JAMES KOTTAK Is In The Throes Of ‘Addiction’, Says His Friend ROBBIE CRANE

Veteran bassist Robbie Crane has expressed his concern in regards to the well-being of KINGDOM COME drummer James Kottak whose band was extensively lambasted for a disastrous efficiency at a Swedish competition over the weekend.

KINGDOM COME‘s June 10 look at Sweden Rock Pageant was described by the favored Swedish web site Rocknytt because the occasion’s “largest fuckup.” Author Peter Johansson criticized the band for the inclusion of “a number of prolonged, uninspired, uninteresting and utterly meaningless solos on each guitar and bass”, saying that the musicians “utterly massacred” one in all their hottest songs, “Do You Like It”. He additionally singled out Kottak, writing that the drummer performed “actually badly, sluggishly” and at occasions did not hold the tempo “worryingly all through the live performance”. On the finish of the present, Kottak “stumbled to the sting of the stage to bow along with his bandmates,” in response to Rocknytt.

Additionally crucial of KINGDOM COME‘s efficiency was famend Swedish music journalist and guitar participant Janne Stark, who took to his Fb web page to share a photograph of the gig and he wrote in an accompanying caption: “I’ve by no means seen a drummer go to sleep on stage earlier than however James Kottak is fairly rattling shut. Drunk? He slows down each music to half tempo. KINGDOM COME, sorry guys however that is SHIT!”

After BLABBERMOUTH.NET revealed an article on Sunday (June 12) about KINGDOM COME‘s Sweden Rock efficiency, Stevie Rachelle, founding father of the Metallic Sludge website and frontman of the glam steel band TUFF, weighed in on the scenario through his Fb web page, writing that “this newest incident, and train-wreck of a efficiency by James Kottak, alongside along with his previous public shows of silly drunken habits which have landed him on the duvet of TMZ and past for years, is strictly what Jani Lane [late WARRANT frontman] was doing in his life for years, till these years had been lower brief. James Kottak is Jani Lane in 2022… and the reality is, there’s doubtless no person who can save him, however himself,” Stevie continued. “There have been bands, a spouse, children, and I’m certain managers, household and mates who’ve tried., similar to with Jani Lane… however… James Kottak continues to be alive. Whether or not he saves himself or not, solely time will inform. Too many enablers… and somebody must say it.”

Among the many individuals who reacted to Rachelle‘s publish was Crane, the present bass participant for BLACK STAR RIDERS and previously a member of RATT, LYNCH MOB and the Vince Neil band. Robbie wrote: “It is a unhappy scenario… James is an effective dude… He is a father, brother, son, husband, and good friend… However sadly, you might be right… the one individual that may save James is James. He has to need it. However like so many earlier than him, habit totally has him… he’s within the middle of his personal storm and sees nothing however peace round him… He does not notice the bodily injury he is achieved to himself. Not but anyway… if we tried to assist would he hear us? I do not know… Hopefully this case will function a get up name to him… All we will do is pray for him…”

In September 2016, Kottak was dismissed from SCORPIONS throughout his well-publicized battle with alcoholism and was changed by former MOTÖRHEAD member Mikkey Dee.

Two years in the past, Kottak, who joined the SCORPIONS in 1996, instructed the SCORPIONS official fan membership Crazyscorps in regards to the circumstances that led to his departure from the legendary German arduous rock band: “I all the time favored a drink right here and there. After which I all the time additionally take a ache remedy known as Aleve. It is what all of the baseball gamers take, all of the footballers, and it really works like a allure. You are taking these of these and you do not really feel something. However on prime of that, I am a rock drummer in a rock band, and you have the inexperienced mild to drink.

“From 2008 to 2011, I did not drink,” he defined. “I simply awakened in the future and mentioned, ‘I simply do not wanna drink anymore.’ I did not go to rehab; I did not do any of that stuff. I simply did not wanna drink anymore.

“When you have any data of A.A. [Alcoholics Anonymous] or any kind of program or rehab, it solely lasts so lengthy after which you may have what we name in restoration a relapse. I might undergo these phases of a yr or perhaps two years of no ingesting, and then you definately step by step…

SCORPIONS, we play our present, we return to the resort, [and] 45 minutes later, we’re all downstairs having dinner,” he continued. “And every part’s simply the suitable value — free. All these flights forwards and backwards from Europe, from L.A. — I used to be simply flying continuously. Which I am not complaining about, nevertheless it’s all the time enterprise or firstclass, and as soon as once more, all of the booze is on the proper value. I am going, ‘I’ve received the following two days off. I’d as effectively have a drink.’ And that is what triggered me to begin ingesting once more typically.

“It is a typical alcoholic mind-set: ‘Nicely, I could as effectively have a drink. Why not?’ And that is typical alcoholic illness considering. ‘Trigger it is a illness.”

4 years in the past, SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs mentioned that he and his bandmates “needed to make” the choice to fireside Kottak, explaining that they gave the drummer “all the possibilities” to get higher. Throughout an look on “Rock Discuss With Mitch Lafon”, the guitarist mentioned: “James was an actual good good friend — and he nonetheless is — however we could not proceed with him. We gave him all the possibilities, and 10 extra. And it was one thing that developed over time — the ingesting behavior. It got here in waves — typically it was good for 4 weeks, after which [there] was drama, and if you already know him, you already know what that is like. Then if it impacts the present, it’s important to go, ‘Hmmm…’ As a result of our drum riser goes up 21 ft, or 24 ft typically, if the venue permits it, and the manufacturing supervisor, or stage supervisor, goes, ‘I can not have him go up there. It is too dangerous.’ If you cannot actually stroll down the steps straight, you’ll be able to’t have that. In order that impacts your intro of the present, and that is not good — it isn’t skilled.”

He continued: “We had been serving to him — we had been sending him to [the island of] Antigua [to Eric Clapton‘s Crossroads drug and alcohol treatment center], and we paid for it, and we did every part we might, as a result of we’re extraordinarily loyal. It is all the time arduous in case you work with someone for nearly 20 years to say, ‘Okay, you have gotta go.’ We might fairly do the alternative and attempt to hold him and assist him. However we reached the purpose — or he reached the purpose — the place it was simply not price it. After three months or 4 months even — they gave him an additional month in Antigua, the rehab — he’d come house, we would begin once more, and you may’t even speak to him. So we needed to make that call. We had Mikkey on the highway, so [James] did not discover. So I rehearsed with [Mikkey] and Paweł [Mąciwoda, bass] within the afternoon, only a backup; that was the unique plan. However then there was no means we might proceed with James, so we began with Mikkey.”


The Query is, can anybody save James Kottak earlier than he Kills himself?

I’m not…

Posted by Stevie Rachelle on Monday, June 13, 2022

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