Kreator and Midnight will serve as special guests

King Diamond Mercyful Fate
King Diamond of Mercyful Fate [Matt Bishop Photo]

Mercyful Fate are returning to North America for the first time in over two decades. The trek will feature special guests Kreator and Midnight. The limited run will see the bands stop in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 9 at 10am local time at

Before the band’s performance at Psycho Las Vegas, Mercyful Fate frontman King Diamond told CREEM, “This is not a reunion. We are just picking it up again because the stars are aligned correctly now. And that’s been the thing all the time. Before when people asked, ‘Do you think you’re going to play with Mercy again?’ I would never say never. But it’s got to be completely right. I don’t want to go out there and try to milk a cow and do a show with the backdrop and then collect and say, ‘That was that.’ That’s not right. And Hank [Shermann] has the same philosophy. Either we do it 200%, or we don’t do it.”

Both Mercyful Fate and King Diamond have new albums coming out. “We’re working on it,” Diamond told CREEM. “Brian Slagel at Metal Blade said he wants the King Diamond album to be released first. We’re not going to change things just because everything has been postponed, and now it’s Mercy playing live. [King Diamond guitarist] Andy [LaRocque] sent me eight songs of his for the King Diamond album, but that’s maybe enough for his share for two albums. The story will be over two albums.”

Mercyful Fate’s last studio album 9 was released in 1999 via Metal Blade.

Mercyful Fate Kreator 2022 tour

10/25/2022 Dallas, TX – The Factory
10/27/2022 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre
10/29/2022 Inglewood, CA – Youtube Theater
10/30/2022 Wheatland, CA – Hard Rock Live Sacramento
11/1/2022 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
11/3/2022 Gary, IN – Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana
11/4/2022 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J. Brady Music Center
11/5/2022 Detroit, MI – Masonic
11/8/2022 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
11/10/2022 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theater
11/11/2022 Laval, QC – Place Bell
11/13/2022 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall At Fenway
11/14/2022 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
11/16/2022 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle