Brent Porche

Afternoons 3PM - 7PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Musicians Papa Emeritus III (C) and Ghost attend The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Ghost is getting a new frontman. Sort of. 

Group founder Tobias Forage, after all, is on his third incarnation of the Pope-like Papa Emeritus character that fronts the Swedish band, and on Saturday (September 30) during a home town show in Gothenburg, Papa Emeritus III was forcibly removed from the stage at the end of the show by suited security guards while a frail-looking old man took the stage to announce, “I am Papa Emeritus Zero. The part is over and a new era begins. The Middle Ages begin now.”

Each new Ghost album has introduced a new version of Papa Emeritus, and the group is currently working on a follow-up to 2015’s Meliora and last year’s Popestar EP for release in 2018, with a Papa Emeritus IV expected to be revealed.

Forge is currently in court in Sweden with former members of Ghost — known as the Nameless Ghouls — over compensation and other issues.



Ghost. 1,323,675 likes · 35,428 talking about this. Ghost records and performs pop hymns that glorify and glamorise the disgusting and sacrilegious.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.