Sunday, January 14, 2024

lames kottak dead at 61


GOD DAM JESUS CHRIST SON OF A HOOKER ..................What a  loss  and  only 61 wtf , going on ,......usually drummers live to and old  age  ginger baker ...and  such like .....

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James Kottak, former Scorpions and Kingdom Come drummer, dead at 61

James Kottak in 2003
James Kottak in 2003 (Image credit: Larry Marano)

Former Scorpions and Kingdom Come drummer James Kottak has died at the age of 61. The news was confirmed in a social media post from the Scorpions.

"Very sad news," wrote the band. "Our dear friend and drummer for 20 years James Kottak has passed at the age of 61. James was a wonderful human being, a great musician and loving family man. He was our 'Brother from another Mother' and will be truly missed. Rock‘n'roll forever. RIP James." 

Kottak was born in Louisville, KY, in 1962, and co-founded Kingdom Come in Hamburg, Germany, in 1987. He played on the the band's first two albums, 1988's Kingdom Come and the following year's In Your Face, before a brief stint with The Cult. He joined the Scorpions in 1996, and played on all the band's albums from 1999's Eye II Eye until 2016's Return to Forever.

Kottak also played with Montrose, Warrant, Dio, the McAuley Schenker Group, Buster Brown, Black Sheep, Wild Horses – who included Kottak's former Kingdom Come bandmate Rick Steier on guitar – as well as his own band, Kottak. 

Like many touring musicians, Kottak also experienced problems related to alcohol. In April 2014, while on tour with the Scorpions in the United Arab Emirates, he was arrested and charged with drinking without a licence, cursing Muslims, making indecent gestures and removing his pants. He was jailed for a month and fined around £320.

“I am determined to come to grips with my alcoholism and am doing everything on a daily basis to beat this relentless disease," Kottak said after serving his sentence. "This entire incident caused me to realise that it is time to stop drinking once and for all so that I can become the father, musician, and friend that I know I can be."

After a stint in rehab Kottak returned to the Scorpions in time to record Return To Forever, but was replaced by former Mötorhead drummer Mikkey Dee the following year. 

"I had my personal up and down struggles, and those guys stood behind me every step of the way," Kottak told Dave's On Tour. "When you’re in a band, it’s like you’re in a marriage. You just know when it’s time to move on. One can say I was fired or dismissed. But to be quite honest, I was right along with them. I lost the drive and desire."

In 2018 Kottak hooked up with original Kingdom Come members Danny Stag, Rick Steier and Johnny B for a reunion tour, although frontman Lenny Wolf didn't take part. His place was taken by former Montrose and Lynch Mob vocalist Keith St. John.

No cause of death has been confirmed. 

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