Posted in metal | music | pictures on January 20, 2012

photos by Greg Cristman

Ghost

Even before the house was opened, the line snaked down the Bowery with eager metal fans clamoring to get a view of Ghost. Many on line were lucky enough to catch the band during a one-off date last year, while many like myself were seeing them for the first time on this night...

The band was extremely tight with both vocals and instrumentation. The live renditions of "Elizabeth," "Death Knell," "Ritual," and a dark cover of The Beatles' classic "Here Comes The Sun" both mesmorized the audience before melting their collective faces. Horns were raised high as the crowd song along knowing each and every word throughout the band's set. This lyrical devotion was overly apparent when they played "Satan Prayer" which was the best song performance of the evening. During the chorus, 'the cardinal' gave the metal hungry crowd several chances to sing the hook, often staring directly at us with his piercing eyes, using his hands to lead us like some type of satanic conductor. -[Local Bozo]

Ghost kicked off their string of US dates with Blood Ceremony and Ancient VVisdom at Bowery Ballroom on January 18th. Pictures and setlists from Bowery, as well as remaining tour dates, are below...

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GHOST, BLOOD CEREMONY, ANCIENT VVISDOM - 2012 TOUR DATES
JAN 20 : BOSTON, MA - Middle East Downstairs
JAN 21 : MONTREAL, QC - Corona Theatre
JAN 22 : TORONTO, ON - The Mod Club
JAN 24 : CHICAGO, IL - Bottom Lounge
JAN 25 : SAINT PAUL, MN - Station Four
JAN 27 : DENVER, CO - Marquis Theatre
JAN 28 : SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The Vertigo
JAN 30 : SEATTLE, WA - El Corazon
JAN 31 : PORTLAND, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
FEB 1 : SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
FEB 2 : LOS ANGELES, CA - The Roxy Theatre

Ghost may or may not contain members of In Solitude, who will join Behemoth, Watain, and The Devil's Blood on tour this spring. Details are forthcoming.

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Comments (88)

Ghost is an experimental rock group formed in Tokyo, Japan, in 1984.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 5:58 PM

They were tighter in the studio last year...blood ceremony was too fucking good...

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 6:02 PM

Ancient VVisdom look like complete D-bags.

Is that makeup supposed to be Tom Warrior as a Latin King?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 6:06 PM

Gho$t

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 6:11 PM

Spooky scary
Boys becoming men
Men becoming sausages.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 6:37 PM

How can that meathead play in Ancient Wisdom with that much jewelry and make up on. Probably gets stuck on one chord like a one trick pony.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 7:04 PM

Blood Ceremony killed!!
Merch was too expensive
Ghost was better at the Studio..but still good

Posted by J | January 20, 2012 7:11 PM

Utter clown shit

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 7:47 PM

$10 for patches, an item that almost every other band I know charges $2 for or gives away for free.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 8:43 PM

Mercyful fate much?

awful

listen to the real thing

the real ghost that is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk55lATi_MI&feature=related

Posted by Kyle | January 20, 2012 9:08 PM

Blood Ceremony were the best that night.Ghost was fucking awesome though too.fun shit

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 10:18 PM

Sucks Ghost is touring w/ Mastodong soon

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 11:53 PM

9:08 thanks, real ghost >>>>> clown shit ghost

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 12:03 AM

There were no shots of the crowd. What does one wear to a Ghost show?

Posted by Miss Lori | January 21, 2012 2:07 AM

ask your mom d-bag.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 3:10 AM

Holy shit that's a scary fucking dude

Posted by Sam | January 21, 2012 3:34 AM

They flew into city with a gust of hype and that same wind took them to Boston the very next evening.

I see another band who thinks it's 30-40 years ago... Kind of pissed I didn't check out ancient wisdom.

