With Rock Sins having been in attendance back in 2010 at Opeth’s magnificent 20th anniversary celebrations at The Royal Albert Hall, this piece of news is particularly exciting. Five years on, the Swedish masters of prog metal have announced a 25th anniversary celebration as Opeth clock up their quarter century as a band.
To celebrate this remarkable and fantastic achievement, a very special Opeth show will take place at none other than The Palladium in London on the 18th of October 2015. This incredibly special evening will once again see Opeth perform a career retrospective set, and in keeping with 2010 where they performed the magnificent Blackwater Park in full, this time around their 2005 critically acclaimed album Ghost Reveries will be getting the full playthrough treatment – highly appropriate as Ghost Reveries also celebrates it’s tenth anniversary next year.
Opeth frontman Mikel Akerfeldt has added his thoughts to the announcement in typical dry and humorous fashion:
“The forces that be put up a very mystical and subtle little advert on the so called internet. Yes, we will celebrate 25 years of being Opeth in 2015 and this is reason enough to gather up the forces and play. For you. At the Palladium in London. Not sure if they have a dress-code there, as it is a posh little place. Do we care? No we don’t. It will be a pretty unique evening I reckon, hopefully free of technical difficulties. No thanks to Baal! With that said, we are a live band in the true sense of the word and you can never be certain. Regardless it will be a blast and I strongly advise you to think about attending. But don’t think for too long. It might cost you your seat! We’re currently on tour (Hey! Thanks European progrockdeathmetalheads! You are absolutely fantastic and we love you!) and I’m being called for, so gotta dash. Ta-ta!”
Right, “how do I get tickets?” we hear many of you screaming. This Friday, 14th of November 2014, the tickets for the Opeth 25th anniversary show will be on sale via Live Nation at THIS LINK – https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/opeth-tickets. A Live Nation pre-sale will take place tomorrow, Thursday 13th of November 2014 at 9am. We also have information about a very special VIP Upgrade which can be purchased on top of a normal show ticket.
The VIP upgrade will cost £150 per ticket and entitles the possessor to the following:
Early entry into the venue
20 minute ‘meet n’ greet’ with the band
Commemorative VIP laminate pass
Gift box containing 3 hand engraved, show-exclusive Opeth red wine glasses (exclusive to VIPs of this show only)
Tour poster printed on canvas (also exclusive to VIPs of this show only)
Your choice of t-shirt from the merch booth
These are going to fly out the door faster than Concorde so if you want a VIP ticket be ready on your browser refresh button come 9am tomorrow at the pre-sale. Opeth’s new album, the critically acclaimed (once again) Pale Communion is out now on Roadrunner Records. Rock Sins review of Pale Communion is available to read right here. Opeth were also recently announced to be special guests at next year’s Bloodstock Festival, appearing on the Saturday.
For any further news about this momentous show as well as any other Opeth updates stay tuned to Rock Sins.