King Diamond Biography
King Diamond whose real name is Kim Bendix Petersen is a Danish musician born on 14th June 1956 in Hvidovre Municipality, a suburb in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
King Diamond’s first heavy rock band was called Brainstorm (1974–76), with Jeanette Blum (Jean Blue) vocal and bass, Michael Frohn (Mike West) guitar and Jes Jacobsen (Jesse James) drums. King Diamond left Brainstorm and began singing with local Danish hard rock band Black Rose. It was during this time in Black Rose that King Diamond began experimenting with horror-themed theatrics as well as shaping a malevolent quasi-Satanic stage persona. He left Black Rose and joined the punk-metal band Brats where he met Hank Shermann. Soon after, the two of them were asked to help Michael Denner (also formerly a member of Brats) with his own project Danger Zone. This band included Timi Hansen and the mentioned musicians would join with King Diamond in 1980 to become Mercyful Fate.
Following Mercyful Fate’s 1984 release of Don’t Break the Oath and the subsequent tour, King Diamond split ways with Mercyful Fate. With him, he took two of his bandmates (Hansen and Denner) to pursue a solo career under his own name.
Mercyful Fate reunited in 1992, while King Diamond simultaneously continued his solo career. Mercyful Fate recorded five more studio albums. In 2000, King decided to put Mercyful Fate on hold and continue on with his solo career.
In 2001, King Diamond worked out a deal with the band Usurper to sing backup vocals on the song “Necronemesis” in exchange for them shifting their recording schedule around to accommodate the recording of Abigail II: The Revenge. In 2004, King Diamond contributed vocals to “Sweet Dreams”, which was the final track on the album of Dave Grohl’s heavy metal side project Probot. In late 2005, King Diamond appeared on the Roadrunner United – The All-Star Sessions album, contributing vocals for his song “In the Fire”, which featured multiple Roadrunner Records musicians (past and present) working together to create individual songs. King Diamond also guested on the Cradle of Filth song “Devil Woman” in late 2005.
He released his album Give Me Your Soul… Please, on 26 June 2007. In August of 2008, KING DIAMOND joined Metallica on stage at Ozzfest in Dallas to perform the Mercyful Fate medley made famous from the Garage, Inc. album. Additionally, KING DIAMOND was featured alongside Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister as a playable character in Guitar Hero: Metallica in 2009.
By 2012, KING DIAMOND was prepared to return to the stage for a select number of shows. The band’s triumphant return to the stage were the highlights of both the Hellfest and Sweden Rock festivals in France and Sweden.
King Diamond Age
He was born on 14 June 1956 in Hvidovre Municipality, a suburb in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
King Diamond Wife
He is married to Livia Zita, a Hungarian-born singer who has made appearances as a backup vocalist on the albums The Puppet Master and Give Me Your Soul…Please, as well as during live performances. She is also his business partner. She also helped him make remastered editions of the King Diamond albums The Spider’s Lullabye, The Graveyard, Voodoo and House of God. They first met in the mid-‘90s, after a teenaged Zita interviewed the falsetto vocal icon for the Hungarian edition of Metal Hammer magazine.
King Diamond Son
In 2017 he became a father as his wife delivered a boy, Byron.
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King Diamond Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $20 Million.
King Diamond Albums
- 1986: Fatal Portrait
- 1987: Abigail
- 1988: “Them”
- 1989: Conspiracy
- 1990: The Eye
- 1995: The Spider’s Lullabye
- 1996: The Graveyard
- 1998: Voodoo
- 2000: House of God
- 2002: Abigail II: The Revenge
- 2003: The Puppet Master
- 2007: Give Me Your Soul…Please
King Diamond Songs
- The Invisible Guests
- No Presents For Christmas
- Black Horsemen
- Up From The Grave
- The Jonah
- Digging Graves
- Lurking In The Dark
- Dressed In White
- I’m Not A Stranger
- LOA House
- A Visit From The Dead
- The 7th Day Of July 1777
- Out From The Asylum
- The Wedding Dream
- Lucy Forever
- The Accusation Chair
- Cross Of Baron Samedi
- Mirror Mirror
- Black Hill Sanitarium
- Heads on the Wall
- Bye, Bye Missy
- Louisiana Darkness
- Moving On
- Meet Me At Midnight
- Mother’s Getting Weaker