If you’re a fan of Italian horror, you know Goblin. Masters of the synthesizer, they’ve created some of the most hauntingly cool scores ever put to film. Needless to say, this film nerd jumped at the chance to see them on their first U.S. tour. How apropos that one of the stops on the tour would be at the Gothic Theater.
I didn’t quite know what to expect from my first prog-rock show, but I knew it was going to be weird. The demographics of the crowd were all over the place, which was kind of cool to see. Secret Chiefs 3 set the tone nicely with their opening set — decked out in cloaks and rocking our faces off with their surprisingly cinematic sound. Then Goblin took the stage.
With minimal lighting and a rear projection screen, Gobiln took us on a tour through their greatest hits. LOUDLY. I was absolutely geeking out as they played themes from Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, Phenomena, Profondo Rosso, Tenebre, and more. Part of me wishes they’d had a more elaborate stage design to really hammer home the atmosphere, but I was not disappointed with the show we got. It was every bit as weird and loud and awesome as I’d hoped it would be.