Two progressive metal legends Opeth and Mastodon have booked a co-headline tour for 2021 The two bands last toured together in the USA in 2011, with Ghost as the opener on their first national tour. The late year North American this fall will have direct support from Zeal & Ardor kicking off in Asheville, North Carolina on November 16th and wrapping in Denver, Colorado on December 5th. The pre-sale takes place tomorrow with the general on sale Friday, September 17th, 2021. Opeth continues to tour behind 2019’s In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast) and Mastodon will soon release their new album Hushed and Grim.
A special Blabbermouth.Net presale will begin on Wednesday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. local and end on Wednesday, September 15 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “Grim2021” to access tickets before the general public. General on-sale will be this Friday, September 17 at 10 a.m. local time.
Commenting on the impending tour, OPETH vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt states: “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!”
Opeth Tour Dates With Mastodon:
Nov. 16 – Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville.com Arena
Nov. 18 – Boston, MA – The Wang Theatre
Nov. 19 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
Nov. 20 – New York City – Hammerstein Ballroom
Nov. 21 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
Nov. 23 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Nov. 24 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
Nov. 26 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Nov. 27 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
Nov. 28 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Nov. 30 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
Dec. 01 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
Dec. 02 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Dec. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
Dec. 05 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom