SCORPIONS Drummer James Kottak Jailed In Dubai; Convicted Of Indecent Gesture After Removing Pants At Airport
April 29, 2014, a year ago
SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak has been jailed in Dubai for one month for getting drunk, cursing Muslims, making an indecent gesture to a group of passengers and removing his pants at the airport, according to GulfNews.com. The American musician also insulted policemen.
Kottak was arrested at Dubai airport on April 3rd. He was in transit. Kottak was flying from Russia and was on the way to Bahrain to perform at the Formula I concert when he was arrested.
Kottak, 51, has been fined Dh2,000 for drinking and will be deported. He admitted to drinking, but denied gesturing indecently in public and cursing Muslims. His lawyer had earlier argued that Kottak did not commit an indecent act, but only wanted to show his tattoo on his back to the public.
Stay tuned for updates on this situation.
Scorpions rocked the 10th anniversary of the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix without James Kottak. Mark Cross (TAINTED NATION, FIREWIND, OUTLOUD, HELLOWEEN, METALLIUM) pounded the skins for the setlist below.
Check out fan-filmed footage from the performance:
(Thanks to The Greek Sting Fanclub for the setlist photo)