MERCYFUL FATE gearing up for first North American Performance since 2011
Band to headline the main stage at Psycho Las Vegas on August 21
August 10th, 2022: Heavy metal juggernauts Mercyful Fate are preparing to make their long awaited return to the United States with a headline performance on the main stage Sunday evening at Psycho Las Vegas ’22 this August, marking the band’s first show in the US in over 20 years. Mercyful Fate’s last tour was in support of 1999’s masterpiece 9 when the band decimated the US and South America before going on hiatus, only briefly returning in 2011 when most of the band joined Metallica onstage at Metallica’s 30th-anniversary show in San Francisco.
“First MERCYFUL FATE concert in the USA in over 20 years!!! You better be ready Las Vegas!!! We’re bringing the DEVIL himself 666.” King Diamond
Single day tickets are now available HERE so get yours while they last and catch the almighty Mercyful Fate as they release the fury of hell upon the Las Vegas Strip.
Mercyful Fate is currently working on a new album and even gave fans a taste of the new material when they debuted a new song called “The Jackal Of Salzburg” at the show they opened for Volbeat at Hanover’s Expo-Plaza on June 2. Fans in the US may be treated to a tease of the new album as well – the only way to find out is to catch the band’s performance at Psycho Las Vegas ’22.
Mercyful Fate’s lineup includes singer King Diamond, Hank Shermann and Mike Wead on guitars, drummer Bjarne T. Holm, and Armored Saint and Fates Warning’s Joey Vera on bass.
2022 Tour Dates:
06/ 02 Expo Plaza Hannover, Germany (with VOLBEAT)
06/ 04 Mystic Festival Gdańsk, Poland
06/10 Sweden Rock Sölvesborg, Sweden
06/14 Wuhlheide Berlin, Germany (with VOLBEAT)
06/16 Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
06/18 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark
06/24 Rock The Castle Verona, Italy
06/26 Hellfest Open Air Fest Clisson, France
07/01 Rock Fest Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
07/02 Tuska Open Air Helsinki, Finland
07/22 Hills of Rock Plovdiv, Bulgaria
07/24 Artmania Festival Sibiu, Romania
07/28 Fezen Festival Székesfehérvár, Hungary
07/29 MetalDays Tolmin, Slovenia
08/04 Wacken Open Air Wacken, Germany
08/06 Beyond the Gates Bergen, Norway
08/11 Brutal Assault Jaromer, Czech Republic
08/13 Bloodstock Derbyshire, UK
08/21 Psycho Las Vegas ’22 Las Vegas, NV
About the band:
Mercyful Fate was formed in early 1981 in Copenhagen, Denmark, by vocalist King Diamond and guitar player Hank Shermann. Guitarist Michael Denner, Bassist Timi Hansen and drummer Kim Ruzz soon joined to complete the band line-up.
The band recorded two demos in 1981, and later signed with Rave On Records in Holland, for recording of their successful EP Mercyful Fate, released on November 8th 1982. The EP was soon in heavy rotation around the core metal radio stations, starting a new breed in Heavy Metal with their unique sound.
Mercyful Fate signed a new deal with Roadrunner Records in 1983 to make their first full-length album Melissa, recorded and released that same year. In 1984 the band went back into the studio to record their legendary album Don’t Break The Oath, released on September 7th 1984.
Soon after Mercyful Fate started a two month US Tour, which took them across the States several times, including sharing the stage with Motorhead and Exciter for the last part of the tour. The shows had created a brush fire within the metal community, and Mercyful Fate was now getting a lot of recognition. The year of 1984 ended with a 5 days tour in Germany, together with Motorhead, Girlschool, Helix and Talon.
First concert of 1985 was in their hometown of Copenhagen, an old movie theater with higher capacity. The show was sold out, and the band displayed new levels of their stage show. It was a huge success, and was a new highlight for Mercyful Fate.
In April 1985 though, the band decided to part ways, for each to pursue new challenges. The King Diamond band was born and had huge success the following years with five studio album releases on Roadrunner Records. King Diamond has since signed with Metal Blade Records, and is going stronger than ever.
Summer of 1992 Mercyful Fate decided to get back together and penned a new deal with Brian Slagel and his label Metal Blade Records. In The Shadows was released in 1993, and was and instant success followed by a sold out US tour.
The following years Mercyful Fate released another five studio albums and toured Europe, US and South America many times. The highlight of the year 1999 was their critically acclaimed album 9, released on May 25th 1999. It was followed by a European tour with Metallica, where King and Hank several times joined them on stage performing the medley “Mercyful Fate” which Metallica had recorded on their Garage Inc. double tribute album, in 1998. Tours in the US and in South America followed marking the band’s last live performances for over a decade.
The band then went on hiatus, but made a brief appearance when most of the band joined Metallica onstage in 2011, at Metallica’s 30th-anniversary show in San Francisco.
The band has been working on a new album and is currently playing festival dates in Europe and making their way to Las Vegas, NV for a historic headline performance at Psycho Las Vegas on Sunday August 21.
About Psycho Unlimited:
The pioneers of resort-wide takeover festivals, Psycho Unlimited, bridge counterculture into the next frontiers of leisure and entertainment.
About Psycho Las Vegas 2022:
Psycho Las Vegas 2022 is set to be the wildest ride yet as the festival will move to a new destination, Resorts World Las Vegas. The Strip’s newest ground-up resort to be built in over a decade, Resorts World Las Vegas ventures into a new frontier of entertainment, offering an immersive trip for festivalgoers with six stages, with every genre under the sun performing from AYU Dayclub’s tropics to the Resorts World Event Center.