Yesterday, with "Dance Macabre" taking over the #1 slot at U.S. Active Rock Radio,
Swedish rock band Ghost is premiering on Spotify's "Rock This" playlist a special vertical video of the single, shot live and backstage at the band's recent sold-out performance at the Los Angeles Forum. The video not only offers a look at the elaborate staging and effects put together for the three special arena shows the band did on its 2018 "A Pale Tour Named Death" fall tour, but fans will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Ghost's pre-show ritual. Check out the video HERE. Ghost is currently on a headline European tour and will be Special Guest on all four legs of Metallica's "WorldWired" European Stadium tour that starts May 1 in Lisbon, Portugal. Upcoming 2019 Ghost tour dates are as follows:
February (Ghost headline dates) 14 GER, Stuttgart Schleyerhalle 15 GER, Bochum Ruhrkongress 17 GER, Hannover Swiss Life Hall 18 GER, Hamburg Sporthalle 20 SWE, Gothenburg Scandinavium 21 NOR, Oslo Spektrum 23 SWE, Stockholm Ericsson Globe Special Guest/Metallica's "Worldwired" European Stadium Tour May 1 POR, Lisbon Estadio do Restelo 3 SPA, Madrid Valdebebas 5 SPA, Barcelona Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys 8 ITA, Milan Ippodromo SNAI San Siro 10 SWI, Zurich Letzigrund 12 FRA, Paris Stade de France 17 USA, Columbus, OH, Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival 18 USA, Chicago Open Air Festival June 8 IRE, Dublin, Slane Castle 11 HOL, Amsterdam Johan Cruijff Arena 13 GER, Cologne RheinEnergieStadion 16 BEL, Brussels Koning Boudewijnstadion 18 ENG, Manchester Etihad Stadium 20 ENG, London Twickenham Stadium July 6 GER, Berlin Olympiastadion 9 SWE, Gothenburg Ullevi 11 DEN, Copenhagen Telia Parken 13 NOR, Trondheim Granasen 16 FIN, Hameenlinna Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto 18 EST, Tartu Raadi Airfield 21 RUS, Moscow Luzhniki Stadium 27/28 CAN, Montreal Heavy Montreal August 14 ROM, Bucharest Arena Nationala 16 AUT, Vienna Ernst-Happel-Stadion 18 CZE, Prague Airport Letnany 21 POL, Warsaw PGE Narodowy 23 GER, Munich Olympiastadion 25 GER, Mannheim Maimarktgelande
The Swedish-born Tobias Forge, who has been referred to as "the Andrew Lloyd Webber of Rock," is Ghost's creative force, singer, songwriter, musician, and architect of the elaborate storylines that are woven through the band's four full-length studio albums, EPs, music videos, webisodes, and live shows, all of which advance the Ghost storyline. Forge grew up listening to a wide array of 70s and 80s rock - Alice Cooper, Journey, Kansas, Boston, Black Sabbath, Jefferson Starship, Iron Maiden, and Foreigner. He's a hardcore music junkie; at home in Sweden, he has a most impressive collection of vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and VHS tapes, and when on tour, he regularly arranges for visits to local record haunts and ships back even more treasures. He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and kazoo. Ghost's new album, Prequelle, is loosely based on The Black Plague of 14th century Europe, a metaphor Forge hopes will apply to the societal ills of today.
Ghost's music began as being much heavier, harder and "more metal," but over the band's recent history, their songs have evolved to embrace a more catchy, rock sound. Five of the band's songs have hit Billboard's Top 5 Rock chart - "Circe" claimed the #4 spot in 2015, "From The Pinnacle to the Pit" went to #5 in 2016, "Dance Macabre" hit #2 in 2019, and "Square Hammer" (2017) and "Rats" (2018) held the #1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Ghost's music retains its rock edge as well as its dark lyrical themes like The Black Plague, the Antichrist, the Inquisition, avarice, and the Apocalypse. Ghost won a GRAMMY Award in 2016 for "Cirice" in the category of Best Metal Performance, and received two nominations in 2019 - Best Rock Album for Prequelle and Best Rock Song for "Rats."