Kingdom Come are one of the most unique bands in heavy music. Their works defy classification – neither critics nor musicians themselves are able to put them in a specific genre. The one to blame for that is, of course, Lenny Wolf, the band’s founder, main songwriter and irreplaceable frontman. It’s been two years since the last Kingdom Come album saw the light of (or even four years, if we do not count a compilation, even with a few new songs). And now Lenny is back with “Outlier”, a record that is as out of range as any other Kingdom Come album. Our conversation took place in the beginning of March, when the album was still upcoming and Russia was celebrating International Women’s Day. It’s only natural we could not avoid talking about women, human relations and music itself. Enjoy!
Kingdom Come’s 1988 debut album made them a household name internationally. With a catchy, commercial appeal and a similarity to the heavy blues of Led Zeppelin, the band immediately shot to the top (the single “Get It On” was a radio darling for quite some time). But with quick stardom comes envious peers and sharp critics. Vocalist Lenny Wolf took the critiques in stride and has persevered, as he has turned Kingdom Come into a long, rewarding career.
Now armed with an all-German line-up, Kingdom Come releases “Outlier,” an eclectic mix of blues and modern, electronic-induced heaviness. It is a solid release, where no particular song claims the album. “Outlier” never dulls and never dips, keeps all the many moods interesting.
Name: Lenny Wolf
Star sign: Pisces - Rising sign: Sagittarius .
Place of birth: Hamburg-Germany .
Now based at: Hamburg - and still a little LA .
Level of education: below average - street wise;-) .
First instrument played: Accordion
Current instrument: Vocal, rhythm guitar, bass, little keyboard.
Last venue played at: Rock festival in Sweden .
Last gig attended: Rock festival in Sweden .
Turn On: Loyalty, baby blue shirts on women, elevators without music, a great audience, non smoking women.
Turn Off: No dignity, liars, any noise before I get up, smoking women, gasoline prices in Europe, cold tea backstage!
Kingdom Come might be a name you remember from the past. They put out two albums in the US that charted well for them and spawned hit singles like “Get It On”, “What Love Can Be” and “Do You Like It?” Very few may know that For well over 20 years, Lenny Wolf has been releasing music with his band Kingdom Come for well over 20 years. Lenny Wolf still manages to bring his creative vision to life releasing some amazing albums such as “Hands of Time”, “Twilight Cruiser” and “Master Seven” just to name a few. This week Kingdom Come will release it’s 13th album “Rendered Waters” and it is destined to be another Kingdom Come classic full of great songwriting, performances and Lenny’s outstanding vocals.
I was lucky enough to have a great talk with Lenny where we talked about re-recording some classic Kingdom Come songs for the new album, his memories of the legendary 1988 Monsters of Rock tour and his feelings on being pegged a Led Zeppelin clone. This was such a pleasant interview and one of my most enjoyable ones yet. I hope you all dig this one!
Back in 1988 and soon after a young German rocker moved to LA to pursue his musical ambitions, Lenny Wolf achieved his dream when the debut album of his new band Kingdom Come reached platinum status. The comparisons with Led Zeppelin were inevitable and in the end, this lead to the band's demise years Joter. Returning to his hometown of Hamburg, Lenny has not surrendered and still waves the Kingdom Come flag, releasing albums and playing live shows, I was pleasantly surprised to come across a very talkative Lenny when he called from Hamburg to have a good chat about all things Kingdom Come, I also discovered that last year he was involved in a side project with Michael Schenker is what the charismatic front man had to say, starting with new album 'Rendered Waters' - a mixture of old and new material.