Ghost's show Monday at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in Midland, Texas turned out to be an inspiration for a local church -- it inspired them to come to the venue last Friday to pray for their community.
Pastor Larry Long tells local TV outlet CBS7 that his church wasn't protesting the show, but simply praying for God's protection and "plead[ing] the blood of Christ over [their] community." He says they were concerned that the band would bring "spiritual influences" into the community and came out because they "believe the devil is real, just as we believe God is real.”
Long also expressed shock and disappointment that the venue would even hold the show, because Ghost "describe themselves as a worship band for Satan...cover their faces with masks that look like devils in their concerts, and...are all about worshiping and bringing glory to Satan."
In a statement to the station, the Wagner Noël Center countered, “Shock rock has been a part of the heavy metal landscape from the early days of Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, each performer bringing to the stage their own version of a cruel world. Ghost...is continuing in those metal bands’ footsteps.”
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