Not only are Mercyful Fate playing their first shows in 20+ years in 2020 (in Europe at least), frontman King Diamond is also releasing a new album in 2020 and going on a North American tour this fall. The album is called The Institute, and it's due at some point next year via Metal Blade. King Diamond says:

For reasons unknown to you, it is clear that you have no way of making it to 'The Institute' on your own at this point. Therefore, we will bring THE INSTITUTE to you.
You don't want to miss this special opportunity for treatment only we can give you. It could be for your own good, you know...

The first single is due this fall -- maybe it will be "Masquerade of Madness," the new song King Diamond has been playing live this year. Stay tuned and watch a video of him playing that song at Dokk'em Open Air below.

The North American tour has two very cool support acts -- Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands -- and it includes a Brooklyn show at Kings Theatre on November 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/23) at 10 AM with various presales beforehand. All dates are listed below.

Also, our fingers are still crossed that Mercyful Fate will play North America too!!

King Diamond / Uncle Acid / Idle Hands -- 2019 Tour Dates
Nov. 2 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
Nov. 4 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
Nov. 5 - Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips Center
Nov. 7 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
Nov. 8 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Nov. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Tower Theater
Nov. 11 - Baltimore, MD - The Lyric
Nov. 12 - Montreal, QC - M-Telus
Nov. 14 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
Nov. 15 - Cleveland, OH - The Agora Theatre
Nov. 16 - Louisville, KY - The Palace Theatre
Nov. 18 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera
Nov. 19 - Minneapolis, MN - Palace Theater
Nov. 22 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
Nov. 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Nov. 25 - Seattle, WA - The Paramount
Nov. 26 - Portland, OR - The Schnitzer
Nov. 27 - Vancouver, BC - The Queen Elizabeth
Nov. 29 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Dec. 1 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
Dec. 2 - San Diego, CA - Magnolia
Dec. 3 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove of Anaheim
Dec. 4 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica