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Latest Ghost News

Below is our complete Ghost news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Ghost: Settlement Over Legal Dispute Considered

Ghost vocalist Papa Emeritus (aka Tobias Forge) and four former members of the group look to be reaching a possible settlement. Their legal representatives were due to meet in Linkoping, Sweden court yesterday, to begin to discuss the possibility of resolving their legal dispute.

Aforementioned dispute was brought against Tobias Forge by four ex-musicians from the outfit —Simon Söderberg (Alpha), Mauro Rubino (Air), Henrik Palm (Ether) and Martin Hjertstedt (Earth)— and saw them seeking to get their hands on the band’s accounting from 2011 to the end of 2016. The four claim they were underpaid for their work with the band and also claim a partnership was in place to distribute proceeds from the band.

Tobias Forge himself previously disputed all claims and the existence of such a partnership. He also went on to allege that the above musicians were essentially "musicians for hire" with himself being the mainman of the band.

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Ghost Kicks Off Tour With Iron Maiden

Grammy Award-winning band Ghost - which is currently being sued by former members - just kicked off a North American tour with Iron Maiden last night in Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live.

The band will also be playing 13 additional headlining dates throughout the summer. Catch these upcoming Ghost 2017 tour dates:

Ghost headlining shows
6/06 - Albany, NY - The Palace Theatre
6/08 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
6/10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
6/14 - Louisville, KY - The Palace Theater
6/17 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Civic Center
6/22 - Corpus Christi, TX - The Pavilion at Concrete Street
6/26 - Midland, TX - La Hacienda
6/30 - Fresno, CA - Rainbow Ballroom
7/08 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore (Denver)
7/13 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
7/14 - Fort Wayne, IN - Embassy Theater
7/18 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
7/20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore (Philly, PA) More...

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Ghost Guitarist Steps Forward About Lawsuit

Recently it was reveled that several Nameless Ghouls from the past lineup of Ghost are suing front man Papa Emeritus (Tobias Forge). Now one of those Ghouls has unmasked himself and several others as well. Former Ghost guitarist Simon Söderberg issued this statement via Facebook:

"As of yesterday we, four signatories from the band Ghost, have filed a lawsuit with the Linköping District Court. We are suing Tobias Forge (”Papa Emeritus”) – the band’s lead singer who has also been responsible for the finances of the band since its founding.

"As of the filing of this lawsuit we are requesting that the court, under penalty, oblige Tobias Forge to declare the incomes as well as expenses of the band concerning the years between 2011 and 2016.

"Throughout all the years we have been on tour with Ghost (between 2011-2016 some of us have performed something like 500 shows with the band) and throughout the band’s album recordings, we have neither been allowed to share in the profits of the band, nor have we seen any of the incomes accounted for.

"The only thing we have received have been minimal advance payments to allow the band to keep going. This despite the fact that we had an agreement that any profits should be shared fairly between the members of the band.

"When we have attempted to raise the issue of the band’s finances with Tobias Forge his sole response has been that there are so far no profits to be share, but that everyone will be generously compensated once the band turns a profit.

"The reason that this lawsuit is now being filed is a contract dispute that has escalated during the previous year (2016). Over the last year we have received multiple proposed contracts from Tobias Forge in which he seeks to redefine his role in the band.

"Since the conception of Ghost our common understanding and agreement has been that we are a band on equal terms, but that Tobias will act as band leader and manage the band’s finances through his own companies. More...

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Former Ghouls Suing Papa Emeritus

Update: former guitarist Simon Söderberg has now issued a statement about the reasons behind the lawsuit and which Ghouls are involved.

After winning both U.S. and Swedish Grammy awards, sadly not all is well within the Ghost camp.

According to a story posted on Swedish site Corren.se, several former Nameless Ghouls are now suing Papa Emeritus of Ghost.

