Redesigned artwork from original designer, Travis Smith
- Loving presented in a beautiful book set
3LP 180g Black Vinyl:
- New Stereo mixes by Steven Wilson (Damnation) and Bruce Soord (Deliverance)
- 180g Black vinyl
- Mastered for vinyl by Jaime Gomez
- Redesigned artwork from original designer, Travis Smith
Mikael comments. "Myself and Martin Mendez are very excited to see the re-release(s) of "Deliverance" and "Damnation" coming out. The 5.1 surround mix for "Damnation" was done a while ago by my buddy and co-producer for both albums, Steven Wilson, and I’ve been itching to have it released as it’s simply stunning! My new-ish friend, Bruce Soord, has done a fantastic remix for ”Deliverance”, literally giving new life to the record and making me start loving it. Finally! It was with pure excitement I went through the tracks, discovering them again. I’m especially impressed with the sound of Martin Lopez drums but also baffled by how wicked and strange this album is. I’m scratching my head wondering how the hell we came up with these songs. On top of everything, our old-time head of ART, Travis Smith, has touched up on the artwork having it looking great (bleak) too! Enjoy!".
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As you may know Opeth have been hard at work these past few years to put together a very nice and informative coffee table style biography for release later this year and we're pleased to announce that the book is now available for pre-order. More details on how to sign up found here; opethbook.com
A few days ago we’re reached by the sad news that Chris Squire had passed away. It’s hard to fathom. One of my very first progressive rock records I ever bought was ”Close to the edge”, if it wasn’t the very first. One thing is for sure and that’s that Yes introduced a whole new world of music to me that I didn’t know existed. Changed me. Changed the way I think about music. Changed how I write music. Changed my record collection. My preferences. Chris Squire certainly had a great part in that. And I’m just one Yes fan in a legion of millions. Thank you Chris from us in Opeth. Condolences to his family and bandmates.
We collectively have to pay our respects to Sir Christopher Lee. A giant amongst actors. Of course we all know him from ”The lord of the rings” but his prior work was equally important to me. All the Hammer horror stuff kept me up during late nights in my early teens and i still frequently go back to watch his films. Loving ”The wicker man”, whose soundtrack is a touring partner for me. His ”The tinker of Rye” is just classic! A beer swinging song! The day before I heard about his passing I watched an interview between himself and my other idol, Vincent Price. How odd. I’d never even seen a Christopher Lee interview in my life, but shortly before he passed I did. So…much respect Chris! I’m sure he’d hate anyone calling him Chris, but I seem to recall Mr Price did, so what the hell….Sir Christopher Lee. Rest in Peace.
I just recieved the extremely sad news about the passing of Swedish actor Magnus Härenstam. He was mostly known (to me) as a counterpart to actor Brasse Brännsträm who passed away last year and to whom I wrote an eulogy as well. Both were extremely important for generations of children and adults alike, and piovital for my cull, mainly due to their TV show ”Fem myror är fler än fyra elefanter”. Some people might find it surprising I have this emotional outbursts about 2 actors from my childhood, and what can I say? They meant something to me. They somehow taught us kids more than they’re aware of. Not just reading and counting. I never met either of the trio of Magnus, Brasse and Eva, but I know that I speak for hundreds of thousands of Swedes when I say they made a huge (positive) difference. Even if they all left too soon they all collectively enriched our lives. That’s not a small feat. More people should strive for those kind of things as opposed to uploading pictures of their latest meal on FB. Not pointing fingers however. Magnus. Rest in Peace.
A second night has been added to the 25th Anniversary Tour in Los Angeles after the first night sold out. The shows in New York, London and Paris are also sold out.
Tickets for the second night in LA go on VIP pre-sale on May 20th with general sale from May 22nd
We're pleased to announce two special 25th Anniversary shows in North America!
October 22nd @ Beacon Theater, NYC
October 24th @ Orpheum Theater, LA
VIP Packages and pre-sale tickets Wednesday April 29th
General Public on-sale Friday May 1st
Demis Roussos was a musical hero of mine. The big man with the big beard and the angel-like voice has passed away. I’ve been more or less obsessed with him ever since i picked up copy if the classic ”666” album from Aphrodites child. It’s been as unlikely as a party record for me personally and for Opeth and crew while on tour. I think we might even have danced to ”The four horsement”. And many a nights I’ve been singing along to ”Rebecca” and ”Winter rains” from his early solo records. He was a fantastic passionate singer but also a great bassplayer which is confirmed especially on ”666”. As I’m writing this ”Forever and ever” comes on the radio. A great loss and the world is a lesser place now.
A few days ago, legendary krautrock/electronic/psychedelic/avantgarde visionary Edgar Froese passed away as well. I think it’s safe to say that his work with Tangerine Dream is pioneering and his solo work (although I’m still discovering it) has left me quite overwhelmed. I was familiar with the ”Aqua” album and Steven Wilson turned me on to ”Epsilon in Malaysian pale” which is a fantastic record too.
Tonight calls for a somber celebration or a mass or whatever you’d call it. A glass of Zinfandel and Roussos and Froeses music. Enjoyed on my couch in privacy. Despite the sadness and shock I feel in light of their passing I have something great to look forward to at least”
Opeth's 'Pale Commuinon' #1 album in Prog Magazine's Critics' Choice of 2014! Thank you guys!