Swedish hard rockers, Ghost ended their Unholy/Unplugged tour at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.
Ghost surprised their fans by announcing five record release shows around the country. Small, intimate, three-song sets followed by a signing session. Instead of buying tickets, fans had to purchase the album to get their wristbands. Though the event was not until Sunday afternoon, many devotees had shown up to the venue the Friday prior to obtain their wristbands. Clearly, the band has a loyal fan base in NYC. The hour before the show, the line was already down the block and growing rapidly. Some had slept overnight, and others arrived before daylight.
Rolling up in a fancy white limo, Ghost, consisting of Papa Emeritus III, Alpha, and Omega, enter through the front door to a thunderous roar from the crowd. Alpha and Omega are in full regalia, complete with new masks. Papa III has a more relaxed look, tuxedo, and gloves.
The band perform songs from 2013â€²s Infestissumam, “Jigolo Har Megiddo,” “Ghuleh/Zombie Queen,” and a cover of Roky Ericksonâ€˜s “If You Have Ghosts.” In between songs, Papa III is full of stories and even shows his humorous side. He mentions how much he loves being back in New York, but he quickly recovered from the slip saying how Papa II told him about how great New York is.
During the set, he hands out various instruments for audience participation, including sticks, a shaker, and a tambourine. Papa does his part by playing kazoo during “Zombie Queen,” resulting in cheers and applause from the audience. This is a rare moment indeed.
As the set comes to an end, the fans in unison shout, “One more song!” Seeing Ghost stripped down is a rare treat. One can only hope that one day, the band performs acoustic shows on a larger scale with a longer setlist.
Starting next month, Ghost will be embarking on their Black To The Future Tour, with London psych-rockers Purson. They are scheduled to perform in NYC at Terminal 5 on September 27.