On November 15, I attended Ghost’s show at the City National Civic in San Jose, CA and it was an awesome concert.
The night kicked off with the “Prequelle” intro track “Ashes” before the curtains were removed to reveal seven Nameless Ghouls. The group launched right into “Rats” and as the song approached the first verse, Cardinal Copia took the stage while the crowd screamed with excitement.
The screams continued throughout the first act as the band shredded through tracks like “Ritual,” “Devil Church,” and their Grammy award winning song “Cirice.” Each one sounded flawless thanks to the current Ghouls who are all impeccable musicians.
The Cardinal’s vocals were on point as well. He also wasn’t afraid to cut loose and dance, which helped create an infectious energy that transferred to the audience. On top of that, the frontman even underwent frequent costume changes to add to the spectacle.
As the show rolled on, there was several more surprises. Among them were Papa Nihil’s groovy saxophone solo on “Miasma” and the band’s acoustic rendition of “Jigolo Har Megiddo.”
After a few more songs, the first act officially came to an end with “Life Eternal.” That was then followed by a 15 minute break, which helped pave the way for the “second coming.”
Act II began with a trio of “Meliora” tracks (“Spirit,” “From The Pinnacle To The Pit,” and “Majesty”) before they broke out another classic “Satan Prayer.” That was followed by “Faith”, which then gave way to “Year Zero” and the church hymn “He Is,” the latter of which was a highlight of the night.
After “He Is”, Copia said they were going to play a song so heavy that it would “wobble asses” and “tickle taints.” That track was of course “Mummy Dust.” It was definitely a good way to keep the crowd pumped up towards the end of the set and the high was sustained with their cover of Roky Erickson’s “If You Have Ghosts.” That performance was completed with band introductions, which were pretty funny considering everyone was just called either Ghoul or Ghoulette.
The band closed their main set with two of their most catchy songs, “Dance Macabre” and “Square Hammer.” They then took a bow and exited the stage.
However, the audience was clamoring for more, so the Cardinal decided to return to give them a proper send-off. At first, he suggested a parking lot orgy, but he ultimately agreed that wasn’t a good idea, so he decided to play one more song, “Monstrance Clock.”
All in all, it was an amazing show, and if you have yet to see Ghost live, it would be worth your while to do so.