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!
OPETH are set to celebrate their landmark 25th Anniversary as a band next year with a very special event at the legendary London Palladium on 18th October 2015. After being the heaviest band to play the Royal Albert Hall (in 2010), they will no doubt be the heaviest band to also play the Palladium.
The unique show, dubbed 'An Evening with OPETH' will feature two sets from the progressive Swedes, including 2005's much-lauded 'Ghost Reveries' album in its entirety (which in turn is celebrating its 10th anniversary), plus a second set of classics from their 25-year career.
Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt is looking forward to the show, informing us; "The forces that be put up a very mystical and subtle little advert on the so called internet. Yes, we will celebrate 25 years of being Opeth in 2015 and this is reason enough to gather up the forces and play. For you. At the Palladium in London. Not sure if they have a dress-code there, as it is a posh little place. Do we care? No we don’t. It will be a pretty unique evening I reckon, hopefully free of technical difficulties. No thanks to Baal! With that said, we are a live band in the true sense of the word and you can never be certain. Regardless it will be a blast and I strongly advise you to think about attending. But don’t think for too long. It might cost you your seat! We’re currently on tour (Hey! Thanks European progrockdeathmetalheads You are absolutely fantastic and we love you!) and I’m being called for, so gotta dash. Ta-ta!"
Tickets go on general sale at 9am this Friday 14th November and will be available from Live Nation UK with a pre-sale set for 9am Thursday 13th. A very limited amount of VIP upgrades, priced at £150 will also be available on pre-sale which allow early entry into the venue, a 20 minute 'meet n' greet' with the band, a commemorative VIP laminate pass, a gift box containing 3 hand engraved, show-exclusive Opeth red wine glasses (exclusive to VIPs of this show only), a tour poster printed on canvas (also exclusive to VIPs of this show only) and your choice of t-shirt from the merch booth. These are expected to sell out extremely quickly so be prepared to move fast if you want VIP upgrades.
OPETH are also set to appear as special guests at next year's Bloodstock Festival in August.
Details from www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Only four nights away from the start of the European Tour with Alcest and the band is getting all geared up to hit the road again. Wondering what they'll play?
Here's from Mike: "So. we’re gearing up to go out on our first tour in support of "Pale Communion". As always, there’s mixed feelings. Parts of me wants to stay home, and the other part wants to go out and rip it up on stages all over the world. That’s always been the case. We’re all very happy with the new record, and the new songs (were rehearsing 5 of them) are sounding good when we play them. If I may say so myself. Overall there seem to be a little bit more focus on older heavier material this time around. We sat down, drank wine and discussed songs we wanted to play, and ended up with a list of 30 or so songs. We’re rehearsing a song from 1996 and it’s probably the funniest one to play. I don’t know why. Maybe because it brings back memories. Some older songs are difficult to get right but nothing compared to the new stuff. We can now choose songs from the 90’s AND the 2000’s. We’re getting old! Anyways, come and see us, whydontcha?
Might be worth it. Metalheads, progheads, music lovers, old and young, male or female. You’re all very welcome!
Mikael, on behalf of Opeth"