TOBIAS FORGE was furious over venue banning face paint at GHOST show
GHOST leader Tobias Forge says that he was “furious” after learned two months ago that a venue in St. Louis had halted fans at the entrance to the band’s concert and asked them to remove any face paint.
Two days before the concert, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights revealed via social media that “face paint or masks covering the face” would “NOT be allowed while entering the venue or purchasing items at concessions. Any face coverings must be removable upon request,” the policy said.
Despite the publicly stated face paint policy, many of the two bands’ fans arrived at the concert to realize they were in violation of the policy and were either denied entry or told to remove the face paint by venue staff. This resulted in general confusion about what was and what was not allowed, with one female GHOST fan reporting on Instagram that she was told her makeup “foundation was too light and it looked like facepaint to them so I had makeup wipes given to me and told that the white eye contact didn’t help.” Another attendee wrote on Facebook: “So weird we didn’t see anyone have issues. We stood in VIP line over an hour with people who had make up. They all got through security. And no one said a word to them. Sucks it happened. I have even to KISS shows there as well… people wore KISS make up.”
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre released a statement the following day apologizing for the confusion and clarifying that GHOST wasn’t behind the face paint policy. Attendees who “experienced issues” at the concert were urged to contact the venue by e-mail to help “improve” the process “for future shows.”
In a new interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Forge shared his reaction to reports of GHOST fans being told to remove any face paint. “I was furious,” he said. “The story that I heard was that it was an initiative taken by some of the security people, who didn’t approve of the band. They didn’t like what we were doing so they wanted to be mean to these kids, and those kids were really, really upset with that.
“They told them it was a band requirement,” he continued. “That was upsetting to me. We would never ask that of our fans. We want them to dress up, we want them to come and have fun.”
GHOST has been touring 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.
In May 2023 they released the EP “Phantomime”, including a cover version of the Genesis hit “Jesus He Knows Me”
Watch the embedded announcement from the band’s Facebook page below.
This second coming of “Jesus He Knows Me” is accompanied by an Alex Ross Perry-directed video that will surely make the case that one person’s beauty is another’s blasphemy. Culminating in a climactic ritual that must be seen to be believed, GHOST‘s visual interpretation of “Jesus He Knows Me” rises to the occasion in unholy fashion — and then some.
“Phantomime” track listing:
01. See No Evil (TELEVISION)
02. Jesus He Knows Me (GENESIS)
03. Hanging Around (THE STRANGLERS)
04. Phantom Of The Opera (IRON MAIDEN)
05. We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) (Tina Turner)
GHOST is no stranger to covers, having previously tackled material originally written and recorded by THE BEATLES (“Here Comes The Sun”), ABBA (“I’m A Marionette”), DEPECHE MODE (“Waiting For The Night”), Roky Erickson (“If You Have Ghosts”), METALLICA (“Enter Sandman”), PET SHOP BOYS (“It’s A Sin”) and EURYTHMICS (“Missionary Man”), among others.
This past February, GHOST revealed details of its upcoming “Re-Imperatour” summer 2023 U.S. tour with special guest AMON AMARTH. Produced by Live Nation and FPC Live, the 27-date trek kicks off on Wednesday, August 2 in Concord, California at Concord Pavilion, with stops in Salt Lake City, Chicago, Cincinnati, Austin and more before wrapping up with the band’s Monday, September 11 return to the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.
GHOST is continuing to tour in support of its latest 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. The 12-song effort was produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace.
“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.
GHOST leader Tobias 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.