Tonight (September 12th) marks the end of Ghost‘s epic North American tour with Amon Amarth, which began in early August. Closing out the run, the Swedish band is playing one more night at Los Angeles’ Kia Forum; however, ahead of this show, Ghost has announced some strict protocols.
Like the previous night at the venue, the band has stated that this show will be a “phone-free experience.” Per a statement released by Ghost, if anyone is seen on their phone, or a device in general, they will be kicked out of the building.
Regarding the strict rules for tonight’s event, Ghost writes the following:
“No Cell-Phone Zone
“This event will be a phone-free experience. Use of phones, smart watches, and accessories will not be permitted in the performance space. Upon arrival at the venue, all phones, smart watches, and accessories will need to be secured in individual Yondr pouches that will be opened at the end of the event. Anyone seen using a device during the performance will be escorted out of the venue by security. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free viewing experience.”
Ghost also notes that fans are permitted to wear face paint at tonight’s show; this is likely being noted due to a recent incident involving Ghost fans being kicked out of a venue for wearing makeup.
So what gives? Why the strict rules for these two shows? Well, here’s a theory: During a conversation with Revolver from earlier this year, Tobias Forge alluded to the idea of Ghost filming a live movie of sorts. Revolver pointed out that there’s a rumor the band would be filming their shows at the KIA Forum, to which Forge replied with the following:
“Anywhere that we play two shows is an excellent place to do something like that. One thing that is on the short list of things we’ve never done is a film — an actual presentation of what we’re like onstage that goes beyond just a broadcast. So, we’re hoping that is gonna turn out really well. I don’t wanna oversell it, but those two shows will be different than the others.”
Again, this is a theory, for at the time of this writing, no other statement has been released by Ghost regarding their strict anti-phone policy.
[MESSAGE FROM THE KIA FORUM]
We wish to inform you about Ghost’s return tonight & tomorrow! @thebandGHOST
Face paint is allowed for this performance, no masks please.
— The Kia Forum (@thekiaforum) September 11, 2023