I was browsing the internet on that day when I found out that King Diamond had just announced his only UK tour date for 2016. He was to play the entire Abigail album from start to finish in London.
King Diamond taught me all about Satanism and how it’s not really that evil compared to all the sick things Catholic Priests have done to children in the last 100 years. I remember watching a King Diamond interview [In Danish] on YouTube where he argues his faith on Danish TV next to a bearded Christian creep.
I find the church of Satan teaching as a lot smarter than the bible. I like the 11th law when it say: When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.
THIS MEANS When I am walking out in public DO NOT BOTHER ME by asking for charity donation or change. Otherwise I may kick the shit out of you if you keep pestering me.
I left Australia on the 22nd of April 2016. I had to live in the UK for 2 months in order to see King Diamond. Those 2 months waiting for that one concert were pretty painful especially when I had gotten a house to rent in Smethwick but I ended up walking out in early May over my xenophobic outburst.
But in the 2 months living in the UK and waiting for King Diamond, I just wanted to leave the UK and just go traveling in Europe and the world. There were times I just wanted to fly from London to Cairns to be with my Father again, but if I had MISSED the King Diamond London concert, I would forever kick myself for missing it. Just like the time when I was in Europe weeks before Crimson Glory did a short tour of Europe and I decided to go to Iran and India.
Another problem I had with waiting for the King Diamond concert is the fact that I couldn’t choose to pick up my ticket until the last day. I had arranged for my King Diamond ticket to be posted to my Cousin in Guernsey and then he would post it to my Uncle Keith in Middlesbrough.
My ticket never arrived in Middlesbrough. So the Dad before the concert I had to sit on the phone waiting from numbers 18 to 1 in a Q just so I could speak to the ticket operator and ask to collect my ticket from the box office.
On the 21st of June 2016 I travelled down south from Middlesbrough to London. I had just spent the past 2 and a bit weeks living in North Yorkshire with a cousin just waiting for this day to happen.
I left Middlesbrough around 10am and got to London at like 5pm in the afternoon. I stayed at Smart Camden Inn Hostel for the night. I got a 6 bedroom dorm but the horrible thing is I was awoken at 7am due to construction that is happening all over Camden Town.
I waited like 30 minutes in line to pick up my ticket from the box office. I didn’t have to wait this long when I saw Metal Church at Underworld a month ago.
My ticket only gave me access to the top balcony. So I had to be sitting down for most of the concert.
It had been like 5 years since I last saw Angel Witch at Hellfest 2011. Kevin Heybourne never wants to put Angel Witch to rest even though he has been the only constant member since 1977. Angel Witch have broken up and reformed twice over the last 30 years.
I have only ever listened to the first Angel Witch record and I kind of hate seeing all their satanic themes when they are trying to be like Venom. I mean Venom is a pure satanic band, Angel Witch just use Satan as a prop.
Once Angel Witch got off the stage. The stage was set for King Diamond. My mates have seen THE KING a few times in Europe and he has a really awesome stage setup consisting of stair cases, pentagrams, inverted crucifix.
On stage an old lady is wheeled out on stage to resemble the intro song.
“Welcome Home’ is blared out as King starts singing towards Grandma. It’s a really nice song to start up the night. As King Diamond is singing I can’t help but singing along as well. The thing I like about Power Metal concert is people do their best to sing pretty high like the King
I was impressed with King Diamond pulling the Grandma out of the chair
It was time for some early King Diamond music. So off King Diamond’s 1986 debut LP “Fatal Portrait” comes “Halloween”. But before that King welcomes us all to the concert. He tells us all every single night on stage is like “Halloween”
The inverted Crucifix on stage start glowing in a yellow tone to resemble the colours of the “Fatal Portrait”
King Diamond isn’t just the star of the show. I was so surprised to see Andy LaRocque on guitar and King Diamond’s wife Livia singing in the background.
Everyone started chanting “King Diamond” after “Halloween”
“Eye of the Witch” from “The Eye”. It came out in 1990 and it was one of the last classic King Diamond albums before he changed to Metal Blade.
Fists are raised in the air as King Diamond encourages us all to sing. King just turned 60 a few days ago and I am really pleased that his chops are up to 100% especially his singing.
It was time to hear some Mercyful Fate as the band started playing “Melissa”. If you don’t own the first 2 Mercyful Fate records then you can’t really progress to a King Diamond fan.
Throughout the song “Melissa” there was an enactment of a lady getting burnt on stage. No they didn’t burn her alive, they just did a resemblance of a witch getting burned back in the medieval times.
The horrific thing about seeing a witch burn on stage, it was a fucking priest that lit the flame. I remember back in the old days King Diamond used to sing to a SKULL called Melissa, but then some cunt stole the King’s famous skull.
King asks us if we are feeling alright. He says that was from 1983 and it was time for 1984.
“Come to the Sabbath” off Mercyful Fate 1984 release “Don’t Break the Oath”
After 6 songs from 1980’s King Diamond and Mercyful Fate it was time for tonight’s main event. ABIGAL.
“FUNERAL” is the opening track of the album as a white coffin is wheeled in on stage. King Diamond explains to us all about the passing of Abigail on the 7th July 1777 and that seven silver spikes are to be nailed into her coffin.
King Diamond pulls out a rag doll from the coffin as he explains his actions as they are louder than words. The coffin is taken off stage as King Diamond launches into “Arrival”
Abigail is one of King Diamond’s most unique Concept album. It’s based in 1777 when Count La'Fey has thrown his unfaithful pregnant wife killing her instantly. He cremated her body but mummifies the stillborn baby for future use.
Fast forward to 1845 a couple Miriam Natias and Jonathan La'Fey want to move into a mansion Jonathan has inherited. But 7 horseman warn the couple that they must not move into the haunted mansion as 18 will become 9.
The first night the couple spend in the mansion, Jonathan meets the ghost of Count La'Fey. He shows the casket of Abigail and warns Jonathan that unless he kills his wife Miriam, Abigail will be reborn by her.
Jonathan and Miriam are spooked by Omen. Bells toll at the church without a bell ringer, flowers die and let off an awful stench, the couple discover the table has been set for 3 more people with an empty cradle that neither one of them has brought along.
Miriam becomes pregnant the next day as Jonathan realized the family ghost has spoken.
Abigail is reborn but as Miriam gives birth she dies, Jonathan wishes he had killed Miriam or committed exorcism on his wife to prevent this tragedy.
The Seven Horsemen return to the mansion to discover Abigail eating something weird in sarcophagus. The Seven Horsemen take Abigail out to a chapel where the 7 spikes are inserted into her coffin so she can no longer possessed and impregnate another woman’s spirit.
For what you hear at the start of the album is what basically happens to Abigail at the end.
At the end of “Black Horsemen” the album “Abigail” has been completed from Start to Finish. King Diamond walks across the stage as everyone at the O2 gives him a standing ovation for what he has done for us tonight.
I actually ended up crying a bit during that concert. 4 years ago I met “Denial of God” front man Ustumallagam at Headbangers Open Air. He told me that if I was to ever see King Diamond LIVE, I would have to see him in Denmark.
Because when a grown man from Denmark see King Diamond (in his own country), it can make him cry.
I mean I latterly could have just stayed in Australia until June and then fly over for King Diamond’s Concert, but in doing that I would have also missed out on seeing Metal Church.
I will be forever grateful that I saw King Diamond live even though I had to live in the UK for 54 days just to see the King.
When I left the UK to visit Prague in May 2016, I didn’t feel like I wanted to return to the UK for King Diamond. I had gotten so pissed off at all the EU immigrant Pricks who denied me the chance to work as a waiter at Black Boys Inn.