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Townsend takes requests for London show

Devin Townsend has asked fans to make their setlist suggestions for his show at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April.

He wants those who won’t be there to make their own choices, because the performance is likely to be released on DVD at a later date.

And he says his band are prepared to play anything at all from his catalogue – except material from his Strapping Young Lad era.

The Canadian last year confirmed the Albert Hall show, which has sold out, ahead of three UK tour dates, saying he’d aim to outdo his 2012 Retinal Circus event at the same venue.

Now Townsend says: “I’m here to ask you what you’d like to hear if I was to do a by-request show for the second half of the Royal Albert Hall performance. We’re going to do the Dark Matter and Ziltoid set, take a short break, come back and do a by-request.

“So anything that I’ve done – except for Strapping – make a request so we can start putting that set together. We’re happy to learn things we’ve never played before. It’s the majority rules.”

Suggestions should be made via his Facebook page. Townsend – who’s been nominated for a 2015 Juno award – plays the Albert Hall on April 13 following three UK tour dates:

Mar 29: Bristol O2 Academy

Mar 30: Glasgow O2 ABC

Mar 31: Manchester Academy

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.