Ghost played the first official show of the “Rats! On The Road” U.S. tour on Saturday night 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.
Prequelle will be released on June 1st, with first single “Rats” already Number Seven on the rock radio chart.