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The group was formed in 1987 in HamburgWest Germany, after the breakup of Wolf's moderately successful rock project Stone Fury. Wolf recruited Italian-born bassist/keyboardist Johnny B. Frank and American musicians Danny Stag (lead guitar), Rick Steier (rhythm guitar) and James Kottak (drums). Stag and Frank had previously been members of the bands Industrials (CBS Int'l), WWIII[3] and Population 5,[4] which included bassist Prescott Niles (The Knack) and drummer Matt Sorum (The CultGuns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver). Frank was also at one point the keyboard player for Josie Cotton. Kingdom Come marked the first band where Wolf sang without playing guitar. The frontman later admitted that, for a while, it was a very awkward adjustment.

In 1988, the band released its debut LP, Kingdom Come. The band's first single, "Get It On", was a big enough hit on AOR stations (most requested song for six weeks), that the band's eponymous debut went gold the day it was shipped (610,000 units sold). Their second single/video for the power ballad "What Love Can Be" received much airplay on US radio and MTV. By the time the single/video "Loving You" was released, the album had sold to platinum status in the United States, Germany and Canada, among other music markets. The band was chosen to open for the North American Monsters of Rock Tour 1988, supporting DokkenScorpionsMetallica and Van Halen.[5] Following that, they were tapped to support Scorpions on their North American "Savage Amusement" tour. In 1989, Kingdom Come released their next LP, called In Your Face. It had sold a hardly modest 486,000 units, only 14,000 short of achieving their second Gold LP, when the band abruptly broke up for personal reasons in August 1989.

Around 1990, Wolf reformed Kingdom Come with a new lineup, which made one more international release on PolyGram, an album entitled Hands of Time (released in 1991), co-writing with harpist/songwriter Carol Tatum (Angels of Venice), which was recorded with several session guitarists and drummers, including future Poison guitarist Blues Saraceno and former Dancer drummer Bam Bamm Shibley, with Lenny Wolf himself playing the bass. By 1993, Wolf had returned to Germany to regroup. With a new, mostly German lineup, Kingdom Come remained active with several subsequent releases and tours in Europe under their collective belt. The band had kept recording albums and touring since then. In early 2013, Kingdom Come released studio album no. 13 "Outlier", which was produced by Lenny Wolf in his home recording studio. He also planned to tour again in 2013.[6]

In 1992, Stag joined forces with onetime Foreigner vocalist Johnny Edwards, former Krokus drummer Jeff Klaven and bassist David Seaton to form Royal Jelly, which got the attention of A&R man Denny Cordell at Island Records in 1993. Cordell signed Stag and Royal Jelly to a recording contract. The band's first single, "Ceiling", reached number 22 with a bullet on the FM airplay charts before the band was lost in the shuffle of Cordell's death from lymphoma and the purchase and restructuring of Island by PolyGram. In 1995, after the demise of the band, a disillusioned Stag went back to Pittsburgh and immersed himself in the blues, to get back in touch with the source of his inspiration. Steier and Kottak went back to Kentucky and assembled the short-lived Wild Horses, who released an album on Atlantic Records. Both would later resurface in WarrantJames Kottak did not go unnoticed by Scorpions and eventually earned a place as their permanent drummer.

In 2014, the band reunited once again with guitarist Danny Stag, bassist Johnny B. Frank and drummer Hendrik Thiesbrummel for a series of concerts worldwide.

On 11 August 2016, Lenny Wolf stated that Kingdom Come was over.[7] However, in June 2018, the original lineup of the band (minus Wolf) announced plans to tour that year and in 2019 by celebrating the 30th anniversaries of their self-titled debut album and its follow-up In Your Face; filling in for Wolf is Keith St. John, leaving no constant members throughout the band's existence.[2] When asked in July 2018 on the "Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon" podcast about Wolf's absence, drummer James Kottak stated, "He's just kind of done. He wants to retire. He's got his life." In the same interview, Kottak expressed his desire to work on new material with Kingdom Come and added, "maybe Lenny will contribute some music towards it."[8] Kottak later stated that Kingdom Come was not expected to release new music before 2021.[9] In an April 2021 interview with, vocalist Keith St. John stated that the group might consider releasing new material under a different name, due to yet-to-be solved issues with Wolf.[10] Kottak died on 9 January 2024 at the age of 61.[11]

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