At this point, is it even a secret that Tobias Forge is the frontman of Ghost? It seemed like a big deal when Behemoth frontman Nergal posted a photo with Forge a few years ago, but as of late, it seems much of the mystique has faded.
Part of the reason for the fade in mystique is the ongoing legal battle Ghost find themselves in. Rumors started circulating that the band had canned its entire lineup outside Papa Emeritus when he was the only one to show up to accept a Grammy, and the rumors were fueled even further once Magna Carta Cartel's Martin Persner outed himself as a former member of Ghost.
About two weeks later, a former Nameless Ghoul said the band had gone through about 10 members thus far, and then came the lawsuit against Emeritus for royalties and payment from former members. Things got so heated, that for the first time ever, Tobias broke character to explain that Ghost was always his vision and everybody he hired were merely session players, noting that the drummer who performed on the last two albums never played live with the band.
Ghost have resumed touring with a new lineup and sound as great as ever. I guess the band are currently in Argentina, where they played with another legendary shock rocker, Rob Zombie. Zombie just posted a photo on Instagram captioned "Backstage in Argentina after the show with Tobias from @thebandghost" – something I feel would never have been posted a year ago.
But is it even a big deal anymore? How do you feel?
Update: Shortly after posting this, Zombie pulled the photo. But we took a screenshot before he deleted it: