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Pope, Philly Thwart Swedish Metal Band’s Attempt to Cover the City in Darkness

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The designs of Swedish metal band Ghost to hold a sold-out concert (and so further the cause of the downfall of humanity) on the same day as the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia were thwarted by the most potent weapon in Philadelphia’s arsenal: traffic. Or, rather, the absence of it.

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The Pope is coming to town for the 2015 World Meeting of Families. In preparation, Philadelphia has created a “traffic box”—an area around the Pope’s meeting site which will severely limit traffic by preventing the entrance of vehicles, including public transportation.

As a result, Ghost put out the following video:

Prior to this setback, Ghost was planning to go all-out while the Pope was in town, including its own motorcade, with the lead singer, called Papa Emeritus III, presumably in an anti-popemobile.

Ghost was created in Sweden in 2008, with Papa Emeritus III at the helm, surrounded by his “nameless ghouls.” To explain the band best, here is an excerpt from Ghost’s Facebook bio:

“Ghost is the name of a devil worshipping ministry, that in order to spread its unholy gospels and, furthermore, trick mankind into believing the end is ultimately a good thing, have decided to use the ever so popular rock music medium as a way to achieve their ends.”

Unfortunately for the downfall of humanity, Ghost’s concert will be delayed three days. Presumably, this will be followed by widespread mayhem and gruesome murder (although, based on the condition of poor hitchBOT, it’ll be just another day in good ol’ Philly).

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