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Below is our complete Pain news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Swedish metallers PAIN, the band fronted by HYPOCRISY's Peter Tägtgren, has recruited René Sebastian (photo) from ICONDEMN to play guitar on the second leg of PAIN's European tour as the support act for NIGHTWISH.
Commented PAIN: "We're looking forward to meet [René] for the first time on the plane to Hamburg on Sunday. You will meet him on stage on Monday. René has promised us total f*kin mayhem on stage and I'm sure that's what you'll get. We'll try to soften him up with a couple of beers for you."
"The last eight days have been really relaxing and recharging for us. Now we are eager to go out on this second leg of the tour and kick your asses again (and maybe someone will kick ours again). Twenty-five shows remain and we're really looking forward to play in France (again), Spain, Portugal and Great Britain etc. Last mentioned is untouched ground for us which makes it even more exciting. Kick ass!!!" More...
PAIN have issued the following update from their current European tour supporting NIGHTWISH
"Here we go again. We left Frankfurt around noon today cause we had to wait for a new driver first. The new driver arrived and our 200 kilometer journey towards Bamberg began. After two hours of driving with only 20 minutes to go we got pulled over by the police, who ordered us out of the bus and had us sit in a line at the sidewalk. They searched us one by one and had us remove socks and shoes for about 40 minutes while they searched the whole bus and turned all of our bags upside down. When they were finished they came out with a camera case and asked us who it belonged to. It contained a small plastic bag with a suspicious white powder and was owned by our new driver who of course claimed he never seen it before. Well, to make a long story short we're stuck somewhere on autobahn without a driver, it's pitch black and raining outside. We're trying to enjoy ourselves watching Terror on Elmstreet on a laptop eating cold can food with piss warm red wine. Another day off well spent. Everything taste better with Freddy Krueger."
Remaining dates on the tour are as follows:
27 - Jako Arena - Bamberg, Germany
28 - Gasometer - Wien, Austria
29 - Hallenstadion - Zürich, Switzerland
3 - Palalido - Milano, Italy
4 - Tivoli Hall - Ljubljana, Slovenia
5 - JRC Ice Hall - Budapest, Hungary (upgraded)
8 - Olympic Fencing Arena - Athens, Greece
17 - Color Line Arena - Hamburg, Germany
18 - AWD Hall - Hannover, Germany
19 - Westfalenhalle 2 - Dortmund, Germany
21 - HMH Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands (SOLD OUT)
22 - Rockhal - Luxembourg, Luxembourg (upgraded)
23 - Lotto Arena - Antwerp, Belgium (upgraded)
25 - Astoria - London, UK (SOLD OUT)
26 - Astoria - London, UK
27 - Astoria - London, UK (SOLD OUT)
29 - Carling Academy - Birmingham, UK
30 - Carling Academy - Newcastle, UK
31 - ABC1 - Glasgow, Scotland
2 - Mandela Hall - Belfast, UK
3 - Vicar Street - Dublin, Ireland
4 - Apollo - Manchester, UK (upgraded)
6 - Zenith - Paris, France (SOLD OUT)
7 - Zenith - Strasbourg, France
10 - Halle Tony Garnier - Lyon, France
11 - Dome - Marseille, France
12 - Zenith - Toulouse, France
14 - Razzmatazz 1 - Barcelona, Spain
15 - Santana 27 - Bilbao, Spain
16 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
18 - Coliseum - Porto, Portugal
19 - Coliseum - Lisbon, Portugal
PAIN members Peter Tägtgren (guitar/vocals), Johan Husgafvel (bass) and David Wallin (drums) were assaulted Friday night (February 22) in Leipzig, Germany during a day off on the band's European tour as the support act for NIGHTWISH. As a result, the group was forced to cancel Saturday's concert in Leipzig, but the bandmembers quickly picked themselves up and were back on stage on Sunday.
"We did the best we could," Tägtgren said of the post-attack gig, according to Sweden's The Local.
"We were the wrong people at the wrong place at the wrong time," explained Peter, who required ten stitches for cuts to his face.
As it was their day off, the singer, Husgafvel and Wallin spent the evening at some local bars.
While they were walking down the street looking for a taxi, three men attacked them from behind.
"Sometimes things like this happen. We have no idea who they were, but it was really dodgy," Tägtgren told The Local.
The bandmembers, who were taken completely by surprise, were left severely beaten and bruised.
Afterwards a passerby recognized them and drove them to the hospital.
Husgafvel suffered a broken nose and Wallin, who was hit in the head with a wine bottle, ended up with concussion and stitches to the side of his head.
