Ghost is back in Canada on the second leg of the North American Tour, Imperatour and played a Sold Out Show at the Coca Cola Coliseum on Toronto on September 17. Joining them were special guests Mastodon and Spiritbox.
Spirtbox the Canadian band from Vancouver Island, BC was first to appear on stage. The current lineup consists of Courtney LaPlante on vocals, Mike Stringer Lead guitar, Zev Rose Drums, and current tour bassist Josh Gilbert. Courtney LaPlante captivated the audience with her voice and commanding stage presence. She showed off her talent and passion for music playing songs off their critically acclaimed best album of 2021, Eternal Blue. Toronto fans ate it up and loved every minute.
Circle With Me
Mastodon took the stage next. Their setup had some incredible background scenery and visual light effects, in addition to two gigantic horizontal Jumbotrons and laser beams shooting above the stage. Mastodon delivered a fantastic set for the audience who did not stop banging their heads throughout their entire performance.
The band introduced a new member, João Nogueira, on keyboards and synthesizers in addition to Brann Dailor on drums, Brent Hinds lead guitars, Bill Kelliher rhythm guitars and Troy Sanders on Bass and vocals, they produced one powerful sound. Most of their setlist included songs off their new album Hushed and Grim. Definitely worth checking them out if you have not seen them live!
Pain with an Anchor
Pushing the Tides
More Than I Could Chew
Who would have imagined that Ghost, who just started their career back in 2010 with their first album release Opus Eponymous, are now a giant arena headliner band. I remember when I heard the first song on the album, “Con Clavi Con Dio,” a good friend had suggested it and it completely blew my mind. I had a feeling that they were going to be big.
Years later, Ghost was getting ready to take the stage. A massive white curtain hung so that the fans could barely see the stage. After a huge blast, the curtain dropped, and the band kicked things off with “Kaisarion” immediately followed by “Rats.” The new Papa, Emeritus IV brings an all-new theatrical show that has grown with pyrotechnics, more lighting, and more band members. Papa’s Ghouls and Ghoulettes did a fantastic job of keeping his clergy entertained. There were multiple costume changes with a variety of styles to appeal to the audience and Papa was energetic and engaging the entire performance.
The band played a nice mix of songs that included a sampling of songs from their latest release Impera as well as tunes from Meliora and Prequelle. They also dug deep playing a few off their first two albums including “Prime Mover” which has not been played live since 2018.
If you haven’t had a chance, you can still catch Ghost, Mastodon and Spiritbox, but they only have a few more dates remaining on their tour.
Call Me Little Sunshine
Con Clavi Con Dio
Watcher in the Sky
Mary on a Cross