Opeth And Peter Lindgren Part Ways

Peter Lindgren has stepped down from his guitar wielding duties after 16 years in Opeth. Below is an open letter from Peter addressing the issue:

"It is with sadness I announce that Opeth and I are going separate ways after almost 16 years. The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life.

The reason behind this is that I feel that I simply have lost some of the enthusiasm and inspiration needed to participate in a band that has grown from a few guys playing the music we love to a world-wide industry. The love of music has always been, and still is, our motive, but I personally have lost something along the way. The massive amount of touring has taken its toll. Opeth has worked extremely hard to get where we are right now and in order to persist and maintain the quality of the music, it is necessary that we continue to work hard and always stay focused. But in doing so, it means that we nowadays spend 18 or 19 months on the road and I don't feel the same enthusiasm for the upcoming world tour that I have felt earlier. I have come to a point where I realize I won't be able to give the band 100%, and from both sides this will not be good enough for what Opeth stands for. I will always love playing, listening to, and living music, but I will do it differently from now on.

These years has easily been the best of my life and I will always cherish the memory of what we have experienced together. I would like to thank the band, our management, record label people, all the bands I've made friends with for everything. Most of all, I would like to thank the fans from the depth of my heart for the support throughout the years.

I wish Mikael, Martin, Per and Axe all the best and I am confident they will continue doing the greatest music in the world!! /Peter"

Replacement Guitarist Announced! Fredrik Åkesson (Ex. Arch Enemy, Krux) Becomes Full Time Member!

Fredrik Åkesson has been confirmed as being the new guitarist in Opeth. Visit his MySpace at: www.myspace.com/kfredrikakesson

Says Mikael Åkerfeldt: "Well, I think it's too soon right now to fully be able to explain what I feel. Peter and I had been working in this band together for almost half of our lives and we shared some unforgettable experiences together all over the world. We will obviously remain friends and this "break up" has been on very good terms from both sides. We all wish him the best of luck with his future ventures!

Fredrik was the only name that popped up thinking about a replacement for Peter. In my opinion he's one of the top 3 guitar players out of Sweden. We all get along great as we've known each other for maybe 4 years + he already has the experience to take on the circus-like lifestyle we lead as members of Opeth.

I can't wait to see what he can bring to the table musically and also to get out on the roads touring together. His first gig will be at the Ilosaari festival in Finland. I'm sure he'll shit his pants before that one, but then again...so will I!"

Source: opeth.com
Band profile: Opeth
Posted: 17.05.2007 by Hyvaarin


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domz - 17.05.2007 at 17:35  
NOOOOOOOOOOO? after lopez its peter who leaves... WHY OH WHY???? I just hope this does not affect opeth's music... Peter and mike were the brains of opeth in a sense so I just hope opeth will still release quality music... Will never forget the classic line up mike, peter and the 2 martins... I wish I had seen them live
RhaegarTargaryen - 17.05.2007 at 17:48  
This is a sad news, I dont like it, but at least it's good to see there is no bad blood, and that this is purely life/musical decsion....
Katatronik - 17.05.2007 at 17:58  
Too bad, he's a great guitarist and, with Mikael, he was the soul of Opeth... But it's a life decision and I respect him deeply!
Good luck Peter, and the new guitarist Fredrik
Carrion - 17.05.2007 at 18:38  
Good luck for them all, sad that I can't get to Ilosaari.
Doc Godin - 17.05.2007 at 18:41  
Dammit Peter, get the hell back in Opeth, quit being dumb.
Dane Train - 17.05.2007 at 19:37  
Droping like flies. Eh, that is what happens when you go from a cult progdeath band to hosting MTV.
GodOfBodoM - 17.05.2007 at 19:39  
peter we love you, its sad to see that you livin' but is like you saied its for the good... good luck in normal life...
jadawal - 17.05.2007 at 20:00  
fuck sakes, this is fucking bullshit, opeth's new album will most definatly not be the same
iaberis - 17.05.2007 at 20:18  
Yeah, bad news indeed. It's always bad to see people leaving bands, especially those members that started the whole thing...
Ereinion' - 17.05.2007 at 20:26  
This sucks hope that the new guy will be half as good as Peter was.
Damnated - 17.05.2007 at 20:55  
daaaamn. first lopez now Lindgren. opeth is breaking appart....
BloodTears - 17.05.2007 at 21:05  
this sounds weird. and depressing too. oh well it needs to sink in.
GT - 17.05.2007 at 21:12  
This is bad news...good luck to Lindgren and to the new guy of course
Jiri - 17.05.2007 at 22:20  
This sucks, his speech was really emotional. Hope the new guy is as good.
matzyy - 17.05.2007 at 22:23  
iaberis: It was actually David Isberg who started Opeth, but he quit before their first album in 94.

