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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 ....

"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 quickly as they ascended, they fell just as rapidly. Undeterred, Lenny Wolf persevered and over the years has released some excellent music, most especially his latest entitled "Outlier". Powerplay caught up with Lenny lo discuss his new release.

"Outlier'" is a consistently outstanding recording that deserves our ears. I asked Lenny how these great tunes came together. "Over the last three or four records, some of the songs I liked, and others... (cue groaning on the other end!). But, this time around, the whole record in itself, the way the songs are structured, the way I produced, mastered and recorded them... it all just fell into place. I was just like a five year old sitting in the studio, plugging in the guitar cord, hoping to catch onto something and making something cool out of it. I knew that I wanted to have some rough-edged guitar sound and still find a connection to the more traditional sound. I think, for example, I did OK on the song "Let The Silence Talk". That's a song that I could have written in the 80s. Meanwhile, "When Colors Break Grey" and "Rough Ride Ralleye", those are 2013 contenders. I'm always trying to let progress sneak into the door. I'm kinda like an adventurous type, not wanting to put out the same thing over and over again."

As a whole, "Outlier" is superb, but the song that really grabs you by the balls is "Running High Distortion", which is like big band swing, metal, and glam rolled into one killer tune. "It makes me so happy that over the last three weeks of doing interviews, the feedback has been very good. It's cool to hear people perceiving what I've been doing over the years. It's like, 'Ok, there's Lenny not just doing "Get It On"and "Do You Like /r"over and over again. He's slicking to his roots, but is deeply into progress.'And that's exactly what it's all about, and I'm so happy you mentioned it!"

In my book, any musician who not only plays all of the instruments on his record, but mixes, engineers, produces and records the music is a genius. And that's exactly what Lenny did on "Outlier". "Ha! I certainly would not call myself a genius! It was never because of some ego problem or whatever. Unfortunately, I have not met my so-called soul-mate or perfect match - like a Lennon/McCartney, Page/Plant, or Bon Scott and Angus Young. I never found that perfect match, and therefore was forced to do as much as I can on my own in order to gel anything done. There have been those guys who wanted to play live, but didn't want to work as much, while other guys wanted to hang out with their girlfriends and only stop by when things are great. There have always been those types of issues, so I've had to do things on my own and learn a lot, too. For example, I never stepped inside of a technical school or musical school, so I taught myself everything on my own. I watched people mix and produce and get proper sounds, and learned from them. Today, I go by what I've learned and my ear, my gut, and by my heart. That's part of the magic, because the Big Guy, or whatever you want to call that higher being, gave me some kind of drive, which makes me do what I do."

Lenny, always willing to stretch musically, has added some industrial sounds on "Outlier"-nothing too in-your-face or overt, but stabs here and there to complement the songs. "I really have no idea why I do things, but I just play around with different noises and see what sounds cool. "When Color Breaks The Grey" has that intra sound that is kind of simple, but doing it actually took me a while, adding the layers on top of layers. I didn't want to get too technical with the songs, so I made sure to add the loud guitars to the front, finally adding my voice. That recipe just kinda became the new record."

"Outlier" is far removed from Kingdom Come's debut from 1988. Classify and remember it as you will - a great debut, Zep clones, hair metal, etc... but it was and remains a fresh, phenomenal record that has influenced many, and has stood the lest of time. But Kingdom Come circa 2013 is a far cry from that band of 1988. "In my case, and for others I'm sure, our hearing habits have changed over the years. I can think of a Beatles record or a Zep record from the 70s and they should not be touched at all, because they got the tone, the vibe, etc and should stay the way they are. I loved the 80s and the way we recorded songs back then, but I cannot get a major kick out of listening to them nowadays. I think it had to do with the production. But today with "Outlier", it's definitely another step ahead for me."

As mentioned previously, Kingdom Come rocketed to the moon upon the release of their debut, but fell hard after the criticisms rolled in, as it related to the blatant Zep comparisons. Gary Moore and Ozzy Osbourne went as far as recording a song entitled "Led Clones^. I asked Lenny if that still troubles him. "After all those years, I learned this: bad press is better than no press, It was a blessing at first and then a curse later. What made me sad was that those criticisms took away from Kingdom Come's potential. And how can a living legend, Jimmy Page, even in the slightest way, whine about an absolutely nothing-meaning, little fucking Kraut called Lenny and his Kingdom Come'! That really disillusioned me and took away my hero, my fucking guitar God, and took him down from his pedestal into just a regular fucking guy! He was one of the best songwriters! And I loved Plant too. It just made me really sad how they talked about us negatively. They [Zeppelin] were so lucking huge, so rich! The coolest thing for somebody that big would be to keep your fucking mouth shut! The Gary Moore song is so far out that it doesn't make me angry anymore. What it showed was that we must've kept their minds so busy putting so much energy into it that it was like a compliment, spending so much energy writing, creating, and obviously joining in on the bandwagon and trying to cash in. This is all really so old that even talking about it is like blah blah blah!"

I have a bootleg video of the 1988 Monsters of Rock Festival at which Kingdom Come opened the proceedings for the likes of Scorpions, Metallica and Van Halen. Kingdom Come was superb! I asked Lenny about his memories of that festival. "I don't even have that video-that's unbelievable! That show allowed me to see the planet from a great viewing point. It was an unbelievable dream come true! I remember it being such a huge production - probably the first stadium tour. We did a lot of traveling and played fourteen shows all over America. We met so many nice people and characters, just hanging out and talking with everyone - it was like 'Thank you God for letting me experience this'!"

"Outlier" will be out by the time most of you you read this. Next steps for the band? "Whatever happens will happen," states Lenny. "I will hold up the Kingdom Come flag as long as I can stand up straight, but then you never know what will come around the next comer. I'm not the type to say that I'm going to do this or that. I'd like to take some time off and relax on the water - I've got this little boat on the Baltic Sea - and just hang out. Once the creativity strikes me again, I may just start doing whatever. I did talk to some of the original Kingdom Come band members and said that one way or another we've got to do something together again. I think I've reached a point where I would like to be part of a gang again instead of having to worry about everything from A to Z." The original Kingdom Come reuniting? How sweet would that be?

"Outlier" is out on 29 April and is an outstanding record. Visit Lenny's website at for additional information.
(c) Tony Pijar

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