Ghost returned to Milwaukee on Wednesday night (Halloween, October 31st) to honor a fan who passed away last spring after attending the band’s previous show at the same venue. The Swedish metal act’s sold-out concert at the Riverside Theater on May 31st came to an abrupt and tragic end when fan Jeff Fortune collapsed at the venue and later died.
Since Fortune collapsed during the intermission, Ghost never performed the second half of its show last May, vowing instead to come back and complete the performance on Halloween. A special shirt, featuring an illustration of Ghost frontman Tobias Forge and Fortune wearing Michael Myers costumes from Halloween, was sold at the venue, with all proceeds being donated to Fortune’s family.
Forge told Consequence Of Sound prior to Wednesday’s concert, “Hopefully we’re going to make it a little bit of an extra special Halloween for some people. He had his wife and his son with him at that show, so it was a very sad event. I really hope that we can turn it into somewhat of a positive thing. We’ll do our best.”
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that the 52-year-old Fortune had a history of heart problems and died of probable cardiac arrest.
Ghost is continuing to tour in support of its new album, Prequelle, which was released in June. The latest single is “Dance Macabre.”