At Ghost‘s final show of 2020 (as well as of the ‘Prequelle‘ album cycle), on March 3rd in Mexico City, the bands “new” leader has finally been revealed: Welcome ‘Papa Emeritus IV’!
In the Instagram post embedded above, Ghost states: “Gracias México City for your hospitality and warmth. We couldn’t pick a better place to witness the anointment of Cardinal Copia to Papa Emeritus IV. Papa and the ghouls are incredible thankful for all your wonderful gifts. Looking forward to seeing all of you in 2021.“
The genius behind the band, Tobias Forge, has played numerous incarnations of ‘Papa Emeritus’, one for every studio album the group has released (with the exception of their latest, 2018’s ‘Prequelle‘ which was fronted by the beloved Cardinal Copia character). It was only expected to see a “new” frontman reveal soon, and the time has finally come.
Ghost currently has no more scheduled tour dates for 2020 as Forge has stated he’s taking the rest of the year to work on the band’s fifth album.
In an interview with Kerrang! regarding what we might be able to expect from the new record at the end of last year, Tobias says: “I’d chose the words ‘fifth’ and ‘album’. I look at many fifth albums as a guide to the urgency for what that record will need to be, with [Iron Maiden’s] ‘Powerslave‘ being a great example. By the fifth album you’re at a point in your career where you have this momentum built up, and you have the expectancy of people depending on you, so you have to put something special in those many spotlights. You need to step up and make a record that’s worth it and justifies all of these things.“
Things are looking good in the Ghost camp, and I along with so many fellow fans are eagerly awaiting what’s next.
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