GHOST Mastodon Spiritbox Concert Review

GHOST Mastodon Spiritbox Concert Review
Peoria Civic Center
Peoria, Illinois
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

GHOST

GHOST

 

 

The Imperatour continues and sold out Peoria Civic Center. Grammy award winner GHOST continues their success. Their song “Mary On A Cross” is finding new fans due to their TikTok sensationalism after being featured in a Stranger Things mash up.  Some people are shocked that the song is so blasphemous. “Mary On A Cross” is a release from a seven inch EP with only two songs on it. That EP, Seven Inches of Satanic Panic was released September 13, 2019. Their fifth studio album Impera is a concept album inspired by the book The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall by Timothy Parsons. Tobias Forge who is the man behind the Papa Emeritus IV and Cardinal Copa explains that the album is a creation on Empires and why they fall. He emphasizes that the album is fiction and entertainment.  Do not criticize Forge as he is just a rock artist and not a religious or a political leader. Instead we should listen to what he is talking about of his interpretation of Empires and their greed and their downfalls being cyclical in nature. 

 

Spiritbox is from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  The band was started by Courtney LaPlante vocalist and Mike Stringer guitarist, husband and wife.  Many fans were looking forward to seeing Spiritbox live for the first time.  Vocalist, Courtney LaPlante has an amazing clean singing and also great growling.  Her vocal skills are rare.  There are many vocalists who can do both singing and growling but not many sound as good as LaPlante.  Her clean singing is ethereal and beautiful.  Spiritbox debut album Eternal Blue was released September 17, 2021.  

The band took the stage with everyone clad in black.  Courtney LaPlante wore a black dress and fishnet tights and platform boots.  She walked around the stage with authority.  They sounded great during their set that consisted of the songs “Circle With Me”, “Hurt You”, “Yellow Jacket”, “Holy Roller”, “Rotoscope” and “Hysteria”.  The fans hope for a headlining tour so they can hear all their fantastic songs live.  See where they are performing next on their website: Spiritbox.com

Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox

Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox

 

 

 

 

Mike Stringer of Spiritbox

Mike Stringer of Spiritbox

 

 

Josh Gilbert

Josh Gilbert with Spiritbox

 

 

Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox

Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox

 

 

Zev Rose of Spiritbox

Zev Rose of Spiritbox

Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox

Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox

 

 

Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox

Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox

 

 

Mike Stringer of Spiritbox

Mike Stringer of Spiritbox

 

 

Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox

Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox

 

The Grammy award winning metal band Mastodon has been around since 2000.  The band consists of bassist Troy Sanders, lead guitarist Brent Hinds, rhythm guitarist Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.  Sanders, Hinds and Dailor all take turns at vocalist while Kelliher sings back-up.  Their style is definitely progressive metal and we consider them a metal jam band.  They have been featured in video games and Dailor, Hinds, and Kelliher were in Game of Thrones as wildlings and later Hinds and Kelliher appear as wights.  Their track “White Walker” was on the Games of Thrones soundtrack.  Mastodon‘s eight studio album, Hushed and Grim was released on October 29, 2021.   Their stage had two large horizontal led screens with images of octopi, wolves, zombies, moroccan temples, pyschedelic totems.  Mastodon was exiting the tour this night and we were lucky to see them. 

Mastodon

Mastodon

 

 

Troy Sanders of Mastodon

Troy Sanders of Mastodon

 

 

Brent Hinds of Mastodon

Brent Hinds of Mastodon

 

 

Troy Sanders of Mastodon

Troy Sanders of Mastodon

 

 

Brent Hinds of Mastodon

Brent Hinds of Mastodon

 

 

Bill Kelliher of Mastodon

Bill Kelliher of Mastodon

 

 

Brent Hinds and Troy Sanders of Mastodon

Brent Hinds and Troy Sanders of Mastodon

 

 

Brann Dailor of Mastodon

Brann Dailor of Mastodon

 

 

Troy Sanders of Mastodon

Troy Sanders of Mastodon

 

GHOST stage had a gray Kabuki Drop that revealed the band on a huge stage with large backdrop of stained glass featuring Papa Emeritus IV. The drum riser was high in the center with stairs surrounding it.  The nameless Ghouls were positioned on platforms behind the drum kit and to the side of the stage.  The nameless Ghouls were wearing gas masks and black uniforms with fringed shoulders and boots.  

GHOST‘s fans are ranged in age from eight years old to fans in their sixties and possibly older. They dressed in black t-shirt and jeans, dresses, costumes ranging nuns, Papas, and even a dominatrix. Fans came in from miles around to see the show.

