OPETH will celebrate its landmark 25th anniversary as a band next year with a very special event at the legendary London Palladium on October 18, 2015. After being the heaviest band to play the Royal Albert Hall in 2010, they will no doubt be the heaviest band to also play the Palladium. The unique show, dubbed "An Evening With OPETH", will feature two sets from the progressive Swedes, including 2005's much-lauded "Ghost Reveries" album in its entirety (which in turn is celebrating its 10th anniversary), plus a second set of classics from their 25-year career.
Comments OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt: "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!"
Tickets go on general sale at 9 a.m. this Friday, November 14 and will be available from LiveNation.co.uk, with a pre-sale set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 13. A very limited amount of VIP upgrades, priced at £150, will also be available on pre-sale which allow early entry into the venue, a 20-minute "meet-and-greet" with the band, a commemorative VIP laminate pass, a gift box containing three hand-engraved, show-exclusive OPETH red wine glasses (exclusive to VIPs of this show only), a tour poster printed on canvas (also exclusive to VIPs of this show only) and your choice of t-shirt from the merch booth. These are expected to sell out extremely quickly so be prepared to move fast if you want VIP upgrades.
OPETH's eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Pale Communion" was released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by Mikael Åkerfeldt. The CD was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson.