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KINGDOM COME Blasted For ‘S**t’ Performance At SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL: The Event’s ‘Biggest F***up’

KINGDOM COME has been blasted for its disastrous efficiency on the Sweden Rock Pageant in Sölvesborg, Sweden, with one reviewer calling it the occasion’s “largest fuckup.”

KINGDOM COME‘s present lineup consists of drummer James Kottak alongside guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank and vocalist Keith St. John (previously of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB).

Authentic KINGDOM COME singer Lenny Wolf isn’t concerned with KINGDOM COME‘s reunion tour, which initially got here collectively to have a good time the thirtieth anniversary of the discharge of the band’s self-titled debut album.

In his overview of KINGDOM COME‘s June 10 look at Sweden Rock, Peter Johansson of the favored Swedish website Rocknytt 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 every of their hottest songs, “Do You Like It”. He additionally singled out Kottak, writing that the drummer performed “actually badly, sluggishly” and at instances didn’t hold the tempo “worryingly all through the live performance”.

Additionally vital 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! Edit: they really managed to make it worse…. Bass solo”.

A couple of fan-filmed movies of KINGDOM COME‘s look at Sweden Rock have emerged on-line, with one YouTube commenter, Richard Tedeschi, writing under the “Shout It Out” video: “Does anybody know what was happening with the drummer slowing down and never protecting time?”

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, advised the SCORPIONS official fan membership Crazyscorps in regards to the circumstances that led to his departure from the legendary German laborious rock band: “I at all times preferred a drink right here and there. After which I at all times 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 attraction. You’re 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 gentle to drink.

“From 2008 to 2011, I did not drink,” he defined. “I simply wakened someday 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.

“You probably have any information of A.A. [Alcoholics Anonymous] or any kind of program or rehab, it solely lasts so lengthy after which you have got what we name in restoration a relapse. I might undergo these phases of a 12 months or possibly 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 fitting value — free. All these flights backwards and forwards from Europe, from L.A. — I used to be simply flying always. Which I am not complaining about, nevertheless it’s at all times enterprise or first-class, and as soon as once more, all of the booze is on the proper value. I am going, ‘I’ve acquired the following two days off. I would as effectively have a drink.’ And that is what triggered me to begin ingesting once more typically.

“It is a typical alcoholic mind-set: ‘Properly, I’ll 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 fireplace Kottak, explaining that they gave the drummer “all the probabilities” to get higher. “We reached the purpose — or he reached the purpose — the place it was simply not value it,” Jabs mentioned.

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 previous to the band’s reformation. The group’s most up-to-date effort was 2013’s “Outlier”.

Kingdom Come dwell at Sweden Rock Pageant

Posted by Shawn Irwin on Friday, June 10, 2022

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…

Posted by Janne Stark on Friday, June 10, 2022

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