OCTOBER 13/14th 2016
POPESTAR TOUR FEATURE

Review By: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper
GALLERIES:
Vancouver - http://www.metaltitans.com/concertpics/popestar-tour-vancouver/
Seattle -  http://www.metaltitans.com/concertpics/popestar-tour-seattle/

Well as many of you know, Ghost is one of my favourites, so it was necessary to cover two shows, luckily they were not too far away, one in Vancouver, and the other in Seattle, WA. They were two very distinct shows, so therefore I will review each one separately.

First up with Marissa Nadler, personally have not heard the name, so did a little research before I went in this time. Not too sure I was going to like this, but, keep an open mind, and give a listen. Marissa is an American artist and recently released her seventh full-length studio album, Strangers, in May 2016. She has an amazing voice, one that makes you think of a mermaid, and one that could lure men to the sea. I found her style to be more of a gothic folk than anything else. She also had someone accompany her on keyboards/guitar, but sorry people, she is so soft spoken that I could not hear his name, but he did an amazing job. At times Marissa didn’t seem sure of herself on stage, and when the crowds yelled out to her, she basically put her head down and concentrated on her guitar. Marissa did a Black Sabbath and a Danzig cover, which if she had not said it, I wouldn’t have known. She did an excellent set, but this was not my type of music, and it seemed an odd accompaniment to Ghost. I wondered if I was maybe the only person who wasn’t too sure, but some were actually sleeping near me, others had their eyes closed, but were swaying back and forth, and others were just plain laughing and talking amongst themselves. So I would have to say it was a mixture, some liked, some did not. This is also my review for both shows, Vancouver and Seattle, as it did not vary at all.

Now GHOST, this is a band, that I just can’t miss out on. They have such charisma, such stage presence on stage, and I definitely have to review both shows separately. As they were totally different.

The first show that I saw was in Vancouver, BC, at the Vogue Theater on October 13th, and what an outstanding place to hold Ghost. In case you are not familiar with this band, they consist of six members, with five (The Nameless Ghouls: Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Omega) who wear virtually identical, face-concealing costumes, the most distinguishable member is the vocalist Satanic Priest Papa Emeritus. There is a slow build up to their entrance on stage, an anxious crowd awaits, some of us knowing what was to come, others waited with baited breath. The roar of the crowd was deafening when they came on, but the massive cheers when everyone saw Papa enter was mind blowing. It also stayed pretty much the same for the whole set. To this day, I still am not sure why or where the evil devil worship comes in, maybe I just haven’t taken the time to actually look at the words, but hell I am there horns high, singing along with every song, and with a grin on my face the whole time. True talent has come to our doorsteps here in Vancouver, GHOST are flawless in their performance. You will also get a bit of laugher from Papa and what he says and does on stage, he is a character within himself. I won’t say what songs were played, you need to go and find out yourself, but I will tell you, you will know them, you will sing along to them, and you will enjoy every single minute of their set. Trust me on this too, it is not long enough by any means. During the show, Papa sits down in front and gives a lesson, a good lesson too I might add. He also apologizes for any swearing he does, as there are some youngsters in the crowd. Hands down, they are over the top. This is an extremely talented band, and it shows, each one playing their instruments with such preciseness, it was flawless. Of course to end the night off, they ended with their familiar song, they always end with, so if you are a fan, you know which one I am talking about, and the crowd I am sure could have sang the whole song without Papa having to sing one word. Make no mistake this is a show NOT to be missed. I would also like to say, the was a photo pit for the photographers, and the lightening was amazing. All around phenomenal show.

The second show was at the Moore Theater in Seattle, Washington on October 14th. We drove through some pretty wild weather to get to this one, but, its Ghost, you do anything, go anywhere to see them more than once. ;) I was a little disappointed, picked up my ticket, and found out it is all seats, what .. I always stand up front, so I headed in, head down, not too happy about this. But what can you do. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as my first night in Vancouver. I was wrong. Actually the sound was way better being further back, visually you could catch all the movement and shenanigans up on stage, so okay, I can handle not being up front. But let me tell you, this show, was so different from Vancouver, there was fire cannons going off, there were loud bangs, and lots of smoking spirals up to the roof. WooHoo!! Visually this knocked out the Vancouver show by 150%, this really was something to write home about. I also forgot to mention, but in both of the shows, they shoot 2 cannons in front, and they are filled with Papa dollars and silver and gold confetti. How cool is that. I have a pocketful from each show. Yes, I kept them.

Another excellent show from Papa and The Nameless Ghouls. I was also happy about not having all the chairs filled, as right in front of me, 3 people didn’t show up, so that meant I had no obstructed view, I could see it all. I have been to many shows and never once have I ever been disappointed. Another flawless performance by all, and I could not have been any happier. I think maybe because there was no photo pit for the photographers, that maybe that’s why everyone was seated. Although one guy decided that he wanted to be a dufus and get up on stage, well it might have worked if he didn’t grab the box and it tumbled over on him. He was pretty fast to get away before security nabbed him. That is one thing I don’t usually see either at a Ghost show, the crowd surfers, or mosh pits, making it that much more enjoyable. After seeing two shows, I really wanted to see 3, but they didn’t go to Portland next, they went to another city in Portland. It is really hard just to see 2 shows, when you get so much from just one.

Remaining Tour dates:
10/18 Riverside, CA - Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/20-21 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10/22 Las Vegas, NV - The Brooklyn Bow
10/25 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
10/27 Lubbock, TX - City Bank Auditorium
10/28 San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater
10/31 Little Rock, AR – Metroplex
11/02 Orlando, FL - The Hard Rock
11/03 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
11/04 Jacksonville, FL - The Florida Theatre
11/05 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
11/07 Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
11/09 Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
11/11 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11/12 Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre