Ghost’s Tobias Forge Speaks About Lawsuit Involving Former Bandmates
The lawsuit brought against Ghost frontman/mastermind Tobias Forge by his former bandmates doesn’t seem to have slowed the band’s momentum one bit, with their new album Prequelle poised for a big first week sales number. Still, lawsuits are no fun, and I’m sure it’s been a giant albatross on both Forge and his former ghouls to have in the background for over a year now.
Speaking to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Forge elaborated on what led to the lawsuit:
“As any individual in some tandem with other individuals, there are times when you need to break up and times when you have to get divorced, and do a spring cleaning. That itself is not different than any other band or any other social circle. Of course, it’s never a joyous experience, but it was something that needed to be done.
“We’d come to a point where we’d exhausted …I’d done everything in my power to try to accommodate a few of my friends to enjoy this ride that I had taken them on, but the project and myself had just come to a point where I couldn’t make them happy, whichever way I chose to go. It was only met with resentment and complaints and general obtuseness, and at the end of the day, you had to come to a point where, ‘Well, you guys don’t even need to be there. You’re free to go. I need to survive. I need to do my thing. This is my thing. None of you were here from the beginning and you have no responsibilities except to be on stage at 8 o’clock and you’re getting paid.’
“What you heard is just a culmination of years, years, of complaints and ungratefulness, let’s put it that way.”
I’m of two minds about this situation. One on hand, it’s not hard to imagine a situation in which what Forge is saying is true: the band was always his vision, everyone else was a hired hand, take it or leave it. On the other hand I have no idea what promises were or were not made, and it’s also not difficult to imagine a situation in which the other members were treated unfairly. It will be really interesting to hear what the former members have to say about all of this, if they choose to comment further.