King Diamond playing NYC before FFF Fest, part of TBA tour
by Ian Chainey
King Diamond revealed in his cover story in Decibel‘s 2013 year-end issue that he was planning a US tour for 2014. First, his appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 was confirmed, and now information on a NYC date has found its way on to the internet. Horns Up Rocks reports that the former Mercyful Fate frontman/current metal god will hit Best Buy Theater on October 14.
Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, June 20 at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Tickets didn’t end up going on sale. King Diamond still hasn’t confirmed the show.
Kim Bendix Petersen has slowly worked his way back into performing shape following his 2010 triple-bypass surgery. In an interview posted in February, King hinted at his upcoming US touring plans:
It’s gotta happen next autumn. It’s got to happen, and with full production, with the full thing. If it’s done the right way, if it’s done in a way where we could have full physical production, even in those theaters where we play…
And he joked that he might even incorporate the bypass into the show:
We’ll do it on stage next time, with a cremation. We’d like to bring the coffin back next year, if we can – we need to give it an overhaul. It needs to be tightened and repaired, made safe again, but if everything goes well, we’ll have that with us next year. Plus, there will be all the additions to the show that already now is really, really unique. But it will be a jaw-dropper next year, if we get those extra things added to it that we want to add.
King’s last album was 2007’s Give Me Your Soul… Please, though he did sign a three album deal with Metal Blade in 2012. Before hitting American shores, King will be doing the Euro festival circuit, including Wacken Open Air.
All of King’s dates are listed, along with a couple live videos of the man in classic form, below…
King Diamond 2014 Dates
Jul 25 – Gröna Lund – Stockholm, Sweden
Jul 28 – Huxleys Neue Welt – Berlin, Germany
Jul 30 – 013 Poppodium – Tilburg, Netherlands
Aug 01 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
Aug 08 – Jalometalli – Oulu, Finland
Oct 14 – Best Buy Theater – New York City, New York
Nov 05 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
Nov 08 – Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 8th or 9th – TBA) – Austin, TX