Heavy metal legends Mercyful Fate have been on hiatus since 1999, save for when members had a brief, one-off reunion in 2011 at one of Metallica's 30th anniversary shows, but they're now finally set to officially reunite for the first time in over 20 years. Frontman King Diamond announced that the Copenhagen band are playing hometown festival Copenhell in 2020 (June 17-20), and he said they'd also "be playing an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020." Exciting news!
The reunion lineup will feature King Diamond and founding guitarist Hank Shermann with '90s-era members Bjarne T. Holm (drums) and Mike Wead (guitar), and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning, Anthrax) will fill in for longtime bassist Timi Hansen. King Diamond continues:
We asked Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) to fill in because he has a very unique style and sound playing with his fingers, much like that of Timi Hansen. This is very important, since the set list will only consist of songs from the very first “mini LP”, the “Melissa” album, and the “Don’t Break The Oath” album, plus some brand new songs written specifically in that very same style.
This will very much be Mercyful Fate as we were in the very beginning, except for a brand new major stage production.
See you at the Ruined Bridge.
No word on US dates, but our fingers are staying crossed! Meanwhile, King Diamond also has a few Europe dates this month.
UPDATE: The very sad reason why Timi Hansen is sitting these shows out has been revealed: he's battling cancer.