Ghost is a sight to see. A Ghost concert is like an even more theatrical version of Alice Cooper or King Diamond. I recall seeing Ghost for the first time at Lollapalooza 2013 — although seeing them in an early day time slot may not have been the most ideal viewing experience.
The Swedish band ended their Popestar Tour with a sold-out show at the Kings Theatre — one of the most elegant venues in all of New York. In retrospect, the antique look of the venue almost fits perfectly to the aesthetic of the concert. The cathedral-like building was a perfect place for the macabre performance for which the band is known. Younger and older fans were equally represented throughout the theater. There has been some talk of rock not being able to fully merge with the youth; however, Ghost’s fanbase seems to be even from a live stand point.
If you’re familiar with the 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut, then you would recognize the “Masked Ball” introduction. From there, the band starting playing “Square Hammer”, the first song off their recently released EP, Popestar, and fans began feverishly cheering. “From the Pinnacle to the Pit” is a quintessential track for a rock show, filled with vintage guitars beckoning from late ’60s/early ’70s acts like Black Sabbath. Style mixed with musical substance, Ghost has the chops to appease musical fans visually and sonically.
A crowd favorite and personal favorite, “Year Zero” was set with a backdrop of flame pyro every time the chorus was played, and it added to the excitement and exuberant metal horns that were thrown up every time they awoke like beasts. If this the part where we are supposed to think rock is dead? Are we supposed to have a funeral procession, as it’s not on popular forms of radio? If this is the funeral march, let it be with a band that looks and feels the part that rocks so hard that we won’t even notice the end is coming.