Very sad though, he and Mikael has done a great job on the lyrics since Orchid, and Opeth won't be the same without him. I wonder what's happening with the new album now?
reverie14 - 17.05.2007 at 22:48  
Oh noooooooooooooo, can't believe it. I'm depressed
Eleazar - 18.05.2007 at 00:22  
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo i want to cry, i don't belive, this band is the best of de universe........ OPETH forever,
schapboy - 18.05.2007 at 01:04  
it's so damn hurt, after Lopez we will miss Peter, those two guys, with Opeth, tough me how to listning and to play music, they were my fathers, i like them than everything, but now i'm losing them
I love you Opeth
I love you Opeth
I love you Opeth
I love Peter, I will miss to see you in concert do with Mikael the SOLO of beneath the mire with the same frequency.:wall:
Bitch Boy - 18.05.2007 at 01:50  
Worst news of the year
MetalSpider - 18.05.2007 at 03:43  
That sucks...but I guess he has to do what he has to do.
ThunderAxe1989 - 18.05.2007 at 04:05  
Opeth's music has already changed for the worst [judging by the more recent stuff] anyway . Like they're trying to recruit a different crowd. But yeah........i understand why you lot would be upset, he's one ov the core members.
spirit_inblack - 18.05.2007 at 04:47  
Lindgren is one of my fav guitarists. It's hard to see a guitarist leave from your favorite band, but I guess it has to happen. Oh well, I too wish him luck with his future ventures!
cruel pain - 18.05.2007 at 12:41  
good luck 2 da new guitarist...sad news
Rimfrost - 18.05.2007 at 14:37  
Nooooo! This is not true!! One of my favourite guitarists! I hate to say this, but my expectations of the new album just dropped.
Slyfang - 18.05.2007 at 15:08  
my favourite guitarist.. leaves one of my favourite bands..

this sucks
FOOCK Nam - 18.05.2007 at 15:29  
The new one was also from another big shot.
White Winter Sun - 18.05.2007 at 21:24  
Really bad news.

But I hope a good future to this great band.
Muskot - 19.05.2007 at 02:27  
This is the worst news I've heard in a very long time, but if it's what's best for him and the band, so be it.
Infurnace - 19.05.2007 at 11:33  
Aah man, that's not cool. Peter, you come back to Opeth right now!
Philaenas - 20.05.2007 at 17:55  
Can't say I'm too upset. I have faith for the new album.
VileLabyrinth - 20.05.2007 at 18:57  
This is extremely fucking depressing...:(:(:(

I'll miss you Peter. *sigh*
Daru Jericho - 20.05.2007 at 23:00  
Sad. Glad I got to see them twice with Peter though.
dancingdecember - 21.05.2007 at 20:03  
after latest labum's disappointment(for me)this happens..i just lost all interest in opeth coz peter and mike gave the opeth its style and with another guy that wouldnt be opeth but sth else(good,bad we will see it doesnt matter).but then again opeth delivered its potential and id not be sad if they break up coz i like to remember them with masterpieces they released up to date.id hate to see them soil their name with average albums
LikeableLie - 22.05.2007 at 10:25  
sad news... I don´t know what to say.. Opeth is dead. long live Opeth!
Raven Of Death - 11.07.2007 at 08:23  
Bad Bad news
why Opeth Band is Going down
don't do like Iron Maiden Band Between ( 1990 - 1999 )
they most learn from the others fault
so we hope that Lopez and Peter Return to Band
lazarus - 23.08.2007 at 19:15  
A lot of departures we got now, and adding this one it's terrible. Let's keep thinking Opeth is gonna overcome this.
Panterica - 07.12.2009 at 20:49  
Well, two years after the last post it's needed to say that Opeth still rocking and that the new album is beautiful and that Fredrik is surely a talented guitarist. I think that Opeth overcame Lindgren departure.

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