Posted by Bram Teitelman on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm
The metal community was psyched last week when it was announced that King Diamond would be playing some of his first shows since his triple bypass heart surgery that he had last year. While his first performance back was at the Metallica 30th anniversary shows last year, when he did a mini Mercyful Fate set, he surprised everyone at Trees Lounge in Dallas this past Friday (27) by doing a three song King Diamond set. Metal Underground reports that he was a presenter for the Nomad Recording Studio Throwdown, a charity event. But it’s safe to say that nobody expected him to actually take the stage and perform. King did, once again, an abbreviated three-song set, which is about what one would expect from someone slowly starting to get his performance chops up again. He played “The Family Ghost,” “Burn” and “Evil” with a Dallas musicians Michael Harris and J.T. Longoria (a producer at Nomad Recording Studio) on guitar, Neil Brincks on bass and Matt Thompson on drums. King performed without makeup. Fan filmed footage of clips from all three songs are online, and while they’re lacking in sound quality, it’s good to see him back. You can see a bit of “Burn” above, while clips from the other two songs can be seen after the jump.