The tension in regards to the recent Ghost lawsuit is building and it seems that Blabbermouth are right in the thick of it. The four former Nameless Ghouls who are currently taking Papa Emeritus (Tobias Forge) have published a lengthy statement in regards to the bands singer trying to turn Ghost into a solo project.
“As of yesterday, we, four signatories from the band GHOST, have filed a lawsuit with the Linköping District Court. We are suing Tobias Forge (‘Papa Emeritus’) – the band’s lead singer who has also been responsible for the finances of the band since its founding.
“As of the filing of this lawsuit we are requesting that the court, under penalty, oblige Tobias Forge to declare the incomes as well as expenses of the band concerning the years between 2011 and 2016.
“Throughout all the years we have been on tour with GHOST (between 2011- 2016 some of us have performed something like 500 shows with the band) and throughout the band’s album recordings, we have neither been allowed to share in the profits of the band, nor have we seen any of the incomes accounted for. The only thing we have received have been minimal advance payments to allow the band to keep going. This despite the fact that we had an agreement that any profits should be shared fairly between the members of the band.
“When we have attempted to raise the issue of the band’s finances with Tobias Forge his sole response has been that there are so far no profits to be share, but that everyone will be generously compensated once the band turns a profit.
“The reason that this lawsuit is now being filed is a contract dispute that has escalated during the previous year (2016). Over the last year we have received multiple proposed contracts from Tobias Forge in which he seeks to redefine his role in the band.
“Since the conception of GHOST, our common understanding and agreement has been that we are a band on equal terms, but that Tobias will act as band leader and manage the band’s finances through his own companies.
“Through contracts received from Tobias and his lawyers during 2016, Tobias has attempted to make us sign an agreement that implies we are merely consultants working for his company, an agreement also stating that we would receive less that a minimal wage for our contributions to the band. According to this proposal, furthermore we would renounce any and all rights to music royalties. All above despite the fact that some of us have been members of the band since its foundation, investing all of our time in the band during the past five years, with as much right to the recordings and trademark of the band GHOST as that of Tobias Forge.
“Our vocalist and former friend is now attempting to, in a underhand and shameless way, transform GHOST from a band into a solo project with hired musicians. Naturally this is not something we can accept.
“When, in connection with the 2016 United States tour, approached a lawyer in order to sort out the situation of the contracts, we were informed that Tobias Forge no longer wanted us to participate in upcoming tours. Thus, Tobias Forge is now going ahead with the tour, which started March 24 2017 and is set to end in the U.K. on August 12, on his own together with rented musicians who have replaced all other band members. Tobias Forge has chosen this path of action without any permission from us to carry out the tour on his own. This under the name GHOST, which we regard as our commonly owned trademark.
“The actions of Tobias Forge amount to nothing less than unabashed dishonesty, greed, and darkness. Not the darkness of which GHOST sings, but a darkness that pushes a person to betray his best friends when fame and fortune appear within reach.
“We are terribly sorry that this afflicts the fans of the band as well, and that they too should suffer because of this betrayal and greed.
“We who are suing Tobias Forge are:
Simon Söderberg (Alpha) – member of GHOST since 2010
Mauro Rubino (Air) – member of GHOST since 2011
Henrik Palm (Eather) – member of GHOST since 2015
Martin Hjertstedt (Earth) – member of GHOST since 2014
“The Nameless Ghouls”
The world of Ghost and Papa Emeritus has been quite gossip heavy this past few months with former members revealing themselves, talking in a negative lights in regards to their former band leader as well as line up changes. Well, we now have a lawsuit to add to that list.
Yes, it seems that four former members of Ghost are suing Papa Emeritus (also known as Tobias Forge) in regards to supposedly cheating them out of profits from the bands album releases, world tours and merchandise.
The lawsuit filed claims that Forge controlled the band’s business affairs with absolutely no input from anyone else in the group after a decision was made within the group that a partnership agreement existed between them and Forge, which put forge in charge of the band’s management duties.
The former Nameless Ghouls are asking the court to order Forge to Disclose the company’s revenues for the years 2011 and 2016. If he fails to act as ordered, they are asking court to force Forge to pay a penalty of SEK 200,000 or whatever the court deems reasonable.
Corren.se asked Forge about the lawsuit, Forge said: “I can’t comment on it because it is a legal process. The lawsuit will be answered fairly soon by my legal counsel.”
Previous Article: Despite the fact that revealing the identity of Ghost’s Nameless Ghouls is not a priority for fans, Blabbermouth.net has went out their way to let everyone know the name of the bands new keyboard player.
Naturally this is all rumour but the metal website have said that the musician is none other than Korn’s Zac Baird. Baird tweeted on March 24th commenting that it was his first show, that he was in London and in costume.
For those unaware, Ghost kicked off their Popestar UK tour on March 24th. You can find some performance videos below the tweet.
Note: Baird has since made his profile private.
This comes not long after it was revealed that in an interesting interview with Merker.de, one of Ghost’s guitarists has revealed that the band have went through no more then ten line up changes through out their short years. Read the quote below and the full interview here!
Ghoul: “This is actually a problem with this project. For many musicians this is not satisfactory. That is why we had many changes. Ten in the meantime. On the other hand, one can get out of one’s own artist’s role and look a little more objectively. You never see yourself as the others see you. And you always see only how you want to be. This is a problem for many.”
Ghoul: “I’ve created the whole project. I’ve been working for six years, composing, designing stage shows, giving interviews. I feel recognised. This is more difficult for others.”
In other Ghost news, former Ghost member Omega has revealed his identity in a video that you will find below. The musician has been revealed himself to be Martin Persner of the band Magna Carta Cartel. Check out the video.
It was previously reported that Omega had left the band and had been replaced with a supposed female musician who went by the name of Water. Check out that article here.
More recent rumours have been circulating that Papa Emeritus has sacked the entire band and the members featured in the up coming album and tour are completely fresh faces. Check that article here!
Check out our reviews:
- Opus Eponymous: https://demonszone.com/albums/ghost/opus-eponymous/
- Infestissumam: https://demonszone.com/albums/ghost/infestissumam/
- Meliora: https://demonszone.com/albums/ghost/meliora/
- Popestar: https://demonszone.com/albums/ghost/popestar/
- Glasgow concert review: https://demonszone.com/gigs/ghost-the-abc-glasgow-181215/