On August 27, 2023 world renowned band Ghost brought the Re-Imperatour to Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater. With a whopping 6,800 capacity fans were rapidly packing into the sold out show to see Ghost and their supporting act Amon Amarth a very different, yet interesting lineup.
Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth opened the night with a vibrant stage presence and performed their notorious “viking metal” with ease. Formed in 1992 Amon Amarth has released twelve studio albums, the most recent in 2022 entitled The Great Heathen Army. Vocalist, Johan Hegg, led the five piece band paying close attention to fans against the barricade causing the crowd to go wild over their nine song set. Opening with “Raven’s Flight” Amon Amarth also played several other hits including “Raise Your Horns,” “Guardians of Asgaard,” “Heldrun,” and closed out the night with a fan favorite, “Twilight of the Thunder God.” As the set ended you could feel the anticipation rising amongst the fans in Nashville ready to see the headlining act, Ghost.
Swedish rock band, Ghost formed in 2006 has quickly made a name for themselves in the music industry. Most known for their elaborate costumes which include masks, gloves, and blacked out attire, they are also well known for their insane stage setup, flawless performances, and loyal fanbase. As the lights dimmed, and the white curtain draped across the amphitheater stage you could hear the first notes of “Imperium” begin dancing across the Nashville skyline. Fans were decked out in all things Ghost, from merch to costumes, and face paint fans of all ages were ready to see the theatrical experience expected to come. Once “Kaisarion” began playing, the curtain dropped and we were greeted by the Nameless Ghouls. As fans screamed with joy, vocalist Tobias Forge joined the group on stage and began performing his heart out. As the crowd went wild all members of the band made sure to be interactive and provide a breathtaking show. Including popular hits “Rats,” “Call Me Little Sunshine,” “Dance Macabre,” and “Cirice,” Ghost also performed “Spillways,” “Rituals,” and closed out the night with “Square Hammer.” With the first show in 5 years for Nashville, Ghost provided us with an incredible 18 song set, and gave us a guaranteed night to remember. With over 1.5 million Instagram followers and over 9 million monthly Spotify listeners, its safe to say we are only just beginning, and music city cannot wait to see them again soon.
The Re-Imperatour 2023 tour began on August 2nd in Concord, California and will hit several major cities including Austin, Indianapolis, and Albuquerque before finishing up on September 11th in Los Angeles, California. For more information on this tour and future tours click here.
Photos By : BrittMae