Ghost have shared their cover of Iron Maiden’s “Phantom of the Opera” from their upcoming five-song covers EP Phantomime, which will be available Friday (May 19). The EP also includes covers of classics and deep cuts by Television, Genesis, The Stranglers and Tina Turner. “Phantom of the Opera,” a track from Iron Maiden’s 1980 debut album, featured Paul Di’Anno on vocals.
Ghost frontman Tobias Forge explained last month that the Phantomime EP was a result of feeling “fried” after working on their 2022 album Impera: “During the demoing of Impera I kept working on demos for what I just referred to as the ‘cover album.’ Originally, the idea was to have 10 songs on this covers record, because I wanted to make a complete record and that LP was going to basically mirror Impera somehow. Originally the selection was a little bit more eclectic. Look, I’m not going into great detail about them, because we might use some of them at a later point. But, it was basically like a piano version of a Motorhead song.”
Ghost returns to North America for its ‘Re-Imperatour’ U.S.A. 2023 summer tour, with special guest Amon Amarth. Re-Imperatour U.S.A. 2023 kicks off August 2 in Concord, CA, with stops in more than two dozen cities before its two-night finale the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 11 and 12.
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