As previously announced, Opeth will play the Norwegian 'Tons Of Rock Festival' held in Halden between the 18th and 20th of June. Today the festival announces the full line up plus the day programs and will also make day tickets available so go check it out if you're interested.
R.I.P DEMIS ROUSSOS AND EDGAR FROESE
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”
'Best of lists' are always heavily subjected to opinion, especially when they're created by a single person but still it's always nice to see your band in them. This time the classic "My Arms, Your Hearse" made it to "The 10 Best Heavy Metal Concept Albums" by OC Weekly. Check out the article below.
Opeth will be returning to the wonderful Greek islands this coming March. March 20th will see them play at Stage Volume 1 in Athens and they'll be in Thessaloniki playing the Principal Club Theater on March 21st. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow here:
Our very own Fredrik 'Kulle' Åkesson will be featured in an upcoming documentary called Axemen of Sweden. Go check out the trailer below. The documentary will probably be ready around May. More news on that later.
Other guitarists featured are Kee Marcello (Europe), John Norum (Europe), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) and many more...
We're pleased to announce that Opeth have been nominated for a Swedish Grammy once more for 'best hardrock/metal' album. Mikael has also been nominated individually for 'best producer'.
The award show will be held in Stockholm on February 25th.
Check out pictures here: http://bit.ly/1IIPnb6 from the show in Denver at The Ogden Theatre a few days ago.
Tonight the 'Communion of Sirens' tour hits Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Ballroom! Tickets for the remaining dates on the tour can be found here: http://bit.ly/1yr2n0c