Ghost Haunts The Fillmore in Philly

Ghost’s Papa Emeritus and his nameless ghouls brought their Ritual to a sold out Fillmore in Philadelphia on Thursday.   The Swedish band’s costumes, set design and energetic performances make the show look more like a modern day opera than a heavy metal concert.  They had the crowd in their spell right from the get go with ‘Square Hammer’ which had everyone head banging and singing along to its lyrics.

Throughout the show, both the nameless ghouls and Papa III brought a lot of energy running back and forth across the stage, regularly connecting with the audience and the photographers. Papa was in fine form peppering witty comments in between each song, even making light of a scuffle in the crowd and while the perpetrator was being thrown out.

Before Ghost took the stage Astronoid, a five-piece band from Boston, whose debut LP, Air was released in 2016 warmed up the crowd.  Stereogum named them a band to watch last summer.

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1. Square Hammer
2. From the Pinnacle to the Pit
3. Con Clavi Con Dio
4. Per Aspera ad Inferi
5. Body and Blood
6. Devil Church
7. Cirice
8. Year Zero
9. Spöksonat
10. He Is
11. Absolution
12. Mummy Dust
13. Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
14. Ritual

15. Monstrance Clock