King Diamond Comments On Michael Denner & Kim Ruzz’s Exclusions From Current Mercyful Fate Lineup

During a recent interview with Creem, King Diamond commented on Michael Denner and Kim Ruzz’s exclusions from Mercyful Fate’s current lineup. The frontman says “there are reasons [they] are simply not here” and that the group’s latest incarnation is “not a reunion.”

Diamond said the following about Mercyful Fate’s return to the stage:

“It’s very cool and a lot of fun, but people have misunderstood what we are doing now. 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.”

He also added the following about Denner and Ruzz:

“There are reasons Michael Denner and Kim Ruzz are simply not here. I know that Michael Denner did an interview recently, and I’m not going to get into it, but he said a lot of things that are absolutely not true. I could go into a lot of details about the reasons that this is not a lineup with him in it, or Kim Ruzz in it. I don’t want to say anything bad about anybody, but you can’t say, ‘Hey, I should have played there.’ Why? Should I throw out a band member that is absolutely perfect for the band, that goes all out for the band all the time, no matter what? And his skill is beyond anything I played with on that spot in the band? There’s no way that he’s going to get fired because someone else is suddenly interested in the band. That’s completely wrong. There’s no way I would ever treat anyone like that.”

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