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Many Different Hearts Beating

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....

Рецензии на "Outlier"

Слава и богатство никогда не имели особого значения для главного вдохновителя Kingdom Come гера Ленни Вольфа. Все более чем 30 лет, в течение которых он являлся основным художником хард-рока, его основным желанием было продолжать развиваться. Его кредо всегда было: честность перед коммерческими соображениями. «Естественно, нет никого счастливее меня, ведь мою музыку боготворят столько поклонников, – говорит он, – но даже этот аспект ....

Interview with Lenny. May 2013

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....

"Outlier" review by Powerplay May 2013

Back in 1988, Kingdom Come came out of nowhere and nil hard with their debut. Fans, MTV, and radio loved it, but many critics hated it. The world was looking for the next Led Zeppelin and Kingdom Come was it. They, unabashedly, look Page's rhythms, Bonham's drum patterns, and Plant's vocal inflections and made them their own. The band and album soared lo incomprehensible heights in a very short period of time. However, as ....

"Outlier" (2013) reviews

Of all the characters to emerge in the ongoing soap opera that is the hard rock world in
 the last three decades, few are more enigmatic
 or harder to pigeonhole than Lenny Wolf. His
 Robert Plant infused voice first hit international
 radar screens with Stone Fury in the mid 80s; 
their brief two album tenure - 'Burns Like A
Star' in '84 and 'Let Them Ta....

Blowin’ Wind With Lenny Wolf of Kingdom Come, March 2011

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 “H....

Kingdom Come | Led Zeppelin - Myths & Facts

I guess these are the most known and still unexploded myths about Kingdom Come...

MYTH: In one of their first big interviews the band Kingdom Come have said that they have never heard Led Zeppelin!

FACT: In fact, it was a cut from a Danny Stag's phrase (lead guitar), when the band was asked for a thousand time about the Led Zeppelin "cloning" he couldn't stand anymore and started kidding, saing "Oh, no! Not this q....

File-O-Facts: Lenny Wolf
 of Kingdom Come

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: L....

"Ain't Crying For The Moon" (2006) reviews

Lenny Wolf strikes back with a new Kingdom Come album, this is more of a soloalbum from Lenny where he has done most of the work by himself with a little help from various unknown musicians. I really like Lenny's two albums with Stone Fury that I think is great AOR/MHR albums and the first 4 albums with Kingdom Come are good stuff. But after Bad Image (1993) I have lost my faith in K.C and the following albums has been pretty w....

"Magnified" (2009) reviews

When I listen to Kingdom Come's latest release Magnified, I can't help but feel this is how Steelheart's last album should have sounded. Both CDs are far removed from the band's original days, but in the case of Kingdom Come vocalist Lenny Wolf hasn't changed a bit. His voice isn't hidden in distortion and overdubs, and even though the music itself has 'matured', at least fans can still relate to that voice. That simple fact mak....

"Independent" (2002) reviews

It's funny how things comes back like cycles, many bands returns to their sound in the beginnings. And so do Lenny Wolf with his Kingdom Come, it's his 8th album under that name but for those who remember his works before that know about the 2 great Stone Fury albums he did with Bruce Gowdy (Unruly Child).

As a matter of fact so does this new album sound a bit like Stone fury at some moments and also the magnificent thi....

Interview with Lenny Wolf, may 2011

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 pla....

"Perpetual" (2004) reviews

Let’s be brutal: Kingdom Come blew their career 16 years ago, with the release of their self-titled debut album, and misfiring marketing campaign that saw the band alienate so many rock fans in America and Britain.

A musical tragedy, because while that controversial first record mimicked Led Zeppelin to the point of plagiarism, subsequently they’ve developed, refined and embellished their style to the point where they’ve hard....

Interview with Lenny Wolf by Classic Rock, 2007

Ten albums on from their debut, and now a very different band, but the ‘Led clones’ millstone still hangs round their neck.

If truth be told, Kingdom Come committed musical suicide a long time ago; in 1988, to be precise, when their self-titled debut album was sent to American radio stations, attached to a rumour that this was Led Zeppelin secretly back together. Compounding that ‘felony’, the band amazingly denied there was ....

"Too" (2000) review by Classic Rock

The hard rock world never really forgave Kingdom Come for their opportunistic attempt at ransacking the Led Zeppelin legacy during the late 1980s. But the group's sole remaining member, vocalist Lenny Wolf, refuses to throw in the towel and still enjoys moderate success in his native Germany.

While 1989's 'In Your Face' opus has stood the test of time astonishingly well, that album and the group's eponymous debut were the pla....

"Rendered Waters" (2011) reviews

When you think to back in the day and remember bands that made an impact right from the start with kick-ass music and stunning vocals, one band comes to mind and that is KINGDOM COME. Yeah, you heard the claims they are LED ZEPPELIN clones but people found out differently as time went by. Ever since that self-titled debut in 1988 fans still to this day go back to that release and reminisce. With many releases under their belt s....

