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Tricks and Treats with King Diamond at the Warfield

14 November 2014 No Comment

King Diamond
10-30-2014 @ The Warfield
San Francisco, California
Photos: Jeff Longo

The Danish dark lord of heavy metal, King Diamond returned to San Francisco soil after a ten year absence. Playing to a sold out Warfield on Halloween eve with his full European stage show in tow which has been touted as ‘the most ambitious and largest productions in North America in the band’s entire history,’ Finnish occult rockers Jess & The Ancient Ones provided support.

King Diamond recently released “Dreams of Horror” on Metal Blade Records, their first and only greatest hits collection on 2xCD that spans their entire career, remastered by the Andy LaRocque and the King himself.

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First of all the King is 58 years old who underwent triple bypass surgery back in 2010 after a few heart attacks & canceled his last 2007 tour due to back problems, so I wasn’t sure how this show was going to turn out, specifically could the King still belt out his trademark falsetto. When he hit the first notes of opener the Candle all doubt disappeared as he ripped through a 90 minute like it was 1983. The set list spanned his entire discography starting with his solo debut release “Fatal Portrait” up to 2007’s Give Me Your Soul…Please”. Easily the nights biggest songs were cuts “Evil” & “Come to the Sabbath” from Mercyful Fate, which sounded fresh & relevant. Look for a Merciful Fate reunion in 2015, I can feel it.

King was in his usual black and white face makeup, microphone handle consisting of a femur bone and a tibia bone in the shape of a cross. Joining the King on stage his long time band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. As the lights dimmed a giant glowing pentagram began to slowly rise from behind the drum riser while two inverted crosses glowed an errie orange. The stage resembled a Gothic castle courtyard with a large iron fence caging in the band (or keeping the crowd out?) along with two staircases that lead to a balcony that ran the length of the back line. Happy fucking Halloween! Throughout the evening several props were introduced including Grandma, a reoccurring character in quite a few King Diamond songs, a large puppet, & a large coffin that was used to cremate Grandma by a doctor and a priest during the opening encore of the 1989 instrumental track “Cremation.” The crowd was treated to an additional encore song of Halloween from 1986’s Fatal Portrait. All treats


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