Ghost Hints At Lineup Changes, European Tour Starts Next Month

In an interview this past weekend, A Nameless Ghoul from Ghost remarked that the band has undergone some lineup changes. This is the most concrete form of evidence that has only been circulating as rumors in fan groups on social media about the fast rising, but notoriously secretive band.

Nearly all interviews with Ghost are done by a Nameless Ghoul almost all being done by Papa Emeritus himself. Asked by the Metal Wani blog to comment on the rumors that rest of the members were released from the lineup at the conclusion of the “Popestar USA Tour”:

From a practical point of view, you’re interested in, on the one hand, preserving the sound, or the elements that make up the sound, and you still wanna progress. I think one of the secrets behind our preserving ability is the fact that we don’t necessarily have to have the same six people in the room to make that sound, which helps.

It’s always a blessing and a curse when you have some of these classic bands over the course of rock and roll history, where in order for them to sound like that exact band, you need those four individuals, and if one is missing, it does not sound like that. And, fortunately, we don’t have that problem. Because performing Ghost and recording Ghost has never really been the same thing. So that we can preserve our sound; we don’t have to rely on… if some people come and go, which is good. Queens of the Stone Age is the same thing. Everything goes through Josh’s [Homme] hands, and therefore it sounds like Queens of the Stone Age, regardless of who he brings in and out of the band, which is, I guess, a similar situation.”

It is well known that Ghost was meant to have a revolving lineup with different “Papa’s” coming with each album and EP cycle’s completion, and adding a new element to the band. In the list of past Nameless Ghouls appearing with the band on stage include Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Josh Homme, Phil Anselmo, Corey Taylor and more. The band have been gaining in popularity with Grammy awards, a worldwide top ten hit (in some cases like the US #1 on the Active Rock chart) for several weeks recently with ‘Square Hammer’, and a prime spot opening for Iron Maiden’s upcoming US tour. Ghost is said to be working on a new full-length album, due out this summer from Loma Vista Records.

Ghost, by Lisa Schuchmann


Ghost Popestar European tour 2017

Mar 24: Norwich UEA, UK

Mar 25: Cardiff Great Hall, UK

Mar 26: London O2 Forum Kentish Town, UK

Mar 28: Leeds O2 Academy, UK

Mar 29: Glasgow O2 ABC, UK

Mar 31: Manchester O2 Apollo, UK

Apr 01: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK

Apr 04: Brighton Dome, UK

Apr 06: Amsterdam HMH, Netherlands

Apr 08: Hamburg Docks, Germany

Apr 09: Wiesbaden Schlachthof, Germany

Apr 10: Brussels AB, Belgium

Apr 11: Paris Olympia, France

Apr 13: Barcelona St Jordi Club, Spain

Apr 14: Madrid Barclaycard Center, Spain

Apr 15: Lisbon MEO Arena, Portugal

Apr 16: Bilbao BEC, Spain

Apr 18: Zurich Volkshaus, Switzerland

Apr 19: Milan Alcatraz, Italy

Apr 20: Vienna Gasometer, Austria

Apr 21: Warsaw Stodola, Poland

Apr 23: Munich Kesselhaus, Germany

Apr 25: Berlin Huxleys, Germany

Apr 26: Copenhagen Valby Hallen, Denmark

Apr 27: Oslo Spektrum, Norway

Apr 28: Stockholm Hovet, Sweden

Apr 30: Helsinki Jaahalli, Finland