FOLLOWING RUMOURS OF GHOST FRONTMAN PAPA EMERITUS RECRUITING MUSICIANS FOR AN ALL-NEW LINE-UP, SOME OF HIS EXGHOULS HAVE NOW GONE PUBLIC ABOUT THEIR LEGAL SITUATION…
While IT’S become increasingly difficult for any band that wear masks and adopts pseudonyms to remain truly anonymous in the age of the internet, there have always been strong theories behind the musicians playing in Swedish occult rockers Ghost. Most namely, the man at the helm of it all, Papa emeritus; and while credits would have us think the frontman gets replaced on every album, many believe it to be onetime Repugnant singer Tobias Forge.
Now some of his ex-bandmates, officially known only as Nameless Ghouls, have initiated legal proceedings over their dismissal and rights to the name. which, let’s not forget, the sextet were legally forced to amend to Ghost B.C. in America from 2013, ultimately reverting back some two years later.
On a public Facebook post by self-confirmed ex-guitarist Simon Söderberg that was also sent to Blabbermouth, four of the ex-members are now suing their ringleader after being cut out of the project and replaced as Nameless Ghouls. it certainly verifies theories that Papa had completely renewed the band’s line-up from the end of last year – most evident when only one member picked up their Swedish Grammis award – though interestingly enough, Martin Persner, the first ex-nameless Ghoul to publicly out himself, is not listed on the court documents.
The statement reads: “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.”
Perhaps most damning of all was the concluding paragraph stating “the actions… amount to nothing less than unabashed dishonesty, greed, and darkness. Not the darkness of which Ghost sings, but a darkness that pushes a person to betray his best friends when fame and fortune appear within reach. We are terribly sorry that this afflicts the fans of the band as well, and that they too should suffer because of this betrayal and greed.”
it puts a big question mark over Ghost’s future. Papa emeritus and his sinister ministers became one of the most successful new bands in rock over recent years, and while there’s never been any doubts over their main figurehead, the plaintiffs are arguing that their “vocalist and former friend is now attempting to, in an underhanded and shameless way, transform Ghost from a band into a solo project with hired musicians,” adding, “naturally, this is not something we can accept.”
The court documentation also confirmed the addition of bassist Megan Thomas from NYC tribute band lez Zeppelin, though her continued involvement is not specified.the current touring line-up is said to include members of The Sisters Of Mercy, Pendragon, Bloodbath and ex-korn keyboardist Zac Baird appearing as Nameless Ghouls. When asked about the lawsuit by Swedish outlet Corren, tobias Forge explained, “i can’t comment on it because it is a legal process.the lawsuit will be answered fairly soon by my legal counsel.”
For the record, we find this incredibly depressing.
Ghost: what’s going on?