Posted by Lucas | January 21, 2012 4:18 AM

Miss Lori, you're fucking blind...look here for the crowd> http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/ghost/boweryballroom/41.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 6:51 AM

Miss Lori, you're fucking blind...look here for the crowd> http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/ghost/boweryballroom/41.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 6:51 AM

@Kyle, you're a douche. That Ghost wasn't the first Ghost either. Go get a job ya hipster wannabe.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 6:53 AM

Is Ghost for real? Do they believe their lyrics? I think the album is really good and all but they can't take themselves seriously, right? Riiiiiight?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 7:23 AM

the comments on here are fucking retarded. Fuck hipsters lol.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 9:23 AM

This was the first show I ever walked out on! They were so bad live.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 10:37 AM

jacking another band's name aint cool. These dudes are clowns.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 11:59 AM

good pics. and that beatles cover was awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 12:02 PM

What the over/under on the % of virgins in the crowd? I'd say 75%.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 12:09 PM

At least 85%

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 12:45 PM

6:53 There was another band before Ghost named "The Ghost". They were a British folk act who released one obscure single. I can totally understand how in 1984 a bunch of kids in Japan may have been unaware of that.

What I do not understand is how in 2008 a bunch of Swedish clowns could have been unaware of another band named Ghost that had been around for close to a quarter of a century, with a huge catalog, and an international fan base. It would have taken all of five seconds to have gone on the internet and figured it out. I'm sure they were aware, and just did it anyway.

What they did seriously is fucked up. I just emailed the Dans at Drag City with a link to this thread. Here is hoping they send these clowns the cease & desist they deserve.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 12:49 PM

Fun show!

Some of you kids need to change your diapers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 1:12 PM

There are also probably 43 hot topic punk bands named The Fall who won't give it up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 1:36 PM

This is glam hair metal in priest drag, soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 2:42 PM

oooooooooooooooo lame

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 2:43 PM

Fake Ghost is the sausage culture equivalent of a minstrel show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 3:35 PM

"fake Ghost"

bunch of fucking faggots.

"first show i ever walked out on"

another faggot.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 7:34 PM

Who cares there's a chink Ghost too.

All of a sudden everyone is SO offended that there is another band calling themselves Ghost & are getting popular?

Fuckin Herbs

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 7:36 PM

^Don't have to be racist to make a point, asshole.

Posted by Bob | January 21, 2012 7:56 PM

Someone get Blood Ceremony back to NYC soon!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 8:18 PM

I hope a bowl of hummus came with that patch for $10.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 8:46 PM

I love pro wrestling. I think Ghost are managed by Paul Bearer. I heard undertaker sits in with them on occasion.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 9:34 PM

9:34 Ghost is the cousin of KANE (brother of undertaker) Duh.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 11:16 PM

http://youtu.be/rDu0xFCCTrM

Yeah fake Ghost, you are not hanging with these guys. Start over, and don't take shortcuts next time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2012 11:33 PM

1984?? You've gotta be kidding. Holy Ghost has been around over 2000 years now.

Posted by jc | January 22, 2012 12:17 AM

11:33 = KO

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 12:42 AM

Ghost is freaking amazing.

Incredible as it sounds, they seem to be going over the head of some posters.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 2:10 AM

Yeah bro those outfits and cheesy lyrics go straight over my head bro

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 10:32 AM

See this Ghost is different than the japanese Ghost because they use an upside down cross as a T in their name. ;-)

Posted by Al | January 22, 2012 11:23 AM

this is funny

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 12:44 PM

all the costumes and theatrics do not match up AT ALL with the music, wow. this is actually kinda soft, especially the europop sounding vocals, which are hilarious in this context. wow. this is utterly confusing to me.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 12:50 PM

These clowns had a TOUR BUS!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 1:09 PM

Ghost = Cardigans. Thus europop

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 1:11 PM

Ghost should give up rock clubs and morph into a Medieval Times like business model.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 1:15 PM

Shhhhhhhh it's a secret.
Singer from Ghost was in Repugnant.
Shhhhhhhhhh it's a secret.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 6:32 PM

