Legendary Danish/American/Swedish heavy metal band KING DIAMOND made its return to the live stage last night (Saturday, June 9) at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
The 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
KING DIAMOND will play only one more show in Europe this summer: 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.
King Diamond made his long-anticipated return to the stage with his MERCYFUL FATE bandmates Hank Shermann, Timi Hansen and Michael Denner on December 7, 2011 at the second of four intimate shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of METALLICA's week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a band for fan club members only.
King Diamond played a surprise three-song set on January 27 at Tree's in Dallas, Texas during the "5th Annual Nomad Recording Studio Throwdown". King, who appeared without his trademark makeup, was joined for the performance by Michael Harris on guitar, Neil Brincks on bass, J.T. Longoria on guitar and Matt Thompson (KING DIAMOND, SHAOLIN DEATH SQUAD) on drums. King also presented awards at the event, which featured additional performances by BORN & RAISED, SHAOLIN DEATH SQUAD, LOVE STRICKEN DEMISE and RIVETHEAD.
Photos below courtesy of KING DIAMOND's Facebook page.