Rock Ballad of The Week: Kingdom Come “What Love Can Be”

Come to me now
I wanna be your best friend for all of time
I wanna be the tissue for your tears
I never wanna be alone

I never, never, never, really thought that I could feel
A feeling that awakened me so
I was astray of knowing where I belong
Living out of time, living out of time

Oh, now that you’ve come and set me free
Now that I know what love can be
All that I want is you with me
That’s all I want

You allow, allow, allow, allow, allow
Allow me to be what I wanna be
Thanks for helping me

I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be, I’m gonnabe
And feel like a bright shining star
For only you to see, for only you to see

Now that you’ve come and set me free
Now that I know what love can be
All that I want is you with me
That’s all I want

Hold me tight, hold me tight
I won’t let you go
Close to you, close to you
Touch me, don’t let go, give me all your love

Close to you, oh, oh, close to you, close to you
Give me all your love
All that I want
Is you to be with me

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Songwriters
GOWDY, BRUCE / WOLFF, LENNY / WOLFF, MARTIN

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Kingdom Come is a german heavy metal/hard rock band fronted byHamburg-born vocalist Lenny Wolf. The group’s first album, Kingdom Come is to date the band’s most internationally popular and biggest selling recording.

The group was formed in 1987 after the breakup of Wolf’s moderately successful rock project Stone Fury. Wolf recruited Pittsburgh-based lead guitarist Danny Stag, Louisvillians Rick Steier (guitar) and James Kottak(drums) and Ravenna, Italy-born Johnny B. Frank on bass and keyboards. Stag and Frank had previously been members of the bands Industrials (CBS Int’l), produced by Kim Fowley; WWIII; and Population 5, which included bassist Prescott Niles (The Knack) and future Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum. 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 AORstations (most requested song for 6 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 in 1988, supporting Dokken, Scorpions, Metallica and Van Halen. Following that, they were tapped to support the 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.

*source: wikipedia

 

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13 thoughts on “Rock Ballad of The Week: Kingdom Come “What Love Can Be”

  1. I remember these guys. They sounded a lot like Zepppelin. Well, if you have to imitate someone, might as well be the best! I was working on vocals with my sin with this song not too long ago.

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