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Ghost’s Tobias Forge says Cardinal Copia will come back for next LP

Tobias Forge alias Cardinal Copia of Ghost performs at Oslo Spektrum on February 21, 2019 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Per Ole Hagen/Redferns via Getty Images)
Tobias Forge alias Cardinal Copia of Ghost performs at Oslo Spektrum on February 21, 2019 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Per Ole Hagen/Redferns via Getty Images)

Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge has said in a new interview that his current stage persona, Cardinal Copia, has a very good chance of sticking around for the band’s next studio album. Speaking with Australian podcast The Music, Forge said, “Right now, if everything goes according to plan, we’re hoping for Cardi to be strong enough and cool enough to possibly do something that none of the previous ones have done, and that’s basically to do two cycles.”

He continued, “Each of the other ones you’ve sort of met when they’ve already accomplished their thing . . . Not even I liked him to begin with. But now I can’t wait to see him hopefully accomplish these things and I really look forward to possibly seeing him in the skull paint and real papal attire.”

Forge performed as a “new” Papa Emeritus on each of the band’s first three LPs, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of last year’s Prequelle album.

Forge recently told Billboard that he is already focused on the band’s next recording project, with plans to be in the studio again by the beginning of 2020 with a release later that year. But Ghost still has an extensive touring schedule to get through for the rest of 2019, including an opening stint for Metallica this summer.

Story source: Blabbermouth

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