A revamped model of KINGDOM COME — comprised of guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank, drummer James Kottak, together with singer Keith St. John (previously of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB) — is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the discharge of the band’s self-titled debut album by embarking on a U.S. tour. Original singer Lenny Wolf declined to take part within the trek, which kicked off on September 27 at Club Sur Rocks in Seattle, Washington.
Fan-filmed video footage of KINGDOM COME performing the tune “Shout It Out” on the Seattle live performance might be seen beneath.
Kottak, who performed on KINGDOM COME‘s first two albums, 1988’s “Kingdom Come” and 1989’s “In Your Face” earlier than leaving, spoke to “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” about his resolution to resurrect the group. “I have been itching at this,” he stated. “We tried to launch it again in 2012-13; it simply did not occur as a result of my duties with SCORPIONS took over. And right here we are actually. We’ve obtained the unique 4 — me, myself, Danny Stag on guitar; Johnny B. Frank on bass; Rick Steier on guitar — after which introducing Keith St. John, the vocalist who sang for MONTROSE, LYNCH MOB, and so on. And I am so excited. It’s gonna be so superior.”
Regarding Lenny‘s resolution to take a seat out the tour, James stated: “Lenny is simply form of Lenny. To know him is to like him, and I really like him and respect his needs. We’ve gone backwards and forwards during the last 5, six years about this KINGDOM COME reboot, however just lately, again in November [or] December, I approached him and I gave him the whole lot on a silver platter, however he stated, ‘You know what? I simply do not wanna do it.’ He’s simply form of performed. He needs to retire. He’s obtained his life. He’s up in Hamburg, Germany, and he simply does not wanna take care of it. And I can perceive that and I respect that.
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“I had this want to do that for therefore lengthy, and he knew that — he knew this going into it, that I wished to do it, and I am not gonna let something cease me,” he continued. “So I am taking it out — KINGDOM COME; it is my title — ‘trigger it was my band too. So we’re on the market, and Lenny gave us [his] blessing. I actually want he was onboard, [but] he is simply not, and it’s what it’s. And you do what it’s a must to do, and that is it. It’s rock and roll, man.”
Asked if the brand new KINGDOM COME will carry out solely cuts from the self-titled debut or if it would embody different materials in its set, Kottak stated: “We’re gonna play all the first album, but additionally we’re gonna embody songs from the second album, after which additionally what we thought we might do is add in some MONTROSE, as a result of me and Keith had been each with MONTROSE. We’re gonna add in some… a bit little bit of this, and possibly a WARRANT tune, and possibly this tune and that tune, and a bit little bit of the whole lot to maintain it fascinating. I imply, we’re gonna play some LED ZEPPELIN. Are you kidding? GRETA VAN FLEET is killing it. And we wanna embody the whole lot, as a result of we do not wanna be a one-dimensional band, like, ‘Oh, it is KINGDOM COME, KINGDOM COME. We’re enjoying the primary album.’ We wanna embody the whole lot, we wanna contain everyone and we wanna make it fascinating, as a result of, face it or not, individuals’s consideration spans have gotten very quick. And we need to entertain everybody — in an hour and 15 minutes, we need to give you 24, 28 songs. Maybe it is not the whole songs, however you realize what you are gonna get? You’re gonna get a rock and roll extravaganza, [and] you are gonna get leisure.”
Kottak, who joined the SCORPIONS in 1996 and performed with the band for 20 years, went on to say that he hopes KINGDOM COME can proceed nicely past the U.S. tour. “For me, that is one thing I wished to reboot years in the past, however SCORPIONS did not finish,” he stated, referring to the German group’s aborted farewell tour. “What I want to see occur is we do that to reboot it and we get it up and working on the finish of September by means of October, after which we preserve going and going. And I want to tour on it and I might create some new music, or some new singles — one thing. But I need it to proceed on, as a result of I really like rock and roll, and I really like KINGDOM COME. And possibly Lenny will contribute some music in the direction of it… I simply need issues to go ahead — I need issues to be massive. Because if the music is not there, I am not there, man.”
