Ghost Confirm Supporting Acts For Headlining U.S. Shows

Ghost have announced the supporting acts for their headlining U.S. dates. You can see whose playing each show below. These dates will take place around their North American tour with Iron Maiden.

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Headlining Tour Dates:

06/06 Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre (feat. Zombi)
06/08 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa (feat. Royal Thunder)
06/10 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle (feat. Royal Thunder)
06/14 Louisville, KY – The Palace Theater (feat. Royal Thunder)
06/17 Fargo, ND – Fargo Civic Center (feat. Egypt)
06/22 Corpus Christi, TX – The Pavilion at Concrete Street (feat. True Widow)
06/26 Midland, TX – La Hacienda (feat. True Widow)
06/30 Fresno, CA – Rainbow Ballroom (feat. Repulsion)
07/02 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield (feat. Repulsion)
07/08 Denver, CO – The Fillmore (feat. Khemmis)
07/13 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre (feat. Royal Thunder)
07/14 Fort Wayne, IN – Embassy Theater (feat. Royal Thunder)
07/18 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall (feat. Astronoid)
07/20 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (feat. Astronoid)

Ghost Announce July 2017 San Francisco, CA Show

Ghost have announced another headlining show, with this one set to take place on July 2 at the Warfield in San Francisco, CA. The band’s headlining dates will take place around their North American tour with Iron Maiden.

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Headlining Tour Dates:

06/06 Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre
06/08 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
06/10 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
06/14 Louisville, KY – The Palace Theater
06/17 Fargo, ND – Fargo Civic Center
06/22 Corpus Christi, TX – The Pavilion at Concrete Street
06/26 Midland, TX – La Hacienda
06/30 Fresno, CA – Rainbow Ballroom
07/02 San Francisco, CA – Warfield
07/08 Denver, CO – The Fillmore
07/13 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
07/14 Fort Wayne, IN – Embassy Theater
07/18 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
07/20 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore

Ghost Looking For Extras In The Detroit, MI Area For Upcoming Shoot

On May 6, Ghost are are going to be doing a shoot in Detroit, MI and they are looking for 100 extras. You can read more about that in the below statement from the band.

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“We wish to inform you that Ghost is looking for 100 extras who are available May 6th for 4 hours. The location is within the city limits of Detroit. We will directly communicate the location to our select 100 the day of the shoot.

Please come dressed and ready. Clothing is required to be: Church-Going Sunday Clothes, Suits and/or Dress shirts, Dresses and Sunday Hats if you have. Keep makeup and general appearance on the NORMAL side of the spectrum.

Please email a picture and/or headshots to our producer at production@christianlathers.com
write “GHOST: EXTRAS” in the subject”

Papa Emeritus Discusses Ghost Lineup Changes & New Album

Ghost frontman Papa Emertius (Tobias Forge) was recently interviewed by radiometal.com, and discussed the band’s lineup changes and his plans for their upcoming album. The interview was conducted in French, but you can find some translated excerpts below, courtesy of The PRP.

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He said the following when asked if members were contractually required to keep their identities a secret:

“I think one of the mistakes was not putting pressure on them and not imposing a contract on them [laughs]. Let’s just say that obviously there was no such clause, because I thought that it was [tacitly] part of our agreement, but it was not, so … There was not a formal prohibition of revealing his identity.”

He also discussed the reasoning behind the recent lineup change:

“I can not tell you the whole story but without going into the details, the whole thing, and it’s a fact, is that Ghost was never formed as a band and its first line-up was formed after the first album was recorded, and it was only a live line-up.

And from this line-up, it has changed many times. If you have been following us since we started performing in concert in October 2010, you will have noticed that there have been many changes over the years. None of the line-up people who were active in November last year played on Opus Eponymous, for example, know [laughs].

We never formed the band together, it was always, I suppose, a band in the Bathory, Where there were people who played live and the people who played live were not necessarily the same who played on the albums.

On Opus and Meliora, there is a drummer who has never played live with us, for example. For my part, there has never really been … What some fans seem to think is not true. So, for me, the fact is that a time will come when people will discover that what they say or think is not correct, it is not based on the truth, but it suits me, No problem, no worries!”

He added the following when asked if it’s difficult to get new members into the groove of things :

“[Little laughs] Sometimes the key is to teach them to think more simply. I’m a good drummer, I’m a good bassist, I’m a correct keyboardist and I’m a pretty good guitarist. And the trick is to push them to play below their abilities [little laughs] when they are together. It helps if you have everything fixed at the level of the instrumental parts, because my way of playing the bass is all over the bass parts, my way of playing drums is everywhere on the drum parts and my keyboard approach is everywhere On the keyboard parts.

