Jun 022011

Do you think we’re overdoing it with these Opeth opdates? Nah. Not possible, is it?

Especially when this opdate concerns the initial dates for a North American Opeth tour with Katatonia. Yes, you read that correctly. Tour news! Here are the dates that have been disclosed so far:

Sep. 19 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Sep. 20 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
Sep. 21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Sep. 22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Sep. 26 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Sep. 28 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
Sep. 29 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Oct. 06 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
Oct. 08 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
Oct. 16 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct. 21 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
Oct. 25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater

More dates will be coming in the near future. Seattle better be one of them or there will be hell to pay. I can sense Opeth trembling in their boots already, just imagining the awful wrath of NCS if Seattle is snubbed.

But that’s not the only opdate we have. You may be asking yourself, “Self, how will Opeth play live shows without a keyboardist?” Answer: There’s reason to believe Opeth has found a replacement for Per Wiberg, who was relieved of his duties in April. For the latest word on that, continue on after the jump.

According to the French edition of Rock Hard magazine, keyboardist Joakim Svalberg (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, GLENN HUGHES) has been rehearsing with Opeth for the past few weeks, though he hasn’t yet been made an official member of the band. He’s pictured in the photo below with Opeth in Stockholm’s Atlantis studio.

Yeah, this is just a rumor at the moment, but since I’d already decided to put op this post about the tour, I figured I’d throw this in, too. (Thank you Blabbermouth for reporting this news.)


  1. Hey, you know I found out Opeth’s coming to Taipei! I’m definitely excited.

  2. No Camden, no Philly, no Baltimore. New York twice. This angers me. WHY DO THEY ALWAYS GO TO NEW YORK!?

    • I actually know the answer to that question, but you know what I mean.

      • Keep fingers crossed — there will be more dates added. For example, there are four days between that last NYC date and the date in Ohio. Time for another show or two in the Northeast.

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