He continued: “I have been provided so many conditions, to play with this one and that one and no matter, and do that and that, no matter, and, truthfully, I simply do not wanna do it. I wanna do what I wanna do. I’ve labored my ass off for 35 years, and I wanna do what I wanna do. I wanna be inventive and I wanna be concerned in what I wanna do. And that is egocentric, however…
“I really like rock and roll and I like good rock and roll, and KINGDOM COME, to me, is the perfect of the perfect. So let’s have a look at what occurs, man.”
Keith St. John additionally made an look on “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” to handle his involvement with the revamped KINGDOM COME. The singer, who has identified Kottak for greater than 20 years, stated that he determined to entrance the challenge after cautious consideration over a year-long interval.
“As a vocalist, whenever you’re gonna exit and both sub in or develop into the brand new man in a band that is been seen and is form of iconic and particularly that had numerous video publicity, it is a massive resolution for me, as a singer, as a result of the vocalist is difficult to overlook, and particularly for the followers — it is laborious to overlook that there is a completely different vocalist when individuals come out to see a band,” he defined. “So I am actually cautious about selecting and selecting what I am going to do. And suffice it to say, dwelling in L.A. and being a man that many of the, as an instance, ’80s, hair-band form of style is aware of about, I get known as to do this type of factor. And for me, my primary philosophy, as I have been getting middle-aged, or no matter you wanna name it — a bit older — has been, if I am unable to be me and simply do my factor and have it simply slot in with the model of the band, then I actually need to move today.
“The KINGDOM COME factor took place out of the blue, when James and I had been speaking, in all probability near a yr in the past,” he continued. “And I listened to the fabric and I considered it, and I used to be, like, ‘Man, these things actually may very well be performed in a approach… I imply, I can sing this my approach and it will nonetheless sound genuine, prefer it’s speculated to sound, and I can have numerous enjoyable with these things.’ And as additionally a part of my due diligence, I stated to myself, ‘Well, you guys [have] actually gotta just remember to wanna do that, as a result of, by and huge, for me’ — I all the time inform this to bands, and I am positive everyone else feels the identical approach — ‘if the unique guys are alive and you may get collectively, get collectively, man. Do it. Because there’s solely a lot time.’ But, for no matter motive, that is one thing that in all probability has to stay the way in which it’s, so far as Lenny doing his personal factor and the band doing its personal factor. And that is cool — they spent numerous time working it out. So I waited till they did their diligence they usually had been actually positive. A bunch of months glided by — like a half a yr — and we stated, ‘Are you positive? Are you positive? Okay.’ And we stated, ‘Okay, let’s go for it, man. [We’ve] obtained a month or extra price of dates within the fall. Let’s attempt it out. Let’s begin it there, see the way it goes.’ And we’re both gonna have a very massive super-win or we’re gonna have an entire bunch of offended followers going, ‘Thumbs down.’ [Laughs]”
This previous June, Wolf issued an announcement by way of his official website during which he stated that “the KINGDOM COME ship has reached its remaining vacation spot, no less than throughout my go to on our planet earth.” He added that his resolution was “primarily attributable to experiences I made all through the final three years, throughout which the enjoyable issue disappeared an increasing number of, and our power and hopes have repeatedly been crushed by individuals and circumstances past our management. Some of us on the market could not consider it, however it’s NOT all about cash,” he stated. “I spotted that chasing one thing which appears isn’t meant to be, attempting to pressure issues, would by no means result in one thing good. Therefore it is time to let go.
“It’s been a improbable 30-year-long musical experience, for which I can solely be VERY grateful,” the singer added. “Having gone by means of good and unhealthy occasions, ultimately it was an distinctive solution to discover our planet, having met numerous great individuals across the globe and build up reminiscences that may not be taken away from me, otherwise you.
“I am not saying that I’ll by no means write a tune once more, or by no means once more enter a stage, however the chapter known as ‘KINGDOM COME‘ is now closed. One day I’ll revisit the music scene with a brand new band known as ‘IRON BANANA‘, however till then, it’s what it’s.
“I hope the KINGDOM COME songs have given lots of you power, pleasure and energy, as they did for me,” Lenny stated. “The KINGDOM COME songs will stay on, lengthy after all of us have turned to mud, and can hopefully do the identical for a lot of generations to return, except in fact, now we have blown up our planet earlier than then.”
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”.