Opeth Announces “By Request” Tour for 30th Anniversary in 2021

Progressive metal legends Opeth will celebrate 30 years as a band in 2021. The band continues to evolve their sound as evidenced by 2019’s AOTY In Cauda Veneum (Nuclear Blast/Motobolaget Records). To commemorate the anniversary, the band has announced their very special Evolution XXX ‘By Request’ tour for October 2021 in Europe. For these 8 very exclusive shows, fans can vote for the songs they would like to hear live, from the band’s storied career. Polling begins on Monday, September 7th at Opeth.com. You can read our review of In Cauda Venenumand hear our interview with Mikael Åkerfeldtabout the album and the bands upcoming anniversary here.

Mikael Åkerfeldt commented:

“So, we’re planning to celebrate a belated band-birthday, also known as BBB. How do we celebrate a thing like this, you ask? Well, we go to work. We are planning a very few select shows around the world in 2021 where you basically have the collective choice of picking the songs for the setlist. Since we’ll be celebrating 30 years we would love to play a song from each album we’ve done. All 13 of them. If you can help us and pick your choice of one song per album from the list, and then we’ll simply play the songs with the most votes. It’s been done before, but not by us. I am reluctant and nervous, but also excited to see what songs you will choose. I can’t really believe we’ve been around for 30 years, but there you go. So please help us. And be gentle. The final setlist will have 13 songs. One from each album. Your call….”

Tour dates for ‘Evolution XXX – OPETH By Request’ run as follows:

13.10 D Berlin – Admiralspalast

14.10 D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof

15.10 F Paris – Salle Pleyel

16.10 UK London – Eventim Apollo

18.10 D Wuppertal – Historische Stadthalle

19.10 NL Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg (Grote Zaal)

20.10 NL Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg (Ronda)

25.10 P Lisbon – Colisue dos Recreios


Tickets and the ‘By Request’ vote will go live on Monday 9am UK time on www.Opeth.com

OPETH’s current album, ‘In Cauda Venenum’ can be purchased in various formats at www.opeth.com/stores. Download or stream the two versions at the following links: English / Swedish