Exclusive Interview to our site

Hello everybody who can hear us!

Today we're happy to talk with a real genius, outstanding man, who doesn't do the same again & again, he's always growing up, not following to the trends. His self development is more important to him than a commercial success. With a man who's faithfully on his Mission during the years... He shares a part of him with us. He shares his deepest feelings and emotions, his wise ....

Lenny Wolf's biography

I was born March 11, 1962 in Hamburg, Germany. The day I was born, the city experienced a catastrophe - a huge flood in Hamburg.

I went to several public schools in Hamburg, since nobody wanted to keep an eye on me ( I wonder why ) and was finally put into a school for difficult children when I was 14 years old. The good thing about it was that they really supported my need to play the guitar, to keep me cool. My first instru....

Full in bloom, April 4th, 2009

FIB MUSIC:  What's new? Tell us about the new album. When can we expect to see you touring?

Lenny:  Don't really like talking much about music. It's something you should "listen" too. But it surely is another growing step for me, in regards of combining sounds and building a bridge between the 80's and 2009. I think Kingdom Come has developed a unique approach of writing. Not doing the same thing over and over again, and taki....

Kingdom Come History

In 1988, after having been signed to Polygram Records, New York by Derek Shulman, Lenny Wolf and his manager Marty Wolff (no relation), were asked to put a new band together. The players he chose for his new band were: James Kottak on drums, Danny Stag on lead guitar, Rick Steier on rhythm guitar and Johnny B.Frank on the bass guitar (for more background see Lenny Wolf Biography).

A very lucky event happened when Lenny ....

Interview with Lenny. May 2013

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.

The following is a recent interview with Lenny Wolf:

Describe Outlier‘s strength and what makes it a progression from the last Kingdom Come album?
Lenny Wolf: I think that is something for you and/or the listeners to judge. I think I’m too close to the record that I could answer it objectively. It was more like a five-year old kid cruising through the endless audio cosmos hoping for something cool to fly by. I like to give ‘progress’ a chance to improve or at least take some songs and fans to a different level. How many times could I write “Do you like it?” without boring everybody and myself to death? At least I’m trying.

Do you think fans will be taken aback by going from a straight-forward rocker like “Running High Distortion” to the more electronic-driven “Rough Ride Rallye”? Or are listeners more mature nowadays?
Wolf: Honestly, I don’t know, and I can not worry about those issues. Creating is something I do without any commercial or image concepts. Nice to have a hit record, but even if I would write the most commercial way possible, that would not guarantee a hit. I rather stick to my intuition and keep holding up the KC flag.

The eclectic feel of Outlier is a most likely a positive, probably a perfect fit for the times, no?
Wolf: If that’s how you feel about it, I’m glad. Just trying to build a bridge between the two hearts beating in me. The traditional and the new age Lenny. That’s what Kingdom Come is all about. Looking for cliches or the expected? Buy records from someone else.

And many albums by other bands sound like one long song with the same rhythm and style throughout. I like a recent comment you’ve made: “One song by itself cannot reflect the character of a whole album.” How true that is. Can you personally elaborate?
Wolf: You said it perfectly! Nothing I could add. It sometimes can take a long time before I fall in love with songs by other bands. Some hit me fast, others grow slowly. But Outlier is not just a collection of 10 party songs sounding alike. That’s why it may take extra times to listen to get the vibe. Music is an unexplainable universal language, which reaches people without knowing why. And that is good, so …

“Let the Silence talk” is a great tune. It’s right out of Kingdom Come’s past; however, it has a very modern edge to it. Did you get the same impression when writing it?
Wolf: I truly don’t have any master plan when I’m writing or recording songs. The most important factor for that particular song was, NOT overproducing it. Keeping it simple and groovy. Letting the sound carry the words without writing another whining ballad again.

Your first single for this album, “God Does Not Sing Our Song,” is a perfect song for our time. You stated “the title is reflecting my thoughts about people abusing the “name of God” to justify their sick and often very destructive behavior. Do you think there will ever be a time when such fanaticism is no longer a threat?
Wolf: Yes, once mankind has vanished planet earth. Human instincts are often very selfish and destructive. I’m afraid that will never change.

Can lyrics with such substance make enough of a difference?
Wolf: It may make people think, but honestly I believe many people will reflect and may agree, but all good intentions are being forgotten quickly and out the door, once it concerns ourselves. Sorry if I may come off a bit too realistic or negative in my beliefs, but humankind has not really impressed me lately. But I try to do my best, knowing I’m not perfect myself. I mean if my God, John Lennon, could not really make a diffence with his song: “Give Peace a Chance,” who else could?

Speaking of singles, do you still consider “Get It On” as Kingdom Come’s signature song?
Wolf: No. The right song at the right time at the right place. But I have grown up a lot. As a person as well as a writer. If people wanna join my ride, great, if not, so be it.

