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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.
Wikipedia:For the snake, see King cobra.
King Kobra is a hard rock band founded by drummer Carmine Appice after his tenure with Ozzy Osbourne from 1983 to 1984. During the time of their first two albums, the band 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, Mick Sweda on guitar, David Henzerling (aka David Michael-Philips) on guitar, and Johnny Rod on bass. This lineup released an eponymous album in 2011 on Frontiers Records, and another album in 2013 entitled King Kobra II.
The band has been on hiatus as of the release of their 2013 album, largely due to the other commitments of the individual band members."King Kobra (4)". discogs.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. "King Kobra III". amazon.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. "King Kobra - II". metal-temple.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
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 and bass guitarMick Sweda - guitarSteve Fister - guitarCarmine Appice - drums
On King Kobra and King Kobra IIPaul Shortino - vocalsDavid Michael-Philips - guitarMick Sweda - guitarJohnny Rod - bass guitarCarmine Appice - drums