GHOST FRONTMAN GIVES FIRST PUBLIC INTERVIEW UNMASKED
Ghost frontman Tobias Forge, who performs as Papa Emeritus and Cardinal Copia, gave his first public interview without a mask on Tuesday night (May 1st) inside the 200-seat Clive Davis Theater at Los Angeles' Grammy Museum. The discussion followed a three-song acoustic performance by Forge and three members of the group that included new single "Rats," the Grammy-winning "Cirice" and "Jigolo Har Megiddo."
During the interview, Forge said that the group's upcoming album Prequelle was at least partially inspired by current world events, explaining, "I think that the end of the world has already happened many times . . . I wanted to make a record that sort of shone the light on surviving through a turmoil like that. This is a record about survival, but through somewhat troubled times."
- Prequelle will be released on June 1st and follows up 2015's Meliora, which became the Swedish act's breakthrough album in North America.
- Ghost kicks off its first tour in support of Prequelle on Saturday (May 5th) in Riverside, California.
Story source: Blabbermouth
CHECK IT OUT: Although no cameras or phones were allowed in the theater, some snippets of Ghost's performance have surfaced online:
FORMER GUNS N' ROSES DRUMMER IN THE DARK ABOUT REUNION RUMORS
Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler has said in a new interview that he knows nothing about a possible reunion of the band's original lineup. Fans began speculating about the possibility earlier this week following the arrival of a new website, GNR.fm, that appears to be teasing some sort of release or event related to the band's classic 1987 debut LP, Appetite For Destruction. The site, which is counting down to midnight ET Thursday night (May 3rd), went up at the same time as a billboard in London featuring the cover art from the album, which features representations of the original members.
Asked about the billboard, website and chances of a reunion by Australian outlet Heavy, Adler said, "I think it's just a billboard (promoting) a box set of CDs of the GN'R collection. I'm not sure, but that's what I think it is. If it's for the Appetite Of Destruction lineup to be touring together again . . . nobody's said anything to me."
- Adler added, " Until the other GN'R guys wanna get the five of us back together -- whoever runs GN'R; I don't know -- whenever they're ready, I know that I'm ready. And I am willing, and I'm set."
- The site, which is registered to Universal Music Group, is displaying the message "DESTRUCTION IS COMING" along with the hashtag #AppetiteForDestruction, in addition to the countdown clock and an audio snippet of the early Guns track "Shadow Of Your Love."
- Adler and his band, Adler's Appetite, are set to perform Appetite For Destruction on an Australian tour later this month.
- Neither Adler nor founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin have been part of the Guns N' Roses reunion tour that started in April 2016 and is continuing later this year with singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.
Story source: Blabbermouth