Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus has hosted a lot of bands’ on-the-downlow after-parties in its tenure—Against Me!, Saves the Day, Descendents, hell, even Nirvana. But last night, none other than His Holiness The Pope graced the venue for a secret midnight show, taking the stage around 1 AM after Nunslaughter's set.
Pope Francis recently dropped a new prog-rock record, but he kept the old-school crowd pleased by performing hymns from his seminal debut seven-inch. “It’s-a me… the Pope-a!” Francis told the cheering New Yorkers before launching into a cover of a sermon from Pope Benedict XV. “That was from the 1922 demo,” he laughed. “Anyone got that one?”
“Yeah, I used to play in a papal-core band with the Pope before he got big and started The Vatican,” one show-goer told me. “Great guy, though. He’s earned it.”
The Pope’s tour heads to Philly this weekend where he is expected to hold a vigil for the Golden Tea House.
For the eBayers asking, there was no Pope merch for sale at Vitus. He said he wanted to just “keep it light.”
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