"The body gets a shock. Johan is full of kicks and bruises. David and I are dizzy as hell," Tägtgren told The Local.
PAIN touring guitarist Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, HOUSE OF SHAKIRA), who is currently on the road with the band supporting NIGHTWISH in Europe, has checked in with this message:
"We had to cancel the gig tonight in Leipzig while some crazy assholes kicked Peter (Tägtgren), Johan (Husgafvel) and David (Wallin) down when they where on their way home from a local bar yesterday. They just came from behind so there was nothing they could do. I was in the bus watching a movie so I am totally okay, besides the fact that we had to cancel. I feel really shitty to cancel but there was no way we could play today. I hope we will be able to be on stage tomorrow but I am not sure. But the guys are in a good mood and are working on recovering. Today we will sleep in a hotel and I'll try to make our heroes feel a little bit better."
Here are the remaining dates on the band's tour with NIGHTWISH:
Feb. 24 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle
Feb. 25 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
Feb. 27 - Bamberg, Germany - Jako Arena
Feb. 28 - Wien, Austria - Gasometer
Feb. 29 - Zürich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
Mar. 3 - Milano, Italy - Palalido
Mar. 4 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Tivoli Hall
Mar. 5 - Budapest, Hungary - JRC Ice Hall
Mar. 8 - Athens, Greece - Olympic Fencing Arena
Mar. 17 - Hamburg, Germany - Color Line Arena
Mar. 18 - Hannover, Germany - AWD Hall
Mar. 19 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle 2
Mar. 21 - Amsterdam, Holland - HMH Music Hall (Sold Out)
Mar. 22 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rockhal
Mar. 23 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena
Mar. 25 - London, UK - Astoria (Sold Out)
Mar. 26 - London, UK - Astoria
Mar. 27 - London, UK - Astoria (Sold Out)
Mar. 29 - Birmingham, UK - Carling Academy
Mar. 30 - Newcastle, UK - Carling Academy
Mar. 31 - Glasgow, Scotland - ABC1
Apr. 2 - Belfast, Ireland - Mandela Hall
Apr. 3 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
Apr. 4 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
Apr. 6 - Paris, France - Zenith (Sold Out)
Apr. 7 - Strasbourg, France - Zenith
Apr. 10 - Lyon, France - Halle Tony Garnier
Apr. 11 - Marseille, France - Dome
Apr. 12 - Toulouse, France - Zenith
Apr. 14 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 1
Apr. 15 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27
Apr. 16 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Apr. 18 - Porto, Portugal - Coliseum
Apr. 19 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseum
PAIN are supporting NIGHTWISH on their European Tour from February until April 2008.
Says Pain, "What ever happens on tour stays on tour? Fuck that!"
"On this blog we'll keep you updated with news and share what ever happens during the tour. Everything you read or see on this blog is exclusively uncensored. Similarities with now living persons is total coincidence."
Guitarist Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, HOUSE OF SHAKIRA) will once again be part of PAIN's touring lineup when the Swedish band hits the road later this month as the support act for NIGHTWISH.
IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers makes a guest appearance on two songs on PAIN's latest album, "Psalms of Extinction".
PAIN's video for the track "Zombie Slam" is available for viewing at this location. The clip was shot in February 2007 in Los Angeles by Ralf Strathmann. Ralf previously worked as a director for artists like CHILDREN OF BODOM, APOCALYPTICA and SOILWORK. He is also a photographer for such bands as H.I.M., AEROSMITH and BLINK 182, to name but a few. More...
PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren has issued the following update:
"We wanna thank everybody that voted for PAIN on the Swedish Metal Awards and made our album the 'Best Metal Album Of The Year' 2007."
"I'm working on the new [PAIN CD] and it will see the light in September 2008, with a lot of bonus from the shows we did in 2007."
"Michael Bohlin [PAIN guitarist] will sit out the NIGHTWISH tour because of work, but he will be back for the festivals. Niclas [Engelin] from ENGEL will help us out on this one." More...
The Swedish Metal Awards were held at the Grand Hotel in Falkenberg, Sweden on January 26, 2008. Over 58,000 fans voted via the Swedish Metal Awards web site.
The winners are as follows:
Hard-rock: Hardcore Superstar - Dreamin' In A Casket
Death Metal: Arch Enemy - Rise Of The Tyrant
Heavy/Power Metal: Sabaton - Metalizer
Glam/Sleaze: Crashdiet - Unattractive Revolution
Punk/Hardcore: Dia Psalma - Djupa Skogen
Metal: Pain - Psalms Of Extinction
Alternative Metal: Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
Best Newcomers: Sonic Syndicate
Best Live Act: Europe
Best Foreign Hard-rock: Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
Best Foreign Metal: Machine Head - The Blackening
Best Foreign Live Act: W.A.S.P.
