Dirt - Tuesday, Mar 14

OK, it’s snowing. A LOT.  I can’t see my walkway.  Expecting 16-22″.   UGH.  Snowmobilers are in heaven up here in the Adirondacks. As they should be…

That’s why they wear masks……

A Nameless Ghoul from Swedish act Ghost has revealed in a new interview with Merkur that the masked band, whose members are all anonymous, has had 10 different lineup changes since its formation in 2008. There has been increased attention lately on the musicians that comprise the group, following reports that lead singer and founder Tobias Forge – who performs as Papa Emeritus – fired the entire band at the end of Ghost’s fall 2016 North American tour.

In the interview, the Ghoul admitted the band’s anonymity has been an issue for some of its members. He explained, “For many musicians this is not satisfactory. That is why we had many changes. 10 in the meantime. On the other hand, one can get out of one’s own artist’s role and look a little more objectively. You never see yourself as the others see you. And you always see only how you want to be. This is a problem for many.” The Ghoul added, “I’ve created the whole project. I’ve been working for six years, composing, designing stage shows, giving interviews. I feel recognized. This is more difficult for others.”

Fueling the reports Forge dismissed the entire lineup of the band, a single Nameless Ghoul appeared recently at the Swedish Grammis Awards, while Swedish musician Martin Persner posted a video online revealing he was once the Nameless Ghoul guitarist known as Omega.  Rumors have been circulating that Ghost will debut an all-new lineup of Nameless Ghouls on its headlining European tour that begins later this month.  Ghost will begin recording its fourth full-length album in August, after the band returns home from a North American tour with Iron Maiden. (Thanks to The Pulse Of Radio for this report.)

10 million, haters!  Suck on that!

The Pulse Of Radio also says Nickelback has joined an elite club this week as the band’s 2005 album, All The Right Reasons, has been given a Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 10 million copies. Guitarist Ryan Peake said, “We’re very thankful to have an album that so many people have appreciated. We never imagined this would be possible and for that we are humbled and so grateful 10 million times over! We are honored to have reached this milestone with All The Right Reasons, none of which would be possible without all the amazing people that have supported us.

Frontman Chad Kroeger told hardDrive a while back Nickelback had no inkling of how successful the record would become when they were making it:  I don’t think it was like we all sat back after we finished recording it and said, ‘Oh my God, this is gonna be like the biggest record of our lives.’ I mean, that definitely wasn’t the case. It was us sitting around saying, ‘Wow, we’re really proud of this record and I hope that everyone else is gonna love it half as much as we do.’”

Kroeger said in a statement, “Thank you to everyone that has embraced All The Right Reasons in their own way. To this day, it remains a very special album to us and we are truly humbled to all of you for making every dream we could have hoped for come true.”

All The Right Reasons was released in October 2005 and became the first Nickelback album to debut at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 324,000 copies in its first week of release.  The disc included six Top 10 hits, of which four — “Photograph,” “Animals,” “Far Away” and “If Everyone Cared” — went to Number One.

Nickelback recently announced that its new single and album are both called Feed The Machine, with the title track already going Top 15 at rock radio and the album, the band’s ninth, due out Jun 9th.  A massive tour in support of the new CD kicks off on Jun 23rd in Noblesville, IN and hits 44 cities before winding down on October 1st in Vancouver, BC.

The lovely and talented press queen at Live Nation informed me yesterday The Offspring and Sublime With Rome are teaming up for a summer/fall tour that will encompass a Jul leg and a Sep run. The July dates begin on the 6th of that month in Washington state, ending on Jul 15th in London, ON Canada. Following a trip overseas, the Offspring will reunite with Sublime for another run, beginning on Sep 8th in Chicago.

A special pre-sale for fans will begin today (Mar 14th) at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tickets for the public go on sale Friday (Mar 17th), also at 10:00 a.m.

The Offspring will also play several festival dates throughout the spring including Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Rock on the Range & Carolina Rebellion.

Frontman Dexter Holland told us a while back that after more than 25 years as a band and nine albums, the Offspring doesn’t get tired of playing the hits:  You know, we don’t think of it like that. It’s almost like those songs have just become part of us, so even though we play ‘em every night, we enjoy it. And, you know, after you do a number of shows, you kind of get a feel for what songs people tend to like night after night, and it kind of starts to settle in on what the right songs are to be playing.”

The Offspring’s last studio effort, Days Go By, came out in 2012.  Sublime With Rome’s most recent record, Sirens, arrived in 2015.


Metallica has released pro-shot footage of performances of the songs “The Call Of Ktulu” and “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” on Feb 9th and Feb 7th, respectively, at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. Additionally, Metallica has also announced legendary DJ Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys will spin hard rock and metal records in between sets on the band’s stadium trek. (Blabbermouth/Antimusic)

And finally today, my pal Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach can be seen in this new studio webisode about the making of their forthcoming album, Crooked Teeth. The album is out May 19th.

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