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Mercyful Fate’s Timi Hansen Reveals His Ongoing Cancer Battle


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Absent from the lineup of yesterday’s Mercyful Fate reunion announcement was bassist Timi Hansen, who will be sitting out the trek. Hansen himself has since issued the statement via social media revealing that he won’t be taking part due to his ongoing cancer battle:

“There are many questions about why I won’t appear as part of the Mercyful Fate reunion in 2020.

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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 [Diamond] that [Vera] is a perfect ‘Stand in’, so take good care of him 🤘🤘🤘”

As stated in yesterday’s announcement, Joey Vera of Armored Saint, etc. fame has been brought onboard for the live reunion, which will see Mercyful Fate back together for a series of European shows next summer. In addition to focusing on earlier material, the outfit will also be playing some new songs at those dates.

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