James Kottak

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James Kottak
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Background information
Birth name James Kottak
Born (1962-12-26) December 26, 1962 (age 53)
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, guitar, vocals
Labels BMG
Associated acts Scorpions, Kottak, Buster Brown, Montrose, Kingdom Come, Warrant
Website jameskottak.com

James Kottak (born December 26, 1962, Louisville, Kentucky) is an American drummer for the German hard rock band Scorpions, which he joined in 1996. As of 2015, he is their all-time longest-standing drummer, surpassing Herman Rarebell, who spent 18 years in the band.


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, and Shane Harrison who went on to play with country super star Terri Clark. He also played with guitarist Michael Lee Firkins.

Kottak also plays in his own band Kottak, formerly known as KrunK.

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

Personal life[edit]

Kottak 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.

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 behavior and insulting Islam.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

Kottak is one of the characters in the book Sex Tips from Rock Stars by Paul Miles published by Omnibus Press in July 2010.[2]


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]


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


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

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