Roadrunner Records UK reports:
"If you cast your mind back to last year, you will remember that we released another in the series of Roadrage DVD's, featuring a plethora of choice cuts from the years releases via Play.com.
This coming March (the 3rd day of the month no less!) it will become generally available and you will be able to pick it up in places such as ZAVVI, HMV, The Roadrage Stores and Amazon.co.uk.
Full track listing for this lil beauty is as follows:
01. Stone Sour - 'Made Of Scars'
02. Stone Sour - 'Through Glass'
03. Stone Sour - 'Sillyworld'
04. Killswitch Engage - 'My Curse'
05. Killswitch Engage - 'Arms Of Sorrow'
06. Trivium - 'Anthem (We Are The Fire)'
07. Trivium - 'Entrance Of The Conflagration'
08. Trivium - 'The Rising'
09. Machine Head - 'Aesthetics Of Hate'
10. Dream Theater - 'Constant Motion'
11. Megadeth - 'A Tout Le Monde'
12. Slipknot - 'The Blister Exists' (Live)
13. Porcupine Tree - 'Fear Of A Blank Planet'
14. Still Remains - 'Stay Captive'
15. DevilDriver - 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost'
16. Madina Lake - 'House Of Cards'
17. Madina Lake - 'Here I Stand'
18. Cradle Of Filth - 'Temptation'
19. Shadows Fall - 'Redemption'
20. Sanctity - 'Beneath The Machine'
21. Daath - 'Subterfuge'
22. 3 Inches Of Blood - 'The Goatrider’s Horde'
23. Satyricon - 'The Pentagram Burns'
24. Black Stone Cherry - 'Lonely Train'
25. Black Stone Cherry - 'Hell & High Water'
26. Caliban - 'I Will Never Let You Down'
27. Black Label Society - 'Concrete Jungle'
28. Black Label Society - 'Blood Is Thicker Than Water'
29. Hatebreed - 'Defeatist'
30. Nickelback - 'Savin’ Me'
31. Nickelback - 'If Everyone Cared'
32. Delain - 'Frozen'
33. Delight - 'Divided'
34. Pain - 'Zombie Slam'
PAIN, the Swedish band featuring HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, has been confirmed as the support act for NIGHTWISH on their European tour from February until April 2008.
For a list of dates, click here.
PAIN, featuring HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, have updated their Russian tour schedule with shuffled dates and venue changes. The band's new schedule is as follows:
14 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
15 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, Finland
24 - Shadow Club - Moscow, Russia
25 - DK Molodezhi - Perm, Russia
27 - Fakel - Tomsk, Russia
28 - Koliseum - Barnaul, Russia
29 - Rock City - Novosibirsk, Russia
30 - EC Contnent - Kemrovo, Russia
2 - Gavana - Krasnoyarsk, Russia
4 - SC Trud - Irkutsk, Russia
The following message has been posted at the PAIN website:
Pain would like to thank the audience at Planet Music in Vienna (Austria) for their exeptional performance when our keyboard player died in a gardening accident early in the show.
You guys turned something that normaly would have been a disaster into the best show on this tour so far. We've never heard a crowd sing the melody of 'Shut Your Mouth' that loud before, not even on the summer festivals.
We'll be back, for sure!"
Pain's tour schedule is as follows:
24 - Gala Hala - Ljubljana, Slovenia
25 - Orpheum - Graz, Austria
27 - Biebob - Brussels, Belgium
28 - L'Usine - Geneva, Switzerland
29 - La Locomotive - Paris, France
1 - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden
2 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
3 - Clotta - Linkopping, Sweden
14 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
15 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, Finland
PAIN, whose lineup includes Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY), have added more shows to their European tour. Here are the confirmed dates:
Oct. 11 - Hamburg, Germany - Logo
Oct. 12 - Berlin, Germany - Knaack
Oct. 13 - Weimar, Germany - Hellonion Festival
Oct. 14 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
Oct. 16 - Cologne, Germany - Underground
Oct. 17 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Roxy
Oct. 18 - Stuttgart, Germany - Roehre
Oct. 19 - Konstanz, Germany - Kulturladen
Oct. 20 - Munich, Germany - Elserhalle
Oct. 23 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
Oct. 24 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Gala Hala
Oct. 25 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Oct. 27 - Brussels, Belgium - Biebob
Oct. 28 - Geneva, Switzerland - L'Usine
Oct. 29 - Paris, France - La Locomotive
Nov. 1 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
Nov. 2 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
Nov. 3 - Linkopping, Sweden - Clotta
Nov. 14 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
Nov. 15 - Jyväskylä, Finland - Lutakko
PAIN, the Swedish band featuring HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, has scheduled the following German dates in October:
Oct. 11 - Hamburg, GER @ Logo
Oct. 12 - Berlin, GER @ Knaack
Oct. 14 - Bochum, GER @ Matrix
Oct. 16 - Köln, GER @ Underground
Oct. 17 - Saarbrücken, GER @ Roxy
Oct. 18 - Stuttgart, GER @ Die Röhre
Oct. 19 - Konstanz, GER @ Kulturladen
Oct. 20 - München, GER @ kl. Elserhalle
PAIN's fifth full-length album, "Psalms of Extinction", entered the national chart in the band's home country at position No. 21.
IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers makes a guest appearance on two songs on "Psalms of Extinction". A video clip of PAIN performing the track "Zombie Slam" on the Swedish morning show "Nyhetsmorgon" on TV4 on April 17 has been posted online.
PAIN, featuring HYPOCRISY frontman/founder Peter Tägtgren, have issued the following update from Peter:
"We're sorry to announce that Pain have been forced to cancel the Summer Rocks Open Air Festival 2007 in Istanbul on August 19th, 2007.
Due to the promotors failure to pay the deposit in time with no further explanation of this failure, our booking agent Helter Skelter didn't want to take the chance and withdrew Pain from the festival.
We still hope to visit Turkey soon and and we hope the painheads in Istanbul will understand..."
Upcoming Pain dates include:
31 - Rock The Lake Festival - Carinthia, Austria
The song 'Nailed To The Ground', taken from HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren's new PAIN album Psalms Of Extinction, is available for free download for a limited time via Roadrunner Records. Go to this location to check it out.
IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers will be filling in on the three Russian shows for André Skaug, who has prior commitments with CLAWFINGER. More...
PAIN, featuring HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, has updated their 2007 tour schedule. It is now as follows:
12 - Rock Mania Festival - Kitzingen, Germany
18 - CKM NAU - Kiev, Ukraine
20 - B1 Maximum - Moscow, Russia
24 - John Dee - Oslo, Norway
25 - Nojesmagasinet - Kristianstad, Sweden
26 - Satin - Orebro, Sweden
16 - Rabarock Festival - Järvakandi, Finland
30 - Tuska Festival - Helsinki, Finland
1 - With Full Force Festival - Löbnitz, Germany
6 - Ruisrock - Turku, Finland
7 - Pushkin Drive Open Air - St. Petersburg, Russia
14 - Arvika Festival - Arvika, Sweden
27 - Pitea Dansar & Ler - Pitea , Sweden
10 - Brutal Assaul Festival - Jaromer, Czech Republic
17 - Summerbreeze Festival - Dinkelsbühl, Germany
31 - Carinthia Festival - Carinthia, Austria
PAIN's video for the track "Zombie Slam" has been posted online at this location. The clip was shot late February in Los Angeles by Ralf Strathmann. Ralf previously worked as a director for artists like CHILDREN OF BODOM, APOCALYPTICA and SOILWORK. He is also a photographer for such bands as H.I.M., AEROSMITH and BLINK 182, to name but a few.
"Zombie Slam" comes off the Swedish band's fifth full-length album, "Psalms of Extinction", due in the Nordic countries on April 18 via Roadrunner Records (May 7 in the rest of Europe). Guest musicians on the album include Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD, ex-DON DOKKEN, KING DIAMOND) on "Zombie Slam" (audio), CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho on the epic song "Just Think Again" (playing lead guitar), and Peter Iwers (IN FLAMES) on two songs (playing bass). According to a press release, the upcoming CD will feature sharper production, "heavier guitars, massive string movements and even more in-your-face vocals." More...
The Hypocrisy/Abyss frontman talks about the new Pain album "Psalms Of Extinction," how it differs from previous albums, the guest musicians on the album and of course, a tour of the legendary Abyss Studios where everyone from Marduk, to Setherial, Dimmu Borgir and Immortal have created masterpieces. You can watch the video interview here.
You can now download an MP3 of the track "Nailed To The Ground" from Pain's new album. "Nailed To The Ground" comes from Pain's 5th studio album "Psalms of Extinction." Pain is of course the band of producer and Hypocrisy mainman Peter Tagtgren.