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Led by legendary drummer Carmine Appice, the heavy metal band King Kobra also included vocalist Mark Free, guitarists Earl Slick and Mick Sweda, and bassist Johnny Rod. Debuting in 1985 with Ready to Strike, the group released two more LPs -- Thrill of a Lifetime and King Kobra III -- before disbanding; Rod subsequently joined W.A.S.P., while Sweda later turned up in the Bullet Boys.
King Kobra is a heavy metal band founded by drummer Carmine Appice after his tenure with Ozzy Osbourne from 1983 - 1984. The band during the time of their first two albums included four relatively unknown musicians: vocalist Mark Free, guitarist David Michael-Philips, guitarist Mick Sweda, and bassist Johnny Rod. After two albums on Capitol records (Ready to Strike - November 9, 1985 and Thrill of a Lifetime - 1986) and an independent release entitled "King Kobra III" in 1988, Appice decided to dissolve the band and join guitarist John Sykes on his Blue Murder project in 1989.
In 2010 a new King Kobra emerged with Carmine Appice on drums, Paul Shortino taking over vocal duties, Michael Sweda on guitar, David Henzerling (aka David Michael-Philips) on guitar and Johnny Rod on bass. This lineup released an eponymous album in 2011, and will be releasing another in 2013.
On Ready To Strike and Thrill of a LifetimeMark Free - vocalsDavid Michael-Philips - GuitarMick Sweda - GuitarJohnny Rod - Bass guitarCarmine Appice - drums
On King Kobra IIIJohnny Edwards - vocalsDavid Michael-Philips - GuitarJeff Northrup - GuitarLarry Hart - Bass guitarCarmine Appice - drums
On Hollywood TrashKelly Keeling - vocals & Bass guitarMick Sweda - GuitarSteve Fister - GuitarCarmine Appice - drums
On King KobraPaul Shortino - vocalsDavid Michael-Philips - GuitarMick Sweda - GuitarJohnny Rod - Bass GuitarCarmine Appice - drums
Movie Soundtracks Song Iron Eagle (Never Say Die) included in the original motion picture soundtrack from the movie Iron Eagle  from 1986 as the second track of the album.
Song credits: Jake Hooker-Duane Hitchings - 1986 - Capitol RecordsSong "Hunger", covered by King Kobra but written by Kick Axe (listed as "Spectre General"), was featured in The Transformers: The Movie , and included on the soundtrack.