Ghost @ Waterfront Pavilion, New Jersey (12.02.22)

Perhaps there is no better way to celebrate the triumphant return of live music other than to spend an incredible evening with one of the best co-headlining shows to dominate one stage for one epic show. With both Danish rockers Volbeat and Sweden’s powerhouse phenomenon Ghost, we have a mind-blowing showcase of not just the hits we have come to expect but the visual spectacle capturing heavy rock at its finest.

While not knowing much about the opener called Twin Temple, and much of the venue still creating that buzz of waiting to see either Volbeat and/or Ghost drive rock into a blaze of glory, they played an interesting set to get things rolling. The stage was ready for Danish rockers Volbeat to set the tone for a great headlining set packed with all the hits we come to expect, plus a few new ones woven in. Volbeat opened the show with ‘Born to Raise Hell,’ going straight into ‘Seal the Deal’. Entertaining with their energetic live show of nothing but heavy hard rock, many of us found an enjoyable show within a limitless show.

I absolutely love this idea with a co-headliner. You not only get to see one band perform a full set, but you also get two full-on production sets within one incredible show putting the emphasis of rocks greatest moment with Ghost closing the show. A quick change over and a curtain dropped as the set change began to unfold. It became a mystery as to what Ghost would unveil this time around with the nameless Ghouls sporting new masks while the main focus captures papa emeritus in the spotlight.

With a fully packed venue, the lights went out, the curtain dropped and Ghost took over Camden’s Waterfront draped out with an all-new dazzling stage. As the show gets underway, you could feel that burst of energy drifting from the stage right into the opening track from the band’s latest release, Imperia with Kaisarion. You just knew this was going to be one of the best shows to kick off a new year with live music making a huge comeback.

Within the entire set, Ghost certainly made Camden’s Waterfront the centre of attention pulling out memorable hits as well as songs propelling through the band’s catalogue with a sprinkle of ‘Mummy Dust’ thrown in for good measure. Despite Ghost’s setlist being just about the same, except for one or two new songs off their new CD, what is new is the Masks, a whole new over-the-top full-scale production has taken the experience of Ghost to another level. While the nameless Ghouls remain a complete mystery as to who they are in reality, it’s a stunning show packed with older songs like ‘Square Hammer’ and ‘Dance Macabre’ that introduced us to this amazing outfit. Never leaving out ‘Hunters Moon’ and/or ‘Faith’, but always satisfying diehard fans with ‘From The Pinnacle’ to ‘The Pit’.

A definite stellar show with 15 songs, complete with flames reaching the high heavens racing across the stage and a one-of-a-kind stage production that never gets old.  If you have never seen Ghost or have any idea of who this band is, I highly suggest streaming one of their live shows as they are nothing short of greatness.

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