Ex-Scorpions drummer James Kottak’s friends have recently expressed concern for his health. Kottak is currently playing drums for Kingdom Come, whose performance at a rock festival in Sweden this past weekend was widely criticized. Several publications and writers commented on the performance, including Sweden’s Rocknytt, which called Kingdom Come’s set the “biggest fuckup” of the festival. The article also highlighted Kottak’s performance, stating that he played “really poorly, sluggishly” and was unable to keep up with the tempo. As Blabbermouth also noted, Metal Sludge founder Stevie Rachelle posted on his Facebook page about Kottak’s demeanor after reading people’s responses to Kingdom Come’s festival performance.
Rachelle wrote, “And… if [Kottak] died of alcohol poisoning in a hotel room tomorrow, everyone would suddenly fall silent and feel so sorry for him.” “This most recent incident and train-wreck of a performance by James Kottak, along with his past public displays of stupid drunken behavior that have landed him on the cover of TMZ and beyond for years, is exactly what [late Warrant frontman] Jani Lane was doing in his life for years, until he was tragically killed.” “James Kottak is Jani Lane in 2022,” he continued, “and in all likelihood, nobody can save him but himself.” “As with Jani Lane, there have been bands, a wife, children, and I’m sure managers, family, and friends who have attempted to kill James Kottak, but he is still alive. Whether or not he saves himself, only time will tell.”
Robbie Crane, a bassist who has played in Ratt, the Vince Neil Band, Steven Adler’s band Adler’s Appetite, and is currently a member of Black Star Riders, shared his thoughts on Kottak’s condition in response to Rachelle’s post. “This is a sad circumstance… James is a decent guy… He has the roles of father, brother, son, husband, and friend. Unfortunately, you are correct… James is the only person who can save himself. He must desire it “Crane remarked. “But, like so many others before him, he is completely enslaved by his addiction.
He is in the center of his own storm and sees only peace all around him… He is unaware of the physical harm he has caused himself. Not yet anyway… If we attempted assistance, would he hear us? I do not know… I hope that this will serve as a wake-up call for him… We can only pray for him.” Below are some posts and videos of Kingdom Come’s Swedish festival performance. Kottak has played in numerous bands, including Montrose in the 1980s and Warrant in the 1990s. He was a member of Kingdom Come from 1987 to 1989 before joining the Scorpions in 1996 following his departure from Warrant. He remained the Scorpions’ drummer until his dismissal in 2016, after which he rejoined Kingdom Come.
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