King Kobra

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King Kobra
Origin Los Angeles
Genres Glam metal, heavy metal, AOR
Years active 1984–1988
2000-2001
2010–present
Labels Capitol
New Renaissance
Frontiers
Associated acts Ratt
Hawk
BulletBoys
Blue Murder
Unruly Child
Members Carmine Appice
Mick Sweda
David Michael-Philips
Johnny Rod
Paul Shortino
Past members Mark Free
Johnny Edwards
Jeff Northrup
Larry Hart
Kelly Keeling
Steve Fister

King Kobra is a hard rock band founded by drummer Carmine Appice after his tenure with Ozzy Osbourne from 1983 - 1984. During the time of their first two albums, the band included four relatively unknown musicians: vocalist Mark Free, guitarist David Michael-Philips, guitarist Mick Sweda, and bassist Johnny Rod. After two albums on Capitol records—Ready to Strike (November 9, 1985) and Thrill of a Lifetime (1986)—and an independent release entitled King Kobra III in 1988, Appice decided to dissolve the band and join guitarist John Sykes on his Blue Murder project in 1989.[1][2]

In 2010, a new King Kobra emerged, with Carmine Appice on drums, Paul Shortino taking over vocal duties, Mick Sweda on guitar, David Henzerling (aka David Michael-Philips) on guitar, and Johnny Rod on bass. This lineup released an eponymous album in 2011 on Frontiers Records, and another album in 2013 entitled King Kobra II.[3]

Timeline[edit]

First Era

Personnel[edit]

On Ready To Strike and Thrill of a Lifetime

On King Kobra III

On Hollywood Trash

On King Kobra and King Kobra II

Discography[edit]

Movie Soundtracks[edit]

Song credits: Jake Hooker-Duane Hitchings - 1986 - Capitol Records

Notes[edit]

  • Rod left the band and joined W.A.S.P. in 1986.
  • Torien, Sweda, and Vincent left to play together in the band BulletBoys.
  • Free went on to form the bands known as Signal (EMI Records), and Unruly Child (Atlantic/Interscope Records). After coming to terms with her gender dysphoria in 1993 she is now known as Marcie Free.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "King Kobra (4)". discogs.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "King Kobra III". amazon.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "King Kobra - II". metal-temple.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

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