Occult rockers Ghost wrapped up their final round of tour dates behind 2015's album Meliora and last year's Popestar EP on September 30th with an epic gig at the Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden, that culminated in the ousting of frontman Papa Emeritus III — the band has a standing tradition of replacing their bandleader at the end of each album cycle. The former "Papa" was wrapping up the group's encore when two suited men suddenly stormed the stage and took him away in an apparent deposal. A feeble-looking figure with a cane and an oxygen mask, sporting the frontman's signature papal attire and ghoulish makeup, hobbled onstage shortly thereafter. "I am Papa Emeritus Zero," he declared to the crowd in Italian. "The party is over, and now a new era begins — the Middle Ages begin now." Papa Emeritus III's dismissal comes as Ghost plot their as-of-yet untitled fourth LP, due out tentatively in spring.
Watch Ghost Depose Frontman Papa Emeritus III in Dramatic Tour Finale
"The party is over and now a new era begins. The Middle Ages begin now."
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