Abbath checks in to report he’s been sober for two months

Abbath (Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic - Getty)

Abbath (opens in new tab), aka Olve Eikemo, has checked in ahead of his band’s European tour to report he’s been sober for almost two months.

The vocalist and guitarist checked into rehab in November, vowing to "get clean once and for all" by picking "a fight with this demon” (opens in new tab) following a disastrous set in Buenos Aires, which resulted in the cancellation of his South American tour.

And, with the tour ready to kick off in Weimar, Germany, on January 23, Abbath says he’s in good shape.

In a video message from rehearsals, he says: “I’m preparing for the European tour – and been almost two months sober now.” He then whips off his sunglasses and says with a smile, “And, as you can see, it fucking sucks!”

Abbath played just two songs at the Club Palermo in Buenos Aires on November 13 before cutting his set short. Local metal site El Culto reported that he was inebriated when he came out on stage, attempting the song Count The Dead three times before throwing himself into the crowd. 

Abbath will hit the road in support of their 2019 album Outstrider (opens in new tab). Find a list of upcoming tour dates below.

Abbath: Outstrider (opens in new tab)

Abbath: Outstrider (opens in new tab)
Abbath return with the new album Outstrider – the follow-up to the former Immortal man's 2016 debut. It features the lead singles Harvest Pyre and Calm In Ire (Of Hurricane).

Abbath 2020 tour dates
Jan 23: Weimar Uhrenwerk, Germany
Jan 24: Bochum Matrix, Germany
Jan 25: Nijmegen Doornroosje, Netherlands
Jan 26: Antwerp Trix, Belgium
Jan 27: London Islington Assembly Hall, UK
Jan 28: Paris La Machine Du Moulin Rouge, France
Jan 29: Nantes Stereolux, France
Jan 30: Toulouse Metronum, France
Jan 31: Barcelona Salamandra, Spain
Feb 01: Madrid But, Spain
Feb 02: Lyon Nikasi Kao, France
Feb 04: Mannheim MS Connexion Complex, Germany
Feb 05: Munich Backstage, Germany
Feb 06: Luzern Schüür, Switzerland
Feb 07: Parma Campus Music Industry, Italy
Feb 08: Brno Fleda, Czech Republic
Feb 09: Warsaw Progresja, Poland
Feb 11: Berlin Festsaal Kreuzberg, Germany
Feb 12: Hamburg Kulturpalast, Germany
Feb 13: CopenhagenAmager Bio, Denmark
Feb 14: Gothenburg Tradgarn, Sweden
Feb 15: Stockholm Fryhuset Klubben, Sweden

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