GHOST's TOBIAS FORGE Interviewed On Germany's 'Titel, Thesen, Temperamente' TV Show (Video)
May 13, 2022
On May 8, the German cultural program "Titel, Thesen, Temperamente" on ARD, the country's first public television channel, aired an eight-minute segment on GHOST mastermind Tobias Forge, including an interview with the 41-year-old Swedish musician. You can now watch the report below. (For English-language subtitles, turn closed captions on by hovering your mouse cursor over the playback area to reveal the video controls. Click the CC button to turn closed captions on.)
GHOST is continuing to tour in support of its fifth album, "Impera", which sold 70,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. It marked the third top 10 album — and fifth top 40-charting set — for the Swedish act.
"Impera" landed at position No. 1 in Germany and Sweden, No. 2 in the U.K., Netherlands, Belgium and Norway, No. 3 in Australia, No. 5 in France and Ireland, and No. 20 in Italy.
"Impera" was released on March 11. The 12-song effort was produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace.
Forge worked on the follow-up to 2018's "Prequelle" with Åhlund and Swedish co-writers Salem Al Fakir and Vincent Pontare, whose credits include Madonna and Lady Gaga.
In March 2020, at final show of GHOST's "Prequelle" tour in Mexico City, Mexico, the band officially introduced Papa Emeritus IV, the new character who is fronting the act for its "Impera" album phase.
Forge performed as a "new" Papa Emeritus on each of the band's first three LPs, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of "Prequelle".