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The Latest on the State of Ghost

With Ghost in the midst of a fierce legal battle in its native Sweden, frontman Papa Emeritus is speaking out under his own name, Tobias Forge, about the nature of the band.

As some of the group's past Nameless Ghouls seek royalties and other revenues from their time in Ghost Forge spoke with Radio Metal in France to clarify the nature of the band. He said that, "Ghost was never formed as a band, and its first lineup was formed after the first record was recorded and it was just a live lineup. And from that lineup it changed many times. If you've followed us from when we started playing live in October 2010 you will notice that there has been numerous changes over the years...The people that played live (were) not necessarily the same that played on the record."

Forge fired Ghost's previous lineup at the end of the last year, and four of the musicians sued him earlier this month, asking for a financial accounting from 2011-2016.

Meanwhile, the new lineup of Ghost made its live debut during March in England and will be opening Iron Maiden's upcoming North American summer tour.

Meanwhile, Forge tells us that new material likely won't be long in coming:

"I'm usually piling stuff up and then by the time it comes to pre-production, that's when you sort of start going through it and see, then all of a sudden a new song comes; Especially when you start recording the demos and all that I usually get very inspired and work a lot faster."


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.