King Diamond | 10.22.14

prof king-diamond_smDecked out in his trademark top hat and makeup, Diamond carried his microphone on a cross made of bones.



The Pageant, St. Louis

It has been a long time since the King (Andy Laroque) and Co. were in St. Louis, and it was great to see them again.

Over the course of their 90-minute set, King Diamond (this time the them, not the him) put on a blistering set full of everything that makes King Diamond one the best in all of metal. At first glance, the stage was a little crowded, but that’s because the band using a large outdoor stage in smaller theaters. It not only looked great, but it displayed the long career the band has had: nearly 30 years and 12 studio albums.

True to form, there was a fence at the front of the stage. Decked out in his trademark top hat and makeup, Diamond carried his microphone on a cross made of bones. During many of the songs, a small troupe of actors came out to enhance the drama of his songs. The song selection at a King Diamond show will always leave someone unhappy, and that someone is usually me. Even though (again) there was nothing played from The Spider’s Lullabye, there were few songs missing from the show—although, the title track from Abagail was conspicuously absent. Perhaps that omission is what allowed time for Digging Graves off the oft forgotten Graveyard album.

King Diamond live can leave something to be desired, because it’s kind of like reading about 20 paragraphs from 15 different Edgar Allen Poe short stories out of order. I suppose that’s going to happen, but it would be nice if the band would play Abigail in its entirety.

Strong in voice. Eager to perform. Still built to rock.

I’d be hating myself if I’d missed this show. | Nik Cameron

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