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
* 1 Career
* 1.1 Early days * 1.2 Mercyful Fate
* 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
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
Timi Hansen and the mentioned musicians would join with
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
Mercyful Fate reunited in 1992 (while
Main article: King Diamond (band)
In April 2006, King reunited with Mikkey Dee ( Motörhead drummer) at a sold-out gig at Kåren in 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 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. _ album. Earlier in the day, he also performed a cover of the Pantera song "A New Level" with Vinnie Paul , Scott Ian , Max Cavalera , and Nick Bowcott.
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
Slayer was chosen to headline the 2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem
Festival. The bands
* 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. Retrieved
* ^ "Motörhead\'s
Mikkey Dee Jams with
* ^ 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.
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