KING DIAMOND made its return to the live stage on June 9 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
The group’s setlist was as follows:
01. The Candle
02. Welcome Home
04. At The Graves
05. Up From The Grave
06. Let It Be Done
08. Sleepless Nights
09. 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
Fan-filmed video footage of the entire concert can be seen below.
KING DIAMOND played only one more show in Europe last month: June 15 at Hellfest in Clisson, France.
Danish heavy metal singer King Diamond (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE) (real name: Kim Bendix Petersen), 55, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise, according to his wife Livia Zita.
In a March 2012 interview with the Swedish metal blog Bara Metal, King Diamond stated about what he did during his year-long break, “Well, we did keep up with people. A lot. We started a thing where… it’s a Skype website where people will sign up. And now and then I will call up fans and we talk. We have done that several times. We will call up three fans through that way, ‘King Diamond is calling you,’ and it could be one from Puerto Rico, one from Sweden, one from Scotland. We pick them randomly, but not the same person twice. Then we sit and talk for an hour. They can ask anything. They usually have a lot of question that are the same as the fans ask in the fan club, the Coven. So we get a lot of info out that way, and we upload it so other can listen to it. We are certainly in touch with our fans.”
When asked if there are plans to release new music in 2013, King replied, “That is absolutely the plan. Something has to go totally wrong for us not to do that. We will write material this fall. Hopefully during the autumn, we might do something here in the U.S., after the festivals. But we will not be doing a long tour, it is still a test, we will see what happens. We do not want to take stupid chances, it has to be done properly. And we have a lot to do still, but things are looking good.”