Tobias Forge Reveals What It Takes To Become One Of The Nameless Ghouls In Ghost

It’s no secret that Ghost have had their fair share of lineup changes, but it seems Tobias Forge won’t let just anyone become a Nameless Ghoul. During a recent interview with The Albuquerque Journal, the frontman revealed what he looks for when choosing his bandmates.

Forge said the following:

“You need to have certain metal chops. If you are a guitar player in this band, it’s very old school, it’s very much old rock style. I am an old school guitar player. I’m not an ’80s-’90s sort of shredder who plays a million notes a minute. I am way more ’60s-’70s kind of style, and I write very ’60s-’70s.

If you come in like a typical modern drummer who is used to playing only with tricks and double kick and, like, big, big, big, fast roles but you can’t play a swinging shuffle, then you can’t play in Ghost whatsoever. You need to have spent your time from playing Top 40 pop rock in order to know how to play a song like ‘Ritual,’ a song like ‘Absolution’ or ‘Idolatrine.’ You need to know your classic drumming and your classic guitar.

You can’t have people in the band who’s like only metal, either, but if you don’t know metal, you can’t play Ghost anyway because there are elements in my guitar playing that are very, very, very based on me having played death metal, like ’80s death metal, so you would have to play a Slayer riff as well. You need to be sort of equally familiar with Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple as you are with the more extreme forms of metal, generally. So it’s not for everyone.”

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Ghost’s Tobias Forge Hints New Music May Be Coming Next Year

It looks like Ghost may be releasing more new music next year. During an interview with Rock 100.5 the KAAT, Tobias Forge hinted at the new material saying “there might be something else coming out next year, maybe, that might have been recorded already, that won’t be covers.”

Forge said the following:

“My intention is not to release just another EP of covers. There might be something else coming out next year, maybe, that might have been recorded already, that won’t be covers. If the production on the live front gets to the point where I want it to be, and if we happen to play two dates at a venue that caters to the full production and it’s somewhere geographically where there’s an audience who is very, very, very avid and very lively, I would love to record a film — a live, visual capture.

The problem is that you don’t wing that – you need to do it in a venue where you’re playing two nights in a row; it needs to be sold out; it needs to be huge; and it needs to be a very, very vivid crowd that’s fun to film and fun to look at. Sometimes, it kind of rules out certain cities. People can be super-passionate, but they can be very, very still.

Certain countries just have a way to sort of appreciate things very noddingly — they’re nodding and they’re applauding and they have a drink in their hands, whereas if you go to Buenos Aires, they will fuckin’ trash the place, which is so much more fun to look at from a video point of view. Depending on those things, it’s definitely on my to-do list. I definitely want to do our statement sort of video capturing of our live show, but that requires a lot of stars to align, so we’ll see if that happens on this cycle or the next cycle.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Ghost Members Plan To Appeal Recent Court Decision In Their Suit Against Frontman Tobias Forge

It was recently revealed that the lawsuit filed against Ghost frontman Tobias Forge (aka Cardinal Copia/Papa Emertius) by former members Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm, and Martin Hjertstedt had been dismissed following a six-day trial in the Linköping District Court in Linköping, Sweden. Now, the ex-members’ attorney Michael Berg has confirmed to SVT.se that they are planning to appeal. The former members originally filed the lawsuit after claiming they did not receive proper payment for their musical contributions and tours, and that they were not allowed to see any financial records from 2011-2016. They also claimed the band was a partnership despite the fact that Forge denied those claims repeatedly. Testimony by various key witnesses was heard and the district court decided there was not enough convincing evidence to prove a partnership existed. They also ordered the former members to pay Forge‘s legal fees. Forge claimed over 2 million kronor in fees, but the court decided 1.3 million kronor (roughly $145,000 USD) was more reasonable. The ex-members were given a three week window to appeal.

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Former Ghost Members’ Lawsuit Against Frontman Tobias Forge Dismissed

After a six-day trial in the Linköping District Court in Linköping, Sweden, the lawsuit filed against Ghost frontman Tobias Forge (aka Cardinal Copia/Papa Emertius) by former members Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm, and Martin Hjertstedt has been dismissed. The ex-members originally filed the lawsuit after claiming they did not receive proper payment for their musical contributions and tours, and that they were not allowed to see any financial records from 2011-2016. They also claimed the band was a partnership despite the fact that Forge denied those claims repeatedly. Testimony by various key witnesses was heard and the district court decided there was not enough convincing evidence to prove a partnership existed. They also ordered the former members to pay Forge‘s legal fees. Forge claimed over 2 million kronor in fees, but the court decided 1.3 million kronor (roughly $145,000 USD) was more reasonable. The ex-members still have three weeks to appeal.

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Candlemass Added To Ghost’s European Tour

Candlemass have been confirmed as the supporting act for Ghost’s upcoming European tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

02/03 Lyon, FRA – Tony Garnier
02/05 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
02/06 Antwerp, BEL – Lotto
02/07 Paris, FRA – Zenith
02/14 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle
02/15 Bochum, GER – Ruhrkongress
02/17 Hannover, GER – Swiss Life Hall
02/18 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
02/20 Gothenburg, SWE – Scandinavium
02/21 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
02/23 Stockholm, SWE – Ericsson Globe