FIB MUSIC: How much was the recording budget and how long did the it take to record?
Lenny: I see, you just keep trying. The time frame as I remember
was about 4 weeks in Heaven. The money was about the same as with Stone Fury. A lower 6 digit number.
Thinking about it today makes me wonder!
FIB MUSIC: What was it like working with Bob Rock?
Lenny: Great, great , and greater! Miss him. Last I heard is that
he is burned out by the Metallica boys. Very cooperative, very talented, and very serious! He knows how to
get the best out of a band's strengths.
FIB MUSIC: Where were you the first time you heard "Get It On" playing on the radio?
Lenny: I think in LA, where I lived at that time. I freaked big
time. There he is, a little German remote-controlled idiot, hearing the song I wrote all over America.
FIB MUSIC: Tell us how the song ended up on radio stations across the country before the
album was even released.
Lenny: Oh my God. This would really blow my time frame now:
PLEASE visit: kingdomcome.de. There it is
written in detail.
FIB MUSIC: **For your convenience, here is a small excerpt
from the site:
"Having finished the record, Bob and Lenny flew to New York to mix it at the Electric Lady Studio, formerly
owned by Jimi Hendrix. During the mixing session of "Get It On", John Kalodner, a John Lennon look-alike
and back then one of American most listened to men, stopped by to say "hi". He liked the song and asked if
he could take a cassette with him. As far as is known, the tape ended up at a radio station in Detroit,
which played the song without anyone in the band or Polygram Records knowing about it. Hard as it is to
believe, other stations actually recorded the song off the air since the record had not even been released
yet. The American music industry magazine "Album Network" reported about a mysterious band, which kept the
telephone lines of Detroit's rock stations busy for days. Suddenly, a few weeks later, all of America's
rock stations were playing "Get It On"."
FIB MUSIC: Tell us about doing the North American Monsters of Rock tour in 1988.
Lenny: I had to decide whether to go out with AC/DC, Def
Leppard, or the first US stadium tour. My manager Marty felt it would be best to join the Monsters of
Rock tour. Had a blaaaaaaast, but don't know if it was the right decision. Who knows ?!?!?.... I thank
God for having lived through that time. Something nobody can take away from me. But never again will I
sing at 2 pm right after breakfast.
FIB MUSIC: Later in '88 you toured with the Scorpions. Any cool memories from the road?
Lenny: Cool I don't know. But it was nice to hit the big
stages with them further on in the US. The Scorpions are a very professional band who always had a good
sound. I had to do some growing up ever since, which I did. It will be funny seeing them """and James"""(Kottak,
first KC drummer) again in Russia in June!! My first "drunk on stage" experience, due to a cold which I
was trying to overcome with Tequila. Bad idea! Happened in Chicago. Jim Morrison saying hello;-)
FIB MUSIC: Why was Kingdom Come pulled off the tour?
Lenny: I don't remember being pulled off?! I do remember
having a lighting issue with them, because I kept walking on Klaus's stage extensions, which I wasn't
allowed to do, which in the heat of the moment I kept forgetting. Shame on me;-) But I think we finished
the tour as planned.
FIB MUSIC: The debut album ended up going platinum in several markets. Did you see a nice
chunk of money from it?
Lenny: Life was a peach!
FIB MUSIC: What was it like working with Keith Olsen?
Lenny: Just okay. We did not click like we did with Bob Rock. Keith
did a fantastic job for Whitesnake, but did not click with us so well. Oohh well?.. But his secretary and I
became "good friends";-) That was nice.
FIB MUSIC: Tell us about the recording sessions for '89's "In Your Face". Any cool
Lenny: Except Keith's secretary, no.
FIB MUSIC: What was the budget and how long did it take?
Lenny: About 4 weeks again, and the budget was the usual 6
digits, but don't recall the number.
FIB MUSIC: How about the "Hands of Time" sessions? What was it like producing for the
Lenny: A fight between myself and the technicians working with
me. I had a vision which I desperately wanted to fulfill. Whether I did or not, is for the people
(listeners) to decide. Recorded in Holland in a nice studio right outside Amsterdam. Close before
finishing , I was being tax audited, and had a hard time staying relaxed. But things worked out ok,
thanks to my still very good friend and tax attorney in LA!
FIB MUSIC: Of all the bands you toured with over the years, who were your favorites and
who did you not get along with?
Lenny: Don Dokken and I became good friends. Took out the
Harley in LA many times. Van Halen was exciting in the beginning, but their live sound did not thrill me.
We more or less got along with all bands. There is always a bit of competition going on. That is normal
to be honest.
But I don't remember a band who really kicked my ass in regards to excitement. I came from the 70's, and
bands from that era did not tour much at that time. This 80's sound was never really my cup of tea, even
though we are called an 80's band from LA. But anybody with a healthy pair of ears on his head, should know
by now, that Kingdom Come's roots are to be found in the 70's and now 2000.
FIB MUSIC: Lenny Wolf is transported back in time, to the year 1988, and had to do three things
differently, what would they be?
Lenny: 1. Not hit on the woman of a great A&R man, which was
very excited about signing me, and me being such an asshole later on. In those days, the pulsating
salami in my pants had far too much control over me. That has changed now!!!
2. Producing the songs differently now knowing how it works;-)
3. In certain situations smoke a joint to be able to take things easier;-) The pressure was tremendous.
Other than that, we are human, bound to make mistakes, and hopefully learn from them. So let's think
positively : !
THE FAST 5
FIB MUSIC: What is your most disgusting habit?
Lenny: Biting my nails.
FIB MUSIC: What is the most feminine thing you do?
FIB MUSIC: If there is a God, what is the first question you would ask
God when you arrive?
Lenny: Can I stay? Where are the angels?
FIB MUSIC: Greatest Rock band of all time?
Lenny: The Beatles.
FIB MUSIC: What were you doing 40 minutes before you sat down to do this
Lenny: Just came back from my first spring time convertible car
ride with my sweet heart, making pee-pee, washing my hands, and yelling out loud: Need a tea please! Then
went to the computer to start typing these words.
Best to all of you, Lenny on April 4th, 2009, the first warm day
And always hold up your flag !
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