Rumors of a Job For A Cowboy reunion have been circulating lately and the band seem to have added more fuel to the fire. The group recently took to social media to post an article that Ghost Cult wrote about their potential comeback and they even described it as “interesting.” At this point, we will just have to wait and see what happens.
Mercyful Fate have announced that they will be reuniting for some summer European shows next year. The group are currently booked for the Copenhell festival, which is set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 17-20. Further dates have yet to be announced.
The band commented:
“We will be playing an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020, including COPENHELL.
It will be the “9” lineup, featuring:
Hank Shermann – Guitar
King Diamond – Vocals
Bjarne T Holm – Drums
Mike Wead – Guitar
with Joey Vera on the bass while Timi Hansen is away.
We asked Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) to fill in because he has a very unique style and sound playing with his fingers, much like that of Timi Hansen. This is very important, since the set list will only consist of songs from the very first “mini LP”, the “Melissa” album, and the “Don’t Break The Oath” album, plus some brand new songs written specifically in that very same style.
This will very much be Mercyful Fate as we were in the very beginning, except for a brand new major stage production.
See you at the Ruined Bridge.
When The Original Misfits announced their first reunion shows, it was pretty surprising considering Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only had been in a lengthy legal dispute over the band’s trademarks and profits. The performances ended up going good and the band continued booking concerts, leading many to believe the two no longer had any animosity towards each other. However, D.X. Ferris has since obtained legal documents for MetalSucks that seem to suggest that the whole reunion was just a contractual obligation following a settlement between the musicians.
Before they reunited, the trademark dispute appeared to turn against Danzig, but Only apparently decided to make a deal in an effort to get the singer to front the band for 10 reunion shows. The unsigned draft of the settlement that MetalSucks got a hold of included the following provisions:
– The parties would co-own the classic Misfits graphics (1977 through 1983), including the Crimson Ghost Fiend skull and the Misfits horror-font logo. Jerry Only would receive 100% of the income from “Fiend Skull derivatives” relating to his time leading the band without Danzig after the 1995 settlement, with Danzig retaining 100% ownership of his Misfits designs during that period as well.
– Official Misfits shirts would be available via a high-powered cabal: Live Nation would produce Fiend Skull T-shirts and sell them to Hot Topic.
– Jerry Only and his company would continue to have the exclusive rights to perform and record as The Misfits. For the reunion shows, according to this draft, Danzig and Only would partner 50/50 as The Original Misfits, pay the rest of the band as hired guns, and split the profits.
– This is the important part: according to the draft of the settlement, “The parties agree to perform no fewer than ten (10) Misfits reunion shows to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band.”
The group have already played six shows and currently have the following three booked:
06/29 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium
09/07 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
09/14 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Assuming the final settlement is similar to the draft, the band still have one more show to be announced, unless they change their minds and do more. Considering how much money the band have been making from these concerts, it wouldn’t be too shocking if they did decide to keep going.
You can read more over at MetalSucks.
While responding to fans in some since deleted tweets, Cedric Bixler-Zavala said The Mars Volta will be reuniting. Pitchfork are also reporting that the frontman seemed to hint that him and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López have been working on new material as well.
Bixler-Zavala said “it’s happening” after a fan tweeted: “I dream of you guys giving TMV a new chapter.” Prior to that, he also told another fan that him and Rodríguez-López have been “in the kitchen finding new ways to through [sic] curve balls.” He then added the following in another deleted tweet:
“What it’s NOT going to be is your ‘fav member lineup’ playing their ‘classic records’ in full etc. Maybe we’ll play old shit, who knows how we feel. Just remember our past campaigns never relied on playing requests or going fully backwards …it’s new shit, new people, left turns , tangent inconsistencies, mazapan dreams and churro wishes. I will say this though, when ORL played me a grip of new shit I fucking cried. Like Claire Daines in Romeo & Juliet cried. Yeah it was fucking weird. It’s in its infancy right now. No deadlines, no ball tripping, no drama, just 2 grown ass men using essential oils and bold new perfumes shooting ideas and scooting their ass across the fucking lawn trying to get rid of these worms.”
Furthermore, Pitchfork also said that Bixler-Zavala seemed to suggest that the band’s back catalog will be reissued in high quality as well.
Back in 2016, Michael Angelo Batio and Jim Gillette relaunched Nitro with Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler and the trio were supposed to record a new album with guest bassist Victor Wooten, but now it appears that the reunion has officially been scrapped. Batio confirmed the news during a recent interview with “The Ultimate Guitars Shred Talks”, while also revealing that he is working on “a solo record based on some of those songs.”
Batio said the following when asked about the album:
“It’s gone. I’m best friends with Jim Gillette — we’re like brothers. We never had an argument, even back in the old days. NITRO didn’t break up [in the early 1990s] ’cause we got mad at each other. It was the grunge era. Young ‘hair metal’ bands, all of us, from L.A. were considered old-fashioned, and it was just timing. And then Jim went on to do fantastic in real estate, and I went on to continue my career. But we just can’t go back. I love NITRO, I love that time, and I’m proud of it, but after we did a few songs [with Adler], we did a tour together, we all realized… But I’m gonna be doing a solo record based on some of those songs. It’s coming out on Rat Pak Records later this year. It’s slated in the fall release schedule. And I’ve got a couple of songs with Chris on there and Victor Wooten.”
Back in 2015, All Shall Perish announced that they were planning to return with a lineup consisting of Eddie Hermida (Vocals), Ben Orum (Guitar), Chris Storey (Guitar), Caysen Russo (Bass), Matt Kuykendall (Drums), and Craig Betit (Additional Vocals). The band have yet to release any new music, but they did recently post a new update on Facebook:
“ASP is not dead. We have some challenges to deal with, but new music is being created. Thank you to all of our loyal fans who still write to us every day!”
Staind have posted a new teaser clip that seems to suggest that they are getting ready to make their return. The 17-second video has been posted on the band’s social media accounts with the caption “Stay tuned.” This news comes after frontman Aaron Lewis recently hinted at their return during a solo show.