Opeth: 20th-Anniversary Mini-Tour

Opeth will commemorate its twentieth anniversary in spring 2010 with six exclusive shows that will take place across the globe.

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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 its twentieth anniversary in spring 2010 with six exclusive shows that will take place across the globe in Stockholm, Sweden; Essen, Germany; Paris, France; London, U.K.; New York City and Los Angeles.

Commented frontman Mikael kerfeldt: "I can't believe it, but...fuck...we're celebrating 20 years!! 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 setlist 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 reallyit'll be special, trust me!

"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 wanna 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.

"We'll spend the better part of January-March rehearsing for this. All to make You fucking happy! OK, we'll be tight, very tight indeed come see us! It's a celebration!"

At each show, Opeth will perform two sets. The first set will feature the band playing its breakthrough epic "Blackwater Park" in its entirety. The second set will consist of mixed material from the band's extensive catalog. The band will be playing for over two hours at carefully selected venues in order to achieve an element of intimacy and exclusivity, and an overall "You had to be there" vibe.

The venues include the famed and prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the luxurious Lichtburg in Essen, the oldest fully seated cinema in Germany.

The band will offer exclusive VIP ticket packages to all shows which include a laminated VIP pass exclusive to each show, access to sound check, a meet-and-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.

Below are the dates and venues:

03/30 - Cirkus - Stockholm, Sweden 04/01 - Lichtburg - Essen, Germany 04/03 - Bataclan - Paris, France 04/05 - Royal Albert Hall - London, UK 04/07 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY 04/09 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA

Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    enselmis
    CapnKickass wrote: Screw the Royal Albert hall. Come to the Royal Albert Hotel in Winnipeg dammit.
    I second this.
    Jimmy-G
    slashNpage77 : Ahh ****, LA and NY, and I'm right in between. COME TO CHICAGO!!!!! I would donate my left testicle to see one of these shows I would donate my right testicle...and a kidney
    slashNpage77
    Ahh ****, LA and NY, and I'm right in between. COME TO CHICAGO!!!!! I would donate my left testicle to see one of these shows
    brad_butcher
    come to canada home of some of the finest greens and herbs if you know what im saying
    MasterOfCows
    So they're playing Blackwater Park the album live? That means they're playing Dirge for November live and I won't be able to see it because they won't be in Canada. NOOOOO!!!!! But there better be some videos, either professional or on youtube.
    grimms
    Covin wrote: Blackwater Park in its entirety... then a second set? His vox have crazy stamina
    Theres hardly any vocals on Blackwater Park, its mostly instrumental.
    guitartilldeath
    When i read they would play blackwater park in its entirety i literally closed my eyes and imagined how it would be i didn't wanna open my eyes
    bokma
    No Canada kinda makes me sad, but oh well. It would be sweet if they filmed the whole set of Blackwater for DVD or somthing
    .starrk
    Will definitely be flying out to New York if I can get a hold of some tickets.
    Deece
    WHY does london have to be so far away! yet the closest to me!
    ShoeFaceBass
    Deece wrote: WHY does london have to be so far away! yet the closest to me!
    Snap on Scotland. If i can afford the VIP I am definately going. BWP in it's entirety!!! And maybe even a small possibility of Black Rose Immortal...So. Damn. Worth it.
    Nergal22691
    ahh why must they torture me like this. I really hope that they release this as a dvd...
    uberphreak
    COBHC_Erick429 wrote: Ill be front row jerkin off at the NY show
    Dude me too, I'll try not to sit too close to you
    Zeoilvia
    It's funny; when they warmed up for Dream Theater some months ago, it seemed like they had like 20 danish fans all together x)
    queenslander47
    CranberryJuice wrote: BeefCakes wrote: If they tickets are so exclusive, why is there no info on how to get them? Thats how exclusive it is.
    hahahahahaha i was never holding out much hope australia would be on this list.
    Duality Ninja
    They BEST BE RELEASIN' a live DVD of this. Blackwater in it's entirety would be absolutely amazing by itself, and then second set would be mindrape. Congrats on 20 years, here's to another 20.
    Nemesis1156
    Amazing. I'ma have to drive down to NYC just to see this. This could be the BEST show ever
    MikeShawMe
    I would totally go to NY from FL to see Opeth for the 2nd time! Too bad it's on a damn Tuesday... -_- lol
    Linkerman
    Why, Mikael? Why do you insist on torturing me like this? If i get the chance, i'll fly from here (Portugal) to the UK just to see them again! Their gig in the Progressive Nation Tour in October was epic...
    Ekofu
    MikeShawMe wrote: I would totally go to NY from FL to see Opeth for the 2nd time! Too bad it's on a damn Tuesday... -_- lol
    I'd go from WV to NY just to see them once. If I were to have that kinda cash at all