GHOST shares cover of IRON MAIDEN's 'Phantom Of The Opera' from upcoming 'Phantomime' EP
GHOST has shared a cover of IRON MAIDEN‘s “Phantom Of The Opera”, taken from the upcoming “Phantomime” EP. It is the second track to be made available from the EP, following on from last month’s release of a cover of GENESIS‘s “Jesus He Knows Me”.
Watch “Phantom Of The Opera” below.
Due on May 18 via Loma Vista Recordings, “Phantomime” is a five-song covers EP intended from the start to follow last year’s international chart-topping opus “Impera”. A diverse and spellbinding sampling of the Grammy Award-winning band’s musical DNA, “Phantomime” is comprised of covers of classics and deep cuts by TELEVISION, GENESIS, THE STRANGLERS, IRON MAIDEN and Tina Turner. “Phantomime” pays tribute in equal measure to every one of these unlikely bedfellow, influences while stamping them all with GHOST‘s undeniable sonic signature.
Last year, GHOST mastermind Tobias Forge told the “My Planet Rocks” show on the U.K. rock radio station Planet Rock that MAIDEN has been a “massive influence” on GHOST. “Both musically and also stage production-wise,” he said. “But also when it comes to work ethics and just the sheer volume of work you have to put into your job [and] in your craft has always been inspiring to me.
Watch the previously released cover of GENESIS‘s “Jesus He Knows Me” below.
Watch the embedded announcement from the band’s Facebook page below.
“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.