Mercyful Fate bassist battling cancer, to miss reunion showsFriday, August 2, 2019 8:02 AM PT / 872 views
This week Mercyful Fate announced plans to reunite for a handful of shows next summer. When it was announced that bass duties would be handled by Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Mercyful Fate bass player Timi Hansen revealed that he will not be taking part due to a "fight against cancer." In a statement issued via the wife of Mercyful Fate frontman King Diamond, Hansen had this to say:
"There are many questions about why I won't appear as part of the Mercyful Fate reunion in 2020. 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 that he is a perfect 'stand-in,' so take good care of him."