An excerpt from the article (translated to English so a bit is lost) reads as follows:

"Leader of the rock band Ghost of Linkoping sued by four of the band members. He is accused of having managed the stores around Ghost completely without insight from someone else in the band. It appears from a lawsuit Linköping District Court.

" Behind the mood is four musicians in the world famous, acclaimed and secret hard rock group Ghost. According to the lawsuit claims the Quartet (the partners) to:

* Court states that partnership exists between the five musicians
* Jointly conducts the music group Ghost
* Partnership agreement prescribes that the band leader to carry out the management of the company's operations.

"The four musicians behind the application also demand that the court should require the bandleader under penalty of SEK 200 000, or the amount that the court considers reasonable, the company reported revenues and expenses for the financial years 2011 to 2016 and that he also recognizes the company's assets at December 31, 2016. The reason for the lawsuit is missing wages and allowances for several years."

According to the full article, relations between the Ghouls and Papa Emeritus soured over the years, with complaints of missing payments and un-signable contracts that put the musicians into untenable positions. It's unclear just which of the Ghouls are involved in the lawsuit and what their real identities are at the moment.

Papa Emeritus has declined to comment on the lawsuit thus far, but a statement is expected to be forthcoming at some point.

Read the full article at Corren.se.

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Ghost To Headline Bloodstock 2017

The organizers of this year's Bloodstock Festival are very excited to announce Ghost as the Saturday night headliner.

This will be Ghost's first ritual at Bloodstock and watching the stage show after dark is sure to be quite the religious experience, Check out a taster of what might be in store via a clip from Hellfest 2016 below.

A Nameless Ghoul informs us: “We are absolutely chuffed to finally be playing at the classic Bloodstock Over the years we have heard so many great things about it and now, to be able to headline one of the nights, is a great honour and we are very much looking forward to it. Thank you all and see you there!"

Bloodstock 2017 will take place from August 10th - 13th at Catton Park, Derbyshire. More...

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Ghost Adds New Headlining Shows

Grammy Award-winning band Ghost just announced additional headlining dates to take place this summer during the band's North American tour with Iron Maiden.

Pre-sale tickets for the 13 headlining dates will be available for purchase beginning today at 1:00 PM local time. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning this Friday, March 31st at 10:00 AM local time.

Ghost is currently touring Europe and recently topped the Active Rock and Mainstream Rock songs charts with the single "Square Hammer." featured on the band's most recent EP release, "Popestar," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. More...

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Just For Fun

Weird Satanist Guy Interviews Ghost

"Onyx the Fortuitous" finally has his own show, "Welcome to the Shadow Zone", where you’re invited to view his unique world full of interviews, awkward scenarios, reviews and more. Watch Onyx’s interview with one of his favorite bands, "Ghost".

Watch Season 1 of "Welcome to the Shadow Zone" on Alpha.

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"The Devil's Candy" - The Most Metal Movie Of 2017

Metal fans who dig horror movies take note: this is seriously the most metal movie you are going to see this year. Although originally released in 2015, "The Devil's Candy" wasn't available in America until yesterday and is out now via all the various VOD platforms.

From the same director as the utterly demented (in a very good way) "The Loved Ones," this follow-up flick from Sean Byrne features a metalhead dad and daughter caught in a very bad situation when the family buys a house with a nefarious past.

Heavy metal is essentially its own character in the film, and you'll see all kinds of nods to bands from Sunn O))) to Isis and of course the more well known like Metallica and Ghost.

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Ghost Wins Swedish Grammis Award

After Megadeth took home the Best Metal Performance award at the 2017 U.S. Grammy ceremony, Ghost has won the Best Hard Rock / Metal category at the Swedish Grammis awards held Tuesday night in Stockholm. The nominated bands were as follows:

Amaranthe - "Maximalism"
Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas - "Mariner"
Dark Tranquillity - "Atoma"
Ghost - "Popestar"
In Flames - "Battles"

In Flames commented via Facebook: "Congrats to Ghost for winning 'Hard Rock/Metal Album of the Year.' Thanks for the nomination and good times, Grammis! #IFBattles17."

