Evil invades Norje
Mercyful Fate, King Diamond and related bands at Sweden Rock Festival.

by webmaster, mfkdfaq.com (2009-03-10)

Sweden Rock Festival is a hard rock / heavy metal festival that are held in the south of Sweden, in a little society called Norje, about 10 km from Sölvesborg. A wide spectrum of bands has performed at the festival, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dio, Judas Priest, Testament, Aerosmith and  Anthrax just to mention a few. It started out in much smaller scale than today back in 1992 and has grown ever after, now it’s a 4 day-festival with more than 30,000 visitors each year.

 

Mercyful Fate
Back in 1999 it was time for Mercyful Fate to enter the stage in Norje. They opened with Evil, a perfect opener in my opinion. The set list contained of two songs from the new album “9”, and the rest was classics from their three first albums; the mini-LP, “Melissa” and “Don’t break the oath”.  It’s always a special thing to watch Mercyful Fate when it’s still daylight, not so easy to be evil as when it’s dark… Not one time during the festival 1999 did it rain, except when Mercyful Fate played. It was like God tried to make a point. King just cursed the weather and they kept on playing. This was one of the best shows in the history of the festival. This show was a part of the “9”-European Tour. (Trivia: During the show, Mikkey Dee was in attendance beside the stage, watching the show.)

King Diamond
The next year, 2000, King Diamond performed at the festival. This was a one-off gig just one month before the North American House Of God Tour began. “Out From the Asylum” echoed out from the amplifiers, and Grandma was home… Great show once again in broad daylight. The set list included songs like “Eye of the Witch”, “Dressed in White”, a rare performance of “The Trees Have Eyes” and “No Presents for Christmas”… This was the last time King Diamond entered a stage at Sweden Rock Festival (let’s hope he returns soon), but there has been some related bands playing there over the years.

King Diamond (MF, 1999)
 
 

Motörhead
Motörhead with Mikkey Dee has visited the festival six times 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007. And now in 2009 it’s time again. Back in 1998 Dee Snider of Twisted Sister made a guest appearance during the song “Born To Raise Hell”. Then in 1999, John Norum (Europe) entered the stage for “Killed By Death”. Girlschool joined in on “Bomber” 2002 and in 2007 Fast Eddie Clarke helped out with encores. It will be great to see Motörhead again this year; they always put on a great show.

Force Of Evil
In 2005 Force of Evil did an excellent show at one of the smallest stages on the festival. The sun was at its highest, hot as hell; it was just great sitting in the grass with an ice-cold beer and listening to these great guitarists doing their stuff. It was very nice to hear Hank and Michael do their magic once again. It’s been to long since I saw them together live. They even played a great version of “Evil”.

Other related bands that played the festival that needs to be mentioned:

  • 1995 – Abstrakt Algebra - With Mike Wead
  • 2002 – Dream Evil - With Snowy Shaw
  • 2005 – Megadeth - With Glen Drover
  • 2006 – Arch Enemy - With Sharlee D’Angelo
  • 2007 – Switchblade - With Ken Anthony
  • 2008 – Stormwarrior - With Yenz Leonheardt (a.k.a. Yenz Cheyenne)
Hank Shermann (FOE, 2005)
 
 
For more info and pictures follow these links:
Mercyful Fate 1999 | King Diamond 2000 | Force Of Evil 2005
 
Thanks to Leif Kröger and Fjump for the pictures.
 
Setlists:
       
         
Mercyful Fate
1999-06-11


Lucifer
Evil
Doomed By The Living Dead
Into The Coven
Nightmare
Desecration Of Souls
Burn In Hell
The Oath
Melissa
Last Rites
Satan's Fall
Come To The Sabbath
A Dangerous Meeting

 
King Diamond
2000-06-11


Out From The Asylum
Welcome Home
The Invisible Guests
Eye Of The Witch
Voodoo
Sarah's Night
The Candle
Dressed In White
Sleeples Nights
Upon The Cross
The Trees Have Eyes
Black Devil
Help!!!
Funeral
Abigail
Black Horsemen
The Family Ghost
No Presents For Christmas
 
