The Toyota Pavilion was shrouded in an air of mystique and anticipation on the evening of August 2, 2023, as the enigmatic and theatrical Swedish rock band, Ghost, took to the stage. With their unique blend of metal, rock, and elaborate stage theatrics, Ghost promised an unforgettable night, and they absolutely delivered.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, the atmosphere grew electric with the gathering of fans from all walks of life, donned in a variety of macabre and enigmatic attire that showcased their devotion to the band.



The stage was adorned with ornate, gothic decorations that set the perfect backdrop for Ghost’s hauntingly theatrical performance. The night kicked off with opening act Amon Amarth that warmed up the crowd, building the anticipation for the main event. As the clock neared the bewitching hour, a hush fell over the venue, and the stage was consumed by an eerie darkness. Suddenly, the unmistakable sound of a haunting organ filled the air, setting the stage for the entrance of Ghost’s enigmatic frontman Tobias Forge a.k.a. Papa Emeritus IV.



The band’s performance was a masterclass in showmanship, seamlessly weaving together their distinct blend of melodic rock and metal with a theatrically macabre flair. Papa’s charismatic and enigmatic presence captivated the audience, his haunting vocals resonating through the night air. The Nameless Ghouls, dressed in their signature sinister Impera attire, skillfully maneuvered their instruments, creating a symphony that alternated between hauntingly melodic and powerfully heavy.



One of the highlights of the night was the band’s ability to create an immersive experience for the audience. Elaborate light displays, mesmerizing visuals, and intricately choreographed stage movements complemented the music, creating an almost hypnotic atmosphere that transported the audience to another realm.

Ghost treated fans to a setlist that spanned their discography, from the haunting melodies of “Cirice” to the anthemic chorus of their encore song “Square Hammer.” Each song was met with resounding cheers, as fans sang along and embraced the eerie energy that permeated the pavilion.



Perhaps the pinnacle of the performance was the band’s encore, where they delivered a spine-chilling rendition of “Square Hammer,” leaving the audience in awe and clamoring for more. As the final notes resonated through the air, the crowd erupted into cheers, a testament to the powerful impact that Ghost had on everyone present.

In conclusion, Ghost’s performance at the Toyota Pavilion was a hauntingly spectacular evening that combined exceptional musical talent with theatricality of the highest order. The band’s ability to create an immersive and mesmerizing atmosphere showcased their status as true showmen of the rock world. Ghost’s unique ability to blend darkness with melodic beauty left a lasting impression on all those in attendance, ensuring that this eerie night will be remembered by fans for years to come.







Ghost Setlist




From the Pinnacle to the Pit (Tour Debut)



Absolution (Tour Debut)


Call Me Little Sunshine

Con Clavi Con Dio

Watcher in the Sky

Year Zero

He Is


Mary on a Cross

Mummy Dust

Respite on the Spitalfields


Kiss the Go-Goat

Dance Macabre

Square Hammer



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