Given the pandemic and other global matters happening, bands have had a lot to deal with when it comes to touring in recent years. While the band are currently on the road as part of a North American arena tour, Ghost frontman Tobias Forge shares that they have been a “little out of sync” with everything going on.
During a conversation with Z93’s The Morning After, Forge talked about how it not only is a chaotic time for bands to be touring right now, but he also spoke to how the amount of touring taking place may in fact be hurting bands. He expresses that a lot of people’s favorite bands are “suffering” right now, and how Ghost have strived to keep a relative distance when it comes to touring. Here is everything Tobias had to say about the band’s plans to tour (and his feelings on the current state of touring):
“We’re gonna do a lot of touring in 2023. We were sort of a little bit out of sync. The record [Impera] came out in the spring, obviously, and that was great. We managed to do 50 shows in the spring, which was incredible considering where the state of the world was at that point with not only war and uncertainty, but especially in Europe. We were leaving for the tour not knowing if some of these countries [were] gonna be open yet, and that the tour actually happened — there was one show that was canceled because of some sort of safety concern — that was incredible. But we had already decided to not do the summer festival route, just because 2022’s lineup was 2020’s lineups, so there was no place for us; they couldn’t cater to a new band coming in, because all the slots were taken since two years back. So we decided, ‘Okay, so we’re gonna have the summer off. Fantastic. And then we’re gonna do a U.S. tour.’ And then we decided to sort of hunker down for some time.
“There’s just simply too much going on right now — so many bands out — and it’s just too crowded. And it’s hurting everyone, actually. I don’t wanna bring out the fiddles for rock and roll music, but trust me when I say that a lot of your favorite bands are really suffering because of – Coming out of COVID, everybody’s trying to tour at the same time, and obviously, people cannot see every band that comes through. So we just decided, ‘Let’s just stay out of [this shit].’ It’s just too much. We’re happy for what we got. We are ecstatic about this tour that we’re doing now, that people show up, and that’s a lot.
“And also, not to sound too political or too aware of things, but we had a plan to tour in Europe also now in the winter, and Europe is just too weird right now. There’s too much going on, and there’s a huge energy crisis. So it was a nice relief to feel like, ‘Let’s come back in March or something.’ ‘Let’s do something else, like, just stay out.’ There’s plenty of things that we can do, and there’s plenty of others that need to do their thing. And we have so much going on in 2023 anyway. We’re gonna do the whole [fucking] world in 2023.”
Do you think Forge makes a valid point regarding all the touring taking place? Do you feel that too many bands are touring at the moment, or do you feel that it is a good thing that fans are able to see many of their favorites while they are on the road? You can check out the interview involving the Ghost frontman below.