King Diamond Share Trailer for 'Songs for the Dead Live' DVD

King Diamond have unveiled the official trailer for their forthcoming DVD and Blu-ray, Songs for the Dead Live. You can view the trailer above.

Songs for the Dead Live will feature two full King Diamond shows, filmed on June 17, 2016 at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium and November 25, 2015 at the Fillmore in Philadelphia. The multi-camera Philadelphia shoot was directed by Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage). 

King Diamond’s Abigail In Concert 2015 tour saw the band perform the classic 1987 album Abigail in its entirety.

Asked about the Abigail In Concert shows, singer King Diamond said in a 2015 interview with Vanyaland: "It's not like some big thing came around. We planned on doing a headline tour and after we did Mayhem [Festival], we were, like, 'Do we do this and not do our headline tour?' And then it was, 'No fucking way'; we had to do our headline tour that we talked about doing. It was there I came up that it would be nice to do a very different set and that would be the right way to do it. We have never done it. And I know some people are writing in comments, 'Oh, I saw it back in 1987.' Well, you really didn't, because we never played all the songs in one go — never. Not even when the album first came out. It's become a thing that is really good seeing, and I don't think we ever did anything that was this awesome to watch. It's turned out to be amazing."

Asked what he thinks makes Abigail so enduring thirty years after its original release, King said: "It was the first concert we ever did. Fatal Portrait, half the album, say, was a mini-concert. But that was the first concert where we jumped in with both feet, you know? It had a heavy impact as such, and it was the first horror concert — ever. I don't know any other band that had a horror concert as an album. And no band still sounds like us, in my opinion. It's like the first time I ever heard Black Sabbath; I had never heard anything close to it—such a heavy band, that first album. But after you do the he second, the third, the fourth, the impact is less, even though the albums may be just as striking. That's how it is, so it has a lot to do with that, I'm sure."

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.