Ghost and Nothing More stopped by the DCU Center in Worcester last week on the Death tour. The stadium was packed, pretty impressive for a Monday night.
Nothing More was out first. This is the second time I’ve seen these guys and they put on a high energy rocking show. Included in the set was a strange percussion instrument on a motorized arm, that boosted lead Johnny Hawkins up into the air where he played some kind of theremin thing. Looked like it was a lot of fun.
They also played their new single “Fade In / Fade Out.” When I first heard the song, I have to admit that I teared up quite a bit. It’s a beautiful song about a father and son, life moving on, and passing the torch. It also hits a bit close to home, as I start to fade out and my own son starts to fade in. One critique about the video, the dad in the video is nothing like the dad in the song. Watch the video while listening to the lyrics and you’ll see what I mean. Be the lyric dad.
Ghost was up next with their wonderfully strange set. When Papa (now Cardinal) came out with the new attire, I admit that I was a bit confused. So, being the thorough journalist that I am, I took a trip over to Wikipedia to figure out what was going on. I found a surprisingly complex storyline behind the Papas, which I will not repeat here for lack of space. However, if you check out the video for their new track “Kiss the Go-Goat,” you’ll see a reference to the story line.
Ghost fans are awesome. Many of them came in costumes. Papa, devil, and otherwise. Many of them brought their kids in costumes. It gave the show a carnival atmosphere. The fans weren’t the only ones with costumes. Cardinal Copia (aka Tobias Forge) had several changes, and the Papa outfit came out with their new sax player during a jam.
There were tons of pyrotechnics at the DCU center. With columns of flame that you could feel on your face and shockingly loud gunpowder explosions.
They played both tracks from their new EP, “Mary On A Cross” and “Kiss the Go-Goat.” Both great songs, and I’m hoping that its previewing a new album.
Ghost always puts on a great show to go along with their sometime haunting brand of rock. They begin the European leg of their tour in November.