Mercyful Fate Announce 2020 Reunion Shows
King Diamond has announced that Mercyful Fate “will be playing an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020.” The reunion will feature a slightly re-jiggered version of the line-up that made 1999’s 9, and the set will include new material — the band’s first since that album came out twenty years ago.
His Majesty’s announcement reads:
“NEVER BREAK THE OATH
Mercyful Fate will be playing an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020, including [the Copenhagen metal festival] Copenhell.
“It will be the ‘9’ lineup, featuring:
“Hank Shermann – Guitar.
“King Diamond – Vocals.
“Bjarne T Holm – Drums.
“Mike Wead – Guitar.
“with Joey Vera on the bass while Timi Hansen is away.
“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.
Copenhell 2020 will take place from June 16 – 19… in other words, prime European festival season. So it seems like a safe bet that the band will probably pop up at a lot of the other major fests as well.
You’ll know more when we do…