PICS: Ghost at Spreckels Theatre

Eccentric Swedish metal/rock act Ghost brought their "A Pale Tour Named Death" tour through the historic Spreckels Theatre recently.

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The show was packed full of fans eagerly awaiting the chance to see frontman “Cardinal Copia” (pictured) and the rest of the band (who are affectionately called the “Nameless Ghouls"). The doom/metal/rock septet formed in 2006 and originally hail from Linköping, Sweden.
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Even though you can find out the identities of the band’s current lineup if you search around online, they’ve never been publicly disclosed -- and hey, isn’t it more fun not knowing?
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The instrumentalists of the band (the aforementioned Nameless Ghouls) have all long worn silver masks with horns during the entirety of their shows, while vocalist Cardinal Copia dresses in religious garb, along with a prosthetic mask with black eye makeup and multi-colored eyes.
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The group was previously fronted by a character named “Papa Emeritus,” who also wore a mask with eye makeup and multi-colored eyes and was best described as a “demonic anti-pope.” He went through three incarnations throughout the last decade of the band’s career (I, II, and III). However, in 2018, that character was retired and replaced by the new Copia "leader" (pictured) for their current album and tour.
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While the band is a mix between rock/pop and black metal, its lyrics are blatantly Satanic. However, Ghost members have said several times that their image is all tongue-in-cheek, stating: "We have no militant agenda. We are an entertainment group."
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The group's theatrics are often said to be influenced by Kiss, David Bowie and Alice Cooper, but a member once said they are more influenced by Pink Floyd. They’re hugely unique, either way!
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Ghost has released four studio albums: “Opus Eponymous” in 2010, “Infestissumam” in 2013, “Meliora” in 2015, and “Prequelle” earlier this year.
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The band has been nominated for five Grammis Awards (the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards) since 2011 and won three -- and also won Best Metal Performance for their song “Cirice” at the 2016 Grammys. Not too shabby for a bunch of Nameless Ghouls, eh?
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As was the case with their Nov. 12 show, the band’s current tour splits their concerts into two “Acts” and an encore. In other words: maximum Ghost!
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Act 1 of the Nov. 12 show consisted of: “Ashes,” “Rats,” “Absolution,” “Idolatrine,” “Ritual,” “Con Clavi Con Dio,” “Per Aspera ad Inferi,” “Devil Church,” “Cirice,” “Miasma,” “Jigolo Har Megiddo,” “Pro Memoria,” “Witch Image” and “Life Eternal.”
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Act 2 included the following: “Spirit,” “From the Pinnacle to the Pit,” “Majesty,” “Satan Prayer,” “Faith,” “Year Zero,” “He Is,” “Mummy Dust,” “If You Have Ghosts” (a Roky Erickson cover), “Dance Macabre,” and “Square Hammer.”
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The band played “Monstrance Clock” as their encore. As always, Ghost put on an amazing spectacle of a show -- we can only hope they come back soon!
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