Ghost just sent out a darling press release that stated the following:
We wish to inform you that due to Frankie's visit next month in Philadelphia, we received a letter informing us that Ghost fans would not be able to use public transportation or park their cars next Union Transfer.
In hopes to ensure that each and every Ghost fan can attend this show, we have decided to move the Philadelphia concert at Union Transfer to Tuesday, September 29th.
The band were originally scheduled to play a few days earlier, the same day that Pope Francis, or Frankie, as they lovingly refer to him, was set to visit the town. The problem was due to security, there would be a massive blockade of the immediate area, which the venue that Ghost was playing would be a part of. According to Brave Words:
The Union Transfer, on Spring Garden Street, is inside the "traffic box," the zone created by the city of Philadelphia to restrict traffic. While the front door of the venue is technically outside the box, parking in the rear lot or anywhere near the building will be nearly impossible. Not only will loading-in the band's large stage props – suggesting a black mass – require divine intervention, curtailed train service throughout the city will smite the travel plans of most fans.
Bravewords also interviewed the owner of the venue who said that Ghost had a lot of PR ideas for how to make the day memorable:
Promoter Sean Agnew saw potential in billing the act as "Ghost vs. Pope," a religious head-to-head, a "Battle For Philadelphia." The concert sold out almost immediately.To promote the Philadelphia show, the band produced mock-evangelistic videos of an older, sinister woman preaching from a pulpit.
"The band wanted to get really creative, and have their own Ghost motorcade where the singer would go around the city," said Agnew, who runs R5 Productions. "We had these great ideas to create an alternative to the Pope. But more and more stories started to come out about the lockdown. We had to scale back."
That sounds like it would've been really cool. But sadly it will not happen. Ghost has recorded this new message to alert the masses of the rescheduling: