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Formed: 1996
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Pain News

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.

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Pain Announces New European Tour And Album

Pain, the Swedish band led by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) will embark on the European tour in January/February 2009. Support on the trek will come from Brother Firetribe, the Finnish AOR/hard rock band featuring Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen.

According to Pain, "David Wallin [drums] can’t be a part of this tour because of personal reasons. The name of the stand-in drummer will be announced shortly."

The band has also announced the upcoming release of their new album. "Cynic Paradise" will be released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to "Psalms of Extinction" (which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner) features "eleven gems offering a vast variety of styles and influences which are even new for PAIN," according to a press release. Nightwish singer Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks — "Follow Me" and "Feed Us".

The tracklist for the new album is as follows:

01. I'm Going In
02. Monkey Business
03. Follow Me (feat. Anette Olzon)
04. Have A Drink On Me
05. Don't Care
06. Reach Out (And Regret)
07. Generation X
08. No One Knows
09. Live Fast - Die Young
10. Not Your Kind
11. Feed Us (feat. Anette Olzon)

"Cynic Paradise" will be available as a limited-edition digipack including a bonus CD. More...

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Nightwish Vocalist To Appear On New Pain Album

Nightwish singer Anette Olzon has recorded a guest appearance on two tracks on the forthcoming album from Pain, the Swedish band led by Hypocrisy mainman Peter Tägtgren. Due in October via Nuclear Blast Records, the as-yet-untitled CD is the follow-up to "Psalms of Extinction," which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner.

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Nightwish To Play An Exclusive 2008 Show in Russia

Nightwish have issued the following update:

"It has been a while, but NIGHTWISH will return to the Russian soil to play an exclusive (the only Russian show in 2008) in the Palace Of Sport Luzhniki, Moscow, on the 11th of October 2008. The support band will be the Swedish masters of cyber-goth-industrial, PAIN."

"The advance ticket sales will start soon at: www.concert.ru"

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Pain Re-Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records has resigned Peter Tägtgren and his industrial metal band PAIN. After more than ten years since the release of the self-titled PAIN debut on Nuclear Blast, the Swedish mastermind and HYPOCRISY-mainman is already busy working on his comeback album that is scheduled for a release in October 2008.

PAIN has also just returned from an immensely successful European tour as a support act for NIGHTWISH, which lead them through 18 countries and was witnessed by approximately 150,000 people.

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Pain Announces Headlining Dates

PAIN, who have just finished a somewhat eventful European tour supporting Nightwish, Pain have announced the following dates with more to come soon.

26 - Bandit Boat - Stockholm, Sweden

2 - Sundown Festival - Abtsgmünd, Germany
8 - Gagarin 205 - Athens, Greece

11 - Kvinesdal Rock Festival - Kvinesdal, Norway
12 - Metalshow Festival - Blome, Latvia

29 - venue tba - Minsk, Belarus
31 - venue tba - Herson, Ukraine

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Pain Post Another Update From The Nightwish Tour

PAIN, fronted by HYPOCRISY's Peter Tägtgren, has checked in from the NIGHTWISH tour with the following update:

"Sorry for taking so long time between the blogs, but most places in Spain didn't have internet and we are consuming mobile phones like alcohol.

All of the shows we did in Spain was awesome. Thank you for your support!

Two days ago we arrived to country #18, the last country for us on this tour. Our arrival day was also a day off which we spent with Nightwish at their hotel. No memories from that at all I'm afraid. The day after (April 18th) we started to do preparations for the last show (more info of that later) and had a couple of nice walks in the rain. The show we did the same evening was really good. We all had a blast on stage and the audience was really in to it. Many thanks Porto!!! After the show we went with NW to a afterparty we were invited to. We had a really good time. Thanks for the invitations!

Today we are in Lisbon. The last stop on this tour, and we all feel a bit sad that it's almost over. These 8 weeks has felt like 2 weeks and every day has been a blast. Still, I know everyone is longing for their families, their own beds and their own toilets.

