King Diamond at IJsselhal, Zwolle, The Netherlands – 22nd of November 1987
What would have happened if Kim Bendix Petersen aka King Diamond had chosen a professional career in soccer instead of singing in a band? Maybe Mercyful Fate and his solo career would never have seen the light of day. King Diamond’s first concept album “Abigail” received rave reviews in the Metal scene, but due to touring problems guitarist Michael Denner left the band, and was replaced by Mike Moon for the album's supporting tour. Also the late Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee (1992–2015) played during that period, as part of King Diamond’s (backing)group.
Every musician has his own ritual before going on stage, and King was no different. His ritual with a skull had to take place before King entered the stage. I observed all of this from the sidelines, waiting to get access in the photo booth. The band performed their songs with power and precision which proved their capabilities. As the arrival of Christmas was around the corner, the last song on their setlist was of course “No Presents for Christmas”.