Ghost Ends Tour By Transforming Cardinal Copia Into Papa Emeritus IV


Ghost played one final show in support of its 2018 album Prequelle on Tuesday night (March 3rd) in Mexico City, and ended the gig and the touring cycle by introducing the next figure who will front the band when it returns in 2021.

During the saxophone solo in the song "Miasma," Papa Nihil -- an elderly ancestor to the three characters known as Papa Emeritus I, II and III who have sung with the group -- collapsed. A large group of Ghost nuns then came out around current singer Cardinal Copia and transformed him into Papa Emeritus IV.

After the show, Ghost shared a few photos on its official Instagram and wrote, "Gracias México City for your hospitality and warmth. We couldn't pick a better place to witness the anointment of Cardinal Copia to Papa Emeritus IV."

Of course, Copia and all four versions of Papa Emeritus have been portrayed by the same person, Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of Prequelle in June 2018.

Forge's identity wasn't officially revealed until 2017, but he told us a while back that not much changed after it was: ["It feels not very different from my point of view. It was a long time ago in the career where I felt anonymous, and I mean, over the years I've always tried to point out that there's a great difference between being anonymous and being unmasked. And I've always and still will put a lot of effort into preserving the latter."] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . preserving the latter.)

Ghost has no other dates on its schedule for 2020 and will now focus on recording its fifth studio album for a 2021 release.