The legal representatives of Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emertius) and former Ghost members, Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm, and Martin Hjertstedt, met in Linkoping, Sweden court yesterday (November 13) to discuss a possible settlement for their legal dispute, but an agreement was not reached. Corren.se reports that Söderberg and Rubino attended the meeting with their representative Michael Berg. Forge did not attend, but his representative Ann-Charlotte Söderlund Björk was on hand. It is assumed that more meetings will take place early next year. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, the former members filed a lawsuit against Forge 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. They also claimed the band was a partnership despite the fact that Forge has denied those claims repeatedly.
According to NT.se, the legal representatives of Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emertius) and former Ghost members, Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm, and Martin Hjertstedt, will meet in Linkoping, Sweden court today (November 13) to discuss a possible settlement for their legal dispute. It is unknown if the actual members will make an appearance. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, the former members filed a lawsuit against Forge 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. They also claimed the band was a partnership despite the fact that Forge has denied those claims repeatedly.
Ghost finished off their “Meliora“/”Popestar” touring cycle in Gothenburg, SWE last night (September 30), and ended the show by “retiring” Papa Emeritus III. The singer was dragged off stage by men in suits, and the crowd was introduced to the elderly Papa Emeritus Zero, who said the following [translated from Italian]: “I am Papa Emeritus Zero. The party is over. The Middle Ages are starting now.” This is likely the precursor to Papa Emeritus IV, and the band’s new album, which is expected to be released in April 2018.
Ghost’s Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emeritus) recently took part in a 90-minute Swedish radio broadcast called “Sommar i P1” and publicly “unmasked” himself for the first time. His identity had been revealed in the past, especially after the lawsuit between him and former members came to light, but the program was still very telling nonetheless. Topics discussed included Forge’s childhood, his late brother, who sadly passed away right after the first Ghost song was uploaded, the band’s formation, and more. You can listen to the Swedish broadcast HERE, and find an English translation from Reddit user totaljunkrat below.
If feel like I’ve been part of some.. Cosmic exchange deal, like there had been some mistake. But that the compensaion now came as a form of a chance, it was if I had recived a huge gift as a comfort from the loss.
This is summer in P1 with Tobias Forge, the music in the pod is shortened due to legal reasons –
Almost all my memories from my childhood I associate with either music, TV or movies. I remember almost everyhing as a accompaniment of pop culture. I remember a huge part of my childhood.
Maybe not exact details of it, but places and moments. People and meetings. I can still remember a great amount of details how it looked in the apartement we moved from when I was at the age of 4.
I have living memories from almost the entire ’80s – Barnjournalen, Bagen, Carola won Melodifestivalen, Solstollarna, Tillbaka till framtiden (Back to the future), Samanta Fox, Kim Wild, Ghost Busters, Vetenskapens värld, Ett med Naturen, Moonlight Shadow, Fragglarna, The Riddle, and Kiss was interviewed in the music program Norrsken.
I was always watching the news. There were many conflicts in the world which was very hard to grasp the idea of as a child, but I was very interested. I watched Rapport and Aktuellt. Lokala östnytt where the news contained everything from Thather, Regan, Arafat and Gorbatjov – to bankruptcy of Gusums bruk in Valdemarsvik. I remember small and large, as I said. Continue reading
Ghost’s Tobias Forge, who performs as Papa Emeritus and dresses as a Nameless Ghoul for interviews, recently talked with the Albuquerque Journal about the band’s upcoming fourth album. During the chat, he also revealed that he is already thinking ahead about ideas for their fifth album as well.
Forge said the following:
“I usually write a lot. I don’t make an album and don’t write for two years and then end up with a blank paper starting over.”
“I constantly work with material that could be two years old, five years old, ten years old, as well as new things. It’s a pick and mix of a lot of different ideas and stuff laying around, a lot of new stuff being added to the pile. Yeah, it’s a constant thinking ahead, and now, already now, I’m thinking about album No. 5, because there are songs coming out now or coming up being written that I feel like that won’t fit into the new album, so I’ll put that one on to the next one instead.”
He also said the following about Ghost’s next album:
“Having in mind that the previous record was about the absence of God or the absence of deities, this new one is going to be about the return of God. You know God’s wrath cast upon the suffering humans, so it will be a little bit more biblical in that sense, which in turn makes it darker, a little bit more apocalyptic, I think. That’s basically what I can tell you about it right now.”
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.”
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.