MetalTalk GIG OF THE WEEK
SABATON AND ACCEPT JOIN FORCES TO COMMENCE BATTLE IN UK AND IRELAND 10th January 2017
Gigs don't come much bigger than this! MetalTalk's Gig Of The Week welcomes the union of Swedish battle warriors Sabaton with the Teutonic terror attack of the mighty German Metal Kings Accept.
Many fans expressed surprise when it was announced that Accept were to be the special guests, but the union will prove to be a master stroke with the younger Sabaton fans finding out why Accept are so highly regarded as one of the very best Metal bands to emerge from Europe in the 80s, and for Accept fans it provides a golden opportunity to check out why Sabaton are one the the most exciting live bands on the circuit with their historic tales of warfare.
Sabaton bass player Pär Sundström said: "We have just finished our new album, which is titled 'The Last Stand' and we know we have done a great album, which all fans of Sabaton can appreciate for many years. If it is the best album of us, time will tell... but what we can tell for sure is that 'The Last Tour' will be the biggest and best tour of Sabaton ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"
Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann told us: "Accepting a tour with Sabaton is the result of a very cool relationship we have with the band. It was a great pleasure to tour with them in USA and we followed their career with respect over the years.
"We have not seen a band who has such a clear vision where they want to go and it is rare that bands can translate their visions into real action. Sabaton are a hard working band and are a serious role model for aspiring musicians and young bands.
"We are looking forward to an exciting tour - especially after we have been in the studio for a while and sure feel some kind of cabin fever..."
The 'Last Tour' crosses the Channel to hit Dublin on the 10th January taking in Glasgow, Manchester and then blitzing London on the 14th January before heading back into Europe to cause more destruction.
10th January: Dublin, Vicar Street
11th January: Glasgow, o2 Academy
13th January: Manchester, o2 Apollo
14th January: London, o2 Brixton Academy
Sabaton's highly awaited eighth album 'The Last Stand' was released worldwide on August 19th 2016 through Nuclear Blast.
Accept will be releasing a brand new studio album later in the year, but in the meantime you can check out their new live opus 'Restless And Live', recorded at their headlining performance at last year's Bang Your Head Festival. The package is out Friday and MetalTalk's Johnny Churchill thinks it is superb, as you can find out right here.
Get through the doors early as opening on all shows will be Falun symphonic power Metallers Twilight Force who recently released 'Heroes Of Mighty Magic' through Nuclear Blast.
Pär Sundström and Joakim Brodén of Sabaton were in London last Summer to talk to MetalTalk's Mark Taylor about their eighth studio album 'The Last Stand', a concept album taking inspiration from definitive last stand battles from throughout history dating back to the Persian Empire with 'Sparta' to more modern day warfare with 'Battle For Hill 3234' about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
This is a fascinating interview in with Pär and Joakim give a great insight into their music and the writing and research process. They also speak about how Accept came to be special guests on 'The Last Tour'.