The End is Seemingly Nigh for Papa Emeritus IV in Ghost’s Latest Video


Things are starting to look grim for Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IV. The Swedish band that’s become one of the biggest acts in the world sure loves its lore and occasionally, they release these “chapters” to release new information or to hint at changes to come. This latest clip from the band seems to fall in the second category.

For those that don’t know, the persona of Ghost’s frontman changes every so often — usually at the start of a new record cycle. With Impera having been released not too long ago, it’s strange that we’re now getting major hints that Papa Emeritus IV could be going bye-bye. And by bye-bye, we mean get offed by the “clergy” only to have his body shown in state next to the other previous papas. Which is why the visual of Mr. Saltarian wheeling a “brand new coffin” around in front of Papa IV is particularly jarring to the goofball playing Nintendo.

There’s all kinds of theories as to what this all means, with the video’s tagline being “we wish to inform you that in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” The video’s main purpose was to announce that an additional tour date was added at the end of the run, with a second date added at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 12.

With the two days there, fans are now wondering if something’s up, since Amon Amarth won’t be playing those nights and there have been numerous hints that “Jesus is Coming,” including a weird Ghost poster found in Hollywood. Oh and past Ghost videos have all but spelled impending doom for Papa IV over and over again.

So who knows? Maybe something big will happen or maybe not. Most of you are going to complain in the comments that we’re even giving Ghost any attention, so instead of going any further, you can check out the tour dates below the video. They’re a good time live.


Wed Aug 02 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Fri Aug 04 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 05 – Airway Heights, WA – BECU Live at Northern Quest
Mon Aug 07 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 08 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre *
Fri Aug 11 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 12 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
Mon, Aug 14– Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Tue Aug 15 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Wed Aug 16 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Fri Aug 18 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Sat Aug 19 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Sun Aug 20 – Bridgeport, CT – Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater
Tue Aug 22 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
Wed Aug 23 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
Thu, Aug 24 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Fri Aug 25 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
Sun Aug 27 –  Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
Tue Aug 29 – Simpsonville, SC – CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
Wed, Aug 30 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Thu Aug 31 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 02 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sun Sep 03 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
Tue Sep 05 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Thu Sep 07 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Fri Sep 08 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
Mon Sep 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum ^

* Non-Live Nation Date
^ Amon Amarth Not on This Date

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