Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt Discusses Unplugged Shows
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Legendary Swedish act Opeth performed an unplugged show in London earlier this month, with footage from the show available here. Roadrunner Records has now conducted an interview directly with band frontman Mikael Akerfeldt about the show and footage being recorded from several unplugged gigs which may be released down the line. Excerpts from the interview follow, or you can read the full thing right here.
RR: You played what was described as your first-ever “unplugged” show earlier this month at Union Chapel in London, but you were playing electric instruments, so how was it different from a regular Opeth gig?
Well, none of the so-called “unplugged” shows are really unplugged, because there’s always microphones [laughs], even if you’ve got acoustic guitars. But we just played some more mellow stuff, I guess. We’ve got a bunch of those songs, so it was kind of easy for us to do that. The problem we had was that the dB limit in Union Chapel, where we played, was 85 dB, so we had to have the amps on really low. That was the only problem that we noticed, really. Other than that, it was fun. It was a bit like throwing ourselves off a cliff in a way, because out of the 10 or 11 songs that we played, I think half of them were songs we’d never played before. So it was interesting. But it went really well. I was quite happy with it.
RR: You're doing two more shows like this, in Germany; are you filming or recording these shows at all?
We bought some type of rig, so we can record every show. I’m not sure if we’re recording every show, but we did record the London show, and we’re probably gonna continue recording whenever we can. But I’m not sure what we’re doing with that stuff, to be honest. It’s always good to have material, and maybe further down the line, if we have a bunch of shows recorded we can pick and choose the best segments of the shows and maybe put something out, but we don’t know yet.
RR: Your tour ends December 9; what are your plans for 2013? Will you be returning to the US, or will you be writing again?
Yeah, we’re probably returning. We still have a few details to work out, but we were supposed to be in the US in the fall and we didn’t do it, so we’re gonna be in the US in the spring, I think. But it’s not completely settled yet, so I’m not sure—I can’t say 100 percent that we’re gonna be there. But 90 percent sure, we’re going on a North American tour, which will be the last lengthy tour that we do for this record. We’re also doing a few shows down in Australia and Japan and perhaps South America and some summer festivals as well, but generally it’s gonna wind down after May of next year.
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