Former SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak spoke in regards to the lately introduced partial reunion of the unique lineup of ’80s rockers KINGDOM COME, a band maybe greatest recognized for its uncanny musical resemblance to LED ZEPPELIN. Kottak performed on the band’s first two albums, 1988’s “Kingdom Come” and 1989’s “In Your Face” earlier than leaving the identical yr. Kottak went on to play on MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP‘s 1992 “MSG” album earlier than becoming a member of SCORPIONS in 1996.
Asked “how honest” it was for KINGDOM COME to be continually in comparison with LED ZEPPELIN, Kottak informed KNAC.COM: “It was unfair, however when a journalist requested in regards to the affect, I might take it. And if I used to be requested in regards to the John Bonham affect? I might say, ‘Hell yeah! Of course he is an affect. That’s an enormous praise.’ [Laughs] Listen, I embraced the LED ZEPPELIN comparability anytime it got here up. There had been a few guys within the band that frowned on it, however I used to be, like, ‘Guys, you are lacking the purpose right here. We’re being in comparison with the most important rock band within the historical past of rock ‘n’ roll!’ I keep in mind in an interview for one of many magazines, certainly one of our guys was quoted as saying sarcastically, ‘I’ve by no means heard of LED ZEPPELIN.’ Of course he was kidding, however sarcasm does not translate effectively to print. I do not forget that quote was used because the headline and most of the people would see that and did not trouble studying the article.”
Asked which band sounds extra like ZEPPELIN, KINGDOM COME or GRETA VAN FLEET, Kottak stated: “I might say GRETA VAN FLEET. [Laughs] I keep in mind the primary time I heard them, I believed it was LED ZEPPELIN till I spotted I wasn’t aware of the track. [Laughs] Those youngsters are going by way of the precise factor that we went by way of. I’ve heard and skim interviews the place they talked about KINGDOM COME, in order that they actually know their traditional rock historical past.”
A revamped model of KINGDOM COME — comprised of Kottak, guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank, together with singer Keith St. John (previously of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB) — will rejoice the 30th anniversary of the discharge of the band’s self-titled debut album by embarking on a U.S. tour within the fall. Original singer Lenny Wolf declined to take part within the trek, which can kick off on September 27 in Seattle, Washington.
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After its early run of success within the ’80s, KINGDOM COME launched a number of albums, with Wolf remaining the one fixed member of the band. The group’s most up-to-date effort was 2013’s “Outlier”.