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Ghost Returns

Posted By on 05.04.09 at 07:44 PM

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I didn't actually write this--I'm passing along a show recommendation from regular Reader contributor Bill Meyer. The rest of the post is his.

When it comes to rebuking brute force, Ghost is an equal opportunity scold. In 1998 the Japanese psychedelic combo recorded Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet to protest China's ongoing rape of Tibet. Five years later, they expressed their dismay over American foreign policy by declaring that they wouldn't tour here until Bush was out of office--and they kept their word, playing only one stateside show, a gig at the 2006 Terrastock festival.

Now that we've got a new president, Ghost are returning at last, with Philadelphia-based cellist Helena Espvall augmenting the six-piece lineup that's been on their three most recent albums. Front man Masaki Batoh promises that the live set will touch on all aspects of the band's music, which encompasses blazing rock, baroque folk, and free-form freak-outs.

Ghost will appear Tuesday night at the Empty Bottle; Baby Dee opens.

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