SABATON Announces Live Double-DVD + Blu-Ray 'The Great Show' And 'The 20th Anniversary Show'
November 8, 2021
Swedish metallers SABATON have announced a 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.
"The 20th Anniversary Show" 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 cello rockers APOCALYPTICA, who provided a fiery orchestral backing to several of SABATON's songs.
In support of SABATON's most recent album "The Great War", "The Great Tour" saw the band setting the bar 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.
Track listing for "The 20th Anniversary Show" (Wacken)
01. Ghost Division 02. Winged Hussars 03. Resist And Bite 04. Fields Of Verdun (with Thobbe Englund) 05. Shiroyama (with Thobbe Englund) 06. The Red Baron 07. The Price Of A Mile 08. Bismarck 09. The Lion From The North 10. Carolus Rex 11. 40:1 12. The Last Stand 13. The Lost Battalion 14. Drum Battle (Hannes Van Dahl vs. Daniel Mullback) 15. Far From The Flame 16. Panzerkampf 17. Night Witches 18. The Art of War 19. 82nd All The Way 20. Great War 21. Attero Dominatus
22. Primo Victoria 23. Swedish Pagans (with Tina Guo) 24. To Hell And Back (with Tina Guo)
Track listing for "The Great Show" (Prague)
01. Ghost Division 02. Great War 03. The Attack Of The Dead Men 04. Seven Pillars of Wisdom 05. The Los Battalion 06. The Red Baron 07. The Last Stand 08. Far from the Flame 09. Night Witches 10. Angels Calling (with APOCALYPTICA) 11. The Price Of A Mile (with APOCALYPTICA) 12. The Lion From The North (with APOCALYPTICA) 13. Carolus Rex (with APOCALYPTICA)
14. Primo Victoria 15. Bismarck 16. Swedish Pagans 17. To Hell And Back