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GHOST's Tobias Forge Says Rock Bands Need To Step Up And Fill Last Generation's Shoes

"I definitely don't think that rock is dead in any way. But I think that there has been a lack of new talent or new ambition."

"I definitely don't think that rock is dead in any way. But I think that there has been a lack of new talent or new ambition."

I hate to be the bearer of obvious bad news here, but all the rock gods will someday be gone. What might be even worse is that nobody will be there to fill the now-empty stadiums and put on a great show. At least that's what Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge is worried about.

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In an interview with Loudwire, the interviewer asks Forge how the void left by stars such as Lemmy and David Bowie have motived Ghost. Forge says on one hand it stirs up a lot of angst and sadness within him, but also worry that rock bands might not step up to be the next big thing. Though Forge doesn't agree with Kiss' Gene Simmons assertion that rock is dead – he says rock is far from dead, it might just need a kick in the ass in terms of motivation.

I can give two different answers. One is from a personal point of view where I am a big appreciator of many of these peoples' work and I, like most others, have spent, most of my life just taking them for granted, that they were going to be there forever. Now when it's clearly showing that might not be the case, I think that that stirs up a lot of angst in, at least speaking for myself, I'm saddened by knowing that obviously, these people have already passed, but just checking a festival poster and knowing that in ten years these guys will not be there.

From a professional point of view, I think it means that rock music needs to step up. We need to have new, bigger bands. Bands need to step up and try to fill these spots. I definitely don't think that rock is dead in any way. But I think that there has been a lack of new talent or new ambition. It’s hard to really put my finger on what has happened. But I think that rock, in general, has been extremely dominated by bands that are thirty, forty years old, which there's nothing wrong with it, but now as they are disappearing, you can truly tell that there's a big gap between the big bands and the ones underneath and the one on the bottom.

And that's alarming. I think that other music styles, other music genres have been better to fill their new, up and coming artists that get a lot of recognition. And, you know, I don't want to compare rock and hip-hop in any way. I'm a rock guy. I'm not a hip-hop guy in any way, but the hip-hop scene has been way better at bringing up new talent where, you know, artists and management that weren't around ten years ago, are now filling arenas and stadiums and are hugely successful.

I think that rock, if it's going to survive and if it's going to be a big thing, and I definitely think it's going to be a bigger thing again, but I don't think that the bands that are in the bills right now and the one has been waiting around for twenty years on the bill, on the middle part of the bill there, they are not the ones that's going to, you know, rise to the top part. I think it's going to be new bands that we don't know about right now. fifteen-year-olds that maybe are listening to this show right now. You are the ones that need to create these new bands. You are the ones that are going to be the big band ten years from now. So yeah, there you go. Again, you have to face the fact that things are changing and things are circulating.

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For a band that moved 66,000 units of their new record, I think Forge might just be in the right position to make such claims. Ghost will be putting on one hell of a show later this year on their A Pale Tour Named Death, which you can get the dates for here.

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