Opeth has been invited to perform on the stage at the legendary Gröna Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden on September 14 - the last show before the park shuts down for the fall/winter season. Before you scoff that this is the equivalent of a band playing Six Flags or a state fair here in the U.S., make no mistake: this is a seriously prestigious, by-invitation-only gig offered to major bands. Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, The Who and many others have performed there before them.
Says frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, "Tremendous honour for us! Unbelievable. You can't book a stage like this as they are based on being invited to play. I've been there a million times throughout my life, mainly just getting sick in some roller coaster. Never did I think that my little band would be on that fucking stage. So humbled by this. I rarely get worked up for anything, but I am actually excited about this. I think it will be a magic night. We'll do our best to make it so anyways."
Before that, Opeth will be touring North America with Mastodon and Ghost; that tour kicks off April 4 in Portland, Maine and ends May 12 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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