Former MERCYFUL FATE guitarist MICHAEL DENNER hits out at HANK SHERMANN: ‘He broke my heart and stabbed me in the back’
Michael Dener says it is “heartbreaking” for him to be excluded from MERCIFUL FATEcurrent meeting.
When it was announced in 2019 that the influential Danish heavy metal band would reunite for an undetermined number of concerts across Europe during the summer of 2020, it was revealed that MERCIFUL FATEProgramming for the shows would consist of King Diamond singing, Hank Sherman on the guitar, Bjarne T. Holm on the battery, mike wead on guitar and Joey Vera (SAINT IN ARMOR, WARNING OF FATE) on the bass.
Dennerwho was a member of MERCIFUL FATE, discussed his absence from the group reunion in a brand new interview with Finland’s Chaoszine. The guitarist said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I [feel like] it’s not my band anymore. I’m not one of them, because they didn’t tell me; they didn’t invite me. We didn’t even have a discussion about it. So, of course, it took me a while to digest it. It was quite painful, because I miss my friends from the 80s — I miss them. But not people who [are] in the group today. I wish them the best. I mean, the better they play, the more records we can sell, and the more money I’ll make in the end. Of course, it’s heartbreaking. And also to see and hear – they play my signature stuff. Most of the songs they play now are things I did – I mean, my signature solos, my themes, my arrangements, my stuff. And it’s another guy playing. But again, mike wead is a great guitarist, and he is still a good friend of mine. So if somebody should do the job, I’m glad he did it, really. He can do shit. It’s a kind of solace in all this agony and disappointment – that it’s mike wead Who’s playing. And that makes me feel good.”
Regarding his relationship with King, Michael said, “The thing is me and King, we had a discussion a few years ago. It was a cover of a DENNER/SHERMANN album. Because the artist who did the cover illustration is [Swedish artist] Thomas Holm who has [MERCYFUL FATE‘s] ‘Melissa’ and “Don’t Break the Oath”. And, of course, his way of painting and everything, it was a little more than a little similar to ‘Melissa’ and “Don’t Break the Oath”and King got angry and tried to stop the album. He managed to stop – if I remember correctly – the commodity side; t-shirt design and so on. I’m not a hundred percent sure [about] that, but that could be the story.
“Me and King look a lot alike, he explained. We do not turn the other cheek. I mean, two old assholes who don’t want to reach out and say, “Okay, let’s move on.” Let’s try to do that. So we keep the disagreements and the enemy side. It’s just sad. But with Skein, that was a different story because it came out of nowhere. We had good teamwork with DENNER/SHERMANN. And one of the last things Skein told me was, ‘Whether we make a MERCIFUL FATE meeting, he should be with you and me. No doubt about it. But of course, Kinghe has a strong will and some power behind it – Metal blade discs and silver; big salaries. So Skein chose to go that way and leave me out in the cold. And [Hank and I] hasn’t spoken since, more or less. And it’s been a few years now. But again, we’ve been a guitar team since the late 70s – that’s a very long time – and friendship. And it’s like telepathy. You know exactly which guy has to play which games and we know each other like it’s in the pocket. But he chose to go that route, and I couldn’t live with that. So we don’t talk anymore. But I wish him the best – I just wish him the best of luck in the future. But his future will be without me.”
When asked if he thought there was still a chance he would ever reconnect with Skein, Michael said: “Not in a million years. It will never – ever happen. It’s just the end, because I could never trust this guy again. He broke my heart and he killed me. stabbed in the back. old friend; I miss my guitar partner. But I’ll never try to trust that guy again, when he could do what he did. I’ll never be safe. So I I’m sorry for me and I’m sorry for him. It’s a loss. That’s the way life is. You have to move on.”
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