Ghost Announce North American Tour With Mastodon & Spiritbox

Ghost have announced a headlining North American tour. Mastodon and Spiritbox will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

08/26 San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena San Diego
08/27 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center Arena
08/30 Austin, TX – Moody Center
08/31 Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Arena
09/02 Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena
09/03 Duluth, GA – Gas South Arena
09/04 Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville.com Arena
09/06 Tampa, FL – Yuengling Arena
09/08 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Fest (no Mastodon)
09/09 Trenton, NJ – CURE Insurance Arena
09/10 Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
09/12 Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center
09/13 Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
09/15 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
09/16 Laval, QC – Place Bell
09/17 Toronto, ON – Coca Cola Coliseum
09/19 Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center
09/20 Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
09/21 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center Arena
09/23 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center (feat. Carcass) (no Mastodon)

Ghost’s Tobias Forge Calls Out Bands For Using COVID-19 As An Excuse To Cancel Unprofitable Tours

During an appearance on Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ‘s “Drinks With Johnny” podcast, Ghost frontman Tobias Forge called out bands for using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to cancel unprofitable tours. He says “if you’re not going out because you’re not making the nut that you want, then come out and say it.”

Forge said the following:

“Well, the problem now is that a lot of these bands find the bottom line not to be satisfactory. They don’t go out and say, ‘Look, we’re not making as much money as we wish, so we’re going to cancel or we’re going to postpone till the stars are aligned and the marketplace looks better.’

They go out and tell the crowd, ‘Oh, because of safety concerns we’re not touring,’ and that is a fucking horrible message to the crowd, to the rest of the business to everyone that we’re all relying on – as in all the promoters and everyone working at the venues, everybody working as vendors, all the crew members, all the bussing companies, all the truck companies, all these people who just had their tour cancelled just because these three, four or five dudes/girls just decided that the money wasn’t great.

And then they go out and tell ‘Oh, by the way, don’t even go to shows because it’s not safe.’”

He continued when asked if he knows of any bands who told their fans not to attend shows:

“No, it becomes that. That is what becomes. If one band decides to go and say like, ‘No, [it’s] because of safety, it’s not safe to tour because of COVID.’ Of course, you’re sending a message to the crowd that ‘Oh, maybe it’s not [safe]. And remember, we have cultivated this agoraphobia and this germaphobia now that is a big problem.

And it takes a lot of courage for a lot of people to go out. It takes a lot of courage for people to go to a show. And when one band goes out and says, ‘Oh, we’re not going to tour because of safety concerns, because the world is not a safe place because of COVID.’ It does say to the fan that ‘Oh, maybe that’s right. I shouldn’t even go out now.’ That is detrimental.”

Forge also added:

“If you’re not going out because you’re not making the nut that you want, then come out and say it. No one’s going to judge you anymore.”

[via Metal Hammer]

Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) Releases Soundtrack For Netflix’s “Clark”, Tobias Forge (Ghost) & Myrkur Appear In The Series

Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) has created the soundtrack for Netflix’s “Clark.” That six-episode series was directed by Jonas Åkerlund (“Lords Of Chaos”, etc.) and it stars Bill Skarsgård (“It”, “Castle Rock”) as Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson. Fans can watch the show now and stream the soundtrack on the service of their choice HERE. Physical copies will also be available on July 22.

Åkerfeldt commented:

“Writing the music for ‘Clark‘ is probably one of the most rewarding things I’ve done musically. It was so fun. Challenging but fun. I wanted to do a good job, of course, and provide music that would fit with the rather bizarre tale of Clark Olofsson. I had to conjure up a sound for him. His sound. It’s all in my head, I guess, but it felt like I was on to something after having finished the first track. The immediate feedback from Jonas Åkerlund was almost overly positive. So I just took it from there.

During the pandemic, I wrote so much music for this project, but I like to think I didn’t stray too much from the ‘original sound of Clark.’ The finished soundtrack record is a downright wish-mash of musical styles. Some sounds I’m familiar with. Other sounds were brand new to me. Or old, depending on how you see it. Brand ‘old’?

The album doesn’t really make musical sense at all, and that’s pretty much the purpose. Writing music to portray the multi-faceted story of a man like Clark Olofsson was bound to generate some type of musical insanity. It (the music) is just all over the place. Oddly enough, so is my own personal taste in music.

