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Ghost To Be Fronted By Papa Emeritus IV On Their Next Album Cycle


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At the moment, Ghost have no plans to tour in 2020. Instead, the band will be working on a new album while also taking a well deserved break following an 18-month touring cycle. In more recent news, it also now seems that the current frontman persona of Cardinal Copia won’t be making the return for the next album cycle in 2021—at least not in his current incarnation.

The band’s linchpin Tobias Forge recently told Kerrang! that their next album cycle will see the band fronted by Papa Emeritus IV. When asked of what he has planned, he stated:

“I just know that person will have the name Papa Emeritus IV. It will be the fourth Papa Emeritus. But who that is, we don’t know yet.”

Forge‘s current onstage persona of Cardinal Copia followed that of the first few Papa Emeritus‘ characters, who were ‘killed off‘ in a webisode back in 2018 and later displayed ‘in state’ at some live events.

Whether or not Cardinal Copia gets the call up to become the new Papa Emeritus or another character is introduced remains to be seen. As for the album itself, Forge commented of his plans:

“I look at many fifth albums as a guide as 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.”

Ghost are on tour now in North America and released an expanded edition of their latest album “Prequelle” last month. A 7″ titled “Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic” featuring two new songs arrived alongside that re-release. You can catch the band out on the road now with Nothing More at the following shows:

10/01 Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
10/03 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
10/04 Fargo, ND – Scheels Arena (no Nothing More)
10/05 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
10/07 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
10/08 Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Centre
10/10 Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
10/11 Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
10/12 Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival
10/14 Grand Rapids, MI – DeltaPlex Arena
10/15 Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
10/17 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
10/18 Ottawa, ON – Richcraft Tire Center
10/19 Portland, ME – Cross Insurance arena
10/21 Worcester, MA – DCU Center
10/22 Syracuse, NY – The Oncenter
10/24 Hershey, PA – GIANT Center
10/25 Trenton, NJ – Cure Insurance Arena
10/26 Glens Falls, NY – Cool Insuring Arena

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