by Black Bubblegum

Ghost LIVE in 2003

Before Michio Kurihara was involved in a little band named Boris, he played in another long lasting Japanese band named Ghost. Ghost have scheduled a North American tour in April and May. That includes a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on May 9th. Tickets go on AM EX pre-sale beginning Wednesday, today, at noon and go on general sale on Friday.

A collective of psychedelic-minded Japanese musicians headed by guitarist Masaki Batoh, Ghost records commune-minded free-range psychedelia with equal debts to the Can/Amon Düül axis of Krautrock, as well as West Coast psych units like Blue Cheer and Jefferson Airplane. -[allmusic]

Ghost's last release was a live album CD/DVD for Drag City in 2007, Overture: Live in Nippon Yusen Soko 2006.

Also on May 9th, just across town, another great Japanese rock band will play as part of the Wordless Music Series... MONO have added a second night to their Hymn To The Immortal Wind engagement with a live orchestra. You can also catch them on May 8th.

Amon Düül are scheduled to play as part of Roadburn 2009, along with Saint Vitus. All Ghost dates below...

April 28 San Francisco, CA The Independent
April 30 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
May 1 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
May 2 Missoula, MT The Badlander
May 4 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
May 5 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
May 6 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot (The Pike Room)
May 7 Pittsburgh, PA Andy Warhol Museum
May 8 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
May 9 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 10 Washington DC - Velvet Lounge,
May 15 New Orleans, LA One-Eyed Jacks
May 16 Austin, TX The Mohawk
May 18 Denver, CO Hi Dive
May 19 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
May 21 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland

(more dates probably TBA)