|Genres||Glam metal, heavy metal, AOR, hard rock. hair metal, pop metal|
|Past members||Mark Free
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: 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.
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, King Kobra, in 2011 on Frontiers Records, and another album in 2013 entitled King Kobra II.
The band has been on hiatus as of the release of their 2013 album, largely due to the other commitments of the individual band members.
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- 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)
- 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)
- Ready to Strike (1985)
- Thrill of a Lifetime (1986)
- King Kobra III (1988)
- The Lost Years (1999) (compilation)
- Hollywood Trash (2001)
- Number One (2005)
- King Kobra (2011)
- King Kobra II (2013)
- Song "Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)" included in the original motion picture soundtrack from the movie Iron Eagle from 1986 as the second track of the album.
- Song "Hunger", covered by King Kobra but written by Kick Axe (listed as "Spectre General"), was featured in The Transformers: The Movie, and included on the soundtrack.
- 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.