Ghost Frontman Talks About Their Upcoming American Tour
Ghost, the Swedish metal group known for maintaining a strict shroud of anonymity so as not to taint or pollute the music, are embarking on their first full tour of the U.S. this Fall. While the band has played a handful of appearances in the States, band leader The Ghoul With No Name is looking forward to bringing Ghost's black masses to America on a nightly basis.
"First off, although we have done a great deal of gigs and festivals, we have not done a lot of longer touring," Ghoul told Noisecreep during an exclusive interview a few days ago. "With what we are doing, our shows are aided with a certain degree of continuity. Doing a tour will be something that works in our favor, for the audience. A few days into it, we will be able to hammer out the technical stuff."
Much more than your average show, a Ghost concert is an event wrapped in mystery and mystique and that's just how the band likes it. "We regard what do as 50 percent theater and 50 percent rock 'n' roll," Ghoul, who takes the role of a Satanic pope during the bands shows, said. "We try to transcend to the crowd. It is basically a shroud of a black mass, where you get into the mindset."
That all-encompassing mindset means that Ghost's shows are short, but certainly not sweet. "We don't do long concerts -- about 45 minutes long-as we are keen on trying to grip a member of the audience and anyone listening through the entire concert, without violence," Ghoul said. It's theater of the mind as much as it is the body.
Ghost's 'Opus Eponymous' is out now.
Tour dates with Enslaved and Alcest are as follows:
September 23 Springfield, VA Jaxx
September 24 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's Theatre
September 25 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
September 26 Boston, MA Middle East (downstairs)
September 28 Quebec City, QC Imperial de Quebec
September 29 Montreal, QC Café Campus
September 30 Toronto, ON Opera House
October 1 Columbus, OH Outland Live
October 2 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
October 3 St. Paul, MN Station 4
October 5 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
October 6 Regina, SK The Exchange
October 7 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
October 8 Calgary, AB Dickens Pub
October 10 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
October 11 Seattle, WA El Corazon
October 12 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
October 13 San Francisco, CA Slim's
October 14 Hollywood, CA The Troubadour