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Ghost kicks off tour in California, debuts material from new album

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Ghost played the first official show of the “Rats! On The Road” U.S. tour on Saturday night (Saturday, May 5) at Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, California. In addition to the previously released new single “Rats,” which opened the concert, Ghost played four more songs from the upcoming Prequelle album, including “Faith,” “Dance Macabre,” “Miasma” and “Pro Memoria.” “Miasma” featured a saxophone solo from Papa Nihil, the aged “original” Papa Emeritus.

The band broke its show up into two sets, with the first featuring 12 songs and the second consisting of 11 numbers. The group spread out the new material across both sets, interspersed with fan favorites and hits like “Cirice,” “From The Pinnacle To The Pit,” “He Is,” “If You Have Ghosts” and show closer “Square Hammer.”

The band has expanded its onstage lineup to include at least eight musicians, not including the guest appearance from Papa Nihil.

Ghost next performs in Houston, Texas on Tuesday night (May 8th), and will perform in St. Louis on May 25th at Peabody Opera House. Get St. Louis show details on the Iron Age Concert Calendar.

The Swedish-based act also played a surprise warm-up show on Friday night (May 4th) at the Roxy nightclub in Los Angeles, where it aired three new songs during a 45-minute set. The Roxy concert was only announced one day earlier and tickets — priced at $6.66 — were made available starting at noon the day of the show.

Prequelle will be released on June 1st, with first single “Rats” already Number Seven on the rock radio chart.

Story source: Blabbermouth

CHECK IT OUT: Watch fan-filmed footage from the opening night of Ghost’s tour in Riverside, California: