Opeth, Mastodon, And Zeal & Ardor Announce Fall U.S. Tour

Opeth and Mastodon will be teaming up for a co-headlining U.S. tour this fall. Zeal & Ardor will open.

Tour Dates:

11/16 Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville.com Arena
11/18 Boston, MA – The Wang Theatre
11/19 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
11/20 New York City – Hammerstein Ballroom
11/21 Washington, DC – The Anthem
11/23 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/24 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
11/26 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11/27 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
11/28 Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
11/30 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
12/01 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
12/02 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
12/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
12/05 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt commented:

“Well, we’re about to start up the ole machine again after our longest (involuntary) break ever. We’ve kept rather silent during all this time. We haven’t done much press or public appearances. No streaming shows and of course, no ‘real’ shows. We’ve kept to ourselves, biding our time. Coming back to North America will be a treat, even if there are conflicting emotions.

We’ve become used to being out of sight. But playing live is such an integral part of being in this band. We need to get back out there to see if we still have it in us. Stepping out on a stage after all this time will surely be a nerve-wrecking experience, but we count on you to help us out. We’ll be traveling with familiar faces however. Together with our friends in Mastodon. But also with new acquaintances, Zeal & Ardor.

Going on tour during these times means serious restrictions of course. It will be strange in so many ways. But once we’re up there we trust the power of music will take over and make us feel secure. We collectively look forward to this (with a slight touch of pure fear).

To wrap this up: Won’t see you in the pub (unfortunately), but we sincerely hope to see you through the limelight. For us, this coming tour is already memorable. Odd!”

As previously reported, Mastodon will be releasing their new album “Hushed And Grim” on October 29, while Zeal & Ardor will be releasing their new self-titled album on February 11. Opeth have also since confirmed that they are planning to release a “connoisseur edition” of their latest album “In Cauda Venenum” on November 19. That effort has been remastered and it will be available in Swedish and English. It will also include a 16-page book illustrated by Travis Smith, a poster, and a bonus EP featuring the following tracks:

01. “Pöbeln” / “The Mob”
02. “Cirkelns Riktning” / “Width Of A Circle”
03. “Frihet & Tyranni” / “Freedom & Tyranny”

Åkerfeldt said following about that:

“During the pandemic we’ve put together a vinyl remaster ‘connoisseur’ edition of our latest album, ‘In Cauda Venenum‘ that features 3 (6 really, if you count both versions of each song) previously unreleased tracks from the sessions. These tracks have a high obscurity factor, but I’d like to think they are high quality. Quite different from the rest of the songs on the album, but quality nonetheless. Everything put together in a nice package, for your pleasure.”

Opeth To Release 20th Anniversary Edition Of “Blackwater Park” In July

Opeth will be releasing a deluxe 20th anniversary edition of “Blackwater Park“ on July 16. The effort will come with “updated liner notes, memories from the band, and exclusive never seen before content provided by Opeth fans.” A live version of “The Leper Affinity” will also be included as a bonus track. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Opeth Postpone 30th Anniversary European/UK Tour To 2022

Opeth have postponed their 30th anniversary European/UK tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place in November 2022.

Tour Dates:

11/12 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
11/14 Berlin, GER – Admiralspalast
11/15 Wuppertal, GER – Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal
11/16 Paris, FRA – Salle Pleyel
11/18 London, UK – Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
11/19 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
11/20 Utretcht, NET – Tivoli
11/21 Zurich, SWI – Komplex 457
11/26 Lisbon, POR – Sala Tejo

The band commented:

“Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, it is with great regret that we’re forced to move the European Evolution XXX headline tour that we had planned for this October.

The shows have now moved to November 2022 and we may even add a few more gigs along the way so stay tuned!

And be sure to pick your favourite Opeth tracks for the setlist on www.opeth.com! Voting won’t be open for much longer…”

Mikael Åkerfeldt added:

“So, we’re planning to celebrate a belated band-birthday, also known as BBB. How do we celebrate a thing like this, you ask? Well, we go to work. We are planning a very few select shows in 2022 where you basically have the collective choice of picking the songs for the setlist. Since we celebrate 30 years we would love to play a song from each album we’ve done. All 13 of them.

If you can help us and pick your choice of one song per album from the list, and then we’ll simply play the songs with the most votes. It’s been done before, but not by us. I am reluctant and nervous, but also excited to see what songs you will choose. I can’t really believe we’ve been around for 30 years, but there you go. So please help us. And be gentle. The final setlist will have 13 songs. One from each album. Your call….”

