(Iris) In your
early days you mentioned to the press that you cursed
What!? Iíve never mentioned that! (points
to Bill Zebub) That must be one of his little things! Iíve heard
that they thought I did that... probably because they had a very bad
conscience about certain things they did to Mercyful Fate during an
early tour in Ď83. But weíve played with them since.
Thereís a story from your first American tour in which
your bus became stuck in a swamp, and when some band members came
back they had huge spiders...
(laughs) kinda true... the guys were checking out.. the bus had gone
down on the axle in the back, and the two guys when they came back
had a couple of big spiders sitting on their pants. So wee wiped
them off and closed the bus up. When this guy came from the record
company he told us that it was good we hadnít gone out exploring
because it was a major gator area.
it true that you warn your band members not to disrespect any
this apply to groupies?
Anything. I mean, I donít want
to see a guy whoís trying to get laid.. heís not getting laid, gets
pissed off and throws a girl off the bus or treats her like shit. I
donít want to see that crap. Everyone who comes to the show are
fans. I donít care what they do or what they are or what they look
like. Just fucking treat them with total
(Iris, making a face to
the video camera..) Donít you think it hurts the band when one of
the members has a short haircut.. like a soap opera
So many bands have that today. I donít think
looks matter that much. You canít judge anybody by that side
(Bill Zebub) have you had a problem with human
bones in America? Is it illegal to have them?
No! I hope not.
I would collapse if I didnít have them.
(Bill Zebub) No, I
mean the bones of your mike stand... (incidentally, King allowed me
to hold the bones of his mike cross, and I felt like I was wielding
the scepter of rulership).
No, no. We had a problem with the
goat skull in Argentina.
you just lie and say that itís plastic?
Zebub) King doesnít lie.
(laughs) Right! Thatís one thing...
but the other thing is, I think you can tell. That stupid little
goat skull, they freaked over that because any bone or horn you
canít take out of the country. So they had these experts
(Iris) Is it true
(Iris, laughing) Ok, next question. Have you ever
intentionally put yourself in an altered state of
Once, yeah, with a crystal ball. But of
course I did it wrong. I lit a candle instead of having normal
outdoor light coming in. I set the alarm clock for 45 minutes, and
when it went off, no way! I canít believe this. It was a very weird
nice relaxing feeling afterwards. But I couldnít see this ball. All
of a sudden it was just black. It was supposed to be
(Iris) well that might be
tied in with...
Thatís enough. (King gets up as if to
leave, but he was just kidding and grabs a pack of
(Iris) throughout your
career youíve been describing paranormal experiences. Was any of
that true, or were those just events in your
All lies. (laughs) No, no. Iíve seen all that
shit. My place in Copenhagen was big-time haunted, seriously.
Whenever something happened I would always search for some kind of
logical explanation for it. But how do you explain three people
seeing a glass floating up in thin air, full of beer? We didnít say
a word for the first couple of minutes.
(Iris) Did you pretend not to see
There was now way to pretend... if you pretended
(King whistles nonchalantly while Iris cracks up) everybody would
laugh at you. You didnít see that? Thatís what got me to borrow some
books about the occult and read up on some things, which didnít give
me a whole lot, actually. But Iíve seen a lot of things. Things
would move around. A couple of guys from Metallica... Iím pretty
sure they would remember... Lars and James, when they recorded
either Master of Puppets or Ride the Lightning, they were rehearsing
in our rehearsal room and they came by one night, and Timmy was
there, the bass player... and he had an American girlfriend over to
visit... and he was sitting in the living room, and Lars and james
and I were sitting by the bedroom playing a foosball game to leave
them alone for a while. I heard this big bang from the living room.
I opened the door and heís just sitting on the couch. (King imitates
Tim asking ďWhatís going onĒ and it cracks Iris up) All the bottles
were turned over. And itís not just there. Things happen on the
road, and the studios as well.
You got to meet your favorite Grimoire Girl
Very nice girl. She brought her boyfriend.
They were both really cool people. They came to the show in Toronto.
They were supposed to do an interview, but I donít think there was a
tape recorder present. (We all laugh)
(Bill Zebub) Sheís
What does that mean?
(Bill Zebub) Itís
funny that sheís Polish, and she goes to interview you and she does
not have a tape recorder. Iíll just leave it at that.
have had some good times in Poland... really good
(Bill Zebub) Iím sorry. That might have seemed like
I wanted to trap you into insulting Natalia. But thatís not what I
Oh yes, thatís exactly what you meant, but you did not
Natalia really enjoyed your company. She was quite taken with
They were really cool people. It was fun sitting
and talking. They were going to try to make it up to Montreal. I
donít think they made it.
(Bill Zebub) They didnít make it
because one of them is Polish. Iím just kidding. She knows Iím like
(Scolding) Iíve never seen you behave like that before.
(Iris cracks up).
Marcolin told Bill Zebub that on the album The Eye itís all a drum
machine. A drummer named Chris Hawkins said that the style of
drumming didnít match Snowy Shaw at all.
I wonder what
he would know about it since he was not even part of it. He probably
has talked to Snowy, and Snowy was like (King imitates Snowy,
cracking up Iris again). He was playing on electronic drum pads, and
thatís why you hear a very consistent sound. O
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