Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge says his first ever idols when he was young were Kiss.
The vocalist also reports that he always wanted to “entertain with music” and create a band which incorporated traits of Kiss, the Rolling Stone and Sex Pistols.
Forge tells iHeartRadio: “I’ve been interested in music for as long as I can remember. My first idols were Kiss. Ever since I was very little, I wanted to entertain – and I wanted to entertain with music.
“I watched a lot of VHS video when I was a kid and one favourite film that I had was The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle, which painted a very vivid and weird idea of being a rock band, which completely sucked me in. I was completely in awe of that film.
“Obviously, little did I understand at that point, but I understood later what a chaotic band and what a screwed-up career Sex Pistols had. But it definitely coloured my thinking.
“I wanted a band to be somewhere in between Kiss, the Rolling Stones and Sex Pistols – just outrageous and over the top, with fictional characters.”
Listen to the full interview below.
The band will play at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 9 and will then embark on a run of date across North America, wrapping up at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on December 15.