Opeth – Live At Royal Theatre, London

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You have to hand it toOpeth, they certainly know how to celebrate in style. After the massively successful anniversary of Blackwater Park (Music For Nations), which saw the album played in its entirety at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, this years’ 25th anniversary saw an equally magnificent announcement. Not only were fan’s appetites whet for another chance to see them in almost unthinkable locations as the London Royal Theatre, but the news that these shows would see Ghost Reveries (also celebrating a milestone, 10 years since its release on Roadrunner Records) played in its entirety made this an unmissable show.

It’s not everyday that prog and/or death metal shows are held in such venues, much less those that greet you with posters and memorabilia for stage productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, but by now it is best to expect the unexpected. Once ushered to seats, Opeth come out quite promptly to the stage, and it doesn’t take long for those recognizable clean bars to signal the imminent eruption of opening track ‘Ghost Of Perdition’. Knowing what is coming throughout the first set does not alleviate the excitement whatsoever as they plough through a sublime, note perfect play through; with an extended ‘Atonement’ complete with extra guitar and keyboard solos proving an unexpected set highlight.

The likes of the heavier ‘Baying Of The Hounds’ and ‘Reverie/Harlequin Forest’ would surely signal bedlam if not for the seated environment, and the roar of excitement that greets the anthemic “Grand Conjuration” threatens to take the entire roof off.

With an Opeth show you can also expect a lot of dry wit and crowd banter from ringmaster Mikael Akerfeldt and tonight is no different; making light of the fiasco of the gig’s change to from the London Palladium (“Sorry, that was my fault. I decided it wasn’t posh enough”) to the self-deprecation of the band’s stage setup with “Ikea” candlelight, and never missing a beat with crowd heckles. Which is thankful, as tonight sees an absolute horde of people shouting throughout, at the rare times proving funny but for the most part a huge annoyance and embarrassment (seriously, its never been funny to shout ‘Freebird’. Ever).

Following the interval, sadly these outbursts continue as the band reopen with the recent tour opener of ‘Eternal Rains Will Come’ into ‘Cusp Of Eternity’. Next to Ghost Reveries it is clear that despite many fans remarks of the band changing their sound; the only real differences between them are the tones and the lack of growls. Rare outings of the acoustic ‘To Rid The Disease’ and the likes of ‘Voice Of Treason’ make this second set equally as rewarding as the first, as they draw to a close with ‘Master’s Apprentice’ and finally the encore of the band’s other major anthem, the visceral ‘The Lotus Eater’.

Despite the presence of those in the crowd who seemed to believe the whole show was about them, even they cannot leave to bitter a taste in the mouth after Opeth deliver an expected masterclass. A truly one of a kind setlist which those in attendance will never forget, hopefully for some reasons more than others.

 

 

CHRIS TIPPELL

 

Opeth Book Show With An Orchestra In Bulgaria, Anniversary Tour Looms

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Opeth who has planned several exclusive shows on two continents in 2015 celebrating 25 years as a band, has booked a special show on September 19th in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Announced via the bands’ Facebook page, the band will be joined at their performance at the Roman Theatre by the 100 piece Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, well known for their work with major international recordings artists. The event ill be promoted by Bulgarian independent radio station Radio Tangra Mega Rock and orchestrated by conductor Levon Manukyan who is the founder of the Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum orchestra. This appears to be a one-off performance for the Swedish progressive metal legends, who will play different career spanning sets on the upcoming tour, consisting of two sets with the band opening with Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner) in its entirety, and a second career spanning set as well. Opeth is spending this summer performing a previously announced string of festival dates, supporting last summer’s Pale Communion (Roadrunner) release.

 

“We’re pleased to announce that Opeth will perform at the Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this September 19th.

Opeth will be performing an exclusive show in the magnificent Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria as part of their 25th anniversary tour. For this one-off event the band will be joined by the renowned Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, founded nearly 70 years ago and made up of over a 100 highly qualified musicians. The orchestra has its roots in the hundred year old orchestral tradition in Plovdiv and over the years has launched the careers of many world-famous conductors.

The prestigious evening will be promoted by the Bulgarian independent radio station Radio Tangra Mega Rock and orchestrated by conductor Levon Manukyan who wrote the first metal ballet and is the founder of the Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum orchestra. He has worked with the likes of PARADISE LOST, ASIA, FISH, TARJA TURUNEN, ANATHEMA and many others.

Get your tickets here:http://www.eventim.bg/…/sounds-of-the-ages-2015-…/event.html?”

 

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We’re pleased to announce that Opeth will perform at the Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this September 19th.Opeth…

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Opeth 25th Anniversary tour dates this fall:

Sept 19: Roman Theater – Plovdiv, BG
Oct 12: Admiralspalast – Berlin, DE
Oct 13: Stadthalle – Vuppertal, DE
Oct 14: Tivoli – Vredenburg, NL
Oct 15: AB – Brussels, BE
Oct 16: Capitol – Offenbach, DE
Oct 17: Letrianon – Paris, FR
Oct 18: Palladium – London, UK
Oct 22: Beacon Theater – New York, NY
Oct 24: Orpheum Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 25: Orpheum Theater – Los Angeles, CA (2nd show)