Last week Sweden’s Ghost performed at Seattle’s WAMU Theater. It’s been a while since the band last performed here and the differences this tour were clear.
Having seen Ghost perform in Sweden on much larger stages such as Sweden Rock Festival, I’ve known for a long time what this band is capable of doing when performing in much larger venue. I’ve seen them here before on one of Seattle’s smallest stages at the El Corazon and a larger, yet not the largest in Seattle at the Moore Theater so I was excited when they made the tour announcement and the venue.
I’d honestly been on the fence since they killed Papa off and went through their lineup change. I wasn’t sure what this tour would look like or if I’d even enjoy it. To be quite honest, the Cardinal Copia look is a bit creepy with that super plastic and expressionless face. So would they impress, would they awe and would they get people up on their feet?
Before the show started fans were queued up early in line to ensure they were inside before the show kicked off. Some were even came in costume as the Children of Ghost. Many of the fans wanted plenty of time to hit the merch line and get their Ghost swag. I was actually impressed by how many fans were in the merch lines supporting the band! Bravo Seattle!
The venue filled up quickly by fans of all ages and walks of life. The venue itself is normally one with a general admission and standing only floor with seating always in the back for fans who prefer to sit or have a disability and require a place to sit to enjoy the show, so I was surprised to enter to see the floor filled with reserved seating and a much smaller standing pit section that I found from the fans in it were part of a small limited ticket purchase which had done the VIP before the show. The stage itself was draped with a giant drop cloth so fans could not peek at the stage set up.
There was a fun mishap before the show even started when the fog machines started up and the venue’s smoke alarm system was triggered forcing fans to start evacuating from the venue but luckily they realized someone had forgotten to disable something in the system that triggers with the fog machines and fans were able to return back to their seats before being forced all the way outside again.
The night kicked off with Texas’ Nothing More. A band I’ve never seen before but was quickly impressed by. They put on a super high energy set and rocked the entire venue. I would suggest to fans who’ve never seen then to check them out if they are on a tour coming to your city.
In between sets the drape over the stage was removed and the fog began to slowly make it’s presence across the back of the giant stage set up. The ambiance was set, the fans were ready and out lights went to a sudden roar from the crowd as fans jumped to their feet.
The show started out with intros of “Klara Stjärnor” and “Miserere Mei, Deus” which gave way to “Ashes” followed immediately by “Rats” both tracks in order as with their 2018 release ‘Prequelle’. Then band then reached back to their 2015 release ‘Meliora’ to give the Children of Ghost “Absolution” and the evening of worship was in full procession.
As the evening continued the band delivered many hits from their past releases as well as their two most recent singles “Mary On A Cross” and “Kiss The Go-Goat”. The night was full of fun antics. Two of the Nameless Ghouls who play guitar had a playful battle of the guitarists. Cardinal Copia made an appearance entering the stage on a white tricycle and then he played with the audience for a few moments that produced a funny crotch covering moment and even striking a few dab poses. The evening even had a point in it where a saxophone playing Pope appeared high up at the top of the steps on their stage.
Added to the evenings fun moments were costume changes, never ending lighting changes, a large amount of hip gyrations from Cardinal Copia, some pyro bursts and confetti cannons shooting sparkly gold confetti and Ghost dollars out into the audience. Just before the final wrap up there was one final burst of red, white and blue confetti followed by a shower of pyro sparkles center stage and the band called it an evening. They crossed back and forth on the stage tossing out guitar picks and drum sticks to the fans and then all joined center stage for one final group bow then exited the stage.
People either love or hate Ghost‘s music, but there’s one thing people can all agree on and that is they do an incredible live show. Many fans I talked with this evening had been traveling to other cities to catch additional performances and still couldn’t get enough. This is a band that really has connected to their fans and for good reason, they are pure entertainment.
Klara Stjärnor (Jan Johansson, tape)
Miserere Mei, Deus (Gregorio Allegri, tape)
Mary on a Cross
From the Pinnacle to the Pit
Kiss the Go-Goat
The Host of Seraphim (Dead Can Dance, tape)