Sigur Ros to play Hollywood Forever Cemetery in August
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.
The ethereal, expansive Icelandic art rock band Sigur Ros will perform amid the gravestones of Hollywood Forever on Aug. 12, the landmark mid-Hollywood cemetery announced on Thursday morning. The group, which hasn't released a new studio album since 2008, has been on hiatus for much of the last few years while individual members worked on solo material, but reconvened last year to create its sixth record, called "Valtari." It will be released Stateside on May 29 on XL Recordings.
The show at the cemetery is one of a series of concerts over the last few years presented outdoors in a large grassy expanse near the burial plots of, among others, Charlie Chaplin, Johnny Ramone and Rudolph Valentino. Concerts by Bon Iver, Flaming Lips, and Belle & Sebastian have been highlights, and the Sigur Ros show holds the potential to eclipse them all. (Honestly, can you imagine "Hoppipolla" in such a setting?)
Sigur Ros had already announced shows for the spring in support of the "Valtari" release; in coming months they're playing festivals in England, Europe and Japan, and are confirmed for the Aug. 3 Osheaga Festival in Montreal.
Expect tickets to go fast for the Hollywood Forever concert. They're $47.50, and go on sale at noon on April 20. Click here for more information.
[For the Record: 9:45 a.m., April 12: An earlier version of this post listed ticket prices as $49.50. They are $47.50]
-- Randall Roberts @liledit
Photo: Singer Jón Thór Birgisson of Sigur Ros plays his guitar with a bow in 2003 at the Wiltern. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times