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Kingdom Come

kingdomcome.jpgWhat do you think of Kingdom Come?

The band released a self-titled debut (on Polygram) in 1988 and received a lot of flack for their sound. In truth, Kingdom Come sound pretty similar to Led Zeppelin, but I think allegations of theft and fraud are a bit too harsh and certainly unfair.

Someone recently posted on Metal Sludge that Kingdom Come will be at Rocklahoma 2008. This seems like a long-shot to me, but I suppose anything can happen.

These days, band members include founder and vocalist/guitarist Lenny Wolf, guitarist Eric Foerster, bassist Frank Binke, and drummer H. Thiesbrummel.

I've always liked the song "Get It On." Since it's initial release in 1988, it has remained Kingdom Come's most famous tune.

Like every good glam band (yes, I'm calling them glam!) Kingdom Come had some incestuous tendencies. Original drummer James Kottak left the band not long after achieving a little success. He went on for a brief stint with Warrant and joined the Scorpions for awhile. (If you've read Tommyland then you know Kottak is married to Tommy Lee's sister).

You might also be surprised to learn that Kingdom Come has released several albums over the years.

Here's another fun fact: Kingdom Come teamed up with Dokken for the Defenders of Rock 2007 tour. That's only a little ironic I suppose because some critics say Kingdom Come sound not only like Led Zeppelin but also Dokken.

In case you don't know (or don't remember, or are trying to forget!) here's a couple of clips of Kingdom Come. The first is "Get It On."

Here's the video for "Do You Like It."

The comments under both videos - especially for "Get It On" - are pretty humorous.

So, do you like Kingdom Come?

Kingdom Come on Myspace

Reader Comments (12)

I like the original album, but the only other CD I bought of theirs was a recent one, and I thought it was crap.
January 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Hi Allyson..How are you?..Hope good..Kingdom Come Rock.Loved 'Do you like it" too..Lenny has a cool voice too...I read an article years back that Jimmy Page loved them..But Robert Plant called them a Led Zeppelin rip off hahaha!!.
January 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
I like the first two albums, the rest was all downhill from there.

They tried to change their sound a little for their 2nd CD, I guess to lose the Led clone comments.

They get slammed for being Led clones, yet we have many AC/DC clones, and those bands don't get slammed as much. Doesn't seem fair.

Rob Rockitt
Led Zeppelin should talk considering how they (actually Jimmy Page) stole a lot of their material. Anyone ever heard of the original version of Dazed and Confused??? Same music, same lyrics, different performers. Howard Stern was talking about this a few months ago. Apparently, there was a gag order on the guy who wrote a lot of the songs that Jimmy Page stole and recorded as his own. The gag order has expired and the truth has been exposed.
January 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
Rob..I agree..even though I love them..Kix and Jackyl have AC/DC influences big time.
January 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Kingdom Come sounded EXACTLY like Led Zeppelin (whom I never liked). But if you remember back in the day what happened is the label got a radio station to play their song without saying their name and even hinted that this might be a Zep reunion. People were calling up the station constantly wanting that new Zep song. After it finally came out who the group was that's when they started getting flak.

Add to other bands influences that a lot of Australian rock bands sound like AC/DC (Airbourne for instance).
January 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDon
I have the first three Kingdom Come albums on CD and the debut is the best of them. 'Get It On' is a decent song and the album is good but they couldn't shake the Zep thing. Rob is right, Lenny altered the sound on IN YOUR FACE (1989) but the stigma was still attached. Even now with the latest album, AIN'T CRYING FOR THE MOON (2006), the "Led Zep clone" tag is still around even though the band's sound has changed.

Heavy Metal Addiction
I think they are a pretty good band. Not one of my favorites..but I like them. My favorite songs from them are; Do You Like It, and Can't Deny.
January 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
I read a funny little tidbit about Kingdom Come a while back. When they were on some tour with Metallica (Monsters of Rock I guess) every time Hetfield would walk past a band member of KC would cough and mutter Led Zeppelin. Assholish but funny.
January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBig Robbo
I was never a big fan of Kingdom Come because of their sound. One thing though, James Kottack is still the drummer for the Scorpions and on tour with them now.
Speaking of which, you should check out James and Athena's band, "Kottack". They are really good and have an cool punk, glam sound. James is the vocalist and Athena plays the drums,(just like her brother). The lead guitarist is Chris Sheridan, an amazing guitarist who formed the increcdible 80's glam band Sweet Savage out of Texas and later on L.A. Check out Kottack they rock
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