Tobias Forge says original idea for Ghost was more ‘musical theater’
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Ghost frontman Tobias Forge said in an interview at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles last week that he originally envisioned the project as something closer to musical theater than a rock band. Forge, who performs as Cardinal Copia and previously as various versions of Papa Emeritus, explained, “Ever since I was a kid, I always liked going to musicals like Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera.” He added, “You know that the show starts at a certain time, and then the story’s over at a certain time, and you don’t have to think too much about what happened before and after . . . That was what I was trying to get to. That was what I was trying to create.”
Forge said that he knew he wanted Ghost to be theatrical in nature, remarking, “(Ghost) started with a few songs, and then the lyrics sort of spoke to me at that point, like, ‘This is not going to be a band that looks like this (gestures to himself).’ I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to create this thing where it was a complete make-belief.”
Forge told us that he’s worked hard over the last few years to strike a balance between theater and rock: “The thing that I tried to achieve originally and what I’ve been trying to maintain is the sense of theater rather than classic rock’n’roll. And I understand now that at the end of the day, I am a rock artist and I have a rock band with me and we’re playing rock music, so I just sort of became a little bit more of a normal rock artist.”
Ghost will release its new album, Prequelle, on June 1st, with first single “Rats” already Number Seven on the rock radio chart.
The band’s headlining tour stops in St. Louis on Friday, May 25th at Peabody Opera House. Get details on the Iron Age Concert Calendar.