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Ghost Play First Show With ‘New’ Frontman Cardinal Copia, Discuss “Explosive” New Single “Rats”


Ghost took their ‘new’ frontman Cardinal Copia through his first live performance during a special acoustic performance in Chicago, IL last night, April 06th. The performance also included the first run through of the band’s new single “Rats“, though footage of that track has yet to emerge. Partial footage of “Cirice” being performed is available below however.

Meanwhile, the band’s vocalist (Tobias Forge) recently sat down with Loudwire to discuss “Rats” and the group’s forthcoming new album. Speaking of the former, he commented:

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“When we made ‘Square Hammer,’ we needed a big opening track. It was inspired by various explosive opening tracks and records. Specifically, when I was a kid, there was a concert called the Moscow Peace Festival. It was broadcast on TV. It’s one of those moments that I remember so clearly, I was eight years old.

Ozzy Osbourne opened with ‘I Don’t Know,’ and it’s such a fucking great opening track. This was in front of like 80,000 people, who went nuts. I wanted to have that feel with ‘Rats.’ It’s supposed to feel like that sort of opening track. A song that could get 80,000 people to jump. If you ever want to play bigger places, you need to have records that sound like you’re playing in big places.”

Speaking of the album, he offered:

“Essentially, it’s a record about survival, even though it’s a record totally drenched with the threat of death. But for me, it is pure, very honest, very real, and for lack of a better phrase. very sincere, Ghost has always been about make-believe. And it’s still about make-believe. But it feels very good to create something that is totally from the heart — not to say that previous records have not been from the heart. But this is very close to the heart. And still be able to intertwine those things.”

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