MIKAEL AKERFELDT: Don’t Expect Opeth Live Jams

Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt has warned fans not to expect to see the band jamming live on stage – because he’s no good at it.

Last week they performed a stripped-down set at London’s under-threat Union Chapel venue, and despite previously admitting he was nervous about the show, he says it was a great experience. The resulting recording may even see the light of day in the future.

Akerfeldt tells Roadrunner: “None of the so-called “unplugged” shows are really unplugged, because there’s always microphones], 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 the limit in Union Chapel was 85dB, so we had to have the amps on really low. Other than that, it was fun.

It was a bit like throwing ourselves off a cliff in a way, because out of the ten or eleven 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.

Opeth have two more similar shows planned in Germany, and Akerfeldt says all three will have been committed to disk by the time they’ve finished. “We bought some type of rig so we can record every show,” he says.

I’m not sure what we’re doing with that stuff, to be honest. 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.

The band made a deliberate effort to progress from their heavier roots on recent album Heritage – but that doesn’t mean they’ll go as far as experimenting with live jamming.

Akerfeldt explains: “I’m not a really big fan of jams. I remember going to see the Black Crowes play. I liked the album that they had out at the time, Amorica, with the lady’s crotch on the cover.

They were just jamming – they didn’t really play any songs off their record, and they seemed really fucked up on whatever they were taking at the time. It wasn’t for me.

Besides, I’m not a good jamming guitar player, and I can’t stand around singing ‘Oh baby’ all the time! We’re more song-based, so I think that’s what we’re gonna try and do in the future.

Even though I love progressive music and seventies music, and obviously many of those bands’ shows were based on jams, I don’t think that’s going to happen for Opeth, to be honest.

Source: http://www.progrockmag.com

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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