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King Diamond Speaks On Dimebag Tribute Appearance

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Heavy metal icon King Diamond has posted the following lengthy message:

"Now that it's been made official, yes, I will participate in the tribute to Dimebag at Ozzfest. It's an honor to have been asked to participate, and my back is steadily getting better, definitely good enough for a short appearance, and it couldn't be for a better cause.

"I live only 7 minutes by car from the soccer stadium where Ozzfest takes place, so there is no way in hell I would miss this opportunity to pay tribute to Dimebag.

"I do have to say though, that my back is not yet fit to undertake a full KING DIAMOND tour.

"I know it sounds like I'm saying the same thing over and over — 'my back is steadily getting better' — but let me assure you all that it is significantly better and really getting stronger and stronger week by week!!! There is nothing I'd rather do than get back on the road, but it has to be for good and not just for a week or two and then find out that we took a stupid chance by doing it too soon.

"A few other good news:

"Massacre Records have taken their option for another KING DIAMOND album. Negotiations with Metal Blade Records to extend the KING DIAMOND recording deal has been completed, and are practically ready to be signed. Further, contracts between KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE, and Metal Blade Records and Massacre Records, have been agreed upon and are almost ready to be signed for a double DVD of KING DIAMOND and a double DVD of MERCYFUL FATE, consisting of mainly never before seen private recordings in very high quality (KING DIAMOND 1986-1990; MERCYFUL FATE 1982-1984). If all goes well, the KING DIAMOND DVD set might hit the stores before the end of this year and the MERCYFUL FATE DVD set would probably hit the stores early next year.

"Another project we've been working on is to create remastered versions of 'The Spider's Lullabye' + 'The Graveyard' + 'Voodoo' + 'House Of God'. Andy La Rocque is undertaking this project at his Sonic Train Studio in Sweden, and so far I have heard his version of 'The Spider's Lullabye' and it kicks some serious ass. It was as if I was listening to a brand new album, it sounded exactly like it should have sounded back when it was released (we did not at that time master our albums ourselves, and let me tell you, they suffered by it). For the first time ever, I heard all the things we actually recorded (certain vocal harmonies and guitar overdubs; all the details are there now). In my opinion, this one is gonna be a MUST HAVE. You know I wouldn't say this if it wasn't true. Andy has just told me that the remastered version of 'The Graveyard' is in the mail for my approval. Once I've listened to it, I'll let you know how it turned out.

"There is another project in the making which I unfortunately cannot speak about yet. If it comes true though, it will be a very big thing for KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE. It is not a new MERCYFUL FATE album or tour, but it is something that could be very big for us. It is more like being a part of someone else's VERY BIG project, and which can only be announced by them.

"As you can probably see, I have not been lying on my back the entire time since I last wrote to you.

"Before I finish, I sincerely want to thank you all for the unreal support you give us. You are by far THE BEST!!!"

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1. elHefe writes:

Wow sweet...I live about 7 min from the stadium too. King Diamond and I are neighbors!

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 11:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. metal2death writes:

GRANDMA WHAT WAS IT LIKE!!!!!!!!?

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 11:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Kalis_wrath writes:

I can relate to Diamond's back problems. I had a pair of 3 day old to me boots that the heel fell off of while going down concret stairs. Kali went *BAM BAM BAM* on my back about 8 or 9 steps. Every since then my back has been fed up! Almost sued Hot topic as it was their brand boot and NEVER bought another pair again!

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 12:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Diamond Oz writes:

Same here, I still have problems with my back, actually I think King and I had our accidents quite close to each other time wise. Having my third epidural soon.

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# Jul 25, 2008 @ 12:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Jenny writes:

Sorry 'bout ur back problem guys...my sister has constant back pain and I worry about her: Hope King Diamond gets better, i love that guy. oh, an...a new project! I'm so excited, I wonder who he's working with!!??

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 3:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. That_One_Guy writes:

Can't wait for the DVDs or new music, I freakin' love King Diamond and Mercyful Fate.

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 7:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Kalis_wrath writes:

Diamond we have another thing in common aside from being Libras hu?

Jenny, shiet happends. The bad back sucks, but there is worse one can have to live with.

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 12:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Westfallen writes:

Hey guys, the best remedy for back problems is to strengthen the supporting muscles (mostly abdominals). Really...a few sit ups a day does wonders!!! Unless your back is seriously f'd up.

He really didn't touch on the Ozzfest thing a whole lot did he?

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9. Jenny writes:

Man...I CANNOT wait 2 find out who King is working with!!!!!!!!!!! This is gonna b good!

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 4:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Diamond Oz writes:

King's a legend. No question.

Lol Kalis, makes what you said: "I can relate to Diamond's back problems" a hell of alot more weird eh?

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# Jul 26, 2008 @ 4:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Kalis_wrath writes:

*LOL* Ha! Just noticed that! Does make it a lot more odd!

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 4:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Diamond Oz writes:

Indeed, it's a bit kinda sh** ya pants spooky! Next you'll be telling me your favourite band is also Fozzy and your preferred pub is The Wheatshief.

