Mercyful Destiny bassist Timi Hansen has revealed that he’s battling most cancers in a press release posted by the Fb web page of frontman King Diamond’s spouse, Livia Zita-Bendix. Yesterday it was introduced that Mercyful Destiny would reunite for an unspecified variety of reveals throughout Europe in 2020, however with Armored Saint’s Joey Vera standing in for Hansen on bass.
“There are various questions on why I gained’t seem as a part of the Mercyful Destiny reunion in 2020,” Hansen mentioned within the assertion. “The trustworthy rationalization is just that I’m at present preventing a combat towards most cancers. However consider me I’ll combat the whole lot I can to be prepared.”
He added, “It’s my huge dream to be on stage once more enjoying the previous Mercyful Destiny numbers in entrance of all of you very loyal followers. If this wasn’t going to occur, I’d wish to ask you to take excellent care of Joey Vera. I completely agree with King that he’s an ideal ‘stand in’, so take excellent care of him.”
The Mercyful Destiny reunion, which is able to mark the legendary Danish metallic band’s first reveals in additional than 20 years, will characteristic the band’s 9 album lineup of guitarists Hank Shermann and Mike Wead, drummer Bjarne T. Holm, frontman King Diamond, and Vera instead of Hansen. Nonetheless, the tour will see the band enjoying materials from the primary three releases — the Mercyful Destiny EP, Melissa, and Don’t Break the Oath — and brand-new songs written in that type.
“We requested Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) to fill in as a result of he has a really distinctive type and sound enjoying together with his fingers, very like that of Timi Hansen,” the band commented in yesterday’s assertion.
To date, solely a June 17th, 2020, look at Copenhell Competition in 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been confirmed.