“IMPERA was my favorite rock album of 2022… I found out along the way that Tobias is a bit of a fan of DL, so I guess it was inevitable we’d both find out about each other! Once we’d been introduced to the idea of working together it just snowballed organically and I’m thrilled that I got to sing on what is my favorite song from that album!”—Joe Elliott

Look what you’ve done to this rock n roll clown… Today – January 26th – Ghost’s “Spillways” has undergone a transfiguration to include guest vocals from rock legend and avowed Ghost fan Joe Elliott of Def Leppard. To hear this new facet of this “sweetly constructed rock tune” (The New York Times) from Ghost’s American Music Award-winning IMPERA, which charted at #2 in the UK Album Charts, go to

To witness Joe Elliott’s phantasmagorical journey into the world of Ghost, open Chapter 15: (Title TBC). The newest installment in Ghost’s long running series of webisodes, Chapter 15 documents a karaoke session that goes awry in spectacular and supernatural fashion (and if you’re feeling like singing along, check out the “Spillways (ft. Joe Elliott)” lyric video at:

The mutual admiration between Ghost & Def Leppard has been well documented. Speaking about IMPERA, Tobias Forge said “Going into this record, I thought I would see if I could do it a little more like Def Leppard did it.”  Joe Elliott told Metal Hammer “I listened to it all, & I thought it was absolutely stunning. It’s like a whole new genre of music“. Creative kinship like this seemed destined for something special & fortunately for rock fans the world over it comes as a Spillways collaboration.  

The original version of “Spillways,” currently Top 5 at Active Rock Radio and having generated some 50 million streams globally, can be found on Ghost’s IMPERA. Released March 11, 2022, IMPERA has moved nearly 500,000 albums worldwide, won the American Music Award for Favorite Rock Album 2022, and received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Metal Performance (“Call Me Little Sunshine”). Best of 2022 accolades included Ghost landing at #1 on Spotify’s Best of Kickass Metal 2022, while cover stories in Revolver and Metal Hammer proclaimed IMPERA #1 Album of 2022 and Loudwire has named Ghost 2022 Artist of the Year. As Consequence noted in its Top Metal & Hard Rock Albums of 2022 roundup, “Few rock bands are as grand and ambitious-sounding as Ghost nowadays.” 

With all of the above plus the 70 date IMPERATOUR that saw the Wall Street Journal anoint Ghost “the next generation of arena stars” and an iHeartRadio Awards 2023 nomination for Rock Artist Of The Year, that ambition is primed to take the band to further and unforeseen heights in 2023.


21 May, Zenith,  Rouen, France

22 May, Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France

23 May, Zénith De Toulouse, Toulouse, France

25 May, Le Liberte, Rennes, France

26 May, Zénith De Lille, Lille, France

28 May, Zenith of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

30 May, Palais Nikaïa, Nice, France

1 Jun, Primavera Sound 2023, Barcelona, Spain

3 Jun, Zenith Nantes Metropole, Saint-herblain, France

6 Jun, Velodrom, Berlin, Germany

7-11 Jun , Mystic Festival 2023, Gdańsk, Poland

8-11 Jun, Download Festival 2023 , Derby, United Kingdom

10 Jun,  Sweden Rock Festival 2023, Sölvesborg, Sweden

15 Jun, Graspop Metal Meeting 2023, Dessel, Belgium

19 Jun, Barclays Arena, Hamburg, Germany


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