Tuesday night, at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Ghost put on a great show. I have so many friends that have told me I needed to see, and photograph, Ghost. One friend, music photography legend Jack Lue, even drove 2 hrs to be there. Well, after finally experiencing this Swedish legend, I can tell you that you need to see the show. They are still in So Cal for the next 2 nights, at the Wiltern in LA, so buy some tickets and check it out.
I will say that this show was not at all what I expected. They are a Swedish Metal band, but it wasn’t anything like what I think of as metal… it was more moody and melodic than I expected. Opening the night was Marissa Nadler, a performer with a voice that is haunting. She and her “band” (a guitarist) sounded great, but I must say there was a disconnect for me. Her style didn’t fit a Ghost show in my opinion. It would be like Nickleback opening for Slipknot.
Don’t misunderstand me, that is not to take away from her performance, which was great, it is just an observation on an odd pairing. I would watch her again in a minute.
I have to say something about the venue… the RMA has quickly become a favorite venue of mine, and based the never ending line to get in, of many people. The shows coming to Riverside are getting better and better every month. This same night Jethro Tull was a block away at the Fox Performing Arts Center! Ian Anderson performed in Riverside! Coming up in Riverside there is Parkway Drive, Aaron Lewis, Sum41, Queensryche, and of course KCAL is presenting Steel Panther on November 11th, again at the RMA. If you want to check out what Live Nation in Riverside is doing, head on over to RiversideLive.com.
As usual, there is a gallery of images below. If you were at the show, tell us your thoughts in the comments below.