The new lineup of Ghost gave its first live performance on Friday night (March 24th) as the Sweden-based band kicked off its 2017 “Popestar” European tour in Norwich, England, according to Blabbermouth. As previously reported, rumors have circulated for several months that lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — fired the entire previous lineup at the end of Ghost’s fall 2016 North American tour.
Meanwhile, the identity of one of the band’s new members — who wear masks and are only known as Nameless Ghouls — may have already been revealed. Former Korn touring keyboardist Zac Baird hinted in a series of tweets that he was in England for his first show with an unnamed act, adding, “I’ve spent 90% of my life in costume.”
- Since the musicians wear masks and are only identified as Nameless Ghouls, personnel changes in the group over its eight-year existence have gone unannounced.
- Earlier this month, however, Swedish guitarist Martin Persner released a video message in which he claimed to have played in Ghost for seven years under the name Omega. He also revealed that he exited the band last July, although he did not disclose the reasons for his departure.
- Forge writes almost all of the group’s music and does most of the act’s interviews disguised as a Nameless Ghoul.
- Ghost will begin recording its fourth full-length album in August, after the band returns home from a North American tour with Iron Maiden.