Ghost @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium – 05/05/2018
Ghost is without a doubt on top of the world right now and they have been making quite a buzz over the last couple weeks. With the demise of Papa Emeritus and the introduction of Cardinal Copia as the new vocalist, their crushing single “Rats”, the new album Prequelle to be released on June 1, an intimate event at The Grammy Museum (click here for Grammy Museum Review) and a surprise show at The Roxy in Hollywood on Friday night May 4 all led up to the official first night of their “Rats on the Road” tour 2018 at the historic Riverside Municipal Auditorium on Saturday night May 5.
This show SOLD OUT weeks ago and fans were lined up around the venue hours before the doors opened. Billed as an evening with Ghost, there was no opening act – just two hours of Cardinal Copia and The Nameless Ghouls.
The show started with the new single “Rats” which is a perfect song to start a show with – the crowd was on point singing the chorus and immediately it was obvious this would be an epic night. Cardinal Copia started the night in a black suit and he was obviously missing his Cardinal hat which is what all the promotional photos have shown him wearing up to this point. Cardinal Copia had the crowd in the palm of his hands as he moved around the stage with his flamboyant swagger.
The stage was backed by stained glass windows much like previous tours as the Nameless Ghouls grooved on their instruments. Two additions have been made to the live show – there is a third guitar player for certain songs as well as a female Ghoul who was providing backup vocals and additional synthesizers/keyboards.
The band played a new song (for the first time) that is an instrumental “Miasma” and what appeared to be Papa Emeritus Zero came onstage and played the saxophone during the song. When Cardinal Copia re-appeared he was now dressed in a white suit with a black top hat and he belted out an acoustic version of “Jigolo Har Megiddo” with a few Ghouls on acoustic guitars.
After 60 minutes the stage curtain closed and the house lights went on for a 15 minute intermission – what was just witnessed was Act 1, Act 2 started with “Spirit” and Cardinal Copia dressed in a red Cardinal robe with a red Cardinal hat. From here the band belted out such rockers as “From the Pinnacle to the Pit”, “Mummy Dust” and many others. The night ended the same way it started . . . with a HUGE song, “Square Hammer”.
It is obvious that Ghost has now become more of a Rock n Roll musical giving Rock music a shot in arm and allowing Ghost to put on a magically entertaining show. This first leg of the Rats on the Road tour concludes on June 1 but additional arena dates are already being announced as Ghost will play The Forum in Los Angeles on November 16 and Barclays Center in Brooklyn on December 15.
Rats | Absolution | Ritual | Con Clavi Con Dio | Per Aspera ad Inferi | Devil Church | Cirice | Stand by Him | Miasma (Live Premiere) | Jigolo Har Megiddo (Acoustic) | Pro Memoria (Live Premiere) | Deus in Absentia
Spirit | From the Pinnacle to the Pit | Faith | Year Zero | Spöksonat | He Is | Prime Mover | Mummy Dust | If You Have Ghosts | Dance Macabre | Square Hammer