Bullet For My Valentine’s Jason Bowld Says He Turned Down Playing In Ghost

During a chat with Alternative Press, Bullet For My Valentine drummer Jason Bowld revealed that he was approached about joining Ghost in 2016, but he ended up deciding not to take the gig. He said the following about that: “At the end of 2016, I got asked to join another band, which I didn’t want to do—a band called Ghost. It just didn’t feel right.” He also added:

“Bullet came along that same week. I started playing with the band in 2010 as a session drummer, filled in and didn’t think anything else after that. Then Matt called me at the end of 2015. A week turned into a month, a month turned into three months and here I am. It feels like a natural progression. Shit happens in bands all the time, and you just have to move on with it. I’m the new drummer and loving it, quite frankly.”


Watch Ghost’s Cardinal Copia Cover Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” With Candlemass

Metallica were honored with the Polar Music Prize during a ceremony at Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden today (June 14) and during the event Ghost’s Cardinal Copia performed a special cover of Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” with Candlemass and Vargas & Lagolawas. You can see footage of that below. Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo accepted the award from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, and the group are planning to donate the million Swedish krona ($125,000 USD) it comes with to their All Within My Hands Foundation.

Ghost Announce Fall North American Tour, “Prequelle” Hits No. 3 On Billboard 200

Ghost have announced a headlining North American tour. You can see the dates for that run below. With this news, it has also been revealed that the band’s latest album “Prequelle” has hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 65,653 albums sold, 61,000 of which were traditional sales. Part of the sales came from a promotion, which included the effort with tickets to the group’s spring tour.

Tour Dates:

10/26 Tulsa, OK – Cox Business Center Ballroom
10/27 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
10/29 Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
10/30 Indianapolis, IN – The Murat Theatre
11/01 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
11/02 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center – Theatre
11/03 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
11/04 Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium
11/06 Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater
11/08 Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium
11/09 El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre
11/10 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
11/12 San Diego, CA – Spreckels Theatre
11/13 Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Community Center Theater
11/15 San Jose, CA – City National Civic Center
11/16 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
11/17 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
11/19 Midland, TX – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
11/20 Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
11/21 New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theatre
11/23 Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – Walt Disney Theater
11/24 Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
11/25 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/27 North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
11/29 Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre
11/30 Atlanta, GA – Roxy Theatre
12/01 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
12/02 Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
12/04 Richmond, VA – Dominion Energy Center
12/05 Wilkes-Barre, PA – F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
12/07 Laval, QC – Place Bell
12/08 Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
12/10 Baltimore, MD – The Hippodrome
12/11 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
12/13 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
12/14 Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
12/15 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

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Ghost Fans Launch GoFundMe Campaign For The Family Of Fan Who Passed Away At The Band’s Recent Milwaukee Show

Ghost fans have launched a GoFundMe campaign for the family of Jeffrey Fortune, who passed away during the band’s May 31 concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI. So far, they have raised $6,450. Ghost cut the aforementioned show short after Fortune collapsed and died as a result of cardiac arrest. The 52-year-old previously had a history of cardiac issues.

Identity And Cause Of Death Revealed For Man Who Died At Ghost’s Milwaukee Show

As previously reported, Ghost cut their May 31 show at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI short after a fan collapsed and died due to natural causes. Now, the man has been identified as 52-year-old Jeffrey Fortune. The Medical Examiner also confirmed to Fox6now.com that his death was a result of cardiac arrest. Fortune previously “had a history of significant cardiac issues, including heart failure.”

Ghost’s Milwaukee Show Cut Short After Fan Passes Away (UPDATED)

UPDATE: It has since been confirmed that the fan passed away due to natural causes. The band commented:

“This morning we learned that the man transported to the hospital from our show last night in Milwaukee passed away from natural causes. Our hearts are broken for him and his family. Once again we ask that you send the family your thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences and respect their right to privacy during this time.”

Original Story:

Ghost’s May 31 show at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI was cut short after a man collapsed in the pit during the intermission. According to Jsonline.com, CPR was performed and the man was transported to the hospital. His name and condition were not immediately known, but various fans in attendance have left comments on the band’s social media saying he was unresponsive and that he has sadly passed. Ghost commented:

“Tonight, in Milwaukee there was a medical emergency with one of our fans. We decided not to continue out of respect to him and his family. Ghost and all who work with us ask that you please send the family your thoughts, prayers and respect their privacy during this time.”

A video report on the incident can be found at CBS58.com. The tragedy happened just as Ghost were celebrating the release of their new album “Prequelle.“

[via The PRP]

Ghost’s Tobias Forge Says Cardinal Copia May Become Papa IV One Day

During a recent interview with Revolver, Ghost’s Tobias Forge talked a bit about what the future may hold for Cardinal Copia, who has taken over following the deaths of Papa Emeritus I, II, and III. Here’s what he had to say:

“The Cardinal is not the boss. He’s just the toastmaster. A cardinal is junior to a pope figure. We still have Papa Emeritus [Zero, a.k.a. Papa Nihil] but he’s passing on. He needs to teach the Cardinal to become a pope, to earn his skull paint.”

He continued:

“…There was gonna be a moment in time where you have to sort of chew through a little bit of an underdog person that you might not like. So we end up with this character that I’m not even fond of myself. He’s new and he is an imposter and he hasn’t proven himself yet. But if he does, he will become Papa IV.”

Ghost will release their new album “Prequelle” on Friday (June 1).