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James Kottak
Born 26 December 1962 (1962-12-26) (age 47)
In Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Instruments Drums
Labels BMG
Associated acts Scorpions

James Kottak (born December 26, 1962, Louisville, Kentucky) is an American drummer for the hard rock band Scorpions, which he joined in 1996.

Prior to joining Scorpions, Kottak was a drummer for Nut House, Mister Charlie, Buster Brown, Montrose, Kingdom Come, Wild Horses, the McAuley Schenker Group, Warrant, and Ashba. He also gave drum lessons at Far-Out Music in Jeffersonville, Indiana, once having former Bride drummer, Jerry McBroom, as a student.

He also played with guitarist Michael Lee Firkins.

He also plays in his own band Kottak, formerly known as KrunK. He is married to Athena Kottak, rocker Tommy Lee's younger sister, who is also a drummer and fellow member of Kottak. The couple has three children; one girl, Tobi, and two boys, Miles and Matthew. He is also the cousin of Steve Kottak, director of communications for Reynolds American in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

James is one of the characters in the book Sex Tips from Rock Stars by Paul Miles to be published by Omnibus Press in July 2010.[1].

James endorses Ddrum and Yamaha drums, Aquarian drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, Ahead drumsticks and accessories and Danmar percussion.



Scorpions Live Drum Setup

  • Ddrum/Yamaha drums - various models
    • 13" Tom Tom
    • 16" Floor Tom
    • 18" Floor Tom
    • 24x16" Bass Drum (x2)
    • 14" Snare


With Buster Brown

With Montrose

With Kingdom Come

With Michael Lee Firkins

With Wild Horses

With McAuley Schenker Group

With Warrant

With Ashba

  • Addiction To The Friction (1996)

With Scorpions

With Black Sheep

  • Sacrifice (1999)

External links

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