James Kottak

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James Kottak
Scorpions - 04.jpg
Background information
Born (1962-12-26) 26 December 1962 (age 51)
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupations musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, guitar, vocals
Labels BMG
Associated acts Scorpions, Kottak, Buster Brown, Montrose, Kingdom Come, Warrant
Website www.jameskottak.com

James Kottak (born December 26, 1962, Louisville, Kentucky) is an American drummer for the hard rock band Scorpions of Germany, which he joined in 1996.

Prior to joining Scorpions, Kottak was a drummer for The Bob Brickley Band, Nut House, Mister Charlie, Buster Brown, Montrose, Kingdom Come, Wild Horses, the McAuley Schenker Group, Warrant, and Ashba. In February 1997 he helped Dio on their US tour by replacing Vinny Appice for four or five shows when Vinny Appice had pneumonia. He also gave drum lessons at Far-Out Music in Jeffersonville, Indiana, once having former Bride drummer, Jerry McBroom, as a student.

He also played with guitarist Michael Lee Firkins.

He also plays in his own band Kottak, formerly known as KrunK. He was married to Athena Lee, rocker Tommy Lee's younger sister, who is also a drummer and was a fellow member of Kottak. The couple has three children; one girl, Tobi, and two boys, Miles and Matthew.

James is one of the characters in the book Sex Tips from Rock Stars by Paul Miles published by Omnibus Press in July 2010.[1]

James endorses Ddrum and Yamaha drums, Aquarian drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, Ahead drumsticks and accessories and Danmar percussion.

On April 29, 2014 the National Post reported via the Associated Press that Kottak was arrested in Dubai and sentenced to one month in jail for drunkenness, offensive behaviour and insulting Islam.[2]


Scorpions live drum setup[edit]

  • Ddrum Dominion Maple
    • 26x18 Bass Drum (x2)
    • 14x9 Tom
    • 16x16 Floor Tom
    • 18x16 Floor Tom
    • 14x7 Snare or 14x6.5 Hand-Hammer Bronze Snare
    • Ahead 5A Drum Sticks
  • Aquarian Drumheads
    • Aquarian Hi-Energy Head (Snare)
    • Response II Drum Heads (toms)
    • Superkick II (Bass Drums)
  • Zildjian Cymbals
    • 17" A Thin Crash
    • 20" A Crash Ride
    • 20" A China High
    • 20" A Thin Crash
    • 24" A Medium Ride
    • 19" A Thin Crash
    • 18" A Rock Crash
    • 17" A Medium Thin Crash
    • 15" A Rock Hi-Hats

Discography[edit]

With Buster Brown[edit]

With Montrose[edit]

With Kingdom Come[edit]

With Michael Lee Firkins[edit]

With Wild Horses[edit]

With McAuley Schenker Group[edit]

With Warrant[edit]

With Ashba[edit]

  • Addiction To The Friction (1996)

With Scorpions[edit]

With Black Sheep[edit]

  • Sacrifice (1999)

Kottak[edit]

  • Greatist Hits (1998)
  • Therupy (2006)
  • Rock & Roll Forever (2010)
  • Attack (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Miles. "Sex Tips From Rock Stars by Paul Miles". SexTipsFromRockStars.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  2. ^ Paul Miles. "Scorpions drummer James Kottak jailed in Dubai for drunkenly insulting Islam, reports claim". Retrieved 2014-04-29. 

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