Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to KING DIAMOND‘s guitarist Andy LaRocque. Larocque who gave an update on the progress of the bands new live DVD and writing of the new King Diamond Album.
Watch the interview here:
LaRocque also gave his thoughts of the recordings of such metal classics as Fatal Portrait, Abigail, Them and Conspiracy as well as talked about the departure of former Mercyful Fate members Michael Denner and Tim Hansen from King Diamond band after Abigail. As well as how he first joined the King Diamond band.
When asked about the released date and progress of new Abigail Live tour DVD
“We are going to release this new Live King Diamond DVD next year we are still working on that, there are a lot of files to go through, lots of scenes angles and stuff of the shows that we are going to release so, there is a lot of work to do. I can’t really say too much about it, I’m not the only guy in charge we’ve got the video producer. We also have our live engineer in charge who has been setting everything up to get the real live feel of it. The video producer sent me some files that I have to check out make sure everything is in sync back and forth, we are still working on it . I see the light at the tunnel coming because we are getting close with the first show, which is Philadelphia. The only thing we can do is like work on it until it gets good cause this is our first DVD ever released and we want it to be representable for what we are doing. The footage we are going to use is the last few years lives shows and there is going to be some side footage too I believe but I’m not sure exactly what but mainly from the Abigail performances we did in the last couple of years. I hope its going to be released next spring, if everything goes the way we want it. ”
When asked about the progress of New King Diamond Album
“Well we have some ideas and we are going to start seriously sitting down and start with new riffs and start to write songs as soon as possible, I would say starting around New Years writing songs. That’s the only thing I can say. There will be a new album of course it’s just that since 2012 we have been really busy doing the live shows which has been really important for us. Before 2012 we really didn’t do any festivals at all maybe one or two in our whole career so that was a new thing for us. Planing all the shows we have been doing in the past few years has taken a lot of time of course so we really haven’t had time to sit down and just make a good album plus all the other things we have been doing like remasters and now the DVD. So soon as things get less hectic we are going to start writing the album. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a concept album. The album is probably going to be a good mix of everything, probably classic King Diamond album with a good sound. I will be partly be producing it, me and King and then we will see what’s happening depending on what way we are going to go with . Whenever it’s done its going to be released. We got some great ideas for it that’s all can say right now.”
Psycho Las Vegas has announced KING DIAMOND as the festival’s grand headliner. In coming to Psycho, King Diamond mark 30 years since the release of Abigail, and this will be King‘s only USA performance of 2017!
With a career spanning more than 35 groundbreaking years, King Diamond‘s namesake stands among the ultimate heavy metal icons. From landmark records with Mercyful Fate to establishing the band King Diamond in 1985 and unleashing the unholy trinity of Fatal Portrait (1986), Abigail (1987) and “Them” (1988) on the world, King Diamond‘s vocals, atmosphere and songs have become the staple diet of multiple generations of headbangers.
Don’t miss your chance to see one of metal’s ultimate legends take the stage at the biggest underground fest the US has ever known when King Diamond plays Psycho Las Vegas 2017 in August at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino!
Additional headliners, full lineup & official festival artwork revealed Jan 2017.
– confirmed lineup –
KING DIAMOND (Headliner / USA 2017 exclusive)
MURDER CITY DEVILS
WOLVES IN THE THRONEROOM
CULT OF LUNA WITH JULIE CHRISTMAS
ZEAL & ARDOR
VIP tickets are on sale as of Jan. 18.
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Psycho Las Vegas 2017 is set for Aug. 18-20 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets are available at vivapsycho.com.
The legendary heavy metal titan KING DIAMOND has been confirmed to headline Brazil’s Liberation Festival, to be held in Sao Paulo on June 25th, at the prestigious Espaco das Americas, issued Metal Blade Records.
This will be KING DIAMOND‘s first South American appearance in over twenty years, a highly anticipated event for entire generations of heavy metal enthusiasts, many of whom have never had the chance to experience his acclaimed monumental live performances.
KING DIAMOND is set to perform his 1987 iconic classic algum “Abigail” in its entirety. Tickets will go on sale on December 19th at ticket360.com.br
King Diamond: “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for way too long. Finally we get back to Brazil and with our biggest production ever. We will feature the entire Abigail album plus a lot more! You might even hear some Mercyful Fate songs too.
I CAN’T WAIT!
Till then, Stay Heavy.
SF Bay Area/Phoenix/Vegas based heavy metallers KILL RITUAL are currently recording their new album. The band’s lead guitarist Steve Rice has issued the following update:
Hey gang, it’s been awhile since we laid down an official update! Good news no one died, became a Jehovah Witness or joined a Satanic Cult (yet)! We’ve actually been recording the follow up to our last CD Karma Machine and are about 80-90% there. Luckily we were able to enlist the talents of none other than Matt Thompson from King Diamond to lay down the drums tracks for the CD and as expected it’s pretty goddamn awesome. Of course he’s not joining the band as he has bigger fish to fry, but it was nice to have some talent of his caliber involved. 11 tunes’ in the bag and again we’ll hit up Andy La Rocque and Sonic Train for the mix and mastering. The CD went down as a trio this time with Matt on drums as mentioned, David Reed Watson on vocals and Steven D. Rice on all guitars, bass, etc. as well as engineering/producing the recordings. Song titles and all the usual press/promo BS at a later date as we get it done. Expect an early 2017 release with the usual tour dates etc. to follow up is in the works. Rock!
KILL RITUAL released their latest effort “Karma Machine” in 2015 along with a video for the song “Rise” that was mixed/mastered by guitar legend, King Diamond member, Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studios.
More information at https://www.facebook.com/KillRitual
KING DIAMOND will return to the UK this June, to play their first indoor UK show in 15 years. This exclusive UK show takes place Tuesday 21st June at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town.
One of the most massively influential artists in the rock and metal scene, KING DIAMOND’s incredible vocal performances under both his own name, and his former band MERCYFUL FATE – which featured current Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee – has demanded the attention and adulation of fans across the globe. The Danish singer also counts a number of high profile artists in the world of metal as fans, including the likes of Dave Grohl, who invited KING to guest on his PROBOT album, Trivium’s Matt Heafy, who collaborated with the Danish singer on the ROADRUNNER UNITED project, as well as being covered by METALLICA, who as well as inviting KING DIAMOND to perform alongside them on stage, immortalized him as a playable character in their 2009 video game Guitar Hero: Metallica.
KING DIAMOND will host his first full UK indoor headline performance in over 15 years at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town on 21st June, where they will, as part of their live set, perform the iconic “Abigail” album in its entirety for the first and possibly last time ever in the UK, as well as numerous other hits. This will be the most ambitious theatrical horror production by KING DIAMOND to date. Both sonically and visually this will take the band to a whole new level.
For a taste of what to expect check out this performance from last summer’s MAYHEM tour:
Tickets are on sale now at www.myticket.co.uk and www.seetickets.com
KING DIAMOND have announced the cancellation of tonight’s Tulsa show, due to King‘s acute bout of laryngitis. The band stated:
“We are sorry to have to announce the cancellation of the Tulsa, Oklahoma show.
King is suffering from a severe case of acute laryngitis. He was examined by a doctor this afternoon, and during the exam an anesthetic was used together with a laryngoscope. Not long after that, he had an extreme sensitivity reaction to the anesthetic no one had a chance to foresee, which he is still recovering from.
For ticket refunds, please contact your place of purchase.”
KING DIAMOND have been performing the classic 1987 album “Abigail” in its entirety on their tour of North America, which began on October 29th and runs through to December 5th, along with legendary thrash metallers EXODUS as the opening act.