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scorpions400 The Associated Press is reporting that Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai.

The government-backed National newspaper reported Tuesday that James Kottak was convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger, and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport.

The Gulf News daily says he was arrested April 3rd en route from Russia to Bahrain, where the German band was scheduled to perform at a Formula One race. Kottak was a no-show at the April 5th concert.

The newspapers say Kottak admitted to drinking but denied other charges.

The Scorpions’ manager did not respond to requests for comment. Kottak’s local lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached.



  1. Good Lord! Talk about strict!? You mean to tell me that a drummer for an internationally successful rock group can’t get drunk, flip the bird and say fuck it after leaving Russia? It’s not like he did all this at a Mosque, he was in the AIRPORT?
    Dubai sucks! KOTTAK ATTACK!!!!!
    My new favorite drummer!

    1. We need MIDNIGHT EXPRESS in this country where no one has respect for anything. Gay marriage and legalized marijuana? They should arrest and prosecute shitheads who degrade religion. The band should replace him with another drummer and leave him behind. Public drunkenness is a sure sign of an asshole. How old is this moron? GOOD FOR YOU DUBAI. Don’t take shit from loser replacement drummers.

  2. Well I guess we should all be thankful that we are in America! Free speech, free flippin the bird, (cue Peter Griffin please), can drink, unlike all these places. We have it GREAT! FREEDOM BABY!

  3. OUCH! Hate to say it but he was there to make money and should have done just that. I can’t support a 51 year old man acting like a drunk asshole. Yeah, thank God for the USA, but living here is a privilege. If you work internationally, why not be respectful enough not to behave like this. He ruined it for his bandmates, and SCORPIONS fans. Who goes to a SCORPIONS concert to see him? The rockstar lifestyle is no longer cool. Ozzy pissing on the Alamo was also a dick move, literally. If this religion is so aweful, why agree to play there in the first place?

  4. At James’s age, being smashed all the time is not necessarily a good thing. I hope he doesn’t continue down the path that some of the great drummers of rock have found to be tragic. He has talent, and ability. I really hope he wakes up.

  5. Whatever he did to “insult Islam”, he’s probably lucky to only get 1 month in jail – hopefully it stays only at that. That part of the world, it seems like anything can happen if you’re deemed to “insult Islam”. Islam must be pretty fragile if being buzzed and flipping the bird is enough to be insulting to the entire religion. Maybe you have to be an oil prince to get drunk and disorderly in the Middle East. Being an American over there puts you at a disadvantage right away. On the other hand, if there are customs and behavioral laws that are required to be followed in a country – the band’s management should be responsible for knowing what they are and informing all personnel traveling with the band. I was recently reading the booklet that came with the old Metallica Binge and Purge box set, and there are some letters between the band’s management and officials in some countries they toured talking about stuff like this: can they go on stage without shirts, can they swear, can they spit, etc. In some cases the answers were pretty much “Avoid this as much as possible, it’s insulting to our culture and you could be arrested.” Not saying I think it’s right to jail him for something like that, but if he was warned he should have known better. It’s not like the Scorpions are new to international tours, somebody should have told him what NOT to do.

          1. Well that confirms it then. All ‘Muslims’ which is the same as Islam all conspired on 911. That means we all support the KKK then. That also means we’re all Nazi’s cause Hitler claimed to be acting on God’s and Christianity’s beliefs. Thanks for wrapping that up in that neat little bundle for us. Case closed.

  6. I am just glad we have such competence at the state department…I am sure they will straighten out this mess.

    ….they’ll probably blame it on one of the Scorpions’ videos. However, at this point, “what difference does it make?”

  7. I find it funny that one still believes the spoonfed media’s version of 9/11. They claim to have found Mohammed Atta’s passport yet they couldn’t find one of the “four” black boxes from the two planes. Makes sense, ha? Fools…

    As for Kottak, if the accusations are true, how can you defend him? Whilst I don’t agree with the severity of the sentence, if you can’t respect other cultures/laws/religons as evident in many of the posts above, we as humanity are doomed…

  8. These bands whore themselves out by playing these retrograde hellholes. Stick to democracies, boys. Or totalitarian states that aren’t theocracies.

    1. So it is the fault of Dubai not the drunken 50 year old shithead disrespecting a culture that was employing him in his craft. Some of you bloggers are really clueless or just plain dumb. So it is an act of patriotism to defend a replacement drummer playing in a band from Germany against a religion of over a billion people, most of whom did not attack or support the attack against America.

      1. Satanic bands play nations with Christian majorities all the time. Without being jailed. You’re the one who is clueless. Much of the “Islamic world” DID support the attacks, check out Al Qaeda’s popularity in Saudi/Pakistan/Yemen etc. Your ignorance is only matched by your arrogance.

        1. Freedom of Speech is embraced by all of us in this country, until someone says something that somebody else doesn’t like. Please remember that. You get what you pay for. Please also remember that in the Middle East, Americans are considered the terrorist – just as we/you view Middle Easterners as terrorists. Last time I checked, we were the ones in their countries and starting or perpetuating wars. Doesn’t make Middle East factions innocent or just. But it doesn’t make us innocent or just either. Bottom line is, I don’t need to see a drunk 50 year old drop his pants and show his ass on a plane trip to Dubai. If he was in ‘Merica someone probably would’ve beat the shit out of him or a US Marshall would’ve blown his head off. He should consider himself lucky.

          1. Very well put DR. Wish more would have this type of insight and the ability to reflect on how the good ole’ US of A is perceived world wide. Just ask the American Indian… __I:o{=

    2. Also what you’re saying is come to America, get drunk and disrespect our religious institutions and we got your back ’cause that is ROCK N’ROLL.

  9. Rock and roll has always been rebellious music written by rebellious people. If Dubai or any other country with similar beliefs is against this form of art , they either need to ban this type of music coming into their country or just get over it!

  10. Does anyone remember 2 years ago when a baseball fan was beaten to the point of brain damage in front of his child in California? I bet that doesn’t happen in Dubai.

  11. Kottak is a great guy, and a great drummer. You don’t even know him and you are saying all this stupid shit: Putting him in the middle of U.S. and Middle East relations!The bottom line actually, is that he made a mistake, but he doesn’t belong over there.
    Kottak once played a Scorpions show, then immediately got on a plane to fly all the way across the world, so he could help his friend Mandy Lion play a show,in a club! and the guy is an exceptionally good drummer. This guy , whom I’ve met, doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body.

    1. So Clown, he belonged there when he was gonna get paid but not after he broke the law. Acting up in airport gets you arrested here as well. I’m glad he’s a solid drummer and friend. Maybe you’ll be waiting in line at an airport and someone will ’cause a scene and you can defend him and say THAT’S ROCK N ROLL MAN.

    2. Have you watched the Ex Wives of Rock?

      Sorry, it may all be for the cameras, or done in the editing room, but he really comes off as a horrible father and ex husband. Very self centered, grossly immature and he clearly has a drinking problem.

      Dana from 🙂

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