Former SCORPIONS Drummer JAMES KOTTAK: Being An Alcoholic Is 'A Rough Road'


Drummer James Kottak says that he’s “doing very well,” two years after he was fired by the SCORPIONS throughout his well-publicized battle with alcoholism. He has since been changed by former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee.

Speaking to Meltdown of Detroit’s 101 WRIF radio station, Kottak mentioned about his present well being standing (hear audio under): “As anyone is aware of who has an dependancy, it is a work in progress — you do not simply get up someday and go, ‘I am cured.’ I am not like that.

“Over the final 10 years, I might say I used to be 90 % sober, after which I would have these struggles and I would undergo a nasty two- or three-week interval,” he continued. “So proper now it is, like I mentioned, to make use of a cliché, it is someday at a time and I work this system. I nonetheless exit, and for those who wanna drink a bottle of Jack in entrance of me, go for it — [it’s] no huge deal — however it’s, like I mentioned, a piece in progress.”

Kottak went on to say that it is extra frequent for recovering addicts to relapse after therapy than it’s for them to remain sober on their first strive. “Part of restoration is the relapse,” he defined. “And that does not imply you are gonna go and, you realize, blah blah blah, nevertheless it does occur, as a result of I’ve the gene and I am an alcoholic. And there are tens of millions of alcoholics. But the factor is you must acknowledge it and be trustworthy with your self. And it is a tough street.”

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Former SCORPIONS Drummer JAMES KOTTAK: Being An Alcoholic Is 'A Rough Road'

Kottak, who joined the SCORPIONS in 1996 and performed with the band for 20 years, says that he, like many different folks, turned to alcohol to alleviate his struggling, particularly whereas on tour. “I at all times stored occupied,” he mentioned. “Being a drummer, I at all times needed to get out and have a pleasant stroll each day, which I nonetheless do. I trip my bicycle and I swim as a lot as I can. But for me, certainly one of my issues was simply power ache from 35, 40 years of simply continuous drumming and singing. So between taking [the over-the-counter painkiller] Aleve and a few booze, you do not really feel something. But, sadly, it will definitely involves a head the place none of it really works. And that is the place I ended up.”

It has been estimated that between 70 and 90 % of all individuals who full an dependancy rehabilitation program could have no less than one delicate to reasonable relapse earlier than they’re able to stay sober for any prolonged period of time.

SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs just lately mentioned that he and his bandmates “needed to make” the choice to fireplace Kottak, explaining that they gave the drummer “all the possibilities” to get higher. “We reached the purpose — or he reached the purpose — the place it was simply not price it,” Jabs mentioned.

Kottak will tour this fall with a revamped model of KINGDOM COME, additionally that includes guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, and bassist Johnny B. Frank, together with singer Keith St. John (previously of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB). Original frontman Lenny Wolf declined to take part within the trek, which is able to kick off on September 27 in Seattle, Washington.