Swedish progressive metal masters Opeth are celebrating their 20th anniversary next year in style with six special shows around the world â including one in London.
The band will play the legendary Royal Albert Hall on 5 April, and if that wasn't enough they'll be playing their classic 2001 album Blackwater Park through in its entirety as well as rarely heard songs too in a two-set show.
Opeth's mastermind Mikael Ã kerfeldt said this about the shows:
âI canât believe it, butâ¦fuckâ¦weâre celebrating 20 years!! 20 years Iâve been in this band, ever since I was 16! Itâs insane! As far as I remember, weâve never had a release party, never celebrated anything officially. Well, now is the time, you hear?â
âWeâve set up a string of shows, 6 of them actually, around the world. To say that they will be super-exclusive is beyond an understatement!â
âWeâve discussed the set list already and it seems like weâll pull out a few songs weâve never played before, some of which fans all over the world have been demanding to hear for years and years.â
âOur main agenda for these shows is to have âfunâ whilst trying to blow your fucking minds, you could say business as usual, but reallyâ¦itâll be special, trust me! I canât stress enough how exclusive this will be!â
âWe will not add any more shows on top of the 6 that weâve confirmed already, so please make up your mind early on whether you wanna go or not (of course you fucking do!) as I would assume thereâs quite a few of our fans that might be interested in seeing a thing like this.â
âWeâll spend the better part of January-March rehearsing for this. All to make YOU fucking happy! OK, weâll be tight, very tight indeedâ¦come see us!â
âItâs a celebration!!!!â
Count us in!
The dates in full:
March 30th Stockholm, SWE â Cirkus
April 01st Essen, GER â Lichtburg
April 03rd Paris, FRA â Bataclan
April 05th London, UK â Royal Albert Hall
April 07th New York, NY â Terminal 5
April 09th Los Angeles, CA â The Wiltern