BOB ROCK On LED ZEPPELIN’s JOHN PAUL JONES: ‘He Was So Insulted’ That I Produced First KINGDOM COME Album

Canadian producer, engineer, and musician Bob Rock recently
spoke to Tone-Talk about his
work on the debut album from ’80s rockers KINGDOM COME, a
band perhaps best known for its uncanny musical resemblance to
LED ZEPPELIN. The 1988 LP featured the song “Get It
On”
, which had a stranglehold on AOR radio, prompting thealbum
to ship gold. The quintet took to the road immediately as part of
the North American “Monsters of Rock” tour alongside VAN
HALEN
, SCORPIONS, METALLICA and DOKKEN. In
addition to touring and extensive radio airplay, they also became
MTV favorites with such videos as “Get It On” and
“What Love Can Be”, helping the band sell two million albums
worldwide. Speaking about how his collaboration with KINGDOM
COME
came about, Bob said (see video below): “Derek
Shulman
, he was the A&R guy, and he says, ‘I’ve got this
band I’d like you to do.’ So he gave me a shot. And KINGDOM
COME
was the first thing I did [after] I broke away from
[working with producer] Bruce Fairbairn. And basically, they
wanted to sound like LED ZEPPELIN, and I was up for it. The
drummer was a great drummer, and we just tried to get as close as
we could with what I could do at the time. I was learning to be a
producer, and it ended up turning out really good. It’s a great
album. So I really enjoyed it.” LED ZEPPELIN comparisons
dogged KINGDOM COME throughout the latter band’s ’80s peak,
in particular singer Lenny Wolf‘s vocal resemblance to
ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant and the group’s penchant
for blues-based hard rock, a style ZEPPELIN helped pioneer.
Unsurprisingly, there was a backlash from critics, with the band
being dubbed “KINGDOM CLONE” in the press. Even
ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page weighed in on the
similarities, stating in a 1998 interview: “Obviously it can get to
the point where it gets past being a compliment and it can be
rather annoying. When you’ve got things like KINGDOM COME
actually ripping riffs right off, that’s a different thing
altogether.” Rock told Tone-Talk: “I got to meet
[ZEPPELIN bassist] John Paul Jones once — I went
for dinner with him. And we were talking about all sorts of things.
And we ended up going to this house of the A&R guy, and we had
had a couple of bottles of wine. And he found out I did KINGDOM
COME
, and he started ragging on me and I had to leave. He was
so insulted that I did KINGDOM COME. And I was going, ‘Dude,
you don’t get it. We did this because we love you guys so much.’ It
was so horrible.” A revamped version of KINGDOM COME
comprised of drummer James Kottak, guitarists Danny
Stag
and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank,
along with singer Keith St. John (formerly of
MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB) — has spent much of the
last couple of years celebrating the 30th anniversary of the
release of the band’s self-titled debut album by playing sporadic
shows in the U.S. Wolf declined to participate in the
reunion.

Canadian producer, engineer, and musician Bob Rock recently
spoke to Tone-Talk about his
work on the debut album from ’80s rockers KINGDOM COME, a
band perhaps best known for its uncanny musical resemblance to
LED ZEPPELIN. The 1988 LP featured the song “Get It
On”, which had a stranglehold on AOR radio, prompting thealbum
to ship gold. The quintet took to the road immediately as part of
the North American “Monsters of Rock” tour alongside VAN
HALEN, SCORPIONS, METALLICA and DOKKEN. In
addition to touring and extensive radio airplay, they also became
MTV favorites with such videos as “Get It On” and
“What Love Can Be”, helping the band sell two million albums
worldwide. Speaking about how his collaboration with KINGDOM
COME came about, Bob said (see video below): “Derek
Shulman, he was the A&R guy, and he says, ‘I’ve got this
band I’d like you to do.’ So he gave me a shot. And KINGDOM
COME was the first thing I did [after] I broke away from
[working with producer] Bruce Fairbairn. And basically, they
wanted to sound like LED ZEPPELIN, and I was up for it. The
drummer was a great drummer, and we just tried to get as close as
we could with what I could do at the time. I was learning to be a
producer, and it ended up turning out really good. It’s a great
album. So I really enjoyed it.” LED ZEPPELIN comparisons
dogged KINGDOM COME throughout the latter band’s ’80s peak,
in particular singer Lenny Wolf’s vocal resemblance to
ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant and the group’s penchant
for blues-based hard rock, a style ZEPPELIN helped pioneer.
Unsurprisingly, there was a backlash from critics, with the band
being dubbed “KINGDOM CLONE” in the press. Even
ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page weighed in on the
similarities, stating in a 1998 interview: “Obviously it can get to
the point where it gets past being a compliment and it can be
rather annoying. When you’ve got things like KINGDOM COME
actually ripping riffs right off, that’s a different thing
altogether.” Rock told Tone-Talk: “I got to meet
[ZEPPELIN bassist] John Paul Jones once — I went
for dinner with him. And we were talking about all sorts of things.
And we ended up going to this house of the A&R guy, and we had
had a couple of bottles of wine. And he found out I did KINGDOM
COME, and he started ragging on me and I had to leave. He was
so insulted that I did KINGDOM COME. And I was going, ‘Dude,
you don’t get it. We did this because we love you guys so much.’ It
was so horrible.” A revamped version of KINGDOM COME —
comprised of drummer James Kottak, guitarists Danny
Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank,
along with singer Keith St. John (formerly of
MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB) — has spent much of the
last couple of years celebrating the 30th anniversary of the
release of the band’s self-titled debut album by playing sporadic
shows in the U.S. Wolf declined to participate in the
reunion.

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