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Thursday, June 14, 2012

KING DIAMOND Celebrates His 56th Birthday: A True Miracle!

Kim Bendix Petersen, better known as KING DIAMOND is celebrating his 56th birthday today! The King was born on June 14, 1956 in Copenhagen, Denmark. 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. This miraculous day should be celebrated by all the headbangers of the world to celebrate!

As previously reported, The King was forced to take a break from his musical career in November 2010. In case you don't remember, on November 29, 2010, King Diamond was taken to a 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. On December 11, 2010 it was announced that he was at home recovering.

On December 7, 2011, King Diamond reappeared on stage with Metallica at The Fillmore in San Francisco to celebrate Metallica's 30th anniversary. Recently, King performed his comeback concert, on Sweden Rock Festival. In addition to performing a fifteen song set, Diamond was also joined onstage by his Mercyful Fate mates Hank Shermann and Michael Denner for a song each. As if that wasn’t enough, Diamond was also joined onstage by Michael Poulsen from Volbeat (which Shermann has been playing in as of late) and Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee, who got his start playing in Diamond’s solo band.

King Diamond's Set List:

1. The Candle
2. Welcome Home
3. Voodoo
4. At The Graves
5. Up From The Grave
6. Let It Be Done
7. Dreams
8. Sleepless Nights
9. Andy La Rocque / Mike Wead Guitar Solo
10. Shapes Of Black
11. Come To The Sabbath (with Mercyful Fate’s Hank Shermann and Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen)
12. Eye Of The Witch


13. The Family Ghost
14. Halloween (with Mercyful Fate’s Michael Denner and Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee)
15. Black Horsemen

Here is come footage of this historical event:

Next up for King Diamond  is Hellfest in France on June 15!

Related links:
Official Site of King Diamond
King Diamond on Facebook

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