During an interview with "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" at this past weekend's Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, GHOST leader Tobias Forge was asked if he has any interest in one day making a full-blown solo record. "As of right now, I don't have a professional inclination to do anything that would feel dramatically different from GHOST," he responded (hear audio below). "It feels like, having broadened the palette, and having been able to push in songs that, before they existed, I was a little bit on the fence about — 'He Is', for example; even the first part of 'Ghuleh' was a song that I wasn't sure this was gonna work. But as it did, that also allowed for a lot of leverage and a lot of clearance and a lot of basement to utilize in the real estate that you keep excavating and exploring. And having noticed that I can sort of get away with writing 'Life Eternal' and songs like that, it feels like, well, if I can do that with GHOST, and I can also write 'Mummy Dust' and I can write that and the other, it feels like I don't have to go someplace else. Some musicians do that — some musicians do it masterfully and just completely do something different with another band."
He added: "I regard my writing and my form of expressing myself a little bit more similar to QUEEN, I guess, rather than AC/DC, in a way. And I like that — I like the idea of hopefully being a 50-year-old or a 60-year-old and eventually a 70-year-old, maybe older, having a very wide repertoire of various songs. I prefer that, I think."
GHOST recently scored the third consecutive Top 10 single from its Grammy-nominated album "Prequelle", with "Faith" claiming the No. 10 spot this week at Active Rock Radio. "Faith" joined the album's first two singles, "Rats" and "Dance Macabre", both of which went all the way to the No. 1 spot on the chart, with "Rats" steadfast at No. 1 for a record-setting eight consecutive weeks.
GHOST's "Ultimate Tour Named Death" North American headline arena tour starts on September 13 in Bakersfield, California and will see an expanded theatrical production, a striking stage set resembling a medieval cathedral with a backdrop of illuminated stained-glass windows. In addition to rich costumes, special effects, and a spectacular light show tailor-made for arenas, the Cardinal, the Ghouls and the Ghoulettes will take advantage of series of multi-level platforms and walkways to prowl around on while performing some of GHOST's fan-favorite songs from the band's albums and EPs catalogs.
Forge confirmed to Ireland's Overdrive that he is planning on entering the studio in early 2020 to begin work on the follow-up to "Prequelle".
"Prequelle" debuted in June 2018 at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.