Jim Lefebvre


JK: Ahh! And thanks for saying that about the buzz. So that’s the good part. JK: I think you can order the first Kingdom Come record on Amazon.

Back in late April 2016, the Scorpions had announced that Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee would be replacing James Kottak during the band’s US tour dates. You didn’t see instant feedback. You are a Louisville guy, aren’t you? TMR: For a while, good hard rock music was considered to be almost taboo. We understand and respect his need for time as he makes his way through the final stages of his healing process.”, “After our incredibly successful shows in the US, Europe and Asia, we are sure to have found a fantastic drummer with Mikkey Dee. The Scorpions have not specified exactly what healing issues that Kottak is going through but the drummer did seek treatment for alcoholism mid-way in 2014 after spending about a month in jail in Dubai for insulting Islam earlier that year. How were you approached to take part in this book and why did you agree to be in it? TMR: Yeah, it was waiting for the next Circus or Hit Parader to come out. JK: We’ll see about that. In the first few years it was a bit awkward, but we hit the groove hard about year three. It’s way more work now, but it’s more gratifying. What happened between you and the Scorpions? Fifty-five year old Kottak joined the Scorpions back in 1996 and has played on several of the band’s albums including Sting In The Tail (2010) and Return To Forever (2015). As you know, Keith sang with Montrose, and I played on a Montrose album in ’86. Steel Mill interviews major bands, musicians, artists and authors around the world.

Ronnie Montrose is my ultimate hero. Their music is awesome for one. Yes, and a creative outlet in a big way. I had a metal band based out of my home town Louisville, Kentucky called Buster Brown. I volunteered to go down to Eric Clapton’s ‘Crossroads’ rehab joint; best move I have ever made. JK: Yeah! Mikkey Dee now permanently replacing James Kottak as drummer for Scorpions. You can feel it…it’s like, I need to get back to work.

Then we’re playing with Zebra one night, and that night we only play 45 minutes. I think Universal is responsible for all of that stuff. I know it wasn’t a great year. 7 talking about this. So it’s not as brutal as it sounds. Since 1992, the Swedish Mikkey Dee used to be a former band member of Motörhead until the dissolution of the rock band after the death … TMR: So you are probably familiar with Bogart’s and Annie’s. This is our getting up and running tour. We are here in Cincinnati. James Kottak is a American Musician, Songwriter, who was born on 26 December, 1962 in Birth Place not known. TMR: And you guys are playing just about every night too. Why? JK: Of course. But there is a different vibe with Greta Van Fleet. JK: Yeah! JK: And I wish there had been more, but things change.
James Kottak: Yeah! Years later, they did marry, had children, and in 1998 formed a band Krunk (with Jimmy on vocals and guitars and Athena on drums), known these days as Kottak. We’ll be more involved than ever before because we’re basically starting from scratch, if that makes sense.

Every day. You should’ve seen the questions I DIDN’T answer!

But the band split up in 1989. Do you think now is the perfect timing for the reunion? With the upcoming tour, has there been any thoughts on doing a reissue of the first record? JK: Yes, and we might through in a few surprises.

And I used to say this back on the second album if you are going to get compared to a band…I’ll take Led Zeppelin! I’ve spent a lot of time in Cincinnati back in my club days in the early ’80’s. TMR: Was the 30th anniversary something that was in your headlights, and something that you had been eyeing for a while? When our kids were very young we used the word Krunk in place of curse words. Then the rappers came along and ‘crunk’ became one of their words. People are really excited about this. Thank you!!! Congratulations on 30 years of Kingdom Come! TMR: I know that there was a lot of buzz when the local date was announced here for BMI Speedway in Versailles, OH. I don’t know how to describe it. Things happen, but you know…30 years. It’s always complicated;  Let’s just say we didn’t agree on things.

Lenny (Wolf), the original singer, he retired and chose not to do this tour. Luckily, it feels like that has finally changed. You need to be honest and accept it. So we have a similar interest, but I don’t want to give too much away. James Kottak Zodiac Sign is Capricorn, Ethnicity White & religion Not Available.. James Kottak Net Worth 2018.

We had a truck, PA, lights, etc and we did 25 shows supporting Ronnie in the southwest. You just have to know how to handle the press. Somebody had said wow, the Kingdom Come album is going to be 30 years old in 2018.

I’ve known Keith, gosh…30 years.

And it was the best thing I ever did. JK: Yeah.


The Scorpions have just made the following announcement on their Facebook page: Since 1992, the Swedish Mikkey Dee used to be a former band member of Motörhead until the dissolution of the rock band after the death of Lemmy Kilmister. … The Music Room: Hello James. The original four. Former SCORPIONS and current KINGDOM COME drummer James Kottak has once again expressed doubt about climate change.

I’ve seen around the net that you’ve claimed it was actually a relief to be out of the band. Are you kidding me? GET YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING ON THE BANNER BELOW!!! We’ll continue on next year. I loooove KC ‘s first two albums, I am so proud of these efforts. I’ve played Annie’s.

You have to stay busy. Copyright © 2020 | WordPress Theme by MH Themes, Mikkey Dee now permanently replacing James Kottak as drummer for Scorpions. Do You have a Judas Priest tribute act? I got home and said you know what, I’m just going to chill for a while. How has it been so far being out of the band? Athena says she knew she would marry Ratchitt—aka James Kottak, former Kingdom Come and current Scorpions drummer—the very first day they met. I did the book as a lark.

