Former Scorpions Drummer James Kottak: Being An Alcoholic Is ‘A Rough Road’


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Drummer James Kottak says that he is “doing really well,” two years after he was fired by the SCORPIONS during his well-publicized battle with alcoholism. He has since been replaced by former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee.

Speaking to Meltdown of Detroit’s 101 WRIF radio station, Kottak said about his current health status (hear audio below): “As anybody knows who has an addiction, it’s a work in progress — you don’t just wake up one day and go, ‘I’m cured.’ I’m not like that.

“Over the last 10 years, I would say I was 90 percent sober, and then I’d have these struggles and I’d go through a bad two- or three-week period,” he continued. “So right now it’s, like I said, to use a cliché, it’s one day at a time and I work the program. I still go out, and if you wanna drink a bottle of Jack in front of me, go for it — [it’s] no big deal — but it is, like I said, a work in progress.”…click here to continue reading