After spending the summer on tour with metal heavyweights, Metallica, global theatrical hard rock phenoms, Ghost, will bring its own headline tour through Boise as part of its fall Ultimate Tour Named Death. The event will take place at Taco Bell Arena on Friday, September 27. Fellow rock and roll road warriors, Nothing More will serve as support. Advance tickets are available here. Showtime 7:30PM.
The Swedish cast of rock ghouls is currently touring in support of its Grammy-nominated fourth record, Prequelle. The album has already spawned three hit singles, “Rats,” “Dance Macabre,” and the band’s latest, “Faith.” An eminently tight track with its relentless and melodic guitar solos and dark, torturous lyrics, “Faith” manifests Ghost creative force Tobias Forge’s flair for soaring stadium-size anthems.
A live performance of “Faith” was shot last November at Ghost‘s sold-out Los Angeles Forum show, the band’s first-ever North American headline arena concert. The clip showcases this tour’s expanded theatrical production, a striking stage set resembling a medieval cathedral with a backdrop of illuminated stained-glass windows. In addition to rich costumes, special effects, and a spectacular light show tailored-made for arenas, the Cardinal, the Ghouls, and the Ghoulettes 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 catalogs. 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 new 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.
Ghost’s music began as being much heavier, harder and “more metal,” but over the band’s recent history, their songs have evolved to embrace a more catchy, rock/pop sound. Five of the band’s songs have hit Billboard’s Top 5 Rock chart – “Cirice” claimed the #4 spot in 2015, “From The Pinnacle to the Pit” went to #5 in 2016, and “Square Hammer” (2017), “Rats” (2018), and “Dance Macabre” (2018) all held the #1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart and on the Mediabase Active Rock chart. “Faith,” the band’s new single, was the #1 Most Added track at Active Rock Radio in its first week with 36 stations programming it. Ghost’s music retains its rock edge as well as its dark lyrical themes like The Black Plague, the Antichrist, the Inquisition, avarice, and the Apocalypse. Ghost has received three GRAMMY nominations: “Best Metal Performance” in 2016 for “Cirice,” which they won, and “Best Rock Album” for Prequelle and “Best Rock Song” for “Rats” in 2019.
ABOUT NOTHING MORE
Nothing More has been nothing less than a much needed shot in the arm for rock and roll. The San Antonio-based quartet has crafted its own diverse blend of progressive metal and alternative hard rock served up over a course of five critically-acclaimed studio albums. In the process, vocalist Jonny Hawkins, guitarist Mark Vollelunga, bassist Daniel Oliver, and drummer Ben Anderson, have developed a style and sound that resonates with fans across a broad spectrum. The band’s breakthrough came with 2014’s self-titled release that exploded up the Billboard charts on the strength of four hit singles. Nothing More followed that up with 2017’s smash release, The Stories We Tell Ourselves. The album launched three more hit singles with “Go To War,” “Do You Really Want It?” and “Just Say When,” while earning the band three Grammy Nominations for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Performance.
Fronted by the charismatic Hawkins, Nothing More puts on live performances that are packed with energy and dynamism. The singer leads the band on stage, usually sans shirt and shoes, riding a massive contraption called The Scorpion’s Tail; a 14-foot tall, 400 pound Mad Max-like animated structure, built by Oliver from scrap metal and salvaged auto and motorcycle parts. Touring i support of The Stories We Tell Ourselves, Nothing More will add to the musical diversity and theatricality of the evenings festivities