I love those first two KC albums and want to revisit them again soon!

We were actually here in L.A. around 2013, but then Klaus called me from Scorpions and said that they decided not to say farewell. I’m not exaggerating…I’ve probably played Annie’s at least 50 times. I have done a lot of work with my recovery. Fortunately I was for 21 years in the Scorpions where we were all family and friends. TMR: I know in 2016 you took your bumps.

It’s an ongoing process. So that makes you feel really good. JK: Ahh! “We would like to thank James for so many years of lasting participation in the band and personal friendship. The Millworkers are always open for tips about new bands that would fit the Metal Grinder. If you want to be featured in the general interview section please send email to contact@kkdowning.net. JK: Exactly. Posted on September 12, 2016 by Olivier in Uncategorized // 0 Comments. Jimmy Ratchitt is an alter ego I created, who represents my punk side and he is a rabid songwriter. If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. American drum powerhouse James Kottak recently ended his over twenty years long stint with the Scorpions as the longest serving drummer in the band’s history and is now busy working on the fifth installment from his namesake group Kottak. JAMES KOTTAK: I did have some trouble, but I have since worked very hard on myself. Then he just changed his mind and said no, I don’t want to do it. Drummer James Kottak says that he is “doing really well,” two years after he was fired by the SCORPIONS during his well-publicized battle with alcoholism. We start in Seattle on September 27th, I believe. I know back in the day Kingdom Come used to get a lot of flack for sounding a lot like Zeppelin on those early records.

As I said, we’ve tried to do it before. You were in Montrose with Ronnie Montrose and produced one album with the band in 1987 called “Mean”.

It was something that I’ve always wanted to do but there was never time. Current members are: James Kottak/Jimmy Ratchitt - lead vocals and guitar; Nils Wandrey - bass backing vocals; Francis Ruiz - drums; The band describe themselves as "Cheap Trick meets Green Day, on a … Are you kidding me? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. TMR: That was actually a question that I have. You are talking to a guy who did his first USA tour at the age of 15 in 1978. It gives insight into rock stars’ sexual instincts, urges, and experiences. If so, what got those wheels turning? Did you ever feel like the fifth wheel or out of place at any time in your tenure with the Scorpions after having taken the place of Herman Rarebell? We have just started the fifth Kottak album and are doing a Pledgemusic campaign. Most peeps wouldn’t admit this but I do.

He put me on the R&R map with MEAN! You go to Twitter and see you see message after message. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.

TMR: It was great hearing you say that you were at the Scorpions show the other night and that it was a good experience. Do you see any similarities there, and can you relate to what those guys might be going through now? I was burnt out and didn’t want to admit it, I had been burnt out  for years. Feel free to contact ville@kkdowning.net and we will feature your band. James Kottak leaves on a positive note. The band backed me for my health, the Scorpions are my R&R family …still! © 2015 Steel Mill |Contact | Privacy Policy | Meet the Millworkers | Data Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Sitemap. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Of course, it’s like a divorce. They even actually mentioned Kingdom Come in a few interviews. There’s a night off here and there, but you guys are solid through October. After over 30 years in rock and roll I have been through the wringer. You guys have quite a legacy, especially with those first two records. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Jimmy Ratchitt, ex-drummer for the hard rock band Scorpions and his ex-wife Athena Lee. Are the rumors about you starting a Kingdom Come regroup true? After the tour, Ronnie called and said: “Wanna play on my next album?” I went through the roooooof! That doesn’t mean we’ll only do it this year. The original four. An unusual name, where did Krunk come from? I love the early “Kingdom Come” album and the song “Do You Like It” from “In Your Face”.

In the past couple of years, I’ve been asked to play with a few bands. The following year, they had a son, Matthew. I’m 55 now. This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. My phone rang, manager Stuart Young said: “Hello James, would you like to come over to Germany for a play with the boys?” I said “YES!”. Is Jimmy Ratchitt your real name or something? Speaking to Meltdown of Detroit’s 101 WRIF radio station, Kottak said about his current health status (hear audio below): “As anybody knows who has an addiction, it’s a … So if You have a really good band that would fit the Grinder, go ahead and let us know and send email to ville@kkdowning.net! This tour has just revealed that there are a ton of Kingdom Come fans out there. JK: I thought of this about a year ago.

I’ve spent a lot of time in Cincinnati back in my club days in the early ’80’s. People change and I had to move on. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I’ve worked non-stop.

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You’re drumming is like John Bonham. James Kottak estimated net worth in 2018 is Under Review.Here we also added James Kottak previous years Net Worth, Income, Salary & Property details.

James is famous as the drummer of the metal band, Scorpions. www.kingdomcomeband.com    VIP UPGRADES AVAILABLE HERE!!! He’s retired by the way. Jimmy Ratchitt” thing? After that, you left and joined Kingdom Come in 1987 as their drummer and appeared on two of their albums “Kingdom Come” and “In Your Face”.

We’re just going to see how this goes. It wasn’t like all at once, it was gradual. TMR: Well, thank you for taking the time out to talk to me today. We’re just up and running. JK:  Of course. I’ve played Annie’s.

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