Force Of Evil
2005-06-09


The Calling
Cabrini Green
Back To Hell
Death Comes Crawling
The Sinister Show
Hell On Earth
Evil
         
Abstrakt Algebra
1995-06-16


(unconfirmed / incomplete)

Stigmata
Shadowplay
Nameless
Abstrakt Algebra
Vanishing Man
Bitter Root
Crystal Ball
 
Motörhead
1998-06-06


Iron Fist
Stay Clean
Over Your Shoulder
Civil War
Metropolis
Nothing Up My Sleeve
I´m So Bad, Baby I Don´t Care
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
Take The Blame
No Class
Overnight Sensation
Sacrifice
Born To Raise Hell
Orgasmatron
Going To Brazil
Killed By Death
Bomber
Ace Of Spades
Overkill
 
Motörhead
1999-06-11


Bomber
No Class
I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)
Over Your Shoulder
Civil War
Take The Blame
Metropolis
Nothing Up My Sleeve
Born To Raise Hell
Broken
Sacrifice
Orgasmatron
Going To Brazil
Iron Fist
Killed By Death
Ace Of Spades
Overkill
         
Dream Evil
2002-06-08


Setlist unavailble
 
Motörhead
2002-06-08


We Are Motörhead
No Class
Iron Fist
Civil War
Damage Case
Love For Sale
God Save The Queen
Brave New World
Metropolis
Nothing Up My Sleeve
Doctor Rock
R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
Born To Raise Hell
Shoot You In The Back
Sacrifice
Just 'Cos You Got The Power
Going To Brazil
Killed By Death
Bomber
Ace Of Spades
Overkill
 
Motörhead
2003-06-07


We Are Motörhead
No Class
Shoot You In The Back
Civil War
God Save The Queen
Metropolis
Doctor Rock
R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
Brave New World
Over Your Shoulder
Over The Top
Damage Case
Sacrifice
Orgasmatron
Going To Brazil
Killed By Death
Iron Fist
Bomber
Ace Of Spades
Overkill
         
Motörhead
2005-06-09


Dr. Rock
Stay Clean
Shoot You In The Back
Love Me Like A Reptile
Killers
Metropolis
No Class
Over The Top
I Got Mine
In The Name Of Tragedy
Dancing On Your Grave
R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
Sacrifice
Just 'Cos You Got The Power
Going To Brazil
Killed By Death
Iron Fist
Bomber
Ace Of Spades
Overkill
 
Megadeth
2005-06-09


Intro
Blackmail The Universe
Set The World A Fire
Skin O'my Teeth
The Scorpion
Wake Up Dead
In My Darkest Hour
She-Wolf
Die Dead Enough
Trust
Kick The Chair
Hangar 18
Return To Hangar
Back In The Day
Sweating Bullets
Tornado Of Souls
Symphony Of Destruction
Rattlehead
Pease Sells... But Who's Buying
Holy Wars... A Punishment Due
Silent Scorn (Outro)
 
Arch Enemy
2006-06-09


Intro
Nemesis
Enemy Within
Dead Eyes See No Future
My Apocalypse
Burning Angel
I Am Legend / Out For Blood
Skeleton Dance
Bury Me An Angel
Dead Bury Thier Dead
Ravenous
We Will Rise
Bridge Of Destiny
Outro
         
Motörhead
2007-06-09


Snaggletooth
Stay Clean
Be My Baby
Killers
Metropolis
Over The Top
One Night Stand
I Got Mine
In The Name Of Tragedy
Sword Of Glory
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
Sacrifice
Just 'Cos You Got The Power
Going To Brazil
Killed By Death
Whorehouse Blues
Bomber
Ace Of Spades
Overkill
 
Switchblade
2007-06-06


Setlist unavailble
 
Stormwarrior
2008-06-07


Intro
Heading Northe
Metal Legacy
Signe Of Warlorde
Odinn's Warriors
Iron Prayers
Thunderer
Starlight (Intro)
Ride The Sky
Murderer
Victim Of Fate
Judas
Heavy Metal (Is The Law)
I Want Out
Inte The Battle
         
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