Video of Papa Emeritus accepting the award can be seen below. Notably, he is the only member of the band to appear, fueling speculation the nameless ghouls are in for a reboot, either entirely changing out the lineup or perhaps simply changing the costumes and names for the next release.

Last year, Ghost also won the U.S. Grammy for Best Metal Performance. More...

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Ghost Tops Active Rock Chart

Grammy award-winning band Ghost just topped the Active Rock chart with current single "Square Hammer" and is the first Swedish band to have a No. 1 song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

"Square Hammer" is featured on the band's most recent EP release, "Popestar," which debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts and has sold 75,000 units in its first four months of release.

"Popestar" was surprise released on September 16th by Loma Vista Recordings and is available online and in record stores on CD, vinyl, and digital. The EP has been streamed over 18 million times globally. In addition to "Square Hammer", the five-track offering features covers of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet.

The "Popestar" EP was recorded by Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls in Linköping, Sweden and produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Opeth). More...

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Ghost Posts "The Summoning VII" Video

Coming upon the unveiling of Papa Emeritus IV, Grammy Award-winning band Ghost just unveiled a new clip entitled "The Summoning VII: Are You Ready" in the wake of a 41-city headlining U.S. tour.

Ghost's "Popestar" EP was released on September 16th by Loma Vista Recordings and debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts, selling over 21,000 copies in its first week. The release was also the first EP to top the Top Rock Albums chart in its 10-year history.

The surprise five-track offering features leading psalm "Square Hammer" and also contains covers of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. "Popestar" was recorded by Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls in Linköping, Sweden and produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Opeth). More...

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Ghost Releases "The Summoning VI" Video

Grammy Award-winning band Ghost just unveiled a new clip entitled "The Summoning VI: The Proceedings Intensify" in the wake of the release of new "Popestar" EP, which debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts.

Popestar was released on September 16th by Loma Vista Recordings and is available online and in record stores on CD, vinyl, and digital. The surprise five-track offering features leading psalm "Square Hammer" and also contains covers of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet.

The arrival of the "Popestar" EP coincided with the launch of the band's 41-city U.S. headlining tour, which kicked off on September 16th. More...

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Ghost EP Tops The Charts

Grammy Award-winning band Ghost has earned the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts with the new EP "Popestar." Selling over 21,000 copies, the release is the first EP to reach first place on Top Rock Albums in the chart's history.

"Popestar" also marks the band's second No. 1 release on the Hard Rock Albums chart. This new EP was released on September 16th by Loma Vista Recordings and is available online and in record stores on CD, vinyl, and digital.

The surprise five-track offering features leading psalm "Square Hammer" and also contains covers of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. "Popestar" was recorded by Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls in Linköping, Sweden and produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Opeth). More...

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Ghost Releasing New EP

Grammy Award-winning band Ghost just declared the arrival of a new EP entitled "Popestar," available today online and in record stores on CD, vinyl, and digital via Loma Vista Recordings.

The surprise five-track offering features leading psalm "Square Hammer," a new original track which was debuted earlier in the week on Sirius XM's Octane as part of a week long global rollout.

The EP also contains interpretations of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. "Popestar" was recorded by Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls in Linköping, Sweden and produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Opeth).

Check out a music video for "Square Hammer," directed by Zev Deans, in the player below. The EP's full track listing is as follows: More...

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Revolution Rock Festival Lineup Announced

Band performance times, onsite experiences, and the Friday night pre-party have been revealed for Revolution Rock Festival that is fueled by Monster Energy and set for Saturday, September 17th outdoors at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

Produced by AEG Live, Revolution Rock Festival will feature a powerful rock lineup with Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Volbeat, Chevelle, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax, Ghost, Killswitch Engage, Sevendust, and more.

