Kingdom Come @ The Whisky A Go Go – 10/03/2018
Kingdom Come was on top of the world in 1988 with their debut self-titled release and the hits “Get it On” and “What Love Can Be” and have reformed with all original members (minus vocalist Lenny Wolf) to tour and celebrate the 30th anniversary of that album. On Wednesday night October 3, Kingdom Come made a triumphant return to The Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood.
Having recruited vocalist Keith St. John (Montrose) to handle vocals for this tour, drummer James Kottak, guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier along with bassist Johnny Frank the band played the majority of the 1988 self-titled album with a few songs from their 1989 sophomore release In Your Face.
Obviously, a bit older but the chemistry and groove of Kingdom Come remains intact as proven on this night. Vocalist Keith St. John kept the in-between song banter to a bare minimum and he did a superb job in keeping the spirit of the vocals true to the originals while mixing in his own style. St. John is a true frontman and he seemed to have a direct chemistry with drummer James Kottak throughout the show.
Kottak is a beast on the drums and his hard-hitting style is a treat to watch and hear. His rhythm partner Johnny Frank had no problems keeping it together with Kottack as both had an opportunity to showcase their skills with a brief solo respectively.
The groove of Kingdom Come is rounded out with the guitar playing of Danny Stag and Rick Steier as both complimented each other musically and both remain tac sharp with their riffs. Both Stag and Steier also had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills with a solo.
Kingdom Come proved their music is timeless and they can still deliver a kickass live show some 30 years after the peak of their popularity.
Interview with guitarist Danny Stag can be read here.
Kingdom Come Setlist:
Shout It Out | Perfect ‘O’ | Hideaway | Living Out of Touch | Guitar Solo (Rick Steier) | Do You Like It | Bass Solo (Johnny “JB” Frank) | 17 | Highway 6 | Just Like a Wild Rose | Pushin’ Hard | Drum Solo (James Kottak) | Get It On
Encore: Guitar Solo (Danny Stag) | What Love Can Be | The Shuffle