After a disastrous show by Kingdom Come at the Sweden Rock Festival this month, drummer James Kottak denied alcohol played a part in the band’s performance during the festival.
Kottak discussed Kingdom Come’s performance during a recent conversation with “This That & The Other With Troy Patrick Farrell”, where he said:
“I wanna say about eight or nine days ago, maybe 10 days ago, in the middle of the night, like four o’clock in the morning, I was in a dead sleep and I just rolled off the bed and I cracked three ribs on my left side. And I went to my chiropractor guy and he says, ‘Oh, you have hairline fractures.’ And I’m, like, ‘Oh, great.’ And dude, it’s just been non-stop pain. It’s not just my ribs; it’s head to toe. […]
”But also we [usually] have a click track, of course, ’cause we might have a little bit of playback. Something was up with that, so we were flying solo… And [when] you don’t have it, you go, ‘Oh-oh. Okay. We’ll do this.’ It was just an off day, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
“Because that with the medication, it doesn’t go good together. And it was just an off day, man. I did everything to [make it better], tons of tea, this and that, and all the usual things that I do, but, man, it was just too soon after falling that we went to play this gig. But it’s Sweden Rock, and you don’t wanna bail out on that.
“I always sleep on the left side of the bed, and I just somehow, in my sleep, rolled off the bed and landed on my left side. I mean, that’s really it. I wasn’t drinking, nothing like that. Yeah, I have a few white wines here and there, but nothing like that. I just rolled off the bed.
”And that’s the first time in my life that’s ever happened where I actually fell off. I woke up and saw stars. It took me 15 minutes to get off the floor. These things happen sometimes, and there’s nothing you can do. With Scorpions, going up my riser to get to my drums, there were, like, 14 steps, and I fell down those stairs at least five times, if not six times. Because I was like a dummy, I was always spitting this water. And I’d finish a song and I’d come down not thinking, and, just, ‘Whoop’, right on my a**.”