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]

Cave In, Old Man Gloom, Daughters, Etc. Added To 2019 Roadburn Festival

More artists have been added to the 2019 Roadburn Festival. The event will take place on April 11-14 at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands and the newly announced acts include Cave In, Old Man Gloom (feat. Cave In‘s Stephen Brodsky), Thou (“artist in residence” performing four sets including a collaborative set, a covers set, an acoustic set. and a “Magus” era set), Daughters, Henrik Palm, Drab Majesty, Ulcerate, Imperial Triumphant, Mord’A’Stigmata, Wolvennest, Gold, and Messa. Previously announced acts include: Sleep (performing “Holy Mountain” set and “The Sciences” set), Birds In Row, Gore, Have A Nice Life, Heilung, Louise Lemón, Midnight, Seven That Spells, and Vile Creature. As previously reported, Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) will be serving as a curator at the festival. On another note, the special set Cave In’s Stephen Brodsky and Adam McGrath played for the late Caleb Scofield at this year’s Roadburn Festival will be released on November 30 and proceeds will go towards the Caleb Scofield Memorial Fund.

Former Ghost Members Speak Out On Papa Emertius Lawsuit

It was previously reported that four former members of Ghost, who have now been identified as Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm, and Martin Hjertstedt, have filed a lawsuit against frontman Tobias Forge aka Papa Emertius. Now the four have issued a lengthy statement to Blabbermouth regarding the lawsuit, which you can read below.

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“As of yesterday, we, four signatories from the band GHOST, have filed a lawsuit with the Linköping District Court. We are suing Tobias Forge (‘Papa Emeritus’) – the band’s lead singer who has also been responsible for the finances of the band since its founding.

“As of the filing of this lawsuit we are requesting that the court, under penalty, oblige Tobias Forge to declare the incomes as well as expenses of the band concerning the years between 2011 and 2016.

“Throughout all the years we have been on tour with GHOST (between 2011- 2016 some of us have performed something like 500 shows with the band) and throughout the band’s album recordings, we have neither been allowed to share in the profits of the band, nor have we seen any of the incomes accounted for. The only thing we have received have been minimal advance payments to allow the band to keep going. This despite the fact that we had an agreement that any profits should be shared fairly between the members of the band.

“When we have attempted to raise the issue of the band’s finances with Tobias Forge his sole response has been that there are so far no profits to be share, but that everyone will be generously compensated once the band turns a profit.

“The reason that this lawsuit is now being filed is a contract dispute that has escalated during the previous year (2016). Over the last year we have received multiple proposed contracts from Tobias Forge in which he seeks to redefine his role in the band.

“Since the conception of GHOST, our common understanding and agreement has been that we are a band on equal terms, but that Tobias will act as band leader and manage the band’s finances through his own companies.

“Through contracts received from Tobias and his lawyers during 2016, Tobias has attempted to make us sign an agreement that implies we are merely consultants working for his company, an agreement also stating that we would receive less that a minimal wage for our contributions to the band. According to this proposal, furthermore we would renounce any and all rights to music royalties. All above despite the fact that some of us have been members of the band since its foundation, investing all of our time in the band during the past five years, with as much right to the recordings and trademark of the band GHOST as that of Tobias Forge.

“Our vocalist and former friend is now attempting to, in a underhand and shameless way, transform GHOST from a band into a solo project with hired musicians. Naturally, this is not something we can accept.

“When, in connection with the 2016 United States tour, approached a lawyer in order to sort out the situation of the contracts, we were informed that Tobias Forge no longer wanted us to participate in upcoming tours. Thus, Tobias Forge is now going ahead with the tour, which started March 24 2017 and is set to end in the U.K. on August 12, on his own together with rented musicians who have replaced all other band members. Tobias Forge has chosen this path of action without any permission from us to carry out the tour on his own. This under the name GHOST, which we regard as our commonly owned trademark.

“The actions of Tobias Forge amount to nothing less than unabashed dishonesty, greed, and darkness. Not the darkness of which GHOST sings, but a darkness that pushes a person to betray his best friends when fame and fortune appear within reach.

“We are terribly sorry that this afflicts the fans of the band as well, and that they too should suffer because of this betrayal and greed.

“We who are suing Tobias Forge are:

Simon Söderberg (Alpha) – member of GHOST since 2010
Mauro Rubino (Air) – member of GHOST since 2011
Henrik Palm (Eather) – member of GHOST since 2015
Martin Hjertstedt (Earth) – member of GHOST since 2014

“The Nameless Ghouls”

It’s worth noting that five former members have now revealed their identities considering that Martin Persner recently confirmed that he was former guitarist Omega.