Tobias Forge had seemless costume changes wearing a general uniform that corresponded to the name Ghouls attire.  His costumes also included some bat wings, Papal vestments and then a sequined suit jacket.  The theatrical stage performance included concussive blasts.  A Frankenstein Papa that had to be brought back to life.  During “Mummy Dust”, gold confetti was blasted into the crowd.  When Tobias Forge is in the sequined suit jacket he reminded of The Joker and if the stage lights had not been in his eyes, he might have done a dance down the stairs.  There was also flames blasted and colored confetti.  During the final song, a curtain of sparks ended the show.  The show had so many entertaining elements it was hard to say what was my favorite.  Hopefully, you will be able to make it to a show to see what you love yourself.  

GHOST

GHOST

 

 

GHOST

GHOST

 

 

GHOST

GHOST

GHOST

GHOST

 

 

GHOST

GHOST

 

 

GHOST

GHOST

 

 

GHOST

GHOST

 

 

GHOST

GHOST

 

 

GHOST

GHOST

 

 

 

 

You can be featured on their website with your art by using the #IMPERAUnholyVestments 
Find out when the next tour happens on Ghost’s Website
 

                                

Sources: setlist.fm, wikipedia.org, https://youtu.be/KZ7dPYSetlI 

Judas Priest Concert Review

Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls Tour Concert Review
with Mastodon
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois

The longevity of Judas Priest has weathered lineup changes and their career has seen superstar status in the 1980s with their album British Steel of which tracks, “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight” are classic songs that receive radio play. A hundred artists have covered “Breaking The Law” and it has been featured in television shows and movies. The band released an album Redeemer of Souls July 8, 2014. Judas Priest has been on tour for support of the album for over a year now and traveled through North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and South America.

Peoria, Illinois was lucky enough to have Judas Priest grace them with their presence. Everyone knows that Judas Priest could play larger venues and not even bother with playing smaller venues. They do so for the fans. The fans will travel far and wide to get so close to these metal legends. While the fans consisted mainly of older gentlemen, there were fans of all ages. Fans who were metalheads, musicians, and their companions all were blown away by the power in Rob Halford’s vocals.

Metal award winning band Mastodon opened the show. Their stage was set with a large backdrop designed by the artist known as Skinner. Skinner’s work is immediately recognizable. He also designed the album cover for Mastodon Once More ‘Round The Sun.

Mastodon took the stage with Brent Hinds and Troy Sanders looking like Wildlings with long hair and beards. Members of Mastodon did star as Wildlings in the HBO original series Game of Thrones. ¬†They also have a song “White Walkers” on Game of Thrones Mixtape II¬†.

 

Mastodon in Game of Thrones

Mastodon in Game of Thrones

 

Mastodon’s setlist this evening contained “Tread Lightly”, “Once More ‘Round The Sun”, “Aqua Dementia” and “Black Tongue”. Their set was more energetic than I’ve seen them in the past perhaps because they had more stage to move around. Everyone tries to describe Mastodon by placing them into a sub-genre of rock like progressive rock or groove metal. They are rockers whose musicianship will impress you because they are just that magnificient.

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Judas Priest built the anticipation to their set by having a large curtain cover the stage with their name in large letters and their signature pitchfork. The curtain dropped and they started with “Dragonaut”. Rob Halford came out with a cane that was for style and not necessity. Their stage set included an led screen the entire backdrop and two smaller screens in front of either side of the elevated drum kit. Two lighted pitchforks hung from the air on either side of the backdrop screen. The screens featured album covers, lyrics for some songs, and cameras from the stage of the band and the crowd. Their tracks included several songs to show that Rob Halford’s vocals are still outstanding and Glenn Tipton’s wailing guitar, thumping bass of Ian Hill and the hard-hitting drums of Scott Travis. Not to leave out the youngster, Richie Faulkner on guitar who also brings a lot of energy and skill to the show. They performed “Desert Plains”, “Screaming For Vengeance”, and “The Rage” and their hits as well. Watching the set made me tired. I do not know how the older gentleman in the band continue their touring schedule. Drummer, Scott Travis seemed to have an endless supply of energy.

Rob Halford’s costume changes occurred during every song. His wardrobe consisted of leather, whips, handcuffs, and vests and jackets adorned with gems or studs. Rob also rides out on a motorcycle to the expectation of the fans. He took a moment during the show to thank all the metalheads who came out to support them. I know a lot of fans wanted to make sure they saw the legends in person.

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You can still see Judas Priest with Mastodon.

See all the tour dates on their website: Judas Priest Tour Dates

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