Now, Ghost fans are quite used to change within the band and there is always a new or unexpected twist lurking somewhere. It seems that 2023 will not be immune to this as a leader Tobias Forge Narrator Metal hammer that “good change” comes before the band embark on their next series of tours in support of last year’s Impera album.
“We’re touring a lot again. On previous album cycles we’ve done four legs in America and two or three in Europe and repeat,” says Forge, previewing what’s in store for Ghost over the course of this year, “We will go into all areas next year, but there will be a European tour, an American tour. We will do a little bit of everything.”
“There’s going to be a little bit of something up in upper Asia, at the far end there – a very established country with a lot of pop culture fascination and the home of video games,” he continues, “And there’s going to be something in the world of Oceania , and there might be something south of Panama, and there might be something a little north of Panama. It feels pretty solid.”
The band’s touring ethic has paid dividends as Ghost have become one of the biggest bands in rock and metal over the past dozen years, and they also reached their highest Billboard 200 chart last year as Impera rose up to None. 2.
Be careful not to divulge too much valuable information, Forge advises Metal hammer, “We will come out with a little bit of change before that – good change. We must not remain silent. Some things are public, other things are not publicly available, but there are many things in the making.”
Could we see the fifth incarnation of Papa Emeritus or an entirely new frontman? Maybe The Nameless Ghouls will wear new outfits? Or is it something else entirely? Time will tell…
As Ghost continues to enjoy increasing success on the road, Forge told Loudwire in our Artist of the year 2022 interview that he has even bigger dreams for what a ghost show might look like, especially in large outdoor spaces or even a stadium show of his own.
“Rammstein is obviously the perfect example of exactly that,” Forge says of transforming the show into a massive outdoor spectacle.
“If you look at a show that they did in 1995, it’s basically the same gags, they do the same things, it’s just magnified and set out in this huge field. I think Ghost could do that , but to make it happen you have to be able to sell a lot of tickets everywhere,” he explains, “it costs so much to do that show that you can’t just do it once, you can’t do it twice , you can’t do it 10 times, you have to do it that many times, and it takes that long to recoup that money. You’re literally burning money. That would be my long-term goal.”
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