Ghost leader Tobias Forge said in a new interview that his legal battle with several of the band’s former members “needed to happen” in order for the group to move forward. Forge, who founded the group eight years ago, was sued by four ex-members in April 2017 who accused the singer of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the band’s album releases and world tours.
Forge told NME about the legal battle, “A year down the line, having been through so much turmoil, I’ve come to realize that what happened needed to happen. Also, I’m a big fan of rock, of rock history, and I’ve read every classic rock biography of every band I’m a fan of. You know what? The same s**t takes place in every single one.
Forge added, “A friend of mine, a very successful songwriter, said to me, ‘You’re not really in the game until you’ve been sued, so welcome in!’ and I think he’s got a point. I’ve been in lots of situations in my life where I’ve managed to turn pain into growing pains. Really, what happened was a receipt that things are going well.”
The lawsuit claimed that a partnership agreement existed between Forge and the four former members, all of whom performed anonymously in the band as Nameless Ghouls.
Forge responded that “no legal partnership” ever existed between him and the other members, that they were paid a fixed salary to perform as his backing band, and that they were essentially session musicians.
The suit also forced Forge to reveal his identity after years of performing in a mask as Papa Emeritus.
Ghost’s new album Prequelle, arrives on June 1st and features the Top Five rock radio hit “Rats” as well as the newly released track “Danse Macabre.”