Ghost preach to the Paramount
It was a nice warm spring day, with just a slight chill in the air from a steady breeze, when fans lined up outside The Paramount on this 15th day of April to see their favorite band Ghost. The line went all the way down the block and extended down the side street with fans eagerly waiting. Once the doors people slowly filled the lobby then found their way inside as the floor was filling up nice and quick with fans finding a good spot on the general admission floor to enjoy the evening.
The opening act for this evening’s show was The Shrine, a hard rocking trio from Venice, California. With very little space to perform, as they were set up in a single line in front of the thick black curtain that hid the remainder of the stage, but that didn’t hinder them from putting on a good show.
The played songs from past releases such as “Destroyers” but played several songs off of their newest release including “Dusted and Busted,” as well as the title track “Rare Breed.”
The last song they played they jammed like crazy at the end of it, each member doing a solo and the guitarist even played his guitar from behind his back for a bit. The audience enjoyed the whole performance as they cheered between songs and had their cell phones up to catch a video of that last jamming song.
During the intermission the floor continued to fill with fans, most of which had on their Ghost tour t-shirts and quite a few had their faces painted like Papa Emeritus I, II or III. There were young preteen kids as well as middle-aged fans all geared up and ready for a good time. The stage remained shrouded by the thick black curtain while two instrumental songs played over the PA system. Smoke bellowed from the sides of the stage as a very sweet smell was filling the air. The house lights went dark and slowly the black curtain began to open with red lights blazing from behind the stage.
The Nameless Ghouls came out on stage first and the Papa Emeritus III came out, arms open wide, as the fans went absolutely wild. They started the night off with the song “Spirit” and then took their fans on a journey playing songs from the latest release Meliora to their first release Opus Eponymous. Mid way through their show they played their Grammy Award winning song “Cirice” and the audience sang along to every word.
Papa Emeritus III would periodically ask the audience between songs, “How are you doing?” and “How are you now?” and each time he was greeted with overwhelmingly positive responses.
They also treated fans to an acoustic version of the song “If You Have Ghosts,” and mid song Papa Emeritus III introduces the Nameless Ghouls by their symbolic names. They closed out the show with “Ritual,” but once the song was over Papa Emeritus III said, “We are going to play you one more song!”
He talked about how climatic the show was and then dedicated their encore song to the female orgasm, and then they played “Monstrance Clock.”
The show was awesome and the songs were performed with perfection. Fans screamed and cheered with metal hands in the air during each song break and during the songs too. The tour continues throughout the United States till May 22 and then the band heads off to tour Europe.
But they will be back in the United States in Chicago on July 29 for a spot in the Lollapalooza Music Festival. Be sure to catch Ghost in concert at a venue near you, you will not be disappointed.
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