King Kobra (1983-1989, 2000-2001, 2010-present) is a Hard Rock band from Los Angeles, California, USA.
ing Kobra was the project of veteran drummer Carmine Appice who enlisted the help of Marcie Free (Real Name: Mark Edward Free; vocals), Mike Sweda (guitar), David Michaels-Philips (Real Name: David Philip "Dave" Henzerling; guitar) and Johnny Rod (Real Name: John Tumminello; bass). They made their debut in 1985 with a competent and flashy hard rock album titled Ready To Strike. But like most '80's acts they would try to become more commercial and in doing so kill their future prospects. Their follow-up Thrill Of A Lifetime (1986) did just that by suffering poor sales, even with their original fan base who then left; a procedure that was quickly copied by their record company.
A line-up change was now in order with Rod leaving to join W.A.S.P. leaving Appice and Michaels-Philips to recruit Larry Hart (bass), Jeff Northrup (guitar) and Johnny Edwards (ex-Montrose; vocals) for a return of sorts with the King Kobra III on 'Music For Nations' in 1989. The album went nowhere and when Appice left to join Blue Murder the act split.
A brief reformation in 2000-2001 resulted in the album Hollywood Trash (2001), this too failed.
In 2010, King Kobra returned, with Carmine Appice (drums), Paul Shortino (vocals), Mick Sweda (guitar), David Michael-Philips (guitar), and Johnny Rod (bass). This lineup released an eponymous album, King Kobra (2011) and King Kobra II (2013). Other commitments would force the band into hiatus to emerge again in 2016 to play live, minus Sweda.
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