Swedish occult rockers Ghost have announced the “Popestar” U.S. headlining tour, a 35-city run that will kick off on September 16th in Rochester, New York and wind down on November 12th in Brooklyn. Tickets for these “rituals” will be available for purchase beginning Friday, June 17th at 10:00 a.m. local time, and tickets purchased for select shows will include a digital download of new music that will be made available the day the fall rituals begin. Check out Ghost-Official.com for participating dates and details.

Ghost already has a highly theatrical live show and one of the band’s Nameless Ghouls told us they are always looking to expand on it: [“The idea has always been, ever since we started, to have a very theatrical show. We basically want to be an arena band where you can bring a lot of production and a show where you go through different phases and, you know, a lot of costume changes and more magical tricks and more bombs and more fire and smoke and…moreDisney On Ice, in a way.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . in a way.)

  • Ghost recently completed work on a new EP for a fall release. The effort will consist primarily of cover tunes, similar to their 2013 EP If You Have Ghost.
  • The band had to cancel two European festival appearances last weekend when singer Papa Emeritus III was stricken with laryngitis. Ghost will return to the road on June 15th.
  • Newly announced Ghost tour dates (subject to change):
    September 16 – Rochester, NY – The Armory
    September 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
    September 21 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium
    September 23 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
    September 27 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
    September 28 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
    September 30 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank at Midland Theatre
    October 1 – Madison, WI – Sonic Boom Festival
    October 2 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
    October 3 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
    October 4 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre
    October 5 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre
    October 7 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
    October 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
    October 9 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma Theatre
    October 11 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
    October 13 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theater
    October 14 – Seattle, WA – The Moore Theater
    October 15 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
    October 16 – Portland, OR – The Rosalind Theater
    October 18 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
    October 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
    October 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
    October 22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Brooklyn Bowl
    October 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
    October 27 – Lubbock, TX – City Bank Auditorium
    October 28 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
    October 31 – Little Rock, AR – Metroplex
    November 2 – Orlando, FL – The Hard Rock
    November 3 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach
    November 4 – Jacksonville, FL – The Florida Theatre
    November 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
    November 7 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
    November 9 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    November 11 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
    November 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre

FAST FACTS:

  • Ghost won the Grammy last February for “Best Metal Performance” during the pre-telecast ceremony at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. The band was nominated for the song “Cirice” from its latest album, Meliora.
  • “Cirice” reached the Top 10 at rock radio, the first song from the band to get significant airplay in the U.S. Ghost’s current single, “From The Pinnacle To The Pit,” has also hit the Top 10 and is currently Number Six.

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Jacob Trzaskos wrote: “Love Ghost, but jesus that is THE worst tour name they chose.”

Jill Forster wrote: “Seen them 3 times so far, always a great show. Ghost is not to be missed.”

Cliff Cummings wrote: “Hardest working band I have seen in a long long time. These boys are earning their money the old fashion way, Love it!”

Brownie Lawmore wrote: “This band are insane road dogs. They don’t stop!”