Ghost’s Tobias Forge’s (aka Papa Emeritus) identity was officially revealed due to the lawsuit former members of the group filed against him, but now he is taking it one step further by publicly appearing as himself on the August 17 episode of Sweden’s “Sommar i P1” radio show. He is expected “to talk about [his] background and about how things never quite turn out the way you think they will.”
A Nameless Ghoul, assumed to be frontman Tobias Forge aka Papa Emeritus, was interviewed by Rockfeed.net and confirmed the group will start recording their new album on August 14. He said the following:
“Obviously we’re doing this tour for another six weeks I think and come August 14th, it’s not gonna be a big day for mankind but it’s going to be a big week for myself because I’m going into the studio and we’re going to start recording the new album. The rest of the fall is going to be recording. While it’s not going to be a big event for all y’all, it’s going to be a big event for us.”
It was previously reported that four former members of Ghost, who were identified as Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm, and Martin Hjertstedt, were filing a lawsuit against frontman Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emertius) due to them not receiving proper payment for their musical contributions and tours, and the fact that they were not allowed to see any of the financial records from 2011-2016. hey also claimed the band was a partnership despite the fact that Forge has denied those claims repeatedly. Now, Forge and his legal team have officially filed a response to the lawsuit, which you can read below (translated from Swedish by Reddit user Joppe777). On another note, he also revealed the identities of most of the band’s former members: Gustaf Lindström (2010 – 2011), Simon Söderberg (2010 – 2016), Aksel Holmgren (2010 – 2014), Martin Persner (2010 – 2016), Mauro Rubino (2011 – 2016), Rikard Ottoson (2011 – 2014), Linton Rubino (2014 – 2015), Henrik Palm (2015 – 2016), Marin Hjertstedt (2015 – 2016), and Megan Thomas (2016).
(TF Reply) Main Document – part 1
Gothenburg, June 7, 2017
Case T 1213-17
Martin Hjertstedt et al. Vs. Tobias Forge
Tobias Forge will here explain the grounds for contesting the case.
I. SUMMARY OF REASONS FOR CONTESTING THE CASE
The operations of GHOST BEGAN in 2006-2008. None of the plaintiffs were present at the time of the formation of the operations, but received tasks as musician much later (Simon Soderberg at the end of summer 2010, Mauro Rubino early 2011, Martin Hjertstedt and Henrik Palm in January 2015). There has been no common commercial purpose. The plaintiffs have neither participated in the decicions of GHOST’s business purposes nor committed to working for the common commercial purpose.
The plaintiffs have neither contributed capital investments in the GHOST business nor been responsible to losses in the business. Tobias Forge has exclusively held decisions and control of the operations of GHOST.
The plaintiffs have only had the task of performing – executing – the musical works and the image in GHOST that Tobias Forge has created, produced and decided, all according to Tobias instructions. For their assignment, the candidates have received a fixed fees / salary.
Thus there is no legal partnership existing between Tobias Forge and the plaintiffs regarding the activities of GHOST. As no legal partnership exists, Tobias Forge is not required to report revenue, costs or assets in the GHOST business.
It looks like Ghost have undergone another lineup change. According to Blabbermouth, the drummer performing at the band’s recent U.S. shows seems to have a different drum set up and way of playing than the one who played on the band’s European tour. You can see footage of the new Nameless Ghoul in action below:
Ghost have partnered with horror apparel company Fright-Rags to create a new line of merch designed by artists Justin Osbourn, Christopher Lovell, and Abrar Ajmal. You can check out the various shirts, hoodies, etc. they have to offer HERE.
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.
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 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.
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