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Metal band Mercyful Fate announce first shows in more than 20 years


Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate have announced the end of their 20-year hiatus with plans to hit the road.

The band, who formed in Copenhagen, will return for a hometown festival called Copenhell in 2020. The band’s leader Kind Diamond also said they will “be playing an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020.

Founding guitarist Hank Shermann will be part of the band’s line-up, as will ’90s members Bjarne T. Holm on drums, guitarist Mike Wead, and Joey Vera will fill in for former bassist Timi Hansen.

“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,” King Diamond said in a social media post. “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.”