Ghost Announce 2018 U.S. Tour

With a new album and a new Papa Emeritus on the way, Ghost have announced the dates for their U.S. headlining tour. The trek is called “Rats! On The Road” and VIP packages can be found HERE. Fans that get VIP will be able to gain access to the “veneration of relics”, take pictures with ‘PapaNil’ and his “newly appointed protege,” and more.

Tour Dates:

05/05 Riverside, CA – RMA
05/06 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center
05/07 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
05/10 Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
05/11 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
05/12 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
05/15 Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
05/16 Syracuse, NY – Crouse Hinds Theater
05/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
05/19 Camden, NJ – WMMR BBQ
05/20 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
05/22 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
05/23 Nashville, TN – Tennessee PAC
05/25 St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
05/26 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
05/27 Memphis, TN – The Cannon Center
05/29 Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
05/31 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
06/01 St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theater
06/02 Kansas City, MO – KC Rock Fest


Tobias Forge On New Ghost Album: “It Is Loosely Themed Around The Concept Of Death And Doom”

Ghost frontman Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emeritus) recently talked to Revolver for his first unmasked interview in the U.S. During the chat, he discussed the group’s upcoming album, which they mixed with Andy Wallace last month. The effort is “loosely themed around the concept of death and doom,” and it will feature tracks with titles such as “Rats,” “Life Eternal,” “Faith,” and “Dance Macabre.”


Forge said the following about the album’s theme:

“It is loosely themed around the concept of death and doom. It’s a themed album around medieval times, but it’s definitely clinging onto a lot of very current things. The Black Death [plague] is a great example of a turning point for a whole civilization. Complete villages were annihilated. Most people knew very little, so all of it was God or the Devil — and about their faith being questioned: Why are we being stricken down by this great scourge? It must be because of our not fearing God enough and all this superstitious bullshit.

There’s a lot that you would recognize today in online mannerisms. In many ways, we’ve gone back a few steps because now it’s closer to how it was back in the old days when people were standing at the square and all of a sudden, it’s like in Monty Python‘s Life of Brian: “Stone him! Ra! Ra! Ra!” Public trials are very unsupervised and extremely swift and speak to the most primordial parts of us.”

Forge also commented on unmasking himself, which he officially did on Swedish radio last year, following the lawsuit former members filed against him:

“The original idea of being anonymous — it was a great, naïve idea on paper in 2008, not knowing to what degree we’d be touring or to what extent this was going to be a professional operation. That regimen is very hard to live by. What I hadn’t foreseen was the fans and their willingness to embrace that and play along. [Laughs] I guess that’s the whole thing with showbiz and magic tricks: It’s like you have a silent agreement with your audience.

Now, I feel like this has already become more of an entity on its own. As long as I don’t go onstage completely normal and then jump into character onstage, I assume that most fans would be able to accept me as the creator. I can comment on the work the same way a director would on his movie.”

He was then asked if he would consider changing the band’s image, and he replied with the following:

“No, no, no. The exact opposite, actually. The plan is for it to be even more theatrical and even more dressed up.”

Head to Revolver to read more about specific songs, etc. You can also read more in a seperate Metal Hammer interview as well.

Ghost’s new album is expected to be released during spring/summer.

Ghost Tease Papa Emeritus IV In New Video

The physical copies of Ghost’s “Ceremony & Devotion“ live album were released today (January 19), and the band have shared a video of what appears to be Papa Emeritus IV showing off the 8-track version of the effort and making fun of his predecessor. Check out the clip below:

[via The PRP]

Former Ghost Keyboardist Shares Home-Video Footage From Band’s First-Ever Visit To U.S. In 2011

Mauro Rubino, who served as Ghost’s keyboardist from 2011 – 2016, has shared some home-video footage from the band’s first visit to the U.S. back in May 2011. You can check that out below:

He said the following about the first clip:

