During the recent interview with Metal Wani, Opeth frontman Michael Akerfeldt has expressed his feelings about playing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
He said that this place remains him of U2 and their classic album ‘Under A Blood Red Sky’. Here’s the statement:
“I thought [of] U2. That was the first thing that popped into my head when somebody mentioned Red Rocks — ‘That’s where U2 did the ‘Under A Blood Red Sky’ album.’ Not that I’m a big U2 fan at all, but I knew about the place.
There’s certain venues around the world that you’ve heard about, and Red Rocks was, I would say, in the subconscious, I think it was on the bucket list that we wanted to play. It was also one of those unreachable venues because it’s so special, and I figured they would never let a band like us play there — but that’s also what I thought about the Sydney Opera House and what I thought about Radio City Music Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London.
This was one on the bucket list, and I was really happy that we were given the opportunity to play there, and also to make a recording of that night. It was a special night, and I’m really happy that we have it on film now, like proof that we’ve been there.”
On their “Garden Of The Titans: Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre” live album, he said:
“I’m not the biggest fan of live albums myself, especially not our own, so I’m not sitting around every day playing the live album, like, ‘Oh, I’m so good.’ But I’m hoping that there’s Opeth fans out there who want to hear this and see the DVD and all that stuff.
It’s our fourth [live] album, and I think it’s relevant because it features songs from the last three albums which we haven’t recorded before. That’s one of the reasons why we decided to put it out — that and the fact that we have been away since the last tour. We wanted to put something out just so people wouldn’t forget about us.”
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