Ghost’s Tobias Forge Explains Why Touring Members Don’t Play On The Band’s Albums

As you are probably aware of by now, Ghost frontman Tobias Forge is in control of every aspect of the band. This includes studio albums, which are written and recorded without the help of touring members. Forge recently discussed his reasoning for that during an interview on the Talking Metal podcast.

Forge said the following:

“I have never in the history of Ghost ever had… There was never any demands or expectancies for the people touring to play on the records for several reasons.

One is that I’ve always had a favorite drummer that I always wanted to play on the records who’s never been in the band. He’s never been in the touring band. He and I work very well together. He’s perfect for the studio requirements — he does that really well — and I have a favorite keyboard player, who is extremely good at translating the things that I want him to play.

During the writing, I always play everything anyways, so if you start involving people — which I have done from time to time, just to be nice, basically, just because I wanted to give them an incentive — you end up in a situation where you have to tell them to exactly replicate what I just did, just symbolically.

In my efforts to try to be nice to people, that has also turned out to be not so cool. I’ve learned a lot from that. Besides, if I’m not going to ask everyone to do their part, then what’s the point? I don’t want to segregate people. I don’t want to favor people. If I’m not asking everyone, then I don’t want to ask anyone.

Basically, all of the people that are in my band are doing other things — they have solo careers; they have other bands — so I want to give them time off, or time away from Ghost to do their things, because I know, come 2021, when the new record comes out and there’s this 18 months of touring coming up, they will come back having gotten their rocks off.

They will be ready to do my thing, whereas a lot of other bands where you have that demands, where you have people in the studio and half the band just sits around waiting for the record to be done, you end up having a lot of maybe not-so-good feelings when you start a tour, so the touring becomes way more heavy because you’re already tired of each other and you’re already at odds about this, that or the other. You just fuel a lot of potential negativity into touring.

I am very determined to make records — I don’t need necessarily other people to make those records, except for the ones that I choose myself — and I am a very determined tour artist, and I want the tours to be very good as well. That’s the short answer. [Laughs]”

[via MetalSucks]


Tobias Forge Says Papa Emeritus IV Will Front Ghost On Their Next Album Cycle

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Ghost’s Tobias Forge confirmed that Papa Emeritus IV will be fronting the band on their next album cycle. However, it is still unclear if Cardinal Copia will be promoted or if a whole new character will be taking over.

Forge said the following when asked who will front the band:

“I just know that person will have the name Papa Emeritus IV. It will be the fourth Papa Emeritus. But who that is, we don’t know yet.”

The singer also added the following about the new record, which is expected to be released in 2021:

“I look at many fifth albums as a guide as to the urgency for what that record will need to be, with [Iron Maiden’s] ‘Powerslave‘ being a great example.

By the fifth album you’re at a point in your career where you have this momentum built up, and you have the expectancy of people depending on you, so you have to put something special in those many spotlights.

You need to step up and make a record that’s worth it and justifies all of these things.”

Tobias Forge Says Ghost Will Do “Absolutely Zero Touring In 2020”

According to Ghost frontman Tobias Forge, the band will do “absolutely zero touring in 2020.” The singer is taking a break so he can be free to focus on the band’s new album.

Forge told Herald-Whig the following:

“There will be very little touring. To be specific, it’s going to be absolutely zero touring in 2020. We have one show in February, and that’s going be in a country that to the south of the U.S., and that will be it, that’s the only show we’re doing, and that’s going to be the wrap-up of this tour cycle.

The year is going to be spent making a new record, a new record that will come out in 2021, the beginning of 2021, and then we’re looking at 18 months of touring again.

Next year is going to be, at least from a touring point of view, off. But there’s going to be a lot of other things happening, so be sure that you’re going to see plenty from Ghost next year.”

Ghost Share Unboxing Video For “Prequelle Exalted” Box Set

Ghost have shared an unboxing video for the limited edition deluxe box set edition of their latest album “Prequelle.“ The set, which is called “Prequelle Exalted,” will be released on September 27 and it will feature the album on transparent orange with black smoke colored vinyl, the band’s “Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic” release, a 60-page arena tour photo book, etc. More info can be found HERE.

Tobias Forge On Ghost’s New Album Progress: “I’ve Only Recorded, So Far, A Demo Of One Track”

During a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar, Tobias Forge offered an update on the new Ghost album. So far, the frontman has recorded one demo track for the effort and he is planning to start the “real process” in January.

Forge said the following:

“I’m still yet to start the real process. The real process being: in January, I go into the studio, Monday through Friday, every week, just finishing tracks. That’s how it works.

So up until then, I don’t know, there might be a song in my head but it’s not finished until it’s recorded. I’ve only recorded, so far, a demo of one track, just to get my rocks off and feel that I’ve started doing something.

So one track is sort of listenable and then I have maybe 50 ideas for tracks but generally, in order to make a song, you need about three ideas to be put together into a song. So I feel that four months from now, the pile of ideas – riffs, vignettes, lyric ideas, and all these different things.

‘From the Pinnacle to the Pit’ [from Ghost’s third album, 2015’s ‘Meliora’] was written on bass. That’s why it sounds like that. Some are written as a drum idea, like ‘Death Knell’ [from Ghost’s 2010 debut ‘Opus Eponymous’] was written as a drum idea. So there are so many different angles that the songs can start from.

But now, knowing that I have one song I can listen to and the pile of ideas, I feel very confident that [I can get a new album done] from January to September [2020] – that’s the production window – January is starting and September is mastering, basically. I feel as prepared now as I have going in to make any of the previous albums.”

He also added the following when asked if “Kiss The Go-Goat” and “Mary On A Cross” are any indication of the band’s new material:

“Well, they were recorded 50 years ago so they have nothing to do with the new record.”

Former Ghost Members To Have Their Appeal Heard In March 2020

The lawsuit filed against Ghost frontman Tobias Forge (aka Cardinal Copia/Papa Emertius) by ex-members Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm, and Martin Hjertstedt was dismissed following a trial in the Linköping District Court in Linköping, Sweden back in October 2018, but the former members have now requested a retrial before the Swedish court of appeals. Their appeal will be heard in a Jönköping court in March 2020.

The ex-members previously tried to get a new trial after claiming there was a conflict of interest due to Forge and Judge Henrik Ibold both having ties to the same branch of the Swedish Order Of Freemasons, but that argument was ultimately rejected. The court essentially said Forge and Ibold‘s membership did not influence the ruling and that they did not break any local laws.

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 that the band was a partnership despite the fact that Forge denied those claims repeatedly.

Once the case went to trial, 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. However, Forge has filed for a cross-appeal in an effort to get the full amount.

[via Ultimate Guitar]

Ghost Perform “Kiss The Go-Goat” & “Mary On A Cross” Live For The First Time

During Ghost’s September 13 show at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA, the band performed “Kiss The Go-Goat” and “Mary On A Cross” live for the first time. Both tracks are from the group’s “Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic” release, which is available in digital outlets now. The effort will also be released as a limited edition 7 inch on September 27, the same day the band are releasing their “Prequelle Exalted” box set.