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Slightly old news maybe, but Mr. Kim Petersen himself is making a long-awaited appearance in North America this fall. For those of you who remember the last time around at the Quest, or who are old enough to even know what the fuck Milwaukee Metalfest was, or aren’t on Facebook, all six of you are totally going to appreciate the hell out of this update assuming you ever see this blog (you won’t).
A bonus is the 7th Day of July (aka my totally bullshit made-up holiday celebrating Abigail) seems like the perfect time to discuss it here, because what else have I been doing the past couple of weeks?
KING DIAMOND has confirmed what has been rumored for several weeks: the band will return to North America for a full tour this Fall! The tour will wrap up with the previously announced performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, and begins on October 11 in Atlanta, GA.
KING DIAMOND will be joined on stage, of course, by long time band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. Additionally, North American fans will be bearing witness to the band’s full European festival stage show. These will be the most ambitious and largest productions in North America in the band’s entire history. A special guest supporting act for the tour will be announced at a later date.
North American Tour 2014
10/11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
10/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
10/14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/16 Worcester, MA Palladium
10/17 Montreal, QC Olympia
10/18 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
10/21 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
10/22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
10/28 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre
10/30 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
10/31 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
11/01 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/03 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
11/05 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 Austin, TX Auditorium Shores
Fantastic! Hasn’t it been about 10 years since he’s been around these parts? Except I’m sure you eagle-eyed readers noticed no Twin Cities date in the fray. Even sadder is the Chicago show, aka where half of all metal in the Midwest dies, is already sold out. What the hell.
So we’re resigned to our typical fate of wasting $2,000 on a single show. The other options are to fly to a sunny but unscrupulous location like LA or Las Vegas (conveniently booked on weekend/Halloween) or to drive to St. Louis, the only city so close that everybody from Minnesota forgets about entirely. For the true King and his possible North American swansong KNOCK ON WOOD its fucking worth it. Pack three of your nearest shitbag friends in your Chevy Aveo, then make them pay for gas AND sleep on the floor. And buy you drinks. You’re a good friend, aren’t you? As an arbiter of fine culture you owe yourself these rewards.
Besides, St. Louis must have something to offer besides King Diamond. I can barely think of any other metal; TIMEGHOUL comes to mind, and they’re obscure enough. Is that why nobody knows shit about that city? Maybe the Cards will be in the playoffs, or you can punch a Clydesdale. Fuck, I don’t know, be creative.
At the very least, please enjoy this vintage (Abigail-era) KD interview as a taster. Revel in his understated Danish manners and consider just how long this crazy man has provided you with legendary music.
Hard to believe, isn’t it?
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