You once told Powerline in 1989 that Kingdom Come was “Apple Pie Rock.” I took it as a statement that Kingdom Come is perfect music for an America audience. Can you explain?
Wolf: Oh no! That was out of context. Just a comment because I lived in L.A. at that time and I love American ‘simple’ coffee shops and their pies a la mode! Silly me.

How ecstatic were you when your debut album reached #12 in the U.S. charts?
Wolf: For a short time it felt better than sex. A very rewarding and unbelievable experience. Especially for a young “Kraut” to hit it of in the US. Hallelujah!

Do you feel sometimes that America should have continued to embrace Kingdom Come more?
Wolf: I can only thank America for having given me the first chance, and acknowledging my potential. Everything else is up to the ‘Big Guy.’ I learned we can not force anything, and therefore may just take things a bit easier, if possible.

Do you think the initial Zeppelin comparisons hurt? Do you still think back about the Led Zeppelin comparison and get upset about it? Frankly, the criticism was overboard.
Wolf: At first the comparisons were a blessing, but later a curse. Unfortunately, it took the attention away from our potential. I call it fate. Gotta roll with the punches,  but it is so long ago. No bad feelings.

And, personally, as a listener, I viewed the comparison as a compliment. There’s nothing wrong with similarities. After all, what would Zeppelin be without the blues?!
Wolf: Zep were sued by some band for stealing. So who are the angels? Screw it. Every young band is inspired by their idols. So were we, among other bands like the Beatles, AC/DC, etc… We could have been compared with Madonna. That would have been a pain.

Do you still keep in touch with the debut band (1987-1989): Kotak, Stag, Steier, Frank?
Wolf: Yes. In fact, just recently we talked about seeing each other before we turn into dust. I talked to Derek Shulman, the guy who signed me to Polygram records in New York, several times. Maybe we all gonna have some serious apple pie in the near future.

Did life become more convenient with an all-German lineup?
Wolf: Yes. It is a pain enough already not living in the same city as it is. Half the guys live in Berlin, Eric and I in Hamburg — I’m a Hamburger without cheese.

How have you grown as a musician and person after (now) more than a dozen Kingdom Come studio albums?
Wolf: How? My chest hair got some white in it! I learned a lot about myself and the technical part of recording songs without any help. That’s why it took me a bit longer, I guess. It would be sad if I didn’t grow as a person after all. Making mistakes is okay, not learning out of them inexcusable! I’m much more at peace with myself than I ever was, without having lost my drive. Sometimes I even think it’s good not to have become a superstar, only trying to make the next million bucks, and therefore more so running a business ‘without the necessary anger,’ which a true rock dude must have. Some huge bands have a psychiatrist traveling with them. How lame is that?! How about the bus driver sitting in his can for hours each day, trying to feed the kids. Does he have a psychiatrist holding his hand?! Amen.

Longevity is something to be proud of — a wonderful career.
Wolf: I’m certainly a very grateful and humble guy, except when I wanna kill somebody on the Autobahn [German freeway].

Briefly, what were some of the highs and lows in that long career?
Wolf: Too many to mention. The music biz is a constant roller coaster. Especially for guys like me who are on a mission. I never thought about doing it to only get more chicks, although I got my fair share, but I do have my visions, which often led to misunderstandings and complications — especially when not talking good English in the early days. Oh well, that’s called my destiny.

You have a creatively healthy attitude as an artist: art first, business second. Have you always had that attitude?
Wolf: Yes. For the better and worse. I certainly learned that the key to true happiness does not lie in the amount of the money we have. It surely is nice to have enough cash, not having to worry, but it really ain’t the key to it.

Business and other input can completely corrupt a sole artistic vision. And you have taken a lot of the middlemen out of the equation by producing, engineering, mixing and mastering the new album. Even though it was probably worth it, that must have been an exhausting process, no?
Wolf: Very exhausting, having to carry the whole load myself. That’s why I think I’m ready for a new adventure — just like an outlier — where I can sit back a bit more, watching things happening, as long as I got the right guy throwing the switches!

Will there be a tour in America, and what are you looking to fulfill the most in a tour? You were always the kind of singer who took singing in front of an audience seriously because the fans are expecting a lot from the band.
Wolf: We would love to play in the U.S. again. But we are not willing to play every dive just for the sake of playing. If the demand for us is big enough, we’ll be filing for a working permit, and (then) rock your hearts as hard as we can. Things have to fit. Kingdom Come ain’t made for elevators or ‘cherry pie’ events.

Finally, another thing you told Powerline in 1989 is that you could see yourself doing this until you are 80. Does that still hold true?
Wolf: As long as I can stand up straight, sounding good, no reason to give up doing what I’m doing. Even though there are other things I enjoy also.

(c) By Patrick Prince. Powerline magazine. The original version is here.

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