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Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the Self-Titled come back album from KING KOBRA on April 15th in Europe and May 5th in North America.
Formed in 1984 by legendary drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne), Los Angeles heavy metal outfit King Kobra recorded two critically acclaimed albums for Capitol Records – the 1985 release ‘Ready to Strike’ and 1986’s ‘Thrill of a Lifetime’.
Along with Carmine, the band featured four relatively unknown musicians at the time – David Michael-Philips and Mick Sweda on guitar, Johnny Rod on bass and Mark Free on lead vocals. King Kobra toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and Mexico playing shows with Kiss, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Ted Nugent, Queensryche and Autograph.
The band was featured regularly on MTV and performed the theme song for the #1 1986 motion picture “Iron Eagle”. After disbanding in 1988, each member continued his career in other successful major-label groups – Carmine to Blue Murder (Geffen), Mark Free to Unruly Child (Interscope), Mick Sweda to the BulletBoys (Warner Bros.), Johnny Rod to W.A.S.P. (Capitol/EMI) and David Michael-Philips to Lizzy Borden (Metal Blade).
The year 2010 saw the band reunite the original classic ’85 lineup, replacing original singer Mark Free (now Marcie Free) with veteran lead vocalist Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot). “This album captures all the great points we had in the 80’s, but better” says Carmine Appice “The music is more traditional King Kobra music. Great lyrics, kick ass songs with cool hooks and really good playing. A really great hard rock/metal record with lots of energy”. David Michael-Phillips adds “It truly is an all-star album. Paul Shortino is amazing! I can honestly say he is one of the best vocalists in the business along with being one of the nicest and most generous people I have ever met”.
The band is planning to get on some targeted American and European summer festivals this year. Watch out: King Kobra is smokin’ hot, back stronger than ever and “Ready to Strike” once again!
The new album “King Kobra” will include the following tracks: Rock This House, Turn Up The Good (Times), Live Forever, Tear Down The Walls, This Is How We Roll, Midnight Woman, We Got A Fever, Tope Of The World, You Make It Easy, Cryin’ Turns To Rain, Screamin’ For More, Fade Away.
* Paul Shortino – vocals
* David Michael-Philips – Guitar
* Mick Sweda – Guitar
* Johnny Rod – Bass Guitar
* Carmine Appice – drums
This Friday night, 11/19/2010, from 8-9:30 PM EST, All Hail Hair will welcome Marcie Free, former lead vocalist of King Kobra and currently of Unruly Child, to the show. Co-hosted by Bob Carroll, Francis and special co-host, Diopriest Radio’s Alex Alvarez, the guys will speak to Marcie Free about her time with groups like King Kobra, Signal and the last 20 years with Unruly Child. To talk with Marcie, dial (347) 202-0832 or log onto the Skype option located on the top of the shows page.
Marcie Free and Unruly Child have just recently released their fifth studio album “Worlds Collide” on Frontiers Records. The release features the original line-up of Unruly Child to include Bruce Gowdy, Guy Allison, Marcie Free, Jay Schellen and Larry Antonio, together for the first time in years. We will uncover all of the history of the bands that Marcie has been a part of, what will be happening with Unruly Child in support of the latest release and what lies ahead for Unruly Child. Don’t miss your chance to hear from one of the most definitive voices from the 1980-90’s.
All Hail Hair is broadcast live every Friday night at 8PM EST on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network page on blogtalkradio.com, and is the networks highest rated show. The show will also be available as an archive on the Fightin’ Words Radio Network main page. To take part in the show, dial (347) 202-0832. To hear the show, click here.
PAUL SHORTINO – Solo artist, King Kobra, Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot
INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Paul Shortino is a USA born rock singer who has sung for several bands including Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot, Bad Boyzz, and The Cutt. In addition, he has released several solo albums and has been a part of many different projects. The latest solo effort CHASING MY DREAM was released in 2009 and recently he has joined a renewed version of classic hard rock band King Kobra. In September 2010, Paul performed in Stockholm with legendary band Great White. There I had a chance to hear the latest news and some vintage stories directly from the man himself. Read on!
Interview by Marko Syrjala
There’s no doubt that Carmine Appice is a living drum legend. His career started already on the mid 60’s with Vanilla Fudge and since then he’s been working with such names as Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder, King Kobra among many others. Metal-Rules.com caught Carmine at Sweden Rock festival just a few hours before he was going to hit on the stage with another classic band of his, Cactus. As a result of our length discussion here’s an update of Carmine’s current projects, past bands and future plans. Enjoy!!!
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