Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Getting It on Again: The Return of Kingdom Come

Photo courtesy of Chipster PR

There was a time when a band’s debut album could ship Gold and an amazing single could catapult them to international success. That time was 1988, and that band was Kingdom Come.

With Glam Metal still all the rage, Kingdom Come hit the ground running with “Get It On,” a groove-laden slab of Zeppelin-infused Hard Rock that sounded like nothing else at the time. The self-titled album that followed lived up to – and often exceeded – the single’s promise, delivering 10 songs (especially the still-bulletproof “Now Forever After”) that still hold up after three decades of musical trends and changing public tastes.

Thirty years later, four of the musicians who appeared on that debut recording – James Kottak, Danny Stag, Rick Steier and Johnny B. Frank – have reunited to take the album (as well as material from 1989’s In Your Face) on the road for an extensive US tour. Veteran singer Keith St. John (Montrose/Lynch Mob) will be filling the all-important frontman spot.

Kingdom Come’s return to the stage is as unexpected as it is exciting. Following the original band’s dissolution in the late 80s, singer Lenny Wolf released a series of albums under the “Kingdom Come” name with different players. While these subsequent releases (including 1991’s recommended Hands Of Time) had their moments, nothing came close to the power produced by the band’s first two classic albums. Although Wolf has declined to be a part of the current reunion, he has given it his full blessing. It might take some time to get used to a Lenny-less Kingdom Come, but you can count on this writer being in the front row and eager to experience the magic of these songs once again.  

Kingdom Come US Tour Dates
Sep. 27 - Seattle, WA - Club Sur Rocks
Sep. 28 - Vancouver, WA - Cascade Bar & Grill
Sep. 29 - Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
Oct. 03 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
Oct. 05 - Las Vegas, NV - Vamp'd
Oct. 06 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
Oct. 07 - Scottsdale, AZ - Blk Live
Oct. 08 - Santa Fe, NM - Camel Rock Casino
Oct. 11 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre (with special guests Killers Dwarfs)
Oct. 12 - Westland, MI - The Token Lounge
Oct. 13 - Versailles, OH - BMI Speedway (co-headlining with Autograph; special guests are Killer Dwarfs)
Oct. 14 - Louisville, KY - The Bourbon Hall
Oct. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Jergel's Rhythm Grille
Oct. 18 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
Oct. 19 - Halethorpe, MD - Fish Head Cantina
Oct. 20 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance (supporting Zebra)
Oct. 21 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
Oct. 23 - New Bedford, MA - Greasy Luck Brewpub
Oct. 26 - Granite City, IL - Eddie's Bar & Grill
Oct. 27 - Kansas City, MO - The Scene KC Rock Bar

EMAIL JOEL at gaustenbooks@gmail.com

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