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‘s October three live performance on the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California might be seen under.
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 determination 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 forth. And I am so excited. It’s gonna be so superior.”
Regarding Lenny‘s determination to take a seat out the tour, James stated: “Lenny is simply type of Lenny. To know him is to like him, and I like him and respect his needs. We’ve gone forwards and backwards during the last 5, six years about this KINGDOM COME reboot, however lately, again in November [or] December, I approached him and I gave him all the things on a silver platter, however he stated, ‘You know what? I simply do not wanna do it.’ He’s simply type of executed. He needs to retire. He’s obtained his life. He’s up in Hamburg, Germany, and he simply does not wanna cope with it. And I can perceive that and I respect that.
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“I had this want to do that for thus lengthy, and he knew that — he knew this going into it, that I needed 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 important 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 can embody different materials in its set, Kottak stated: “We’re gonna play the whole 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… just a little little bit of this, and possibly a WARRANT track, and possibly this track and that track, and just a little little bit of all the things to maintain it attention-grabbing. I imply, we’re gonna play some LED ZEPPELIN. Are you kidding? GRETA VAN FLEET is killing it. And we wanna embody all the things, 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 all the things, we wanna contain all people and we wanna make it attention-grabbing, as a result of, face it or not, individuals’s consideration spans have gotten very brief. 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 entire 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 properly past the U.S. tour. “For me, that is one thing I needed to reboot years in the past, however SCORPIONS did not finish,” he stated, referring to the German group’s aborted farewell tour. “What I wish to see occur is we do that to reboot it and we get it up and operating on the finish of September via October, after which we hold going and going. And I wish to tour on it and I’d create some new music, or some new singles — one thing. But I need it to proceed on, as a result of I like rock and roll, and I like KINGDOM COME. And possibly Lenny will contribute some music in direction of it… I simply need issues to go ahead — I need issues to be large. 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 artistic and I wanna be concerned in what I wanna do. And that is egocentric, however…
“I 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 venture after cautious consideration over a year-long interval.
“As a vocalist, once you’re gonna exit and both sub in or develop into the brand new man in a band that is been seen and is type of iconic and particularly that had loads of video publicity, it is a large determination for me, as a singer, as a result of the vocalist is tough to overlook, and particularly for the followers — it is arduous to overlook that there is a totally different vocalist when individuals come out to see a band,” he defined. “So I am actually cautious about choosing and selecting what I will do. And suffice it to say, residing in L.A. and being a man that many of the, for instance, ’80s, hair-band type of style is aware of about, I get known as to do this sort of factor. And for me, my fundamental philosophy, as I have been getting middle-aged, or no matter you wanna name it — just a little older — has been, if I can not be me and simply do my factor and have it simply slot in with the model of the band, then I actually need to cross nowadays.
“The KINGDOM COME factor happened 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 might be executed in a means… I imply, I can sing this my means and it will nonetheless sound genuine, prefer it’s imagined to sound, and I can have loads of 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 enormous, for me’ — I all the time inform this to bands, and I am positive all people else feels the identical means — ‘if the unique guys are alive and you will get collectively, get collectively, man. Do it. Because there’s solely a lot time.’ But, for no matter cause, that is one thing that in all probability has to stay the best way it’s, so far as Lenny doing his personal factor and the band doing its personal factor. And that is cool — they spent loads of 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 large super-win or we’re gonna have an entire bunch of indignant followers going, ‘Thumbs down.’ [Laughs]”
This previous June, Wolf issued a press release through his official website online by which he stated that “the KINGDOM COME ship has reached its last vacation spot, at the least throughout my go to on our planet earth.” He added that his determination was “primarily attributable to experiences I made all through the final three years, throughout which the enjoyable issue disappeared increasingly, and our vitality and hopes have repeatedly been crushed by individuals and circumstances past our management. Some of us on the market could not imagine it, however it’s NOT all about cash,” he stated. “I spotted that chasing one thing which appears shouldn’t be meant to be, making an attempt to pressure issues, would by no means result in one thing good. Therefore it is time to let go.
“It’s been a implausible 30-year-long musical trip, for which I can solely be VERY grateful,” the singer added. “Having gone via good and unhealthy instances, ultimately it was an distinctive technique to discover our planet, having met numerous great individuals across the globe and increase reminiscences that may not be taken away from me, otherwise you.
“I am not saying that I’ll by no means write a track once more, or by no means once more enter a stage, however the chapter known as ‘KINGDOM COME‘ is now closed. One day I could 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 a lot of you vitality, pleasure and power, as they did for me,” Lenny stated. “The KINGDOM COME songs will reside on, lengthy after all of us have turned to mud, and can hopefully do the identical for a lot of generations to come back, until after all, we’ve 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”.