For those with Revolution Rock festival hotel packages, the weekend kicks off with the Friday pre-party at the Grand Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino, featuring performances from Thunderstruck and Strutter.

On Saturday, festival doors open at 11:00 AM. The current performance schedule for Revolution Rock Festival is as follows (subject to change): More...

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Ghost Announces "Popestar" Tour

Grammy award-winning band Ghost just announced the Popestar U.S. headlining tour - a 35 city run that will include two rituals at The Wiltern in Los Angeles this coming October. Tickets for these dates will be available for purchase beginning Friday, June 17th at 10:00 AM local time.

Tickets purchased for select shows will include a digital download of new music that will be made available the day these fall rituals begin. Check out this location for participating dates and details.

September 16 - Rochester, NY - The Armory
September 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
September 21 - Cleveland, OH - Masonic Auditorium
September 23 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
September 27 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
September 28 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
September 30 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank at Midland Theatre More...

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Louder Than Life Announces 2016 Lineup

Following a 2015 sellout with 50,000 in attendance, Louder Than Life returns to Champions Park near downtown Louisville October 1st & 2nd, 2016 for the third annual destination festival celebrating the region’s culture and cuisine.

The festival features award-winning bourbons and spirits, Gourmet Man Food, craft beer and some of the biggest names in rock music. Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold top a music lineup of over 35 bands on three stages, with performances from Disturbed, Korn, Slayer, The Cult, Ghost, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and many more.

Louder Than Life founder and producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents declares: “Louisville: The home of bourbon. Great people. Great food. How can those ingredients not make a perfect place to have a festival? This is a place you have to visit if you’re a lover of bourbon, a lover of food…a lover of life. I asked my team how we could top last year’s Louder Than Life sellout. The easy answer? Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold." More...

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Ghost Adds More Tour Dates

Ghost just added more dates to the band's current "Black To The Future" tour, which is currently hitting venues across the country. The band will perform in Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Green Bay following an appearance at Lollapalooza to wrap up the tour.

Macabre will open the newly added shows. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning this Friday, May 20th at 10:00 AM local time. See below for a complete list of dates.

Ghost's "Cirice," taken from third album "Meliora," was awarded a Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" this past February. Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls also capped off a landmark 2015 with a late night television debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert's performing "Cirice." More...

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Texas Mutiny 2016 Announced

AEG Live - producers of a string of rock and metal festivals in the U.S., including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma and River City Rockfest - just announced the first annual Texas Mutiny festival, to be held Saturday, September 24th on the outer grounds at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.

The newest rock and camping festival to hit the Lone Star State promises a day of absolute music mutiny with over 12 hours of nonstop music on three stages from Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Chevelle, Pierce The Veil, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Candlebox, Nothing More, Starset, The Amity Affliction, Skindred, KYNG, Neck Deep, Shaman’s Harvest, Avatar, Twelve Foot Ninja, September Mourning, and more.

“Considering the ongoing success we’ve had in Dallas for years with Edgefest and the new success story this year with Off The Rails, the DFW market is one that is primed and ready for a top-notch hard rock festival,” commented Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Texas Mutiny for AEG Live. “We’re taking successful components from several of our other similar rock festivals to create an experience for music fans that is uniquely Texas. Our hope is that this is the first step toward establishing a long legacy that rock artists and rock fans in the Lone Star State can call their own!”

“AEG Live is one of the premier producers of rock festivals in the U.S., and we’re pleased to partner with them on one that reaches the hard rock audience,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “Charlotte Motor Speedway, our sister venue in the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family, has partnered with AEG Live for the Carolina Rebellion music festival since 2013 and we’re looking forward to hosting an equally successful event in the inaugural Texas Mutiny.”

Specially priced Texas Mutiny presale General Admission and VIP tickets will be available from Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 AM CDT through Friday, May 6 at 9:59 AM CDT at this location. More...

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