Ghost, Volbeat, and Twin Temple in Camden, New Jersey: a wickedly good triple treat of heavy metal

Ghost. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

By Shuvam DasGupta, Rock At Night Philadelphia

Live Review: Ghost and Volbeat with special guest Twin Temple at Waterfront Music Pavilion, Camden NJ-February 12, 2022

Twin Temple. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

It was a devilish night at the Waterfront Music Pavilion (formerly BB&T Pavilion) on February 12, 2022 in Camden, New Jersey. Venerable hard rock and metal bands Ghost, Volbeat, and Twin Temple performed live for the people off New Jersey and Philadelphia–and Rock At Night was there.

The show started with Twin Temple. Even though it was a small setlist of around 5 songs, I have to admit they made their mark. They created an ambiance with a stunning stage presence and performance. Who would think of a rock concert starting with a saxophone player in the band? It almost felt like watching a Tim Burton movie with Amy Winehouse singing lead.

Volbeat. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

Then came Volbeat with Motorhead’s  “Born to Raise Hell” playing in the background. They started off with their hugely popular song “Seal the Deal”. The lighting was just perfect for the photographers (please see the photo gallery below).

The way I describe Volbeat’s music is heavy metal with a tilt of the hat to old school rock and roll. The crowd was on their toes the whole time. They did a setlist of 16 songs including massive hits like  “Temple of Ekur”, “Lola Montez”, “Shotgun Blues”, and “Still Counting”.  Let’s give a special mention to the song “Die to Live” which they performed live with (guess what!) a saxophone player again.

Papa Emeritus IV of Ghost. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

Finally, behind the curtained stage, silhouettes of the nameless ghouls were observed while  “Imperium” played.  As the curtain dropped, three ghouls approached the front of the stage with Papa Emeritus IV following behind. There was a wave of cheers and screams all over the arena. During the next song “Rats”, one of their biggest hits, fa burst of confetti  catapulted on the stage.

Ghost is known for their live performances and they did not let anyone down–they delivered with spades. They performed 15 songs and ended with massive hits – “Dance Macabre” and “Square Hammer”. They even threw in a cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” for good measure.

Overall, it was a great show, really well organized by the management (especially considering Covid restrictions).  For our safety they checked vaccination cards and/or proof of a negative test. I even saw a rapid Covid test clinic next to the entrance.

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