Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR will release their highly anticipated double DVD, “Forces Of The Northern Night”, on April 14 via Nuclear Blast. The set will contain two of the band’s live performances: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape plus the band’s unique visuals.
DIMMU BORGIR’s remarkable and atramentous stage show has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mindblowing aural delight per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band’s discography — from the majestic finisher “Mourning Palace” to the stomping manifesto “Puritania” and the haunting “Gateways”.
“For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far,” says DIMMU BORGIR frontman Stian Thoresen (a.k.a. Shagrath). “As a band, we’ve always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven’t been able to use a real orchestra. We’ve had to use samples, synthesizers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us.”
In addition to the two concerts, “Forces Of The Northern Night” will include a bonus documentary feature.
DIMMU BORGIR’s May 28, 2011 concert at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, which is included on “Forces Of The Northern Night”, featured a special setlist with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum choir, who were musical guests on the band’s ninth studio album, 2010’s “Abrahadabra”. The show was professionally filmed and was broadcast as part of a one-hour documentary in June 2011 on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company and the largest media organization in Norway.
In an interview with Scuzz TV, DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) stated about the experience of performing with an orchestra: “It was, of course, really special, especially since it was in Oslo, and a lot of people traveled in for the show from all over the world. And everything went great on stage for once. When you have a hundred people on stage, the percentage of something going wrong is definitely there, but it was really, really good.”
He added: “You think your band is professional, then you play with an orchestra, and then you know, ‘Oh, we’re not so professional after all.'”
DIMMU BORGIR last year extended its partnership with Nuclear Blast.
The band’s tenth album is tentatively due before the end of 2017.
DIMMU BORGIR’s most recent touring lineup included Geir Bratland (APOPTYGMA BERZERK, THE KOVENANT) on keyboards and Terje Andersen (a.k.a. Cyrus; SUSPERIA) on bass.
The Foreigner 40th Anniversary Tour will kick off July 11 in Syracuse, N.Y., and conclude Sept. 9 in Auburn, WA. The itinerary includes four California dates, beginning with an Aug. 26 San Diego show at Sleep Train Amphitheatre and an Aug. 30 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. All of the dates and cities appear below, along with ticket information.
The tour will also feature Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, although Bonham and his band will not perform at any of the California shows or at the concluding tour date in Washington..
“I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner forty years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later,” lead guitarist and band co-founder Mick Jones said in a statement released Monday morning.
“I can’t express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years,” Jones, 72, continued. “This summer we are going to celebrate these songs, and I can’t imagine a better group of friends to share this monumental tour with, than Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham who are sure to make it a true tribute to the everlasting power of rock and roll.”
In a separate interview with Billboard, Jones disclosed that three former Foreigner members — Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood — will perform on select dates.
“They’re not on the whole tour, but there will be some appearances,” Jones told Billboard. “It’s the right time to do this. I’m looking forward to that and we’ll see how it goes, and I’m sure it’ll go down well.”
Should this transpire, it will be the first tour in memory by a major rock act in which the band’s original lead singer — in this case, Gramm — shares, or alternates, vocal duties with the band’s current lead singer, Kelly Hansen.
The key word in the above sentence is “should.” In a post on his Twitter page Monday, Gramm wrote: “I have not been asked to join any part of the summer 40th Foreigner anniversary tour.”
With or without any former members coming back into the fold, the tour will follow with the May 5 release of a new Foreigner compilation album on Rhino Records. Entitled “40 – Forty Hits From Forty Years,” the album will include two new songs, album also features two new songs, “The Flame Still Burns,” and “Give My Life For Love.” The latter was written by Jones, who is the sole original member of Foreigner still in the band.
Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at livenation.com. Tickets for the San Diego show are priced at $29.95-$99.95, plus service charges.
Foreigner 40th Anniversary Tour dates
Tue Jul 11 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Thu Jul 13 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Fri Jul 14 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sat Jul 15 Hershey, PA Giant Center
Mon Jul 17 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Tue Jul 18 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Thu Jul 20 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Fri Jul 21 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sat Jul 22 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tue Jul 25 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Jul 26 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Fri Jul 28 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Sun Jul 30 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 01 West Palm Beach, FL Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 02 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 05 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sun Aug 06 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Tue Aug 08 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wed Aug 09 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Fri Aug 11 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat Aug 12 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion
Sun Aug 13 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Tue Aug 15 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Wed Aug 16 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis
Sat Aug 19 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun Aug 20 Austin, TX austin360 Amphitheater
Wed Aug 23 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Thu Aug 24 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sat Aug 26 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 29 Chula Vista, CA*** Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 30 Los Angeles, CA*** Greek Theatre
Fri Sep 01 Marysville, CA*** Toyota Amphitheater
Sat Sep 02 Mountain View, CA*** Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mon Sep 04 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 08 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sat Sep 09 Auburn, WA*** White River Amphitheatre
*** Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience not performing on these dates
A massive music lineup has been announced for the eleventh year of Rocklahoma, set to take place May 26-28 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. SOUNDGARDEN, DEF LEPPARD and THE OFFSPRING lead the music lineup for America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party, which features the best current rock artists and classic bands. The three-day camping festival features music on three stages, as well as a campground stage to keep the music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.”
Presale weekend tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are available for purchase starting Tuesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m. CST at www.Rocklahoma.com. The layaway option allows purchasers to split the cost into four monthly payments.