A Pale Tour Names Death
November 6th, 2018
What an absolutely delicious set. Tonight would mark my 5th time seeing Ghost since the band’s Omaha debut during the 2013 Hail to the King tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones. Talking to other fans, I was in the minority though. One group I spoke with had seen the band’s last 4 shows, and they’d lost track of how many times they’ve seen the band live. Others had traveled as far as Minot, North Dakota for tonight’s show.
To regard this performance as anything less than spectacular would be a gross understatement, and still doesn’t entirely convey the attention to detail and superb level of showmanship that Cardinal Copia, the Ghouls and the Ghoulettes put into their live shows.
Cardinal Copia even paid tribute to Papa Emeritus I by stalking back and forth on stage wielding his trusty thurible, that big, swinging incense burner. Papa Nihil made a special appearance during Miasma with a blistering saxophone solo before nearly collapsing on stage and having the be carried off by the band’s tour manager.
Copia had a special message for the crowd, one that more than a few needed to hear. While tonight’s show may be a high point for so many, he addressed and acknowledged the fact that tonight, even at the concert, may be a low point for some.
“You may might be all peachy tonight. Everything is great. Or you might be kinda low, not peachy. Just remember that things change. Everything changes. You might get a cut on your finger, and sonova bitch it might hurt like Hell for a few days or weeks, but eventually you look down and see a scar and notice it doesn’t hurt anymore. The scar is there and it always will be, but the pain has faded. Does that make sense? Do you understand what I’m trying to say?”
Yes, Cardinal, we do.
A Pale Tour Named Death also allowed the band to highlight even more tracks of Prequelle. Witch Image, and Life Eternal were all added to the tour’s setlist. Idolatrine off of Infestissumam would also have its live debut during this tour.
Klara stjärnor (Intro song)
Miserere Mei, Deus (Intro song)
Con Clavi Con Dio
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Miasma (Papa Nihil on saxophone solo)
Jigolo Har Megiddo (acoustic)
Masked Ball (intro song)
From the Pinnacle to the Pit
If You Have Ghosts (Rocky Erikson cover)
The Host of Seraphim (exit song)