FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SABATON ANNOUNCES LIVE, DOUBLE DVD/Blu-Ray RELEASES
”THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW” AND “THE GREAT SHOW”
LOS ANGELES, CA - Monday, November 8, 2021 — Multi-Platinum Swedish metal band SABATON today announces the limited-edition, live-in-concert, double-DVD/Blu-Ray, “The Great Show,” and “The 20th Anniversary Show,” both set for release on November 19 (Nuclear Blast). Both titles were filmed during the band’s 2019-2020 "The Great Tour“ world trek, and both feature special guest performers. Track listings are below; pre-orders begin today and can be placed HERE.
"The 20th Anniversary Show” (see trailer HERE) is comprised of Sabaton’s jaw-dropping, two-hour headline concert filmed in front of 75,000 fans at Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival - coincidentally, celebrating its 30th anniversary - on August 1, 2019. “The Great Show," with a running time of about 90-minutes, was recorded at Sabaton’s sold-out performance at the O2 Arena in Prague on January 26, 2020. With two varied setlists chosen from the band’s extensive catalog, "The Great Show” and the “20th Anniversary Show,” limited to 9000 copies each, will be available as individual purchases or bundled together as “The Great Show Stage Collector's Edition” box set (limited to 5000 copies), that includes a building bricks version of the Sabaton stage so fans can build their own stages.
For the greater part of the Wacken concert, Sabaton commandeered the festival’s two main stages, the side-by-side-and-connected Faster and Harder Stages, becoming the first artist in Wacken's 30-year history to utilize both stages simultaneously in this way. Vocalist Joakim Brodén, guitarists Chris Rörland and Tommy Johansson, drummer Hannes Van Dahl, and the 20-voice Great War Choir, fitted out in a variety of military uniforms, performed on the Faster Stage. At the same time on the Harder Stage, bassist Pär Sundström welcomed back previous Sabaton members Thobbe Englund and Rikard Sundén/guitars, Daniel Mÿhr/keyboards and Daniel Mulback/drums - all nine musicians, plus the choir, giving an intense and impassioned en masse performance. Sabaton was also joined by the internationally acclaimed GRAMMY-nominated virtuoso cellist Tina Guo for the encore. Prague’s “The Great Show” reunited Sabaton with Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rockers, Apocalyptica, who provided a fiery orchestral backing to several of Sabaton’s songs.
In support of Sabaton’s most recent chart-topping album, The Great War, “The Great Tour” saw the band setting the barre sky-high for live rock’n’roll stage production. Both sets of discs effectively capture the visually electrifying in-concert experience that is a Sabaton show. Sabaton’s cinematic songs transport fans onto the battlefield, encountering the horrors of war as well as acts of heroism and bravery, based on historical fact and told as if through the eyes and minds of soldiers in the line of fire. For “The Great Tour,” and as seen on both of these DVD/Blu-Ray sets, Sabaton’s live stage production was forged as a battlefield, with barbed-wire stretched across the front of the stage, stacks of sandbag barricades, mic stands fashioned after the period’s rifles and trench guns, a two-ton military tank complete with a battery of rocket launchers and flame jets that doubles as a drum riser, a keyboard built into the body of The Red Baron’s iconic blood-red tri-plane, and Brodén armed with a giant bazooka.
Live rock’n’roll at its finest.
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Track listing for "The 20th Anniversary Show" (Wacken)
Resist and Bite
Fields of Verdun (with Thobbe Englund)
Shiroyama (with Thobbe Englund)
The Red Baron
The Price of a Mile
The Lion From The North
The Last Stand
The Lost Battalion
Drum Battle (Hannes Van Dahl vs. Daniel Mullback)
Far From The Fame
The Art of War
82nd All The Way
Swedish Pagans (with Tina Guo)
To Hell And Back (with Tina Guo)
Track listing for "The Great Show" (Prague)
The Attack Of The Dead Men
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
The Los Battalion
The Red Baron
The Last Stand
Far from the Fame
Angels Calling (with Apocalyptica)
The Price Of A Mile (with Apocalyptica)
The Lion From The North (with Apocalyptica)
Carolus Rex (with Apocalyptica)
To Hell And Back
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In the more than two decades since their launch, Swedish metallers Sabaton have gained a legion of loyal fans across the globe by carving out a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the business, an assessment shared by the UK’s Guardian: “Other than veterans Iron Maiden, Sabaton is the biggest heavy metal band in Europe.” Since the band’s debut album in 2005, Sabaton has been combining standout stage design and production with epic concept albums, linking real-life historical war events with classic kick-ass metal. Sabaton has released nine studio albums, amassed six GOLD, one PLATINUM, and one four-times-PLATINUM awards, seen eight of its albums score Top 10 international chart status, and six claim the Top 5. The band has earned eight Metal Hammer/Golden Gods Awards nominations, taking home the award for “Breakthrough Artist” in 2011 and “Best Live Band” in three different years, and a Grammis nomination (Swedish equivalent to the U.S. Grammys) as Best Heavy Metal band. Sabaton has also accumulated more than three billion total streams.
Since 2008, Sabaton has hosted its own annual concert festival, the “Sabaton Open Air” at Hårdrocksstadion at Lugnet in Sweden, and launched its yearly - and always sold out - Sabaton Cruise that sails out of Stockholm for epic sea adventures, rocking the ship with fellow metalheads, and lots of SABATON. Twenty-nineteen saw the launch of the band's own YouTube channel, "Sabaton History Channel." The channel combines the power of YouTube, music and storytelling to dive into the true-life stories behind every Sabaton song, bringing history to life in an informative and entertaining way. Sabaton's Pär Sundstöm and Joakim Brodén are joined by Indy Neidell, of "The Great War" and "WW Two in Real Time" fame.
Combining soaring power riffs with vocalist Joakim Brodén’s instantly-recognizable gruff baritone, the band refuses to be simply slotted into a genre. Fans need only know them as Sabaton, the heavy metal band that sings of real-life wars and the people who played a part in them; of grueling campaigns and dazzling acts of bravery, magnificent victories and touching personal struggles, true stories more fantastic than any fiction. Over its 11 year touring history, Sabaton has headlined major festivals and sold-out arena concerts around the world.
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