Mikael Akerfeldt Issues Japanese And Australian Road Report
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Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following report of their recent Japanese and Australian tour dates:
"Just got back from the little trek-trippie-trip to Japan and Australia. Had a WONDERFUL time! Japan was awesome! We only played 2 shows, Tokyo and Osaka and both were real nice. We were so jetlagged it was insane, I can't remember ever being that tired.
"Burrn! magazine wanted to have a brief photosession with us right before we stepped onstage in Tokyo. I saw one of those photos and they were quite possibly the worst we've ever looked. Ever! 5 faces that just looked like ‘fuck off, lemme sleep you fucking BITCH!’ Insanely funny. To the point where our soundman wanted it signed. I think he's gonna frame it and put it up on his toilet wall.
"I was also given a price presented to me by Burrn! magazine as the readers had voted me as the ‘Best songwriter of 2008’. Normally I don't care for these type of things, but I couldn't help being happy about that. I actually give a fuck when people like my songs, yes I do. Again...a massive ‘LOVE YA!’ from me to you!
"Japan is such a wonderful, ‘strange’ place to be. I defied my jetlag immediately after landing and went straight out record shopping with my buddy Koji from RR Japan. Recofan and Disc union in Shibuya, spent...not too much actually. Turns out the dude who works at Recofan was a fan of the band. So he gave me some records for free even. Got the first, super rare Quiet Riot Lp (with Randy Rhoads) that was only released in Japan from him. Thanks dude!
"Japanese food is my favourite now I think. We went out with the RR office as well as the promotors, Creative man, for some nice Japanese cousine and some sake...of course. Lovely! Hope to go back soon! I've become a Tuna sashimi junkie! Is it unethical to eat ALL tuna or is the purple fen one that's ‘out of bounds’? I wanna be good to my planet....! Yet, it taste so fucking good!!! Australia is my favourite country in the world next to Sweden. I could live there! We only had 3 shows this time around, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. All of which went great, especially Sydney was magical! We tried the famous ‘seabug’ in Brisbane. Tasted a bit like alligator I'd say. Was amazing!
"After the Sydney show we're rushed out to go back to the hotel and dissapointed a number of fans who wanted pics and autographs. Always feel like shit when that happens. Some of the fans were showing us their ‘thumbs down’ which hurt, but fuck, I hope we can make it up to you guys next time. There was simply too many people there to take care of everyone and we had other obligations too. Yet, I understand you're dissapointed....what can I say...sorry?
"I can only be amazed when I think about Opeth and OZ. It's been a love story since the very first time we went there. We've never had to ‘work’ the country. We've been loved since day 1 there, and the feeling is mutual I hope you know!? We'll never stop come back and blast your faces off with our metal MIGHT! Haha! A little Manowar hairball there.... In Melbourne RR had arranged for me to go recordshopping and be interviewed doing it....on their expense! They GAVE me money to BUY records for my OWN collection! It happened before once actually and I can't complain. Went to ‘Rare records’ in St Gilda and shopped for around 250 OZ dollars. Found some gems and I'm actually listening to the stuff right now as I'm typing away here....
"I'm in and out of panic attacks here. I think it's because the tour is almost over. We only have 2 more shows in Greece (Athens & Thessaloniki) and that's it for this year! It's scary to be honest! We're off til late March when we'll start a string of shows celebrating 20 years. Will give you the dates on those asap, but they will be fucking limited and fucking special, so don't fucking slack when we release them tix. 6 shows across the world and that will be IT! OK, record side 1 ended now, can't talk to you no more as I gotta....switch side!"
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