Review of Ghost @ House of Blues San Diego | by Maurice Nunez
Ghost made their way down to San Diego, CA for the first time on their current “TOUR ZERO YEAR 2014″ road trip. This was the first time I had seen Papa Emeritus II and the Nameless Ghouls in California since their show at The El Rey Theater in Los Angeles back in April of last year when they released their 2nd album, “Infestissumam”. Before the show I had a brief moment to catch up with the band as they entered the venue at the House of Blues in San Diego. Papa Emeritus mentioned that their relentless touring is part of the plan, and that they already have a good amount of songs for a new album. We shall see what the future holds in store for Ghost fans as we get closer to a new album, but for now the band was here to perform live.
The House of Blues was packed with people to see Ghost and King Dude. I was not familiar with King Dude and not quite sure how to describe the music, but it does have a Johnny Cash vibe to it. Even though this was the first time I had seen them live, I found them to be quite good! They almost have a dark country vibe to them. If you have the chance to catch this tour I highly recommend you get there early and check these guys out. They were selling their “Burning Daylight” CD at the show along with tshirts and other merch. Two great tracks from this CD are “Lord, I’m Coming Home” which they opened their set with at the show and another is “Jesus In The Courtyard.” Two guitarists and drummer make up this three piece from Seattle. They ended their set with the sing along tune ” Lucifer’s The Light Of The World.”
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Next it was time for Ghost. There was good amount of merch this around; new t-shirts, stickers, buttons, vinyl LPs, patches and more. The crowd was getting excited, especially since this was their first time in San Diego. The Nameless Ghouls and Papa Emeritus took the stage and began the set with the title track from their 2nd album “Infestissuman” followed by “Per Aspera Ad Inferi”. From there they went right into crowd favorite “Ritual” from their 1st CD. They were able to play a good amount of songs from both of their releases. The band even played their recent cover of “If You Have Ghosts” which is a Roky Erickson cover. They also had a chance to play the Beatles cover “Here Comes The Sun”.
Overall a great show and a great response from the crowd who would sing along to favorites such as “Elizabeth”, “Year Zero.” and “Zombie Queen.” The band ended the night with the traditional song-along of “Monstrance Clock.” Great way to end the show! I’m sure San Diego will welcome Papa and crew back anytime. See pics and full set list below!
- Per Aspera Ad Inferi
- Prime Mover
- Jigolo Har Megiddo
- Con Clavi Con Dio
- Body & Blood
- Death Knell
- Here Comes The Sun
- Depth of Satan’s Eyes
- Stand By Him
- Year Zero
- If You Have Ghosts
- Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
- Monstrance Clock
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