As if it wasn’t obvious enough just how popular Ghost is, yesterday (September 13) fans of the band crashed the Spotify Live servers due to overwhelming demand as they waited for a special appearance and a question-and-answer session.
Spotify Live and Ghost confirmed in tweet that it is the Ghost fans who are responsible for the breakdown. Many Spotify users also experienced a widespread outage yesterday and it is unclear if the Live servers crash was also directly related to this incident.
Spotify Live attributed the crash to “overwhelming demand”, which triggered “technical difficulties” and ultimately forced the cancellation.
“We want to let you know that Ghost appreciates the dedication and time of its fans. While proud to have crashed @SpotifyLive’s servers, Ghost is disappointed with the experience. Alternative opportunities are being explored as nothing has come of our way. will separate,” said the band, who are currently on the road with Mastodon and Spiritbox, in answer at the snafu.
While unfortunate as countless Ghost fans missed out on the experience, it’s pretty impressive that while some people still perpetuate the “rock is dead” narrative (which is wrong, by the way), fans of a rock band managed to completely overwhelm the streaming giant’s servers.
To give you an idea of Ghost’s popularity on Spotify specifically, the band’s monthly listener count currently stands at nearly 10.5 million, which is more than the monthly listener count for others. great rock and metal artists, such as Slipknot, Iron Maiden, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch and Tool. The rise in popularity of 2019’s single “Mary on a Cross” thanks to TikTok has certainly provided an additional boost in recent months as well.
Ghost’s North American tour ends on September 23. Get tickets for the remaining shows here.
Listen to Ghost and more on Loudwire’s “2022’s Best Rock Songs” playlist.
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