During the recent interview with Metal Wani, Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt has shared his thoughts about live albums. He said that ‘I’m not the biggest fan of live albums’.
Here’s the statement:
“I’m not the biggest fan of live albums myself and especially not our own. So I’m not sitting around every day playing, ‘Oh, I’m so, so good,’ but I’m hoping that there’s Opeth fans out there who want to hear this.
I think it’s relevant because it [the live album] features songs from the last three albums which we haven’t recorded live before so that’s one of the reasons why we decided to put it out.”
“The first thing that popped into my head when somebody mentioned Red Rocks Amphitheater – I was like, ‘That’s where U2 did the [1983’s] ‘Under a Blood Red Sky’ album.
I knew about the place. There are certain venues around the world that you’ve heard about and we played many of them. Now, the Red Rocks was – I would say – in the subconscious, I think it was on the bucket list.
We wanted it, as one of those unreachable spots. I figured it would never let a band like us play but that’s also what I thought about the Sydney Opera House and we played the Sydney Opera House.
I was really happy that we were given the opportunity to play there and also to make a recording of that night, which was a special night in both good and bad terms, and I’m really happy that we have it on film now like a proof.“
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