Jukebox the Ghost to bring spirit of Queen, Halloween to San Francisco (Playing Fri. 10/27 at Slim’s)

“I trick or treated longer than I should have,” admitted Ben Thornewill, keyboardist of Jukebox the Ghost, in an interview with The Daily Californian.

“I remember one time, walking down the street in a full puppy dog costume that I had for no good reason, and a neighbor friend of mine who was a year older opened the door with his girlfriend next to him.” He was 17. “I thought, I should just die now.”

These days, Thornewill has traded puppy dog ears for a Freddie Mercury mustache. And on Halloween, you won’t catch him trick or treating — instead, you’ll find him on stage, tickling the keys to everybody’s favorite Queen songs.

Jukebox the Ghost is a trio from Brooklyn whose power pop balladry can be at times lighthearted, other times existential (or even apocalyptic, à la first album Let Live and Let Ghosts). Its fan base is dedicated, if modest. The band has never cracked the mainstream, but its appeal lies more in its consistently good pop rock music throughout the past 11 years, and of course, in its wicked streak of humor.

This sense of humor is how Jukebox the Ghost’s annual HalloQueen concert series came to be.

Click HERE for the rest of The Daily Californian's article, and be sure to pick up tickets for Friday's show with Vandella soon!