Chris Estes

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Chris Estes
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Background information
Birth name Christopher Douglas Estes
Born (1971-06-08) June 8, 1971 (age 45)
Genres Heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, keyboards
Associated acts King Diamond

Christopher Douglas Estes (born June 8, 1971) is a former King Diamond bass player (1994-1999).[1] Originally from Dodge City, Kansas, Chris moved to Denton, Texas in 1991 to attend the University of North Texas as a Jazz Studies major. During his time at UNT he met Darrin Anthony Stull and joined his unsigned Dallas band Mindstorm. During the next three years Mindstorm played the Dallas club scene and eventually caught the attention of Danish singer King Diamond (Kim Bendix Peterson), who had recently moved to the DFW area and was looking for new members for his solo act. In early 1994 three members of Mindstorm (Estes, Darrin (Anthony) Stull, and Herb Simonsen) were officially asked to join King Diamond. During his tenure with King Diamond, Chris recorded three albums and took part in three tours, in addition earning writing credits on the album Voodoo. Returning to college in 1997 and attending classes between studio sessions and tour, Chris eventually earned a degree in Computer Science. In the summer of 1999, Chris received word that the studio session for House of God had been postponed. Burdened by immediate financial needs, Chris reluctantly resigned his position in King Diamond. Chris currently lives and works in Richardson, Texas as a computer programmer. Chris continues to write and perform music as a hobby in his free time.


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  1. ^ Bukszpan, Daniel and Ronnie James Dio. The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal. p. 109-110