Live: Ghost

Swedes prove once and for all that the Devil really does have the best tunes.

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Ghost are already tearing a ragged hole through American society, which was clearly their intention all along.

The hip kids may have dismissed them as Satanic soft rock, but if tonight’s packed-to-the-rafters turnout is any indication, Ghost’s campaign to keep music evil is spreading like wildfire among the heavy metal ham n’ eggers.

After a mopey opening set from London occult rockers Purson, Ghost make their exquisitely grand entrance. The faceless, nameless ghouls now sport shiny black devil masks and prowl a multi-level stage set up to look like a peek into a most profane cathedral. All the hits are on hand – Spirit, From The Pinnacle To The Pit, Year Zero, Body And Blood, Majesty, Cirice – buttressed by Papa’s ghoulish stand-up comedy. You really haven’t lived until you’ve heard a Swedish guy who’s wearing skull make-up doing a bad Italian accent in English, hitting on the girls in the front row.

The band blow the intro to Prime Mover and have to start over, but otherwise, this show is an absolute sizzler. It all ends with a jovial singalong of Monstrance Clock, the entire theatre gleefully throwing the devil horns and hailing Satan in the strangest display of warmth and unity I think I’ve ever seen.

If tonight is any indication, then AC/DC were right all along – hell really ain’t a bad place to be.

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Came from the sky like a 747. Classic Rock’s least-reputable byline-grabber since 2003. Several decades deep into the music industry. Got fired from an early incarnation of Anal C**t after one show. 30 years later, got fired from the New York Times after one week. Likes rock and hates everything else. Still believes in Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, against all better judgment.