KING DIAMOND‘s November 2015 concerts in Philadelphia and Detroit during the “Abigail In Concert 2015” tour were filmed for the band’s forthcoming DVD. The massive, multi-camera shoot was directed by Denise Korycki, who has previously worked with CANNIBAL CORPSE and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE).
A performance clip of the song “Halloween”, taken from the Philadelphia shoot, can be seen below. According to a post on KING DIAMOND‘s Facebook page, the footage is a “work in progress,” the “sound is unmixed and video part is not necessarily final.”
The “Abigail In Concert 2015” tour saw KING DIAMOND performing the classic 1987 album “Abigail” in its entirety.
KING DIAMOND‘s singer and namesake told Vanyaland in a 2015 interview that the idea to perform “Abigail” came about innocently enough. “It’s not like some big thing came around,” he said. “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.”
KING DIAMOND in 2002 released an album called “Abigail II: The Revenge”, which was said to feature a storyline that was the sequel to the original “Abigail” LP.
Work in Progress from Philadelphia. Sound is unmixed and video part is not necessarily final.
Hope you enjoy and have a Haunted Halloween!
Posted by King Diamond on Tuesday, October 24, 2017