Only One Member of Ghost Accepts Swedish Grammy, Further Perpetuating Lineup Shift Rumors [UPDATE: Now with Video!]
UPDATE, 1:42pm: Now with video of the acceptance! In Swedish, naturally.
Adding more gravitas to the rumor that Ghost’s Tobias Forge, who portrays Papa Emeritus and writes most of the band’s music, fired the rest of the band after their fall 2016 North American tour is this news tidbit from Sweden: only one person took the stage to accept the band’s award for “best hard rock/metal performance” at the Swedish Grammis (Grammy) Awards last night.
More interesting still, the one person present wore a Nameless Ghoul mask, not Papa, although Forge has often dressed as Ghouls in interviews and public appearances (including one for MetalSucks).
We could, of course, be reading way too far into this. It’s not uncommon for only one member of a band to be present at an awards ceremony, especially when the band has won awards before (which Ghost have; they won an American Grammy last year and Swedish Grammis in 2014 and 2016) and the novelty has worn off.
Still, it isn’t helping to squash the rumors. Which, of course, could be just what Forge wants whether the lineup purge whispers are true or not: this is a band that’s always thrived on mystique and misdirection, and these kinds of things keep fans and media alike (heyo!) buzzing even when the band doesn’t have new music.
Footage of the event isn’t yet available, but here’s a clip of Ghost performance at the 2016 Grammis Awards:
Thanks: Stefan A. via Coren.se