Now... for the last show. Usually bands and crew on a tour pull pranks on each other the last show, and I guess this tour is no exception. But we also have gone together with NW to pull a prank on YOU, the audience, which going to be something really special and for sure something that no one has ever seen/heard before and probably never will again. I can't wait...."

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Pain Frontman Posts Update

PAIN has checked in from the NIGHTWISH tour with the following update:

"We left Manchester early this day off to travel to the English border and take the underground train back to the European continent. When we got to the border we got a phone call from Pekka, one of Nightwish truck drivers. He told us that he was two hours north of London and that a wheel axle had broke on his 35 ton truck. He noticed it because one of the wheels exploded from the heat generated from the fire that started and jeopardised the whole truckload. Since we were closest we canceled our train and went back to London to help Pekka reload the whole trailer into a new one he managed to find. It's a good thing this happened on a day off, otherwise something else would. We only hope we'll be in time in Paris tomorrow.

Otherwise, the show in Manchester yesterday was awesome; 3,400 people can't be wrong. Tomorrow we'll have our catering back. That means no more starving.

Everything taste better with fire in your mouth!" More...

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Pain Check In From London

PAIN, has checked in from their tour with NIGHTWISH with the following update:

"We arrived three days ago in London. The visit started out with a day off in the bus at a parking lot. As usual we were broke, but our secret guest on the bus (that by the way is Johan's wife Lena) offered herself to lend us money if we could find a cash machine. We found one, which ate her VISA-card and we were back on step one again. After a horrible 24 houres in the bus eating things we could find on the floor with The Nutty Professor on TV we did our first show in London. Since the night before had been calm I think we did an excellent job. The crowd though seemed more shocked and 'tagen på sängen' but still enjoying the show.

After the show and after Nightwish had finished we took a walk to 'Bröderna Olson' (old Swedish tradition) to get a 'Blood Shot' but they had already closed so we continued to Crowbar (old Swedish tradition) to finish off the evening.

Tonight we made our second show in London (also sold out) and tonight things were better. You Londoners really are getting hooked on PAIN, that's for sure. Many thanks!!!

Right now Nightwish are finishing their last songs and our plan is to do a re-run of last night. We're off to Crowbar in a couple of minutes (it's like Pub Anchor in Stockholm) to meet some old friends.

Apart from that, I would like to appoligize for the gap between our posts. We had so much fun we haven't thought of it (also my phone has died and England doesn't seem to have wireless internet on their venues). The picture on the left is taken at Astoria, our gig place and notorious gay club host in London.

See you tomorrow!!!" More...

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Pain Check In From European Tour

PAIN have posted this message on their blog:

"We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a very important part of PAIN. Jens (Ingolf). He's the guy that makes it all possible. He does everything from tuning, building the stage set, he is our secret keyboard, percussion and backing vocals dude. He's our fluffer, prostitute, and 'lilla gubben'. He makes all of our beds every night and makes sure we are in them by noon the day after. He was the first person to walk on the moon and has a double PHD in acting and world languages. He wears medium sized underwear and is from Dalarna. To you he's MR Ingolf and to us he's MS Bitch, our little 'poppsnöre', our all beloved black sheep. We love you dude!

In a couple of minutes we're leaving country #11 for country #13. Sorry... 12. Tonight's show was really cool. We are not worthy. We also have a guest from Sweden riding in our bus with us for a week. Who do you think it is? Suggestions are welcome." More...

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Pain Announce New Touring Guitarist

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...

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Pain Has A Run In With The Law

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

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Pain Mainman Talks About Assault In Leipzig

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.

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Pain Members Attacked By Thugs In Germany

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

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Pain Post New Tour Diary Online

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."

More here. More...

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Royal Hunt Guitarist To Tour With Pain

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...

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New Pain Album Tentatively Due In September

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...

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Swedish Metal Awards Winners Announced

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.

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Roadrunner Records To Release Roadrage 2007 In U.K

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'


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Pain To Support Nightwish In Europe

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.

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Pain Update Russian Tour Schedule

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

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