GHOST Give An Update On Their New Album, Pay Tribute To Chris Cornell, And Talk Concert Attacks

I had the chance to catch up with a nameless ghoul from Ghost at their June 8th headline show in Norfolk, Virginia at The NorVa. Fresh on the minds of many musicians and music fans alike is the sudden passing of Soundgarden / Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell. We discussed his immense contribution to the music world, the Manchester Arena attack and what that means for live music, and upcoming plans for Ghost’s highly anticipated new album.

Fresh on the minds of many musicians and music fans alike is the sudden passing of Soundgarden / Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell. We discussed his immense contribution to the music world, the Manchester Arena attack and what that means for live music, and upcoming plans for Ghost’s highly anticipated new album.

On the tragic Manchester Arena bombing and how musicians cannot allow the terrorists to win:

“There’s really not a good answer. I mean, what can you do? If you give in to fear what’s the point? We might as well not play. Just close this down, let them win.” The ghoul said sarcastically.

He continued: “But I believe in the opposite. You know we were on tour when the [Bataclan terror attack] happened and we were in Europe at that and playing. It was definitely, there was a strange feeling going on stage for any of those nights afterward.

“The day after the Bataclan we played in Denmark and even at that show and many of the others, especially in France that we did afterward were… the armed forces were there. You know, we had snipers.” The nameless ghoul said in reflection.

Speaking about the recent passing of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died suddenly at the age of 52, the Nameless Ghoul reflected on an occasion that they had met the late singer.

“Obviously, ever since Lemmy passed, I have continuously spoken about this and it’s a sad reminder that we are in a time of change where most of the things we have been taking for granted, kind of like parents, uncles, the people that we expected to be there forever are now leaving.

“Chris Cornell was definitely a person that, I didn’t know him personally but I met him and he was a very nice guy. Obviously extremely talented, extremely successful. Last time when I met him he was just super good looking, super fit, everybody fuckin’ adores him, nice tan. You know he just radiated someone who has every reason to live and someone who wanted to live.

“When something like that happens in this day and age when people are dying of old age, it’s one of those reminders that there are definitely a lot of things to life that also means a lot. I think what I’m trying to say is that it shows that even if you have what people from the outside world think is ‘all the reason’ to deem your life as something really valuable, there are other things that people might not think about. I think that’s something worth thinking about when you are trying to sort your own life out.

What is in the future for Ghost these next few months?

“Obviously we’re doing this tour for another six weeks I think and come August 14th, it’s not gonna be a big day for mankind but it’s going to be a big week for myself because I’m going into the studio and we’re going to start recording the new album.

“The rest of the fall is going to be recording. While it’s not going to be a big event for all y’all, it’s going to be a big event for us.”