James Kottak

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James Kottak
Drummer - Heavy metal

Bands: Scorpions, Kottak, Buster Brown, Montrose, Kingdom Come, Warrant

Drumsticks: Zildjian

James Kottak (born (1962-12-26) December 26, 1962 (age 59), Louisville, Kentucky) is an American drummer for the heavy metal band Scorpions of Germany. He joined in 1996, taking over drumming duties from Herman Rarebell (1977–1995).

Prior to joining Scorpions, Kottak was a drummer for The Bob Brickley Band, Nut House, Mister Charlie, Buster Brown, Montrose, Kingdom Come, Wild Horses, the McAuley Schenker Group, Warrant, and Ashba. In February 1997 he helped Dio on their US tour by replacing Vinny Appice for four or five shows when Vinny Appice had pneumonia. He also gave drum lessons at Far-Out Music in Jeffersonville, Indiana, once having former Bride drummer, Jerry McBroom, as a student.

He also played with guitarist Michael Lee Firkins.

He also plays in his own band Kottak, formerly known as KrunK. He was married to Athena Lee, rocker Tommy Lee's younger sister, who is also a drummer and was a fellow member of Kottak. The couple has three children; one girl, Tobi, and two boys, Miles and Matthew.

James endorses Ddrum and Yamaha drums, Aquarian drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals and drumsticks (previously Ahead drumsticks) and accessories and Danmar percussion.

James Kottak Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 9.

(xxxx) James Kottak - autographed, signature model drumstick (not in collection yet).
(0652-0653) James Kottak - autographed, pair Zildjian signature model drumsticks.
(0661-0662) James Kottak - autographed, pair signature model drumsticks.
(1028-1029) James Kottak - signature model Ahead drumsticks, Scorpions.