Papa Emeritus III and The Nameless Ghouls of the band Ghost are tireless performers, and their busy schedule brought them to a very approrpriate venue on June 10th. The Swedish band, known for their over the top stage shows and melodic yet sinister tunes, made their return to The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia to play in front of a capacity crowd.
This was my third time to photograph Ghost, and the second time at The Tabernacle. I jumped at the opportunity because I knew the show would be amazing from a visual perspective, and, honestly, it has been a while since I've done a show like this. I have no shame in admitting I live for over the top spectacles when it comes to concerts. Most photographers do. Give me a band that knows how to put on a killer stage show, and I'll photograph them as much as possible. Ghost is one of those bands, and, even though it might be the "hip" thing to act like photographing a Ghost show is past being interesting, I am definitely not in that boat. I sincerely love these type of shows and love getting to photograph them.
Tonight's show, from what I was able to see, was stellar. It looked amazing and sounded amazing. The lighting was superb, and Papa's movements on stage were plentiful. Ghost's sound always does throw people off as most might expect something incredibly harder given the visual style of the group. I always get a kick out of the fact Ghost sounds very much like a 1970's prog-rock band, among other things. Needless to say, that is one of my favorite sounds, especially when it is in such contrast to the visual motif of the band.
It was also nice to get back to Atlanta to do a show. I have always enjoyed the chances to hit the road and photograph out of my home base of Birmingham, especially since I get to work with some good friends I have made in the Atlanta area over the years.
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