“We were invited to play Maryland deathfest at the end of May 2011 so we also booked the Studio at Webster Hall the day after, 1st of June. We flew over and landed in the heat of NY, tired and hungry, so our agent took us to a Mexican place. I thought he was making fun of us when he recommended a seitan burrito, what do you mean, satan? The day after we woke up at the hotel and I could hear salsa and reggaeton playing down the street and realized we were in a Hispanic neighborhood and had the opportunity to use the little Spanish I know. We stayed there two nights I think, then the Brooklyn band Natur who was going to open for us invited us to their homes in Williamsburg. On the Baltimore gig day we met up with our TM/FOH guy Lewis, he looked like a biker and he drove like one, we’d never been on American roads and wondered what we gotten ourselves into. We found out later that the roads around that area are especially bad. We finally got there and while driving through the suburbs realized that it looked exactly like The Wire. My keyboards were hired for the occasion so I had to get them at the festival, carry them up to the hotel and start to program all the sounds from scratch, so while the others checked out the festival I sat in the hotel room programming keys. The gig started in the worse possible way. We had the backtracks on an iPhone operated by our drummer. Something happened, I don’t know what, but the first word “Lucifer” came in too early so Aksel killed the backtracks and we played the rest of “Con Clavi” without them. Embarrassing start I would say but the rest of the gig went well. Before leaving the day after I wanted to see the Frank Zappa statue since he is one of my big influences and Baltimore being his hometown. We found the place at last, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, but the statue was gone. I found out later that the first statue got stolen right away and that they later replaced it with plastic ones but people steal them as soon as they put one up. Maybe next time.
No pics but some scrappy footage instead.”

He said the following about the second clip:

The second gig in the US was the Studio situated under the Webster Hall. There were already some fans waiting outside the venue when we arrived. We never had that kind of fans before, they even helped us carry the gear down the stairs to the stage. I used to meet some of them during the years and even at the Brooklyn show 2016. The Studio is a 300 caps, I believe it got slightly overcrowded that night, rumors said there were around 450 people in the room. You access the stage thru a small stair at the front and a speaker was hanging down very low at the top, I’m 6”2 so I had to watch my head on the way up. We had to go thru the crowd to the stage, that could have been a problem but everyone let us through without even touching us. Maybe they were a bit scared of the “satanic Swedes”. We started off and the audience went crazy, this was the first time we really met an American audience this close. I remember looking at the crowd thinking that we were here trying to scare them but some of this guys looked pretty frightening. The place was boiling, it was hot as hell and we were sweating profusely and had trouble breathing under the cloaks. Walking off stage I thanked the crowd and next thing BAM! I rammed the speaker with my head and almost blacked out both from the blow and the lack of oxygen and lost my balance. I started to fall off the stage sideways like in slow motion, I even had the time to think “Shit I’ve never fallen off a stage ever and now I’m faaallllii… suddenly this big warm hand picked me up and pushed me back onto the stage. You guys who did it, thank you very much, you saved me from some serious damage that night. That and the response we got during the gig made me realize, American crowds are among the best on the planet.

[via Blabbermouth]

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Ghost Digitally Release New Live Album “Ceremony And Devotion”

Ghost have officially released their new live album “Ceremony And Devotion“ in digital outlets. Physical copies will be available on January 19, and can be preordered HERE. The band are also streaming a live version of “Absolution” from the effort, which you can check out below:

“Ceremony And Devotion” Track Listing:

01. “Square Hammer”
02. “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”
03. “Con Clavi Con Dio”
04. “Per Aspera Ad Inferi”
05. “Body And Blood”
06. “Devil Church”
07. “Cirice”
08. “Ghuleh/Zombie Queen”
09. “Year Zero”
10. “Spoksonat”
11. “He Is”
12. “Mummy Dust”
13. “Absolution”
14. “Ritual”
15. “Monstrance Clock”

Ghost Reportedly Planning To Release New Live Album “Ceremony And Devotion” January

Ghost have posted a teaser for a new release titled “Ceremony And Devotion.” The effort, which is reportedly a live album, is expected to be released in January. You can watch the teaser and see some leaked cover art below:

[via Blabbermouth]