So the only thing I have to teach them is “this is how you play this riff” “But it’s so easy! “Yes, that’s the goal” [laughter]. I mean, it takes a lot of time, of course. It’s time-consuming when you have to teach everybody how to adapt to a style, but that’s how the band started, that’s what I was saying. Opus Eponymous was recorded with a session drummer and nothing else. So it lays a little on the basics, that’s how it sounds and that’s how it’s supposed to sound, it’s on that basis that the music has developed. And this, in turn, becomes a blessing and a curse. But that’s how it works, so … In itself, becomes a blessing and a curse. But that’s how it works, so … In itself, becomes a blessing and a curse. But that’s how it works, so …”

He also commented on the band’s upcoming album:

“You can expect forty-five minutes of music on vinyl [laughs]. No, actually, I’m going to record all through the fall and the new album will be released within a year from now. It will be a darker album, it’s a bit of an idea, because the album takes place at a time I suppose full of people, especially in Europe, have found completely apocalyptic, and this period has made a lot of.

But it also led the continent to prosper after the fact. It is an album that will be completely impregnated by death, but it will also be an album on survival. Combining these two things is my driving force in the design of this album. Because it will be dark but there will be … You know, in order to really, really see the darkness, we need light, So as to have a reference and know to recognize the darkness. It is my vocation today, make this album.”

It is worth noting that the interview was conducted before it was revealed that Papa Emeritus is being sued by former members of the band.

Former Ghost Members Speak Out On Papa Emertius Lawsuit

It was previously reported that four former members of Ghost, who have now been identified as Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm, and Martin Hjertstedt, have filed a lawsuit against frontman Tobias Forge aka Papa Emertius. Now the four have issued a lengthy statement to Blabbermouth regarding the lawsuit, which you can read below.

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“As of yesterday, we, four signatories from the band GHOST, have filed a lawsuit with the Linköping District Court. We are suing Tobias Forge (‘Papa Emeritus’) – the band’s lead singer who has also been responsible for the finances of the band since its founding.

“As of the filing of this lawsuit we are requesting that the court, under penalty, oblige Tobias Forge to declare the incomes as well as expenses of the band concerning the years between 2011 and 2016.

“Throughout all the years we have been on tour with GHOST (between 2011- 2016 some of us have performed something like 500 shows with the band) and throughout the band’s album recordings, we have neither been allowed to share in the profits of the band, nor have we seen any of the incomes accounted for. The only thing we have received have been minimal advance payments to allow the band to keep going. This despite the fact that we had an agreement that any profits should be shared fairly between the members of the band.

“When we have attempted to raise the issue of the band’s finances with Tobias Forge his sole response has been that there are so far no profits to be share, but that everyone will be generously compensated once the band turns a profit.

“The reason that this lawsuit is now being filed is a contract dispute that has escalated during the previous year (2016). Over the last year we have received multiple proposed contracts from Tobias Forge in which he seeks to redefine his role in the band.

“Since the conception of GHOST, our common understanding and agreement has been that we are a band on equal terms, but that Tobias will act as band leader and manage the band’s finances through his own companies.

“Through contracts received from Tobias and his lawyers during 2016, Tobias has attempted to make us sign an agreement that implies we are merely consultants working for his company, an agreement also stating that we would receive less that a minimal wage for our contributions to the band. According to this proposal, furthermore we would renounce any and all rights to music royalties. All above despite the fact that some of us have been members of the band since its foundation, investing all of our time in the band during the past five years, with as much right to the recordings and trademark of the band GHOST as that of Tobias Forge.

“Our vocalist and former friend is now attempting to, in a underhand and shameless way, transform GHOST from a band into a solo project with hired musicians. Naturally, this is not something we can accept.

“When, in connection with the 2016 United States tour, approached a lawyer in order to sort out the situation of the contracts, we were informed that Tobias Forge no longer wanted us to participate in upcoming tours. Thus, Tobias Forge is now going ahead with the tour, which started March 24 2017 and is set to end in the U.K. on August 12, on his own together with rented musicians who have replaced all other band members. Tobias Forge has chosen this path of action without any permission from us to carry out the tour on his own. This under the name GHOST, which we regard as our commonly owned trademark.

“The actions of Tobias Forge amount to nothing less than unabashed dishonesty, greed, and darkness. Not the darkness of which GHOST sings, but a darkness that pushes a person to betray his best friends when fame and fortune appear within reach.

“We are terribly sorry that this afflicts the fans of the band as well, and that they too should suffer because of this betrayal and greed.

“We who are suing Tobias Forge are:

Simon Söderberg (Alpha) – member of GHOST since 2010
Mauro Rubino (Air) – member of GHOST since 2011
Henrik Palm (Eather) – member of GHOST since 2015
Martin Hjertstedt (Earth) – member of GHOST since 2014

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It’s worth noting that five former members have now revealed their identities considering that Martin Persner recently confirmed that he was former guitarist Omega.

Papa Emeritus Is Reportedly Being Sued By Former Ghost Members

According to Corren.se, four former members of Ghost have filed a lawsuit against frontman Papa Emertius, reportedly Tobias Forge, due to them not receiving proper payment for their musical contributions and tours. The ex-members claim that Forge controlled all the band’s profits through his company, and that he would only sporadically pay them while saying there was no money. Now they want him to release the band’s financial records from 2011-2016, which if he refuses would result in a 200,000 SEK ($22,000) fine. The lawsuit goes on to say that Forge’s team is denying that Ghost was a partnership, and that the ex-members refused to sign new contracts in 2016, due to them essentially being “slave contracts.” This news comes after the band previously moved on with a new lineup.

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