The news about this tour came late yesterday afternoon but I was too consumed with the tasks based on the sad loss of the great David Bowie. That now being said, the press release, tour poster and dates are for your consumption below. Perhaps this news will help us begin to look ahead towards new and interesting music and begin smiling again. Check it out.
The Press Release:
LINKÖPING, SWEDEN- JANUARY 11, 2016 – Ghost’s “Cirice”, from their critically acclaimed third album Meliora, has been nominated for ‘Best Metal Performance’ at the 2016 Grammy® Awards. Meliora was released on August 21, 2015 and debuted in the Top 10 (#8) on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Charts, No. 1 at Independent Retail, and No. 2 at Rock. The Grammy® Awards will be handed out on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA and televised live on CBS at 8PM EST/PST (Check local Listings).
Ghost are one of just four bands from Sweden to have been in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart (joining Avicii, Ace of Base, and Europe). Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls capped off a landmark year with their late night television debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Halloween show on CBS with a rousing performance of their song “Cirice”, which reached the Top 5 at radio at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock.
Rave reviews for Meliora include Rolling Stone: “Generally speaking, the band has done more to bring blasphemous, religion-skewering devil rock to the mainstream masses than perhaps any act since Marilyn Manson.” Entertainment Weekly: “One of the most exciting bands on the worldwide hard rock stage.” Metal Injection: “All hail Ghost and its masterwork, Meliora.” Noisey: “Ghost is back and cracking skulls.”
Today Ghost also announced that they will return to the U.S. this spring for headlining tour to kick off in Montclair, NJ on April 13th. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning this Friday at 10:00 AM local time. Ghost received rave reviews for its headlining Black To The Future tour this past fall, leading the Village Voice to praise the band’s live performance as “fully realized, compelling, and matched by serious talent.” Loudwire declared, “It’s infinitely soul-nourishing to witness a live performance unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.” For a complete list of upcoming live dates, see below.
April 13 – The Wellmont Theater – Montclair, NJ
April 14 – The Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
April 15 – The Paramount – Long Island, NY
April 16 – College Street Music Hall – Waterbury, CT
April 17 – Rapids Theatre – Buffalo, NY
April 19 – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
April 20 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
April 22 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
April 23 – The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
April 25 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
April 26 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
April 27 – The Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
April 29 – WXTB Rockfest – Tampa, FL
April 30 – Fort Rock – Ft. Myers, FL
May 1 – Welcome To Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
May 2 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
May 3 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
May 4 – Tennesee Theater – Knoxville, TN
May 7 – Carolina Rebellion – Charlotte, NC
May 8 – The Hippodrome – Baltimore, MD
May 9 – The National – Richmond, VA
May 11 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
May 12 – Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
May 13 – Shaky Knees Festival – Atlanta, GA
May 17 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
May 19 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
May 20 – The Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
May 22 – Rock’N Derby – Albany, NY
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m a big fan of Ghost and all their workings in music and despite only seeing them two times in concert with two “different” Papas, I enjoy every single second of their performances and presentation. I’m crossing my fingers that they win the Grammy Award because it would surely set that awards show on its backside. I just want to see Papa Emeritus III strolling out to pick up the award in full regalia. It’s going to be the first time I’ve tuned into the Grammy’s in years and when I say “tuned in” I mean programmed on my DVR and fast forwarded past all the stuff that barely interests me. Now the down side of the return of Ghost is that there is no NYC date but there is a Long Island one to enjoy if you are close enough to get there. I know that I want to go but am not sure I will be able to make it since its too early for me to decide about that. I’m also very curious as to who might be opening up for this go round. I liked Purson who did the first leg and recommend them to you as well. What to you all think about this new tour? Is it something that you are also compelled to attend? Are you among the Flock who will be summoned by The Clergy and Papa III himself? Let us know in the comments section.
Official Website: http://www.ghost-official.com