Swedish Grammy-winning rockers, Ghost have announced their “Rats on the Road 2018” tour. The Clergy will hold services in 20 cities across the U.S. this spring.
After legal issues with his former Nameless Ghouls bandmates, frontman Tobias Forge’s, aka Papa Emeritus, identity was revealed. According to the band’s current tour poster, it looks as if Forge’s Papa Emeritus persona, will undergo a overhaul, shedding his Pope like wardrobe. The poster also reveals in the background a shadow figure of the former Papa Emeritus.
Although Forge has slightly altered his name through the years, UltimateClassicRock.com reported that Forge hinted at the change in persona at the band’s last show of their last tour announcing, “I am Papa Emeritus Zero. The party is over and now a new era begins. The Middle Ages begin now.”
Not showing his face, Forge posted a video on the band’s social media page in January of him playing an 8-track style cassette of Ghost while stating, “I’m going to fucking wipe the floor with this guy. Not bad, but not good either. Pure shame.”
Forge revealed some of the track titles for the band’s upcoming forth studio album including “Rats,” “Faith,” “Life Eternal,” and “Danse Macabre.” Forge hinted about the upcoming album:
“It is loosely themed around the concept of death and doom. It’s a themed album around medieval times, but it’s definitely clinging on to a lot of very current things. … There’s a lot that you would recognize today in online mannerisms. In many ways, we’ve gone back a few steps, because now it’s closer to how it was back in the old days when people were standing at the square and all of a sudden, it’s like in Monty Python’s Life of Brian: ‘Stone him! Ra! Ra! Ra!’ Public trials are very unsupervised and extremely swift and speak to the most primordial parts of us.”
New York will have two religious gatherings during the tour. Services will commence on May 15, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester and May 16, at the Crouse-Hinds Theater in Syracuse.
Formed in 2006, the band shortened their name to Ghost, dropping the B.C. from their name in 2013 due to legal reasons in the United States. Ghost has released three studio albums, with a forth in the near future. They won a Grammy award for in 2016 for Best Metal Performance, for the song “Cirice.”
Ghost “Rats on the Road 2018” Tour Dates:
May 5 – RMA – Riverside, CA
May 6 – Tucson Music Hall – Tucson, AZ
May 8 – Revention – Houston, TX
May 10 – Tivoli – Chattanooga, TN
May 11 – The Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
May 12 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
May 13 – Express Live – Columbus, OH
May 15 – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
May 16 – Crouse Hinds Theater – Syracuse, NY
May 18 – Benedum Center – Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 – WMMR BBQ – Philadelphia, PA
May 20 – Warner Theatre – Washington, D.C.
May 22 – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium – Ashville, NC
May 23 – Tennessee PAC – Nashville, TN
May 25 – Peabody Opera House – St, Louis, MO
May 26 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 27 – Cannon Center – Memphis, TN
May 29 – The Clyde Theater – Ft. Wayne, IN
May 31 – Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
June 1 – The Palace Theater – St. Paul, MN