Opeth Cancel More Festival Appearances

Swedish metallers Opeth have issued an update about the cancellation of their upcoming concerts.

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Swedish metallers Opeth have issued the following update:

"Due to Mikael [kerfeldt, guitar/vocals] contracting varicella (chicken pox), the appearances this weekend, Peace & Love (Borlnge, Sweden on June 26), Hovefestivalen (Norway on June 27), Metaltown (Gothenborg, Sweden on June 28), and Graspop Metal Meeting (Dessel, Belgium on June 29), have all been cancelled. We hope to have Mike on his feet again as soon as possible, and obviously apologize to all and any that had set out to see Opeth this weekend."

"Watershed", the new album from Opeth, sold more than 19,000 copies of in the United States in its first week of release.

"Watershed" is the follow-up to the band's acclaimed "Ghost Reveries" CD, which debuted at No. 64 on the Billboard chart back in September 2005 with first-week sales of just under 15,000. Opeth's 2003 album, "Damnation", opened with a little over 5,000 copies.

"Ghost Reveries" has sold more than 95,000 copes in the United States since its 2005 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    Hexagram
    I'm sure fans of Opeth are disappointed but I'm sure Mikael is also saddened for having to miss these dates. Get well Mikael
    habebe girl
    awww chicken pox. I can picture Mikael seething while sitting in an oatmeal bath covered in pink lotion and little red dots. haha. I hope he gets well soon!
    Metal_Rich
    habebe girl wrote: awww chicken pox. I can picture Mikael seething while sitting in an oatmeal bath covered in pink lotion and little red dots. haha. I hope he gets well soon!
    Haha! Get well soon!
    rhys2005
    ah, the old chickenpox. surely the most metal of illnesses! haha hope all is good an well soon
    MorgothAkerfelt
    Surely playing gigs while bleeding from the face would show everyone that they are still death metal? Not that they really need to.
    DamoPlaysBass
    rhys2005 wrote: ah, the old chickenpox. surely the most metal of illnesses! haha hope all is good an well soon
    siegel wrote: I hope this inspires the most brutal song EVER!!!!!
    LOL such a Dethklok moment... Get well Michael!!! Please don't cancel Australia... ...shit I'd better buy my tickets... :O