Even if many would deem Clark ‘a man insane,’ it really helped me in my work. No boundaries (let’s cross them). No rules (let’s break them). Anything goes…”

Notably, several metal musicians also appear in the series including Åkerfeldt, Tobias Forge (Ghost) and Myrkur. You can find a trailer and some footage of Forge and Myrkur’s parts below:

Ghost’s Tobias Forge Says The Nameless Ghouls’ Latest Costumes Are Partially Inspired By “Star Wars”

During a recent interview with Revolver, Ghost frontman Tobias Forge revealed the inspiration behind the latest costumes for his backing band, The Nameless Ghouls. He said the following:

“I wanted a sort of militant look, but any time you have people in uniform and in plural, you end up with a slight military vibe. But I wanted to progress that from cult members to more like an army. So you have a little bit of Thirties European there, and also old air-pilot helmets. As a ‘Star Wars’ fan, I’ve always been into the Tusken Raiders and their sort of lifeless look, so that was also part of it.”

Despised Icon Have Over Ten New Tracks Written

Despised Icon currently have over 10 new tracks written for their next album. The band tweeted the following about that:

Tobias Forge Already Has Plans For Ghost’s Next Album

During a recent interview with Guitar.com, Ghost’s Tobias Forge revealed that he already has plans for the band’s next album. The frontman says he already knows how the effort will sound and that he even has a title for it.

Forge said the following when asked if he has a final destination in mind for Ghost:

“We’re still in the position where a new record [will inform] the overall impression of the band. If they didn’t want to, the Rolling Stones wouldn’t have released a new record in the last 50 years. People would still worship them. We’re still at a point where the record means something and that’s not going to be forever. At some point, you’ll turn into a nostalgia band and that’s fine.

Right now, we have a plan up until 2025. I already know what I want to do, what I want to make and how I want the next record to sound. I know the title of the next record. I know what the cover’s gonna be. I know what we’re gonna change and what we’re gonna do live. I have a plan but it’s not the endgame.”

For now, Ghost are focusing on their latest album “Impera.” In a separate interview with Viktor Wilt of Idaho’s KCVI, Forge revealed that the group are working on a music video trilogy for that record. He said the following about those plans after being asked if he has chosen the next single from the effort [via Blabbermouth]:

“Short answer: yes. I just don’t know exactly… Sometimes there’s a difference between — obviously, you in radio know that — the songs that we release as singles and the ones that are singles that we push with a video and all that stuff. Right now I know what we’re hoping to do a little bit later in the year. Long story short, we’re making sort of a trilogy of videos for ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’, ‘Twenties’ [and] ‘Watcher In The Sky’. And that is sort of in the making. So it might be that that is sort of a different piece; that might be a different thing that comes out sort of separate to a radio campaign, whereas obviously we have our eye on what we’re gonna do towards the fall in terms of what song we’re making a video for right now and so forth.”

Ghost’s “Impera” Opens At No. 2 On Billboard 200 Chart

Ghost’s new album “Impera“ has officially opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The record scored the ranking after moving 70,000 units including 62,500 from traditional album sales. Notably, the effort also had the largest sales week of 2022 so far.

Watch Ghost Perform “Call Me Little Sunshine” Inside A Mausoleum For “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Ghost recently performed “Call Me Little Sunshine” inside a mausoleum for the March 16 episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!.” You can see footage of that below. The song appears on the band’s latest album “Impera.“

Ghost Share “Chapter 10: Home Coming & Special Guests” Webisode

Ghost have released part 10 of their ongoing webisode series. The latest clip is called “Chapter 10: Home Coming & Special Guests” and it can be seen below. The band said the following alongside the video:

“We wish to inform you it is time for Papa IV to return to the Ministry… And there’s a little somethin’ somethin’ for you on Ghost’s Bandcamp for a limited time.”

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Super7 Release New “Prequelle”-Era Ghost Action Figures

Super7 have released some new action figures of Ghost’s Nameless Ghouls and Papa Nihil. The toys are based on the band’s “Prequelle” era and can be purchased HERE.