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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
Motörhead
, with whom he played for from 1992 to 2015; the band disbanded following the death of frontman Lemmy
Lemmy
. He has also played with King Diamond
King Diamond
, Don Dokken , Helloween
Helloween
and Thin Lizzy
Thin Lizzy
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Career

* 1.1 Early life * 1.2 King Diamond
King Diamond
(1985–1989) * 1.3 Don Dokken
Don Dokken
(1990) * 1.4 Motörhead
Motörhead
(1992–2015) * 1.5 Scorpions (2016–present)

* 2 Equipment

* 3 Discography

* 3.1 King Diamond
King Diamond
* 3.2 Don Dokken
Don Dokken
* 3.3 Motörhead
Motörhead
* 3.4 Helloween
Helloween
* 3.5 Other

* 4 References * 5 External links

CAREER

EARLY LIFE

He was born in Gothenburg
Gothenburg
, Sweden to a Greek father and a Swedish mother.

Delaoglou began his musical career with local bands Nadir and Geisha. His favourite drummer is Ian Paice . Other influences include Brian Downey , Neil Peart and Steve Smith . Dee also gives credit to Buddy Rich .

KING DIAMOND (1985–1989)

Having moved to Copenhagen
Copenhagen
to play with Geisha, in 1985, Dee joined King Diamond
King Diamond
, who were looking for additional members to complete their line-up. Dee played on the King Diamond
King Diamond
recordings Fatal Portrait (1986), Abigail (1987), and "Them " which followed in 1988. King Diamond
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
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
Snowy Shaw
.

DON DOKKEN (1990)

He joined Don Dokken
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).

MOTöRHEAD (1992–2015)

Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
during a drum solo

Lemmy
Lemmy
had been repeatedly asking him to join Motörhead
Motörhead
from the time when King Diamond
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
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
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 nothing, namely Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne
's Diary of a Madman . Mikkey Dee live with Motörhead
Motörhead
at Ursynalia Festival 2013, Warsaw, Poland.

Their record label, Epic Records
Epic Records
dropped the band after its release and the group continued recording with SPV GmbH
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
Helloween
's 2003 album Rabbit Don\'t Come Easy , stepping in for Mark Cross .

In April 2006 King Diamond
King Diamond
reunited with old friend Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
at a sold-out gig at Kåren in Gothenburg, Sweden
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
Kändisdjungeln
on TV4 . He was eliminated on the 15th episode. On 29 December 2015, following the death of lead singer Lemmy
Lemmy
three days earlier, Dee announced that Motörhead
Motörhead
had disbanded.

SCORPIONS (2016–PRESENT)

In January 2016, Dee joined Thin Lizzy
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.

EQUIPMENT

Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
uses Sonor
Sonor
drums, Paiste cymbals, Remo
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
Sonor
SQ2 Vintage Maple Custom Finish

* 22x18 Bass Drum (x2) * 10x10 Tom * 13x11 Tom * 14x12 Tom * 16x16 Floor Tom * 18x16 Floor Tom * 14x7.25 Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
Signature Snare Drum

* CYMBALS - Paiste

* 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 - Remo
Remo

* Bass: Ebony Powerstroke 3 * Toms: Clear Ambassadors * Snare: Coated Controlled Sound

* HARDWARE

* Sonor
Sonor
hardware and stands * DW 5000 Bass Drum Pedals

* OTHER

* Wincent Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
Signature Drumsticks * Wincent ToneGel

DISCOGRAPHY

KING DIAMOND

* Fatal Portrait
Fatal Portrait
(1986) * Abigail (1987) * Them (1988) * Conspiracy (1989)

DON DOKKEN

* Up from the Ashes (1990)

MOTöRHEAD

* March ör Die
March ör Die
(1992) - Hellraiser
Hellraiser
only * Bastards (1993) * Sacrifice (1995) * Overnight Sensation (1996) * Snake Bite Love (1998) * We Are Motörhead
Motörhead
(2000) * Hammered (2002) * Inferno (2004) * Kiss of Death (2006) * Motörizer (2008) * The Wörld is Yours (2010) * Aftershock (2013) * Bad Magic
Bad Magic
(2015)

HELLOWEEN

* Rabbit Don\'t Come Easy (2003)

OTHER

* "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
Psalms of Extinction
(2007) by Pain
Pain
* 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
Mikkey Dee
on the drums, Tommy Denander , Kee Marcello , John Levén
John Levén
, Yngwie Malmsteen , Tommy Nilsson , Jim Jidhed, Geir Rönning
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 keyboardist Mats Olausson

REFERENCES

* ^ "Biography for Mikkey Dee". IMDb
IMDb
. Retrieved 2007-03-29. Also gives date of birth. * ^ A B " Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
(Motörhead) Interview". Metal Rules – Heart of Steel: Interviews. Retrieved 2007-03-29. * ^ "King Diamond: Abigail - European Tour (1987-12-10 / Karlsruhe, Germany / Gartenhalle". 2016-04-01. * ^ Lemmy
Lemmy
(2002). White Line Fever Simon & Schuster p. 243. ISBN 0-684-85868-1 . * ^ Burridge, Alan (March 2007). "Interview with Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
by Artyom Golew – became cover story in Sep 2006 issue of Russian Alive magazine". Motörheadbangers. 27 (78): 6–9. * ^ Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motorhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing p.62. ISBN 0-9695736-2-6 . * ^ "MOTÖRHEAD\'s MIKKEY DEE Jams With KING DIAMOND in Sweden". Blabbermouth.net . 21 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-13. * ^ "Diamonds Are Forever: An Exclusive Interview With King Diamond". KNAC
KNAC
. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-13. * ^ "Interview with Mikkey Dee". Slitz: 60. September 2008. access-date= requires url= (help ) * ^ "MIKKEY DEE: \'MOTÖRHEAD Is Over\'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2015-12-29. Retrieved 2016-01-15. * ^ "Motorhead Drummer: \'Motorhead Is Over, Of Course\'". Rolling Stone. 2015-12-29. Retrieved 2016-01-15. * ^ "