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Watch Ghost give live debut to Watcher In The Sky on first night of US tour

Ghost onstage in San Fransisco
(Image credit: Mr A)

Ghost have completed the first set of their Imperatour tour of North America, performing 19 songs at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, CA. 

Notable additions to the setlist since the band's last show – at French festival Hellfest in June – were Watcher In The Sky, a highlight from the band's Album Of The Year contender Impera, and Prime Mover, from 2010's Opus Eponymous, which hadn't been played live since the band's show at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall in September 2018. A clip of Watcher In The Sky has been uploaded to YouTube. 

Also on the bill were Mastodon, whose 11-song set included five tracks from last year's Hushed And Grim album, and Canadian metalcore sensations Spiritbox, who kicked things off with a six-song set. All sets below, plus the rest of the tour dates.

Ghost setlist

  1. Kaisarion
  2. Rats
  3. Faith
  4. Spillways
  5. Devil Church
  6. Cirice
  7. Hunter's Moon
  8. Ritual
  9. Call Me Little Sunshine
  10. Con Clavi Con Dio
  11. Prime Mover 
  12. Watcher In The Sky
  13. Year Zero
  14. He Is
  15. Miasma
  16. Mary on a Cross
  17. Mummy Dust

Encore
1.  Dance Macabre
2.  Square Hammer


Mastodon setlist

  1. Pain With an Anchor
  2. Crystal Skull
  3. Megalodon
  4. The Crux
  5. Teardrinker
  6. Bladecatcher
  7. Black Tongue
  8. The Czar
  9. Pushing the Tides
  10. More Than I Could Chew
  11. Mother Puncher

Spiritbox setlist

  1. Circle With Me
  2. Hurt You
  3. Yellowjacket
  4. Holy Roller
  5. Rotoscope
  6. Hysteria

Ghost: Imperatour North America 2022

Aug 27: Tucson Tucson Convention Center Arena, AZ
Aug 30: Austin Moody Center, TX
Aug 31: Corpus Christi American Bank Center Arena, TX
Sep 02: Huntsville Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena, AL
Sep 03: Duluth Gas South Arena, GA
Sep 04: Asheville ExploreAsheville.com Arena, NC
Sep 06: Tampa Yuengling Arena, FL
Sep 08: Danville Blue Ridge Rock Fest, VA
Sep 09: Trenton CURE Insurance Arena, NJ
Sep 10: Belmont Park UBS Arena, NY
Sep 12: Providence Dunkin Donuts Center, RI
Sep 13: Bangor Cross Insurance Center, ME
Sep 15: Quebec City Videotron Centre, QC
Sep 16: Laval Place Bell, QC
Sep 17: Toronto Coca Cola Coliseum, ON
Sep 19: Saginaw Dow Event Center, MI
Sep 20: Youngstown Covelli Centre, OH
Sep 21: Peoria Peoria Civic Center Arena, IL
Sep 23: Green Bay Resch Center, WI

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Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 36 years in music industry, online for 23. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.