Bizarre Swedish black metal buzz band GHOST will be the main support act in mainland Europe only for British doom/goth metal pioneers PARADISE LOST on their "Draconian Times" tour 2011.
Commented PARADISE LOST: "We are extremely excited to have [GHOST] onboard and fans ourselves of their music. Unfortunately, they can't play Greece, but we will be announcing the support bands for Greece soon."
Sony Music will reissue PARADISE LOST's seminal 1995 album "Draconian Times" through the "Legacy" series; which will feature the entire digitally re-mastered album including a 5.1 Dolby Surround mix in a brand-new collector's edition digipak box set, so fans can hear the album like never before!
Along with this release, the band will perform "Draconian Times" live at a series of seven exclusive gigs in the following select cities around Europe: Utrecht, Bochum, London, Paris, Athens, and Thessaloniki.
Due to the unique and exciting nature of these events, PARADISE LOST will issue a small, limited number of VIP packages at all seven concerts. These will include:
* VIP laminate and lanyard
* The opportunity to meet and greet the band
* Have your photo taken with Paradise Lost
* Access to a closed sound-check before the gig
* Early access to the concert
* VIP goody bag (PL draw-string bag containing an exclusive T-Shirt and other exciting memorabilia)
VIP tickets will be exclusively available from the band's web site.
Commented PARADISE LOST frontman Nick Holmes: "It's going to be amazing to play the 'Draconian Times' shows again.
"'Draconian Times' was a huge success for the band; it seemed to be exactly the right album to do at the right time, and to a certain degree was definitely the end of a chapter for the band. We always considered the album to be a 'better' version of its predecessor, 'Icon', and using [producer] Simon Effemy again for the third time, I think we were all on the same hymn sheet and knew exactly what we wanted and what the album should sound like.
"We had done a pretty extensive touring schedule for the 'Icon' album before it, and there was already a decent buzz around about the band.
"In the 1990s without the Internet you could only really gauge how things were going once you walked onto the stage and saw how the crowd responded to songs! But after the 'Draconian Times' album was released, the response was phenomenal.
"Knowing that 'Draconian Times' is still considered by many as being among their favorite albums of all time fills me with great pride, and I'm very grateful to have been part of it all and now having the chance to be here again playing it in its entirety is phenomenal. We are all very excited and can't wait to do the shows live, I really hope we see you all there and you have as much fun as us!"
GHOST's debut album, "Opus Eponymous", was released in North America on January 18 via Rise Above Records.
The tour dates for "Draconian Times" are as follows:
Mar. 18 - Fuzz - Athens, Greece *
Mar. 19 - Fuzz - Athens, Greece *
Mar. 20 - Principal - Thessaloniki, Greece *
Mar. 29 - Tivoli - Utrecht, Holland
Mar. 30 - Bataclan - Paris, France
Mar. 31 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
Apr. 01 - The Forum - London, UK
* No GHOST