Opeth Postpone European Tour To 2022

Opeth have postponed their European tour with The Vintage Caravan once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled for September 2022. Here’s the new dates:

09/14 Tallinn, EST – Helitehas
09/15 Riga, LAT – Palladium
09/16 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
09/17 Wroclaw, POL – A2
09/19 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
09/20 Vienna, AUT – Arena
09/21 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
09/23 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romane
09/24 Sofia, BUL – Universiada
09/26 Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory
09/27 Milan, ITA – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
09/28 Rome, ITA – Ostia Antica Theatre

Opeth Seeking Photos For 20th Anniversary Edition Of “Blackwater Park”

Opeth are seeking fan photos for the upcoming 20th anniversary edition of “Blackwater Park.“ The band said the following about that:

“To help celebrate, we want to hear from the people who matter most, the fans. Send in your photographs from around the time of the record’s original release, it can be old promo photographs, shots of a festival performance or gig, pictures of your old vinyl, CDs, ticket stubs, merch, tattoos, or anything else you want to send in. Click here to take part: https://smarturl.it/OpethBP20FAN

Opeth Postpone March European Dates To September

Opeth have postponed their March 2021 shows with The Vintage Caravan due to the coronavirus pandemic. The dates are now scheduled for September 2021.

Opeth commented:

“Some time ago we re-scheduled the European shows, supported by The Vintage Caravan to March 2021 due to COVID 19 but it’s clear now that this was wishful thinking. The dates have now all moved to September instead. Fingers crossed that by then the world will be somewhat back to normal….”

Here’s the new dates:

09/15 Tallinn, EST – Helitehas
09/16 Rita, LAT – Palladium
09/17 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
09/18 Wroclaw, POL – A2
09/20 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
09/21 Vienna, AUT – Arena
09/22 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
09/24 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romane
09/25 Sofia, BUL – Universiada
09/27 Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory
09/28 Milan, ITA – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
09/28 Roma, ITA – Ostia Antica Theatre

Paperback Edition Of Opeth’s “Book Of Opeth” Will Include Extra Text And Photographs

Opeth have launched pre-orders for a new paperback edition of their “Book Of Opeth.” Notably, each copy will also come with a 7″ vinyl record featuring acoustic versions of “Atonement” and “Demon Of The Fall” while supplies last. Here’s a description of the paperback version:

“The softcover update of the official illustrated history of Opeth, includes the full story from the original hardback book, plus new photos and interviews with the band, bringing it up to date. The book presents Opeth’s unique tale, from their earliest days until the present, and all in glorious dark color. Told in the first-person by Mikael, the band, their friends, former members and collaborators, it is illustrated throughout with hundreds of early, personal, candid, live and studio photographs and and artworks. Here is the true and complete story of Opeth”

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Opeth Announce 30th Anniversary European/UK Tour

Opeth will be celebrating their 30th anniversary on a 2021 European/UK tour. Tickets and fan-voted polls to determine the setlists will be launched on September 7.

Tour Dates:

10/13 Berlin, GER – Admiralspalast
10/14 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
10/15 Paris, FRA – Salle Pleyel
10/16 London, UK – Eventim Apollo
10/18 Wuppertal, GER – Historische Stadthalle
10/19 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
10/20 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
10/25 Lisbon, POR – Coliseu dos Recreios

Mikael Åkerfeldt commented:

“So, we’re planning to celebrate a belated band-birthday, also known as BBB. How do we celebrate a thing like this, you ask? Well, we go to work. We are planning a very few select shows in 2021 where you basically have the collective choice of picking the songs for the setlist. Since we celebrate 30 years we would love to play a song from each album we’ve done.

All 13 of them. If you can help us and pick your choice of one song per album from the list, and then we’ll simply play the songs with the most votes. It’s been done before, but not by us. I am reluctant and nervous, but also excited to see what songs you will choose. I can’t really believe we’ve been around for 30 years, but there you go. So please help us. And be gentle. The final setlist will have 13 songs. One from each album. Your call….”

Opeth Announce March 2021 European Tour

Opeth have announced a March 2021 European tour with The Vintage Caravan. Here’s the dates:

03/10 Tallinn, EST – Helitehas
03/11 Riga, LAT – Palladium
03/12 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
03/13 Wroclaw, POL – A2
03/15 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
03/16 Vienna, AUT – Arena
03/17 Budapest, HUN – Akvarium Klub
03/19 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romane
03/20 Sofia, BUL – Universiada
03/22 Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory
03/23 Milan, ITA – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt To Score New Netflix Series “Clark”

Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) has been recruited to score the new Netflix series “Clark.” The six-part series, which is being directed by Jonas Åkerlund (“Lords Of Chaos”, etc.), is based on Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson’s autobiography and it will star Bill Skarsgård (“It”, etc.).

Åkerlund said the following about the series:

“Clark is the story about the most politically incorrect man, who lived the most politically incorrect life. These are the kinds of stories I always look for. It’s an ultra-violent, witty, emotional, real and surreal biography to put a face to the name Stockholm Syndrome, but it isn’t just about the Norrmalmstorg Robbery. It’s about his whole life and what made him who he is, the truth and lies of his incredible career. Bill Skarsgård is the perfect match for this and he will bring the Stockholm Syndrome to the role. And Netflix is the perfect platform, they are not just the biggest streaming service, they also have the boldness to tell this incredible story.”

Skarsgård added:

“Clark Olofsson is, for good and bad, one of Sweden’s most colourful and fascinating individuals. I accept this challenge with delight mingled with terror and think that with Jonas and Netflix in the back, we can tell a groundbreaking story with a pace and madness we may not have seen on TV before. Clark’s life and history is so incredible and screwed that it would even make Scorsese blush.”