Influential Danish metallers merciful fate is going on a European tour this spring and summer. The trek begins June 2 in Hanover, Germany and includes shows in Poland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Norway, Czech Republic and the United States. Kingdom. One-time performance at the psycho las vegas festival in Las Vegas, Nevada will follow at the end of August.
June 02 – Expo Plaza – Hanover, Germany (with VOLBEAT)
June 04 – Mystic Festival – Gdańsk, Poland
June 10 – Sweden Rock – Sölvesborg, Sweden
June 14 – Wuhlheide – Berlin, Germany (with VOLBEAT)
Jun. 16 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium
June 18 – Copenhell – Copenhagen, Denmark
June 24 – Rock The Castle – Verona, Italy
June 26 – Hellfest Open Air Festival – Clisson, France
July 01 – Rock Fest Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
July. 02 – Tuska Open Air – Helsinki, Finland
July 22 – Hills Of Rock – Plovdiv, Bulgaria
July. 24 – Artmania Festival – Sibiu, Romania
July. 28 – Fezen Festival – Székesfehérvár, Hungary
July. 29 – Metaldays – Tolmin, Slovenia
Aug 04 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
Aug 06 – Beyond The Gates – Bergen, Norway
August 11 – Brutal Assault – Jaromer, Czech Republic
August 13 – Bloodstock Open Air – Derbyshire, UK
August 21 – Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
It was announced in 2019 armored saint bassist Joey Vera would replace original merciful fate bassist Timi Hansen for the last band’s European festival appearances in the summer of 2020 because of: Hansenthe cancer diagnosis. Hansen passed away in November 2019 and merciful fateThe 2020 Summer Festival performances were initially moved to 2021 before being moved to 2022.
In October 2020, Vera told Dead Rhetoric about how he… merciful fate performance: “I’ve been friends with [MERCYFUL FATE vocalist] King [Diamond] for some time. armored saint tour done with King back in 1988-89; we’ve been friends and label mates forever. And so he came to see me when I was on tour with FATE WARNING supportive QUEENSRŸCHE in Dallas, where he lives. He came to see the show. [Metal Blade Records owner] Brian Slagel was in town. King pulled me backstage and told me the story of Timic had to undergo chemotherapy and had booked a summer tour and wasn’t sure if he would be good enough to do it. If he wasn’t, I’d consider stepping in and helping. Of course I was stunned and honored, yes. I had nothing else to worry about – it was going to happen this summer. Pay tribute to Timic and help them, thanks for asking me. I was thinking in the back of my mind Timic he would have enough energy to make it. Unfortunately I was wrong and it was devastating.”
Two years ago, merciful fate guitarist Hank Shermann confirmed that he was working on the band’s first new music in over two decades. At the time, he said of the writing process: “First of all, King [Diamond, vocals] lives in Texas, in the United States. I live here north of Copenhagen, in Denmark. The drummer [Bjarne T. Holm] is here too, so I’m working with him in the rehearsal room to shape the new songs. The other guitarist [Mike Wead] is in Stockholm, Sweden, and our new bassist [Joey Vera] is located in Los Angeles. So everything is [being done via] Dropbox or emails.”
He continued: “I think there are about six or seven [tracks that are] about to be ready. The first issue was sent to King after it’s mixed and all the guys have played the song. So I sent the files to Joey in Los Angeles; he did the bass. And then I sent the same files to Mike in Stockholm; he did his solos. And now King has the first track, evaluating for the vocals to be added. And then we’ll rearrange certain parts to be twice as long and stuff like that.”
merciful fatethe latest studio album, “9”was released in 1999.
merciful fate will be remembered for his undeniable mark on the history of metal with its innovative sound, complex arrangements, memorable melody and its influence on bands that later took the genre to new heights.
in 1998, METALLIC paid tribute merciful fate by recording a medley of classical merciful fate songs on the album “Garage Inc.” titled “Merciful Fate”the medley contained parts of “Satan’s Fall”† “Curse of the Pharaohs”† “A Corpse Without a Soul”† “In the Coven” and “Evil”†
Lars Ulrich by METALLIC (a fellow Dane) drummed on a new version of merciful fate‘s “Return of the Vampire” on the “In the Shadows” album, which came out in 1993.
The Sabbath comes to you across the EU, UK and US. Be ready and wait for the sound of the demon bell..
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Posted by MERCYFUL FATE on Tuesday 19 April 2022