"I am remarkably thirsty today, which is a little bit odd considering how much I drank last night," one of the anonymous Nameless Ghouls who plays with frontman Papa Emeritus III in the occult-themed Swedish heavy-metal group Ghost tells Rolling Stone the day after the Grammys. The night before is still a blur. The band had seemed like underdogs when they were nominated in the Best Metal Performance category alongside genre giants like Slipknot and Lamb of God. Ultimately, though, they ended up taking home a trophy honoring their doomy, dramatic single "Cirice," a track off their most recent LP, last year's Meliora.
"We're flying back to Europe now," the Ghoul says. "We're currently on a European tour. So we just made a three-day offshoot for the Grammys. I'm sorry to say it was at the expense of a Polish show that we had to reschedule. Any Polish people reading this, sorry, but we had a lot of fun." He laughs. Asked if he met any interesting celebrities, he laughs again. "Josh Groban came up to us and said he was a fan."
In the slides that follow, the Nameless Ghoul guides Rolling Stone through each step of the group's big day, from departing their tony Hollywood hotel to making paparazzi scratch their heads to scratching their own heads (or what they can of them underneath their masks) when they heard that they had won. "Some awards are downright fucking ugly, but that is definitely a mantelpiece," he says.