One of Ghost’s Nameless Ghouls has spoken of his admiration for Kiss and Slayer – as well as Beyonce and ABBA.
Taking part in a Close Up interview for Deezer, the Ghoul picks some of his favourite songs after giving an insight into Ghost hit Cirice.
Describing Kiss as one of the pioneers of “theatrical rock,” he says Rock And Roll All Night was the first record he bought.
He adds: “We don’t look like Kiss and we don’t look like Twisted Sister, but the expression is very similar. However, musically, we have broadened a lot.
“Kiss is a very big reason for myself finding the music that I gravitated towards, but it’s not like I put on Kiss to find inspiration nowadays.”
The Ghoul then selects Beyonce’s smash hit single Crazy In Love, but insists it’s not his favourite song by the pop star.
“That song for me is not my favourite Beyonce song,” he says. “I think she has done better. But it’s definitely strong.”
Before selecting ABBA’s Dancing Queen and describing the Swedish pop icons as “up there with the Beatles and the great masters,” the Ghoul chooses The Antichrist by Slayer.
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He then goes on to explain his view on the concept of a God, saying: “It’s a very important ingredient in the human psyche, the whole idea of trying to understand if there is a God or not.
“Part of me, the intellectual self, can argue and say that there is a great chance, or risk, that our idea of a soul or God or a greater being might just be a substance in our brain.
“I don’t want it to be like that. I’m a very imaginative person with a big emotional life and I’ve always lived through music, film and literature in a sort of dreamy world where I have always had the feeling that there must be something greater that we can’t explain.”
Cirice was the lead single on Ghost’s third album, 2015’s Meliora.
Ghost are on the road in North America, which is expected to be followed by a European run before the band start work on their next album.
Ghost North American tour dates 2016
Sep 24: Fort Worth Texas Munity, TX
Sep 25: Houston Open Air, TX
Sep 27: Tulsa Brady Theater, OK
Sep 28: St Louis The Pageat, MO
Sep 30: Kansas City Midland Theatre, MO
Oct 01: Janesville Sonic Boom, WI
Oct 02: Louisville Louder Than Life Festival, KY
Oct 03: Detroit The Fillmore, MI
Oct 04: Kalamazoo State Theatre, MI
Oct 05: Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre, IA
Oct 07: Denver Paramount Theatre, CO
Oct 08: Salt Lake City The Complex, UT
Oct 09: Missoula The Wilma Theater, MT
Oct 11: Calgary MacEwan Hall, AB
Oct 13: Vancouver The Vogue Theater, BC
Oct 14: Seattle The Moore Theater, WA
Oct 15: Eugene McDonald Theatre, OR
Oct 16: Portland The Roseland Theater, OR
Oct 18: Riverside Municipal Auditorium, CA
Oct 20: Los Angeles The Wiltern, CA
Oct 21: Los Angeles The Wiltern, CA
Oct 22: Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl, NV
Oct 23: Sacramento Discovery Park, CA
Oct 25: Phoenix Comercia Theatre, AZ
Oct 27: Lubbock City Bank Auditorium, TX
Oct 28: San Antonio The Aztec Theater, TX
Oct 31: Little Rock Metroplex, AR
Nov 02: Orlando The Hard Rock, FL
Nov 03: Miami Beach Fillmore Miami Beach, FL
Nov 04: Jacksonville The Florida Theatre, FL
Nov 05: Charlotte The Fillmore, NC
Nov 07: Raleigh The Ritz, NC
Nov 09: Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre, ON
Nov 11: Montreal Metropolis, QC
Nov 12: Brooklyn Kings Theatre, NY