It Seems Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IV Has Played His Last Show


It has long become tradition that eventually the front persona of Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge is retired at the end of a touring cycle in some grand form or fashion. The decision to do so has generally kept each album cycle fresh, while giving Forge and co. something new to work with in the band’s ongoing saga.

However, with the end of the Swedish group’s currently announced touring cycle having take place earlier this month in Brisbane, AUS, it would appear that the pomp and circumstance has been done away with.

Forge‘s current front persona of Papa Emeritus IV simply announced that it would be his ‘final’ show from the stage, stating the following to the audience:

“It’s a big night in so many ways, I’m going to let you accompany me, you can stay where you are and I’m going to go have a little bit of a drink over here…”

He continued:

“I know a lot of people are expecting some sort of explosion, implosion, a miracle where I just disappear, in favor of a successor. I’m going to take this ice cube and I’m going to put it down my pants. I usually don’t do that, but that is to make me feel a little bit better because now I’m focusing on that and not on you.

Just in case you thought I was pissing myself, which I’m sure would have been the great finale. But you know what? This finale, it’s just going to be my last show. And I’m going to do my best to deliver that show to you. And that would just have to be enough, OK?”

This won’t be the last you see of Papa Emeritus IV however, as the band have been working on a new film project which was shot amid his reign.

[via Revolver]

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