Ghost frontman gives first public interview unmasked
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Ghost frontman Tobias Forge, who performs as Papa Emeritus and Cardinal Copia, gave his first public interview without a mask on Tuesday night (May 1st) inside the 200-seat Clive Davis Theater at Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum. The discussion followed a three-song acoustic performance by Forge and three members of the group that included new single “Rats,” the Grammy-winning “Cirice” and “Jigolo Har Megiddo.”
During the interview, Forge said that the group’s upcoming album Prequelle was at least partially inspired by current world events, explaining, “I think that the end of the world has already happened many times . . . I wanted to make a record that sort of shone the light on surviving through a turmoil like that. This is a record about survival, but through somewhat troubled times.”
Forge told us that the recent lawsuit filed against him by former members of Ghost also affected the making of Prequelle: “I had a personal situation that urgently told me to salvage the situation and reclaim what is mine and also justify that it was mine to begin with. So of course there was a great sense of urgency over the album. Not only thematically, but for myself, this record was a record about survival through trauma.”
Prequelle will be released on June 1st and follows up 2015’s Meliora, which became the Swedish act’s breakthrough album in North America.
Ghost kicks off its first tour in support of Prequelle on Saturday (May 5th) in Riverside, California and will be performing in St. Louis at Peabody Opera House on May 25th. Get details on the St. Louis date on the Iron Age Concert Calendar.