Livia Zita-Bendix Facebook page has posted a statement from Bassist Timi Hansen in regards to the MercyFul Fate upcoming shows in 2020 .
From Timi Hansen:
“There are many questions about why I won't appear as part of the Mercyful Fate reunion in 2020. The honest explanation is simply that I am currently fighting a fight against cancer.
But believe me I will fight everything I can to be ready.
It's my big dream to be on stage again playing the old Mercyful Fate numbers in front of all of you very loyal fans.
If this wasn't going to happen, I'd like to ask you to take good care of Joey Vera.
I totally agree with King that he is a perfect "Stand in", so take good care of him ”
We wish all the top best for you Timi, you are strong and amazing, and we will see you soon"
According to King Diamond's Facebook page Mercyful Fate will be playing some gigs in the
summer of 2020
" MERCYFUL FATE will be playing an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020, including 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.Stay Heavy..."
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