Sunday, 20 July 2014

Opeth (supported by Paradise Lost), 8th November 2006 – Carling Academy, Birmingham

The second time I saw Opeth was the best to date and probably one of the best gigs I’ve ever witnessed. The excellent Paradise Lost opened and played “Embers Fire,” before Opeth took to the stage with a perfect set list that was a close resemblance to the subsequent CD and DVD show filmed in London (The Roundhouse Tapes), with “Bleak” having been replaced with “The Grand Conjuration.”

I full recall the complete set list as follows:

  • The Ghost Reveries
  • When
  • Under the Weeping Moon
  • Face of Melinda
  • Night and the Silent Water
  • The Grand Conjuration
  • Windowpane
  • Blackwater Park
  • Demon of the Fall (Encore)

“The Night and the Silent Water” is a rare example of a band playing a song I rate highly, having ignored it for many years, yet having suddenly encountered a change of heart. Michael Akerfeldt described his change of mindset, having warmed to the album over the years and that he contemplated recording the track using a lute. It’s possibly the best live version of a song I’ve heard (though Mastodon compete for this as you will soon read when I get to them shortly...)

10 out of 10 (not even the departure of Martin Lopez before this tour impacts the perfect score)

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