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Today was supposed to be the day…

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King Diamond @ 2016 Copenhell

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…that I saw Mercyful Fate for the first time. I’ve seen King Diamond a few times (first time was 1987), but none of his albums are as good as “Melissa” and “Don’t Break The Oath” in my opinion. Hopefully next year.

Mercyful Fate @ Copenhell 2020!

King Diamond @ Copenhell

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As my summer festival season is approaching an end, I was thinking that now there are close to no bands left that I really want to see that I haven’t. And then this showed up in my email….

“The legendary Danish heavy metal band MERCYFUL FATE will make a spectacular return at next year’s COPENHELL festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Almost 40 years ago, singer King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann created what would later become the most iconic and influential Danish heavy metal band ever…

The band will perform (at 2020 Copenhell) with the “9” lineup featuring Hank Shermann (guitar), King Diamond (vocals), Bjarne T. Holm (drums), Mike Wead (guitar) and Joey Vera (Bass)… the set list will only consist of songs from the very first ‘mini LP’, the “Melissa” and “Don’t Break The Oath” albums plus some brand new songs written specifically in that very same style.”

And now I really must get back to Copenhagen next summer!

Yes, I’ve seen King Diamond a few times (including back in the 1980s), but I don’t like any of his albums nearly as much as I love Melissa and Don’t Break The Oath, and he barely touches those albums live anymore.

Only in Copenhagen

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Once upon a time… actually I’ve already told part of the story. Flash forward 35 years, and I found myself in King Diamond’s home town looking up at a ceiling I couldn’t have imagined in high school.

Happy birthday, King Diamond!

KIng Diamond

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Tis the season…

King Diamond (and grandma) @ Copenhell 2016

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Not only is Halloween just around the corner, but so is Copenhell 2017. It looks like I will be there for the second year in a row. So far they have only announced a few bands, but I’m excited to see Candlemass (as they rarely make it to the USA, and I’ve been a fan since 1986) and Overkill (who I haven’t seen since 1987).

If any of the powers that be at Copenhell are reading this, the bands I’d most like to see at Copenhell 2017 include Rammstein, Kampfar, Watain, and Death Angel. Please and thank you.

King Diamond @ Copenhell (part 1)

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“I Command You To Scream…”

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Fun King Diamond Story #1 (of 4 or 5)…

Once upon a time, I had just turned 15 years old. I was laying on my bed late on a Friday night listening to the radio. I don’t remember the station, but it could have been KSJO, KRQR, or KOME. Back in the day these stations would play decent music in the San Francisco Bay Area. You could hear Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, or Judas Priest during the day. However, you had to tune in late at night, especially on weekends, if you wanted to hear the latest and greatest in heavy metal–maybe Iron Maiden or something newly released.

Such was the case one night in November of 1983. The DJ put Mercyful Fate’s 11+ minute “Satan’s Fall” on. I had never heard anything like this before. I got goosebumps. Luckily I had my tape recorder going so I was able to listen to it again and again before finally buying the CD in 1986. Anyway, the DJ said something about this band being from Copenhagen, Denmark. Never in a million, billion years did I ever imagine that I would be standing at this guy’s feet in Copenhagen 33 years later taking this photo.

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