Wim R. : Every year the Swedish city of Solvesborg pays host to the Sweden Rock Festival. The organization of this festival always finds ways to bring bands together once again or to book bands that never played on European soil before. For King Kobra the show at Sweden Rock in 2016 marked their European debut. Drummer Carmine Appice (Ozzy, Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart) founded the band in the eighties with reasonable success for this true exponent of American Rock. Fast Forward to 2016 and the band plays the Sweden Rock Festival with three original members (Appice, guitarist David Henzerling and bassist Johnny Rod). The band is completed by guitarist Jordan Ziff and vocalist Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot). Shortino is not really a new kid, as he sang on the last two King Kobra albums, of which the last one was released back in 2013.
King Kobra decided to record this show for their offspring. The album holds thirteen tracks, of which one is a drum solo by Appice. Beside that not all tracks are from the band themselves, as they play Deep Purple classic ‘Highway Star’, Black Sabbath evergreen ‘Heaven and Hell’ and ‘Wild Child’ from W.A.S.P. (Rod was once a member of this band). The production is pretty good and the band plays solid. Out of curiosity I watched some YouTube footage from this show. It is easy to say that there has been a bit of ‘fixing’ done in the studio afterward. But King Kobra is not unique in doing so. What is special, is that the band decided to put covers on this album, and leave out three songs of their own that were played at this show. In the end we are left with a pretty decent live album. If this album will lead to a definite return of King Kobra, we will have to wait for that to become clear.