Influential Danish metallers MERCYFUL FATE will embark on a European tour this spring and summer season. The trek will kick off on June 2 in Hannover, Germany and can embody reveals in Poland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Norway, Czech Republic and the UK. A one-off look on the Psycho Las Vegas pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada will observe in late August.
Jun. 02 – Expo Plaza – Hannover, Germany (with VOLBEAT)
Jun. 04 – Mystic Competition – Gdańsk, Poland
Jun. 10 – Sweden Rock – Sölvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 14 – Wuhlheide – Berlin, Germany (with VOLBEAT)
Jun. 16 – Graspop Steel Assembly – Dessel, Belgium
Jun. 18 – Copenhell – Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun. 24 – Rock The Fortress – Verona, Italy
Jun. 26 – Hellfest Open Air Competition – Clisson, France
Jul. 01 – Rock Fest Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
Jul. 02 – Tuska Open Air – Helsinki, Finland
Jul. 22 – Hills Of Rock – Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Jul. 24 – Artmania Competition – Sibiu, Romania
Jul. 28 – Fezen Competition – Székesfehérvár, Hungary
Jul. 29 – Metaldays – Tolmin, Slovenia
Aug. 04 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
Aug. 06 – Past The Gates – Bergen, Norway
Aug. 11 – Brutal Assault – Jaromer, Czech Republic
Aug. 13 – Bloodstock Open Air – Derbyshire, UK
Aug. 21 – Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
In 2019, it was introduced ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera can be changing unique MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen for the latter band’s summer season 2020 European pageant appearances attributable to Hansen‘s most cancers analysis. Hansen handed away in November 2019 and MERCYFUL FATE‘s 2020 summer season pageant appearances have been initially rescheduled for 2021 earlier than being moved again to 2022.
Again in October 2020, Vera advised Useless Rhetoric about how he landed the MERCYFUL FATE gig: “I have been buddies with [MERCYFUL FATE vocalist] King [Diamond] for a while. ARMORED SAINT did a tour with King again in 1988-89; we have now been buddies and labelmates without end. And so, he got here to see me once I was on tour with FATES WARNING supporting QUEENSRŸCHE in Dallas the place he lives. He got here to see the present. [Metal Blade Records owner] Brian Slagel was on the town. King pulled me apart backstage and advised me the story of Timi going by means of chemotherapy and had a summer season tour booked and wasn’t positive he was going to be nicely sufficient to do it. If he wasn’t, would I take into account stepping in and serving to out. After all, I used to be flabbergasted and honored, yeah. I did not have anything happening — it was alleged to occur this summer season. To honor Timi and assist them out, thanks for asking me. Behind my thoughts, I used to be considering Timi would pull by means of, he would get sufficient vitality to make it. I used to be sadly mistaken and it was devastating.”
Two years in the past, MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Hank Shermann confirmed that he was engaged on the primary new music from the band in additional than 20 years. On the time, he mentioned in regards to the writing course of: “Initially, King [Diamond, vocals] resides in Texas, within the States. I am dwelling right here north of Copenhagen, in Denmark. The drummer [Bjarne T. Holm] can be right here, so I work with him within the rehearsal room shaping the brand new songs. The opposite guitar participant [Mike Wead] is in Stockholm, Sweden, and our new bass participant [Joey Vera] is in Los Angeles. So the whole lot is [being done via] Dropbox or e-mails.”
He continued: “I believe there’s about six or seven [tracks that are] about to be prepared. The primary track has been despatched to King after it has been combined and all the fellows performed on the track. So I despatched the information to Joey in Los Angeles; he did the bass. After which I despatched the identical information to Mike in Stockholm; he did his solos. And now King has the primary track, evaluating for the vocals to be added. After which we’ll rearrange sure components to be twice as lengthy and stuff like that.”
MERCYFUL FATE‘s final studio album, “9”, was launched in 1999.
MERCYFUL FATE will likely be remembered for its unquestionable mark on the historical past of steel with its progressive sound, advanced preparations, memorable melody, and its affect on bands that later took the style to new heights.
In 1998, METALLICA paid tribute to MERCYFUL FATE by recording a medley of traditional MERCYFUL FATE songs on the album “Storage Inc.” Titled “Mercyful Destiny”, the medley included components from “Devil’s Fall”, “Curse of the Pharaohs”, “A Corpse With out Soul”, “Into the Coven” and “Evil”.
Lars Ulrich of METALLICA (a fellow Dane) performed drums on a brand new model of MERCYFUL FATE‘s “Return of the Vampire” on the “Within the Shadows” album, which got here out in 1993.
The Sabbath involves you throughout EU, UK, and US. Be prepared and look forward to the sound of the demon bell..
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Posted by MERCYFUL FATE on Tuesday, April 19, 2022