MICAEL KIRIAKOS DELAOGLOU (born 31 October 1963), known better by his
stage name MIKKEY DEE, is a Swedish rock musician. He is the current
drummer for German rock band Scorpions since April 2016. Dee is best
known for his time in British rock band
Motörhead , with whom he
played for from 1992 to 2015; the band disbanded following the death
Lemmy . He has also played with
King Diamond , Don Dokken
Thin Lizzy .
* 1 Career
* 1.1 Early life
King Diamond (1985–1989)
Don Dokken (1990)
* 1.5 Scorpions (2016–present)
* 2 Equipment
* 3 Discography
* 3.5 Other
* 4 References
* 5 External links
He was born in
Gothenburg , Sweden to a Greek father and a Swedish
Delaoglou began his musical career with local bands Nadir and Geisha.
His favourite drummer is
Ian Paice . Other influences include Brian
Neil Peart and Steve Smith . Dee also gives credit to Buddy
KING DIAMOND (1985–1989)
Having moved to
Copenhagen to play with Geisha, in 1985, Dee joined
King Diamond , who were looking for additional members to complete
their line-up. Dee played on the
King Diamond recordings Fatal
Portrait (1986), Abigail (1987), and "Them " which followed in 1988.
King Diamond himself was becoming quite popular and the musicians
backing him were taking a secondary role in the writing and decision
making, often Diamond was the only person answering for the whole
group in magazine interviews, etc. After the completion of the
supporting tour for "Them",
Mikkey Dee decided to leave the band, as
he felt he was becoming more of a back-up musician, rather than an
equal contributing songwriter. However, he was rehired to play session
drums for the recording of the band's follow-up album Conspiracy
(1989), after which he was replaced by
Snowy Shaw .
DON DOKKEN (1990)
Don Dokken for his solo album, Up from the Ashes (1990),
with the music videos for the songs "Stay" and "Mirror Mirror"
receiving airplay on MTV's Headbanger's Ball. The band headlined their
own tour, as well as opened for Judas Priest. During this time, Dee
also filled in a short time playing for World War Three (WWIII).
Mikkey Dee during a drum solo
Lemmy had been repeatedly asking him to join
Motörhead from the time
King Diamond had toured with them, and in 1992, when asked once
again, Dee accepted the offer, replacing Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor
. Commenting on his replacement of a longstanding member of the band,
Dee said in a 2006 interview:
Phil Taylor was great when he was good... so I could never have
filled that space. It's like when you get married and have kids, no
one can take my father's place. Of course, some other guy could have
taken his place, but he wouldn't have been my father; so I could never
be Phil Taylor, so I had to introduce
Mikkey Dee into Motörhead.
Dee's first gig with the band was on 30 August 1992 at Saratoga
Performing Arts Center , but he did not have much input on that
year's release, March or Die , as this had been recorded with Tommy
Aldridge prior to Dee joining the group. Dee did play on the tracks
'Hellraiser', which was on the album, and 'Hell on Earth', which was
not on the album, but was on the soundtrack album to the film
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth .
Although Aldridge recorded most of the drum tracks, Dee's photo
appeared on the rear album sleeve. Aldridge generously said that Dee
could take his credit for the playing but Dee politely declined, as
the drummers' styles are very different. In an ironic reversal,
Aldridge had earlier had his photo on an album on which he played
Ozzy Osbourne 's Diary of a Madman . Mikkey Dee
Motörhead at Ursynalia Festival 2013, Warsaw, Poland.
Their record label,
Epic Records dropped the band after its release
and the group continued recording with
SPV GmbH . The band also
started a label themselves, called "Motörhead", which was copyrighted
and distributed through Warner-Chappell and ZYX, Dee's first album for
this label being 1993's Bastards .
He also played drums on
Helloween 's 2003 album Rabbit Don\'t Come
Easy , stepping in for Mark Cross .
In April 2006
King Diamond reunited with old friend
Mikkey Dee at a
sold-out gig at Kåren in
Gothenburg, Sweden . In 2001 King referred
to Dee as "one of the best of all time and that's something that has
bothered us since he left."
Dee also played the drums for Martin "E-Type" Eriksson in the Swedish
pre-qualification to the
Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest 2004, as well as on
E-Type's 2003 Eurometal tour.
He is famous for his long drum solos during concerts, often lasting
between five and fifteen minutes and filling between songs. Dee
currently plays a drum solo halfway through the song "The One to Sing
the Blues"; previously it was during "In The Name of Tragedy" and
before that "Sacrifice".
Dee is an ice hockey enthusiast and a supporter of the Frölunda HC
team from Gothenburg. The rumor that Dee was in a Swedish National
Youth Hockey team (stemming from an interview on Motörhead's Stage
Fright DVD) has since been rebutted by Dee himself, claiming that "in
the end of the 80's and a bit into the 90's I played for a team called
Team Sweden in southern California," causing the rumor to arise. Dee
was a contestant celebrity on series 1 of
Kändisdjungeln on TV4 . He
was eliminated on the 15th episode. On 29 December 2015, following the
death of lead singer
Lemmy three days earlier, Dee announced that
Motörhead had disbanded.
In January 2016, Dee joined
Thin Lizzy to play on their upcoming
anniversary shows. However, on 19 April it was announced that Dee
would not be participating. On 28 April 2016, it was announced that
Dee would be filling in for
James Kottak with the Scorpions on 12
North American headlining dates, including a run of shows at the Hard
Rock Hotel in Las Vegas dubbed "Scorpions blacked out in Las Vegas".
On 12 September 2016, Dee joined the band permanently.
Mikkey Dee uses
Remo drumheads, and
Wincent Drums sticks. He was endorsed by
Vic Firth , but recently
switched to Wincent, with whom he has his own signature model.
* DRUMS -
Sonor SQ2 Vintage Maple Custom Finish
* 22x18 Bass Drum (x2)
* 10x10 Tom
* 13x11 Tom
* 14x12 Tom
* 16x16 Floor Tom
* 18x16 Floor Tom
Mikkey Dee Signature Snare Drum
* CYMBALS -
* 20" Signature Power Crash
* 19" Signature Power Crash
* 18" Signature Heavy China
* 14" Signature Sound-Edge Hi-Hats
* 18" Signature Power Crash
* 18" Signature Power Crash
* 10" Signature Splash
* 22" Signature Power Ride
* 14" Signature Thin China
* 20" Signature Heavy China
* 20" Signature Power Crash
* 16" Signature Thin China
* 19" Signature Power Crash
* DRUMHEADS -
* Bass: Ebony Powerstroke 3
* Toms: Clear Ambassadors
* Snare: Coated Controlled Sound
Sonor hardware and stands
* DW 5000 Bass Drum Pedals
Mikkey Dee Signature Drumsticks
* Wincent ToneGel
Fatal Portrait (1986)
* Abigail (1987)
* Them (1988)
* Conspiracy (1989)
* Up from the Ashes (1990)
March ör Die (1992) -
* Bastards (1993)
* Sacrifice (1995)
Overnight Sensation (1996)
Snake Bite Love (1998)
* We Are
* Hammered (2002)
* Inferno (2004)
* Kiss of Death (2006)
The Wörld is Yours (2010)
* Aftershock (2013)
Bad Magic (2015)
* Rabbit Don\'t Come Easy (2003)
* "Distant Voices" on "Face the Truth " (1992)
* "Sanitarium " on Metallic Assault: A Tribute to Metallica (2001)
* "Fear of the Dark " on Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute
to Iron Maiden (2005)
* "Zombie Slam" on
Psalms of Extinction (2007) by
* United – Where is the Fire (This video was made to raise funds
to help the victims of 2004 tsunami disaster; the DVD features an All
Star band of Scandinavian musicians, consisting of
Göran Edman as one
of the main singers,
Mikkey Dee on the drums,
Tommy Denander , Kee
John Levén ,
Yngwie Malmsteen ,
Tommy Nilsson , Jim
Geir Rönning , Mattias Eklund,
Thomas Vikstrom , Peter
Tätgren, Stefan Andersson ,
Mats Levén and many others.)
* Nadir "Snön Faller Ner/Ett Nytt Försök" 7" (1982, Nadir
NADS001) and "Frusna tårar/Sommar" 7" (1983, ProTape Records PTS 326)
- both singles also feature
Snowstorm (band) singer Gunnar Jaunupe,
and PTS 326 also
Yngwie Malmsteen , Glory and Silver Mountain
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IMDb . Retrieved 2007-03-29. Also
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Germany / Gartenhalle". 2016-04-01.
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Mikkey Dee by
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magazine". Motörheadbangers. 27 (78): 6–9.
* ^ Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motorhead
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Blabbermouth.net . 21 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
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KNAC . 31 December 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
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2015-12-29. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
* ^ "Motorhead Drummer: \'Motorhead Is Over, Of Course\'". Rolling
Stone. 2015-12-29. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
* ^ "
Thin Lizzy announce bass player and drummers for upcoming
shows". Metal Shock Finland. 19 April 2016.
* ^ "SCORPIONS RECRUIT MIKKEY DEE TO FILL IN ON U.S. DATES".
www.the-scorpions.com. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
* ^ "SCORPIONS Recruit MOTÖRHEAD Drummer MIKKEY DEE For U.S.
Tour". 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
* ^ "Former MOTÖRHEAD Drummer MIKKEY DEE Joins SCORPIONS As
Permanent Member". blabbermouth.net. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 12
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Retrieved November 6, 2015.
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