Ghost The Ultimate Tour Named Death w/ Nothing More September 16th, 2019 Theater Of The Clouds~ Moda Center Portland, Oregon
Hailing all the way from Sweden, the Satanic Pop Metal Group Ghost brought their eccentric stage presence to the Theater Of The Clouds in Portland, Oregon to a packed house.
Once the intro song, "Misere Mei, Dues" by the mid 1600s Italian composer Gregorio Allegri finished, and curtain dropped, the show was on, and Ghost, who formed in 2006, began the night off with the song “Ashes,” which almost is like a Freddy Krueger nursery rhyme. After building up momentum until the very last note of "Ashes," that’s when Ghost really turned things up a notch and came out firing on all cylinders. Cardinal Copia, along with the nameless ghouls, brought the crowd to its feet instantly with screams and cheers as they tore into the next song “Rats.” And from there on out, the crowd sang along with Copia to every song word for word.
Portland was the 3rd stop on this The Ultimate Tour Named Death and Ghost’s setlist was packed tighter than two coats of paint. They played almost 20 songs through out the course of the evening, and Copia kept the crowd in a frenzy when they played fan favorites like "Cirice", which earned them a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, “Mummy Dust,” “From The Pinnacles To The pit,” “Dance Macabre,” and “Year Zero.” They also played their song “Ritual,” which was chosen by Kerrang! magazine as one of 'The 50 Most Evil Songs Ever' midway through their over 2-hour long set. And if you were wanting to hear them play some new music, you are in luck. Ghost were even able to fit in two new songs into their set from their new digital release titled Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic, "Kiss The Go-Goat" and "Mary On A Cross."
While the crowd was still left with plenty of energy, and them acting like they didn't want the already long show to end, Cardinal Copia and the nameless ghouls finally finished the night with an encore and played "Square Hammer," their song released as the lead single from the group's second studio EP Popestar, recorded in 2016.
Cardinal Copia, the nameless ghouls, all the amazing lights, all the theatrics, the countless songs, and especially the 'Ghost Cathedral' triptych backdrop by Zbigniew Bielak made up for a fantastic night in Portland. If Ghost is coming to a city near you, or evecoming to a city far away from you, you must go! Grab a friend, grab your neighbor, hell, even grab your grandma, and go enjoy a night of good music. Ghost will not disappoint. And maybe, if your nice, your grandma might buy you a $15 beer and a $10 hotdog while you’re there.
Nothing More, a Progressive Rock group from San Antonio, Texas, with their latest release, The Stories We Tell Ourselves opened the show.
Ghost is currently on the road across North America on The Ultimate Tour Named Death in support of Prequelle. The tour wraps up October 26th in Glens Falls, New York at the Cool Insuring Area.