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Ghost ups their game at Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre

Posted by on January 2, 2019

“An Evening With Ghost” – December  11, 2018.  Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Metal Insider’s Jeff Podoshen was there…

With the demise of arena rock bands over the past number of years, there has been left a clear void.  Not all that long ago one could see many arena or “evening with” shows in large theaters and hockey arenas in a given season.  Today, that’s rarity.  Luckily, however, Ghost has come in and filled that void.

I was able to catch “An Evening With Ghost” at the Tower Theatre on December 11, 2018 and this was my second chance seeing Ghost on their “A Pale Horse Named Death” tour.  It was quite impressive.

Ghost is able to engage fans both far and wide in terms of demographics.  You had some very clear metal fans there.  You had some hard rock fans there.  You had kids there and you had senior citizens there.  All enjoying the show.  There were even some celebs there, as I was standing in front of Bam Margera for much of the night.

What made this particular show unique for me was that it was the first time I’ve seen Ghost in a Theatre.  Elaborate staging and clear “arena rock” to the entire performance was clearly working for the band.  The Nameless Ghouls are clearly into performing and the number of Ghouls onstage has clearly increased over the past number of years – expanding the live sound.

While Papa Emeritus will always hold a special place in my heart, the much more nimble and congenial Cardinal Copia is clearly on top of his game.  For how much longer… .

Setlist:

Ashes

Rats

Absolution

Idolatrine

Ritual

Con Clavi Con Dio

Per Aspera ad Inferi

Devil Church

Cirice

Miasma (with Papa Nihil Sax Solo)

Jigolo Har Megiddo (acoustic)

Pro Memoria

Witch Image

Life Eternal

Spirit

From the Pinnacle to the Pit

Majesty

Satan Prayer

Faith

Year Zero

He Is

Mummy Dust

If You have Ghosts

Dance Macabre

Square Hammer

Monstrance Clock

 

Check out Ghost’s recap video of their North American arena tour here

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