Fresh off of the Mayhem Festival tour, King Diamond decided to keep rolling, and give his fans a tour they’d be sure to remember. (Or, at least, for those of us who had never seen him perform the one song we longed for, it was a sure fire way to get me to drive 3 hours to see him!) Film crews were at The Fillmore that night, making it a tough task to get photos, but some of us managed to talk our way into the V.I.P. area, and snap away while we were there.
The lights went down, and “Grandma” wheeled onto the stage. King opened up with the classic, “Welcome Home,” to which the crowd responded wildly. He followed with “Sleepless Nights,” “Eye of the Witch,” and “Halloween.” We were treated to Mercyful Fate songs as well (“Melissa,” and “Come to the Sabbath”) and then it was down to business with Abigail.
I’ve waited years to hear this album live, and this was finally it. King definitely didn’t disappoint, belting out songs like “The Family Ghost,” “The 7th Day of July 1777,” and of course, “Abigail.” I’m almost positive I wasn’t the only one in the audience with full body chills as he performed.
This is the second time in a year I’ve seen King Diamond. I can’t say it enough, the man can out-sing anyone in my book. His entire show is spectacular. From ripping guitar solos to spot on vocals and awesome theatrics, this tour has it all. If you’re a fan and have the chance, get out and see him. This tour is just about over, but I’m hoping he makes his way around again soon.