King Kobra

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King Kobra
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Years active 1983–1989
Labels Capitol
New Renaissance
Associated acts Ratt
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 to 1984. During the time of their first two albums, the band included four relatively unknown musicians that included 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 (a.k.a. David Michael-Philips) on guitar, and Johnny Rod on bass. This lineup released an eponymous album, King Kobra, in 2011 on Frontiers Records, and another album in 2013 entitled King Kobra II.[3]

The band went on hiatus following the release of their 2013 album, largely due to the other commitments of the individual band members. They did, however, play live gigs in 2016 sans Mick Sweda.


  • Paul Shortino - vocals (2010–present)
  • David Michael Phillips - guitar (1983-1989, 2001, 2010–present)
  • Mick Sweda - guitar (1983-1987, 2000-2001, 2010-present)
  • Johnny Rod - bass (1983-1986, 2001, 2010–present)
  • Carmine Appice - drums (1983-1989, 2000-2001, 2010-present)

Former Members[edit]

  • Mike Wolfie - guitar (1983)
  • Mark Free - vocals (1983-1987, 2001)
  • Marq Torien - vocals (1987)
  • Lonnie Vincent - bass (1986-1987)
  • Larry Hart - bass (1987-1989)
  • Jeff Northrup - guitar (1987-1989)
  • Johnny Edwards - vocals (1987-1989)
  • Kelly Keeling - vocals, bass (2000-2001)
  • Steve Fisher - guitar (2000-2001)


Movie soundtracks[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.


  1. ^ "King Kobra (4)". Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "King Kobra III". Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "King Kobra - II". Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

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