Last week saw GHOST nabbing two new Grammy nominations, "Best Rock Album" for "Prequelle" and Best Rock Song for "Rats". The latest nods took place nearly three years after GHOST became the first Swedish rock band ever to win a Grammy Award — 2016's "Best Metal Performance" for the song "Cirice".Asked by Jason Rockman of CHOM 97.7 and iHeartRadio how it feels to be nominated for two more Grammys, especially in the "Rock" category, GHOST leader Tobias Forge said: "It's fantastic, of course. Just being nominated in the first place is great. The same way that I felt three years ago — just being nominated is a win in itself, especially for being, in the greater Grammy scheme of things, a marginalized genre. Even rock is marginalized in the big scheme of the Grammys. Artists that are in the Grammy sphere are traditionally either American, English, Canadian or Latino, so you don't have a lot of European bands, except for U.K. And being a Swedish artist in that whole realm is quite unique. So being let in once — and win — was… I definitely felt like, 'Wow! Try to suck that up, because you never know when that is gonna happen again, if ever.'"GHOST is on tour promoting its latest album, "Prequelle", which came out in June.The North American trek, known as "A Pale Tour Named Death", is visiting nearly 40 cities, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.Forge performed as a "new" Papa Emeritus on each of GHOST's first three albums, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of "Prequelle"."Prequelle" was tracked last year at Artery studios in Stockholm with producer Tom Dalgety(OPETH, ROYAL BLOOD) and mixed in January at Westlake Studios in West Hollywood, California with Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, SLAYER).
Entrevue - Tobias Forge de Ghost
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DEF LEPPARD beat out Stevie Nicks, Todd Rundgren, THE ZOMBIES and THE CURE to win the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Fan Vote. The British rockers band had 547,647 votes, followed by Stevie Nicks (427,844), Todd Rundgren (365,370), THE ZOMBIES (329,052) and THE CURE (264,443).According to the Hall's rules, the five top vote-getters in the fan vote are put on a single ballot, which counts no more than a ballot submitted by one of the Hall's 900 or so regular voters, consisting of artists, music historians and music industry insiders. That means that each single fan vote for DEF LEPPARD was worth 0.00182599 actual ballots, as reported by Cleveland.com.The official choices will be announced at 8 a.m. Thursday, December 14 on the Rock Hall's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages as well as on SiriusXM Volume channel 106.Since the Fan Vote was created, the top vote-getter that year (previously BON JOVI, RUSH, KISS, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, CHICAGO, JOURNEY) has wound up being inducted into the Rock Hall.Artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Criteria for inclusion includes "the influence and significance of the artist's contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll."One of the top-selling rock acts of of all time, DEF LEPPARD has been eligible for the Rock Hall since 2004.The 2019 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1993.The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held March 29 at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center. HBO will broadcast a truncated version of the ceremony later in the year.Read more...
Billy Corgan and James Iha of SMASHING PUMPKINS were interviewed by KROQ DJ Stryker prior to the band's appearance at the KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas on Saturday, December 8 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. You can now watch the chat below.Asked why Rick Rubin was the right person to produce SMASHING PUMPKINS' new album, "Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.", Billy said: "I think Rick's shown a great ability to get to the heart of what an artist with a certain length of career, sort of what the heart of the matter is. And he's done it for everyone from Neil Diamond to Neil Young to… there's just so many people. Johnny Cash, obviously, is a great example where Johnny Cash, in his 70s, was having hits with Rick Rubin. Rick just has a way of getting to the heart of the matter. And the thing about Rick is he says things where if somebody else said it, I don't think I would listen, but I'll listen from Rick. And he has such a warm heart about the thing; he really does want the best. And so I think we were willing to trust Rick to kind of guide us back into a place where… Me particularly, I'm a big second and third guesser, and with Rick, we just didn't second-guess; it was, like, 'Okay. It's good. Let's just do it.' And we did it really quickly. We did eight songs in four weeks, which, for us, is, like, light speed. And I think the music is not just about being evocative of a time, whether it's this time or another time. I think it got us back to a place in the early days when we actually made music really quickly. Some of the songs that KROQ still plays we made really quickly — we didn't sit there and ponder and think, 'Well, what about this?' and, 'Maybe somebody's not gonna like it.' And I think it kind of brought us back to, 'Maybe that's a good approach for us.' Instead of overthinking, you just do what you do, and it works or it doesn't.""Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun." was released last month. The disc is the first SMASHING PUMPKINS LP in over 18 years to feature founding members Corgan, Iha and Jimmy Chamberlain, with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.The group recently wrapped the "Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour", which sold over 300,000 tickets across North America and saw them playing sold-out arena shows at venues including The Forum, United Center and Madison Square Garden. Produced by Live Nation, the tour was the band's first in nearly two decades to feature Corgan, Chamberlin and Iha, alongside Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates and keyboardist Katie Cole.