Over the past few years the popularity of Ghost has continued to grow substantially yet it still surprised me when I pulled up to, the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn NY, for their final show of 2016 and saw a line that wrapped the entire block. Sure the show was sold out but with a 95% seated venue (small GA pit), I couldn’t believe there were at least 1000 people lined up waiting for the doors to open.
The Loew’s Kings Theatre opened on September 7th, 1929 as a movie and live performance theatre and was considered one of the most exquisite in the nation. With the decline of vaudeville as well as the depression in the 30’s it became a movie house and from the 50’s through the 70’s, with the increase of multi-screen theatres, attendance continued declining causing the theater to close in 1977. The theatre sat vacant and virtually abandoned until 2006 when there was a renewed interest in the Kings Theater and after many years and 95 Million dollars it has been authentically restored to the original design. When you walk in this theater you’re walking back in time. They have restored the entire look, from the walls, to the lighting and even the carpets. If you get a chance to visit this exquisite venue you’ll be amazed at the workmanship that took place to bring this beautiful building back to life.
Speaking of bringing things to life, Ghost was formed in Sweden in 2008 and since then have recorded three full length albums, two EP’s, had some nameless ghoul (band member) changes and even won a couple of grammy’s. Although they’ve played hundreds of shows this Brooklyn show seemed to be special. Not only was it the last of 2016’s ‘Popestar’ tour but it took place and this incredible, almost gothic theatre; a perfect place to close their tour.
Due to traffic I was unable to catch, opening act, Marissa Nadler but made it in time for the main event. The mood was set, Gregorian music, a dim lit gothic theatre, fog rolling in and aura of evil darkness amongst a, mainly dressed in black, crowd of 3000.
As fog increased and the lights went down the ghouls began to take the stage. Papa emerged on the raised risers at the rear of the stage and the show began with ‘Square Hammer’ off the 2016 Popestar EP. Ghost fans are fanatical about this band and I could hear the crowd going crazy as the band went right into ‘From the Pinnacle to the Pit’ following it up with ‘Secular Haze.’ At that point I left the photo pit to take in, what I expected to be, an amazing show.
My expectations were certainly met as the show continued. The lighting was superb and although one of my friends didn’t enjoy the sound I thought it was some of the best sound I had experienced at a Ghost show. Papa engaged the crowd throughout the evening with some general banter, mentioning the newly elected Donald Trump and speaking about the theatre and what an amazing place it is as well as sharing my opinion on it being a perfect place to end their tour.
For fans of a concert experience I think Ghost fits in a similar realm of Kiss, Alice Cooper or even Marilyn Manson. Of course it’s about the music, which is great, but their production is spot on and is only enhanced by the pyro, smoke and confetti canons they use throughout the show while keeping the illusion of being nameless ghouls fronted by a satanic pope.
From the Pinnacle to the Pit
Con Clavi Con Dio
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Body and Blood
If you missed Ghost don’t worry because they’re coming back in 2017 and, in the wake of their 41-city U.S. Popestar Tour have released a new clip entitled The Summoning VII: Are You Ready
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