With “Dance Macabre” becoming the band's third #1 single at rock radio, Grammy award-winning artist Ghost announces a six-week North American headline tour that will see the Swedish rock band’s elaborate rock theatre presentation metamorphose into a full-on arena production. Produced by Live Nation and billed as the “Ultimate Tour Named Death,” the outing is due to kick off Friday, September 13 in at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA, following Ghost’s special guest summer slot on Metallica’s 25-date “WorldWide” European Stadium Tour.
Ghost’s widely acclaimed live performances are known for raising an ungodly ruckus, and that will only be amplified as the band brings its stage production to arenas. Cardinal Copia and the seven Nameless Ghouls will perform for more than two hours on a striking stage set resembling a medieval cathedral with a backdrop of illuminated stained-glass windows that pay tribute to the three now-departed Papas. In addition to rich costumes, special effects, and a spectacular light show tailored-made for arenas, the Cardinal and the band will take advantage of a series of multi-level platforms and walkways to prowl around on while performing some of Ghost’s fan-favorite songs from the band’s albums and EPs catalogues. The set list will include favorites “Square Hammer,” "Cirice," "Ashes," "He Is," "Year Zero,” “Rats,” “Mummy Dust,” “Life Eternal,” “Dance Macabre,” and many more.
The Swedish-born Tobias Forge, who has been referred to as "the Andrew Lloyd Webber of rock," is Ghost's creative force, singer, songwriter, musician, and architect of the elaborate storylines that are woven through the band's four full-length studio albums, EPs, music videos, webisodes, and live shows, all of which advance the Ghost storyline. Forge grew up listening to a wide array of 70s and 80s rock - Alice Cooper, Journey, Kansas, Boston, Black Sabbath, Jefferson Starship, Iron Maiden, and Foreigner. He's a hardcore music junkie; at home in Sweden, he has a most impressive collection of vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and VHS tapes, and when on tour, he regularly arranges for visits to local record haunts and ships back even more treasures. He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and kazoo. Ghost's current album, Prequelle, is loosely based on The Black Plague of 14th century Europe, a metaphor Forge hopes will apply to the societal ills of today.
A series of ticket presales begin on April 2 at 10AM local time. Tickets for the “Ultimate Tour Named Death” go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, April 5 at 10AM local time. Log on to http://ghost-official.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages and ticketing details.
While costumes are encouraged for this event, please note all patrons must be identified at the entrance. If you are coming to the event in costume, please be prepared to remove any masks; if you plan to paint your face, please make sure you can be identified by security. If you cannot be identified, you may be asked to remove your makeup and you may not be able to purchase alcohol if you are over 21. If any part of your costume includes a prohibited item, you will be required to remove it prior to entering the venue. Prohibited items include: toy guns or handcuffs, dust or gas masks, large chains & spiked jewelry. If your costume blocks or impedes the view of another patron, you may be asked to relocate or remove the item for the performance.
*Additional fees apply