Review by Greg Maki
On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton ending their campaigns here, Nov. 7 was a momentous day in Raleigh, North Carolina. But for a couple thousand people at the Ritz, a concert venue located in an industrial park just outside the city’s downtown, politics took a back seat. Differences were tossed aside as the assembled masses all partook in the ritual of Ghost.
The Swedish occult rockers have rocketed to worldwide stardom, winning a Grammy Award along the way and inspiring some of the most devoted fans any band can claim today. Everyone at the show seemingly wore a Ghost T-shirt or stood in line at the merch table to purchase one. Many came in costumes inspired by the demonic papal figure Papa Emeritus III and the masked Nameless Ghouls who provide the instrumentation behind him.
The band’s North American “Popestar” tour is its biggest production here to date, with a tiered stage and elaborate backdrop fit for an arena. At the rate they’ve been growing their fan base and with performances as strong and dynamic as this one, Papa and the ghouls could find themselves in venues that size before long. (more…)