“Awful Person” Mike Pence Inspired New Ghost Song “Grift Wood”

  • Axl Rosenberg

BUMMER ALERT: It looks like that big Ghost/Kid Rock co-headline tour you’ve always dreamt of is never gonna happen. I know, I know. All you’ve ever wanted in life was to see “Cirice” and “Bawitdaba” performed on one bill. That’s really all any of us have wanted in life, is it not?

Alas, it’s safe to assume that Ghost mastermind Tobias “Papa Emeritus” Forge is on the opposite side of the aisle from Rock (yes, I’m aware Forge isn’t American; I’m speaking metaphorically). Whereas Rock has just released a song praising “Big Don,” Forge has now revealed that Ghost’s forthcoming album, Impera, features a track called “Grift Wood” that was inspired by former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. And, uh… it doesn’t sound like it’s flattering.

Forge tells Kerrang!:

“That song’s about [Pence] and anyone like him who’s willing to soil everything they’ve worked for. They definitely qualify for a front-row ticket to Hell. Which is so ironic, because that’s what they believe in. [People like that] completely demean themselves, and just eat shit out of someone’s ass in order to achieve whatever they’re trying to achieve.

“Again, he stands as a symbol for people of all times, where the end game is wrapped with some sort of religious [thing]. He’s known as this sort of Bible thumper, believing that he has strong faith, and he’s just this awful, awful person in any way. He tries to tell the world that he serves God, that he’s part of the good side. Whereas at the end of the day, the only thing he wants is power. But it doesn’t have to necessarily be all about him. It’s about people like him: a lot of politicians, lot of preachers, a lot of clergymen throughout the history of time.”

Yeah yeah yeah, lotsa hypocrites throughout history. But first and foremost, it was inspired by Pence. Which means now we know what to play at the fucker’s funeral. Thanks, Ghost!

Kid Rock did not respond to requests for comment.

Impera is out March 11. Ghost debuted a new song, “Kaisarion,” earlier this week. They’re on tour with Volbeat now. Remaining dates are…

Jan. 27 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Jan. 28 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena
Jan. 29 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Jan. 31 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
Feb. 02 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Feb. 04 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Feb. 05 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Feb. 07 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Feb. 08 – Hershey, PA – GIANT Center
Feb. 10 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Feb. 11 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
Feb. 12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Feb. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
Feb. 15 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
Feb. 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Feb. 18 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
Feb. 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center
Feb. 20 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
Feb. 21 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Feb. 23 – Independence, MO – Cable Dahmer Arena
Feb. 25 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Feb. 26 – Dallas, TX – Fair Park Coliseum
Feb. 28 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
Mar. 01 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Mar. 03 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center

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