JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

June 23, 2017
American Airlines Center
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Mike DiQuinzio
Photos by Robert Keith

Ghost - Iron Maiden, Ghost

The Devil In The Details

It can’t be easy opening for an act as legendary and globally loved as Iron Maiden, but Ghost made it look that way when the Book of Souls tour made its stop at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday night.

The band was greeted with wild enthusiasm as the lights went down and the Nameless Ghouls took their places and began playing "Square Hammer." Seconds later, Papa Emeritus III emerged looking every bit as ghoulish as he does in pictures. I won’t lie, I felt a little uneasy the first time I saw a picture of Ghost, but that uneasiness coupled with the evil themes of their music made me want to experience them even more.

The Nameless Ghouls gave a far more energetic performance than I expected throughout their 40-minute set as Papa roamed the stage with an intimidating calmness, and the AAC hung on his every word as he sang fan favorites such as "From the Pinnacle to the Pit," "Absolution" and "Monstrance Clock."

To those unfamiliar, the best way I can describe the music of Ghost is a combination of Blue Oyster Cult and "Rosemary’s Baby," they’re intimidating without being aggressive, aiming to entice you into selling your soul instead of scaring you into it. Having only a minimal knowledge of Ghost, the only songs I recognized were "Year Zero" and "Cirice," but they both sounded excellent and made me want to deeper explore their catalog. Safe to say, I was successfully enticed.