It is with deep sadness that the rock and metal community mourns the passing of the accomplished drummer James Kottak, renowned for his contributions to bands such as SCORPIONS and KINGDOM COME. At the age of 61, Kottak’s daughter, Tobi, informed TMZ of his demise on Tuesday morning in Louisville, Kentucky, his birthplace and home until 1987. The exact circumstances of his passing are not yet fully disclosed.
James Kottak’s musical journey extended beyond his notable stints with SCORPIONS and KINGDOM COME, encompassing collaborations with various bands, including WARRANT and a brief tenure with DIO. His versatility was further showcased in projects like the 1990s band KRUNK, where he not only played guitar but also assumed lead vocal duties.
The confirmation of Kottak’s passing came not only from his daughter but also from KINGDOM COME bandmate Johnny “JB” Frank, who expressed his condolences on social media, saying, “Rock Forever in Peace Brother James Kottak. James is in Heaven Now.”
The loss reverberated across the music community, with former JUDAS PRIEST and current KK’S PRIEST singer Tim “Ripper” Owens sharing heartfelt sentiments on social media. Owens reminisced about the great times they shared, particularly during their collaboration in A NEW REVENGE/PROJECT ROCK. Rikki Rockett, the drummer for POISON, succinctly conveyed his grief on Twitter, saying, “RIP … James Kottak.”
James Kottak’s impact on the world of rock and metal is undeniable, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered and cherished by fans and fellow musicians alike. May he rest in peace.