Sweden’s Opeth - easily one of the most revered and respected bands in the metal scene and beyond for the past two decades - will commemorate their twentieth anniversary in the Spring of 2010 with six exclusive shows across the globe. Stopping through Stockholm, Sweden; Essen, Germany; Paris, France; London, UK; New York, NY; and Los Angeles, CA, the band will perform two sets at each show: The first featuring the breakthrough epic Blackwater Park in its entirety, the second showcasing mixed material from the band’s extensive catalog.
Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt had the following to say: “I can’t believe it, but... fuck, we’re celebrating 20 years. I’ve been in this band ever since I was 16. It’s insane. As far as I remember, we’ve never had a release party, never celebrated anything officially. Well, now is the time, you hear? We’ve set up a string of shows, six of them actually, around the world. To say that they will be super-exclusive is beyond an understatement. We’ve discussed the set list already and it seems like we’ll pull out a few songs we’ve never played before, some of which fans all over the world have been demanding to hear for years and years. Our main agenda for these shows is to have ‘fun’ whilst trying to blow your fucking minds. You could say business as usual, but really, it’ll be special. I can’t stress enough how exclusive this will be. We will not add any more shows on top of the six that we’ve confirmed already, so please make up your mind early on whether you want to go or not - of course you fucking do- as I would assume there’s quite a few of our fans that might be interested in seeing a thing like this.”
The band will offer exclusive VIP ticket packages to all shows which will include a laminated VIP pass exclusive to the show, access to sound check, a meet & greet with Opeth, a t-shirt exclusive to that particular show, a signed tour program and a special edition CD/DVD of Blackwater Park, with a 5.1 mix and a 30-minute, never-before-seen documentary all nicely packaged in a hard cover digipack designed by artist Travis Smith. The special edition will be released in March 2010 through Sony Music. All the Opeth loot will be included in an Opeth rucksack. The VIP laminate will also allow early access to venues without seat allocation so that VIP’s can get the best seats in the house.
Dates and venues are as follows:
March 30 – Cirkus – Stockholm, Sweden
April 1 – Lichtburg – Essen, Germany
April 3 – Bataclan – Paris, France
April 5 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
April 7 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
April 9 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA