The Info List - King Diamond

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KIM BENDIX PETERSEN (born 14 June 1956), better known by his stage name KING DIAMOND, is a Danish heavy metal musician. As a vocalist, he is known for his extensive vocal range, in particular his usage of falsetto . He is the lead vocalist for both Mercyful Fate and the eponymous King Diamond
King Diamond


* 1 Career

* 1.1 Early days * 1.2 Mercyful Fate

* 1.3 King Diamond
King Diamond

* 1.3.1 Other media

* 2 Stage presence * 3 Influences * 4 Religion * 5 Marital status * 6 Legacy * 7 Discography * 8 Awards * 9 References * 10 External links



King Diamond's first heavy rock band was called Brainstorm (1974–76), with Jeanette Blum (Jean Blue) vocal and bass, Michael Frohn (Mike West) guitar and Jes Jacobsen (Jesse James) drums. King Diamond left Brainstorm and began singing with local Danish hard rock band Black Rose . It was during this time in Black Rose that King Diamond began experimenting with horror themed theatrics as well as shaping a malevolent quasi-Satanic stage persona. He left Black Rose and joined the punk -metal band Brats where he met Hank Shermann . Soon after, the two of them were asked to help Michael Denner (also formerly a member of Brats) with his own project Danger Zone. This band included Timi Hansen and the mentioned musicians would join with King Diamond
King Diamond
in 1980 to become Mercyful Fate .


Main article: Mercyful Fate

Following Mercyful Fate's 1984 release of Don\'t Break the Oath and the subsequent tour (which saw them play in the U.S. for the first time), King Diamond
King Diamond
split ways with Mercyful Fate. With him, he took two of his bandmates (Hansen and Denner) to pursue a solo career under his own name.

Mercyful Fate reunited in 1992 (while King Diamond
King Diamond
simultaneously continued his solo career) and recorded five more studio albums. In 2000, King decided to put Mercyful Fate on hold and continue on with his solo career. Though Mercyful Fate continues to remain dormant, the band is still under contract with Metal Blade Records . Also in 1999, King Diamond
King Diamond
and Hank Shermann performed the song "Evil" live with Metallica. This performance also featured King Diamond
King Diamond
without his famous makeup. In recent interviews, King Diamond
King Diamond
has stated that Mercyful Fate will record and tour again when the timing is right, saying "It's definitely not finished."


Main article: King Diamond (band)

In 2001, King Diamond
King Diamond
worked out a deal with the band Usurper to sing backup vocals on the song "Necronemesis" in exchange for them shifting their recording schedule around to accommodate the recording of Abigail II: The Revenge
. In 2004, King Diamond
King Diamond
contributed vocals to "Sweet Dreams", which was the final track on the album of Dave Grohl 's heavy metal side project Probot
. In late 2005, King Diamond appeared on the Roadrunner United – The All-Star Sessions album, contributing vocals for his song "In the Fire", which featured multiple Roadrunner Records
Roadrunner Records
musicians (past and present) working together to create individual songs. King Diamond
King Diamond
also guested on the Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth
song "Devil Woman" in late 2005.

In April 2006, King reunited with Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
( Motörhead
drummer) at a sold-out gig at Kåren in Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg, Sweden
. In 2001 King referred to Dee as "one of the best drummers of all time and that's something that has bothered us since he left."

King Diamond
King Diamond
released his album Give Me Your Soul... Please , on 26 June 2007. Following the release the band received a Grammy nomination in the "Best Metal Performance" category for the track "Never Ending Hill." He was forced to cancel a United States tour due to a herniated disk, causing severe back pain, which puts him in intense pain almost all of the time. He attributes the problem to the long stressful hours spent working on the album.

King made an appearance at Ozzfest on 9 August 2008 at Frisco, TX alongside Metallica , performing a medley of Mercyful Fate songs previously released on Metallica's Garage Inc.
Garage Inc.
album. Earlier in the day, he also performed a cover of the Pantera
song "A New Level" with Vinnie Paul , Scott Ian
Scott Ian
, Max Cavalera , and Nick Bowcott.

In 2009, King Diamond
King Diamond
was revealed to be a playable character for the rhythm game Guitar Hero: Metallica , appearing with Mercyful Fate's song "Evil." Complete the song on any instrument and any difficulty to unlock him.

On 29 November 2010, King was taken to the hospital, where they discovered several blockages in his arteries due to his heavy smoking habit. They determined that he had several heart attacks and that he needed triple-bypass surgery . The surgery was performed successfully, and on 11 December 2010 it was announced that he was at home recovering. All his musical projects at that time were then placed on hold.

On 7 December 2011, King appeared on stage with Metallica at The Fillmore in San Francisco to celebrate Metallica's 30th anniversary.

In June 2012, King performed his comeback concert, on Sweden Rock Festival .

On Saturday 8 September 2012, King appeared along with Mark Tremonti on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show discussing his surgery and various details about upcoming events.

King then appeared on Volbeat
's 2013 album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies , for guest vocals on the track "Room 24." In August 2013 King Diamond performed at Open Air Bloodstock Festival UK.

was chosen to headline the 2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. The bands HELLYEAH
, King Diamond, The Devil Wears Prada , Thy Art Is Murder , Jungle Rot , Sister Sin , Sworn In , Shattered Sun , Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange ">


* King Diamond discography * Mercyful Fate discography


* 2008 – Grammy nomination in the "Best Metal Performance " category for the track "Never Ending Hill".


* ^ "King Diamond: Mercyful Fate, \'Is Definitely Not Finished, at Least in My Book\'". Blabbermouth.net . 8 March 2008. Archived from the original on 22 April 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2008. * ^ "Motörhead\'s Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
Jams with King Diamond
King Diamond
in Sweden". Blabbermouth.net . 21 April 2006. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2007. * ^ "Diamonds Are Forever: An Exclusive Interview With King Diamond". KNAC . 31 December 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-13. * ^ A B " King Diamond
King Diamond
Comments on Grammy Nomination". Blabbermouth.net . 6 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13. * ^ " King Diamond
King Diamond
on Tour Cancellation". Blabbermouth.net . 24 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13. * ^ " King Diamond
King Diamond
Undergoes Triple-Bypass Heart Surgery". Blabbermouth.net . 11 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-13. * ^ "2011 Tour Photos – 12/7/2011 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-03-07. * ^ " Volbeat
Recruit King Diamond
King Diamond
+ Other Guests for \'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies\' Album". Loudwire.com. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-15. * ^ " Slayer
2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Tour Schedule". 18 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015. * ^ " King Diamond
King Diamond
Interview". tartareandesire.com. May 2005. Retrieved 2010-08-29. * ^ "covenworldwide.org". covenworldwide.org. Retrieved 2014-07-15.

* ^ Götz Kühnemund: "'A History of Horror". In: Rock Hard , no. 82, November 2010, pp. 20–27. * ^ Michael Moynihan , Didrik Søderlind: Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground , Feral House 1998, pp. 15f. * ^ " King Diamond
King Diamond
Interview". Heavymetal.dk. 27 February 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-13. * ^ " King Diamond
King Diamond
Is Madly in Love with His 24-Year-Old Wife". Blabbermouth.net . 4 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20. * ^ "KING DIAMOND And Wife Are Parents Of Baby Son". Blabbermouth.net . Retrieved 10 July 2017. * ^ " Metallica Joined by Mercyful Fate, Anthrax, Armored Saint Members for Second 30th Anniversary Show". GuitarWorld.com . 8 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-08. * ^ "The History of Metallica". Metallicaworld.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-07. * ^ Archived 12 October 2013 at the