So is this band a rip-off of Portal's whole look? Only that this band sucks badly.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 6:41 PM

classic old school clown shit

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 6:50 PM

WHEN WILL METAL GET OVER ALL THIS CHRISTIAN/ANTI CHRISTIAN BULLSHIT? ITS ALL FAIRY TALES ANYWAY - DAVID SANDERSON PARTRIDGE

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 7:38 PM

^ dude spoiler alert, but metal is sophmoric nonsense.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2012 7:49 PM

some sweet meltdowns here! cease and desist? ha! looks like we got some armchair lawyers here.

like totally lolz omfg this is the fake ghost blah blah...real ghost from japan...blah blah..zomg..omg sausage clown rock...lulz.

i wish the 7 1/2 inches guy would come back. :(

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 8:57 AM

Why dress up to rock'n'roll???

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 9:01 AM

1st pic = Sad panda

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 9:16 AM

KISS rocks harder than these pussies

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 11:05 AM

The singer looks like he's in the clan.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2012 8:58 PM

ya'll are fucking lame

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 1:23 PM

I don't think Ghost are genre-bending or clever. I think they're full of shit. And, while I'm at it, there should be a law that only Nordic European types can wear corpse paint. Everyone else looks ridiculous(er).

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 1:36 PM

1st pic = Sad ASPCA puppie. I Love puppies! :)

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 4:54 PM

The band's sound is obviously an homage to nwobhm which apparently went over everyone's head. I think the theme is to invoke a
Sense of clergy at a sermon, except everythings super Satan and pagan inspired. I think it's hilarious and awesome for a Swedish NAND
To make a mockery of Christianity like this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 9:47 AM

obviously

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 10:02 AM

duhhh

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 10:03 AM

Yea duh bro bro duh

The Internet's dumb

We all suck

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 2:08 PM

Stop liking things I don't like!!!!1!!1 Whiners...

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2012 4:04 PM

i love the way this thread ended. totally worth it. xoxo

Posted by henry | January 31, 2012 11:49 PM

What a nose. No wonder he dress's up.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2012 11:21 AM

Sense of clergy at a sermon, except everythings super Satan and pagan inspired. I think it's hilarious and awesome for a Swedish NAND

Posted by games | February 23, 2012 7:53 AM

i Agre in Probably gets stuck on one chord like a one trick pony. Thanks!

Posted by Aeronaves a Venda | February 24, 2012 9:19 AM

BLESS ME POPE, and god bless the homophobes with an ocean of lotion and dicks waggling in the waves. whoosh. don't be scared.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2012 12:23 AM

Freaking CRAZY pope. He looks like he should be a shadow priest from who. Who agrees!!

Posted by Pet Insurance Reviews | March 5, 2012 2:31 PM

I agree that pope is creepy as hell. Looks great for the show though!

Posted by degrees | March 5, 2012 2:34 PM

i Agree in think they're full of shit. And, while I'm at it, Thanks !

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Posted by escorte | March 8, 2012 1:58 PM

I really liked! pretty scary!

Posted by Diabetes | April 8, 2012 10:14 PM

Amazing show, these guys looks a lot like Dracula in Transylvania. Nice

Posted by jocuri barbi | April 28, 2012 4:06 AM

Amazing show, these guys looks a lot like Dracula in Transylvania. Nice

Posted by jocuri barbi | April 28, 2012 4:07 AM

The guy in the very first picture looks like he should be a shadow priest haha!

Posted by degree council | July 17, 2012 4:52 PM

That show´╗┐ was awesome!!!! :)

Posted by Jocuri Gratis | October 5, 2012 11:32 AM

Why the fuck does every scandinavian band have to play dress up?

Seriously, is that whole fucking geopolitical region just full of halloween stores?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:46 AM

^Pretty sure you mean "geographical", unless of course you are actually retarded.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:14 PM

^Uh, "geographical", moron.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:15 PM

I love the cape the lead singer wears. Ghost is a band that more people should listen to. it's not for everyone but you may like it It's quite different but in a good way.

Posted by ontario honey | November 2, 2012 7:46 PM

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