Now playing: Royce Da 5'9 & Eminem- Scary Movies

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Kalis_wrath writes:

Hahaha! Not quite my friend. My favorite band is well... dont really have one. Too many awesome metal, industrial and classic rock bands to choose from. My favorite pub is Finnagans. It is two blocks from my work.

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 5:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Diamond Oz writes:

Sounds Irish, therefore my kinda place! Wheatshief is like half an hours walk from my house but so worth it to go for a decent pub!

Speaking of pub talk, a mate of mine was telling me in America they call Kebab houses, Giros, is this true?

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 6:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Kalis_wrath writes:

Well, there is a chain of resturaunts called Giros, but I dont think itr an all encompassing term for Kabob houses.

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 6:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Diamond Oz writes:

Yeah that's what I thought. I'm gonna use that against the smartass! Also, can you get British fish and chips in the States? That's something I've always wanted to know.

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 7:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Kalis_wrath writes:

Yes ya can! We have tons of Irish, British and Scottish pubs all over. I prefer the pub over the bar any day! Food and drink are way better at the pub!

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 7:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Diamond Oz writes:

Nice, in which case I won't feel out of place if I ever go there, except for the rumour I heard that American girls love British accents and my accent is pretty British! I'm looking forward to seeing if that's true!

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# Jul 26, 2008 @ 9:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Westfallen writes:

There's not many chip shops here (at least the ones who serve food in wrapped paper, like they should be)...only ones run by Brits and Aussies.

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 11:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Kalis_wrath writes:

Well Diamond, I can speak for this American woman and say that I personally love a thick Scottish or German accent. That gets me going! I do love to hear British men and women speak though.

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 2:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Kalis_wrath writes:

West, Utah is not a state known for being cultured. Its not a surprise they dont have pubs.

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 2:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Westfallen writes:

There's pubs here. Just not many fish & chips places.

NP- George Jones "He stopped loving her today"

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 3:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Kalis_wrath writes:

What is a Utah Pub like? Are the prices o.k, and do they actually have a FULL bar with real alcohol? When did the Morons, I mean Mormans let Utah have a pub?

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 3:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Fuck_A_Name writes:

^when they all moved to Idaho :p

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 3:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Kalis_wrath writes:

I am awaiting the day we have a state named Udaho. Then next, Wedaho. *LOL*

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 3:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Fuck_A_Name writes:

I rarely get to say this, but it's one of my favorite sayings:

"God Bless America...Except Idaho. Fvck Idaho."

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# Jul 27, 2008 @ 4:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Fuck_A_Name writes:

(and next, Deydaho!)

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28. Westfallen writes:

Whoever should bless Wisconsin. Go Crew!

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29. Kalis_wrath writes:

I love Washigton!

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30. Westfallen writes:

I love Wisconsin! And boobs!

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31. Kalis_wrath writes:

I love my Immortal!

NP; Immortal, Blizzard Beasts!

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32. Kalis_wrath writes:

And my corpse painted kitty! She rocks!

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 5:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Kalis_wrath writes:

West, my friend. Why have you not become a member yet?

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34. Fuck_A_Name writes:

I love...lamp.

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35. Kalis_wrath writes:

You too F.A.N?!

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36. Kalis_wrath writes:

I love... metal! Hehehe! I am nice and drunk on a black metal trip!

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 5:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Westfallen writes:

Laziness? Apathy? Who knows. Drunk? Yes.

NP- Jerry Cantrell "Bargain basement Howard Hughes"

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38. Kalis_wrath writes:

My lovers enememy Jim Beam? I got set up on my cell in only a few mins. Its very easy to do AND you need not worry about someone stealing your name. :)

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39. Kalis_wrath writes:

Bells and whistles are fun to have West.

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 5:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Westfallen writes:

I'm actually on 7 tonight. And it's amazing I can still spell. I guess I haven't been on enough to get a profile. Ok...excuses are like a$$hole$.

NP- Shooter Jennings "Put the 'O' back in c***ry"

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41. Kalis_wrath writes:

I never counted my drinks lastnight. I was spelling half way decent and was pretty wasted. *LOL*

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42. Westfallen writes:

I meant Seagram's 7. I lost count too :)

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43. wilco writes:

f*** who gives a sh** about uthah even dorthey left with her red shoes or was it a different state she was in
think king diamond kicks a$$ afther all this years i will see him on ozz fest than and if his back is still hurting he should take a wheel chair from grand mother missy will help him
well or do like me try jagermeister it will help for a while
but cant wait to get the dvd in my hands do like the old stuff from m fate
hornsup

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 4:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Kalis_wrath writes:

Kansas was the state Dorthy was in Wilco. Hence "I dont think I am in Kansas anymore!"
Just an f.y.i for you!

# Jul 27, 2008 @ 4:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Diamond Oz writes:

For sure, those DVD's sound f***ing mad!

I never heard anything about mormons moving to Idaho, when did that happen? It's a miracle that Christianity is nowhere near as big over here as it apparantly is in America.

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