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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, having joined in 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 of frontman Lemmy. He has also played with King Diamond, Don Dokken, Helloween
Helloween
and 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 3.2 Don Dokken 3.3 Motörhead 3.4 Helloween 3.5 Other

4 References 5 External links

Career[edit] Early life[edit] He was born in Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg, Sweden
to a Greek father and a Swedish mother.[1] Delaoglou began his musical career with local bands Nadir and Geisha. His favourite drummer is Ian Paice. Other influences include Brian Downey, Neil Peart
Neil Peart
and Steve Smith. Dee also gives credit to Buddy Rich.[2] King Diamond
King Diamond
(1985–1989)[edit] Having moved to Copenhagen
Copenhagen
to play with Geisha,[2] in 1985, Dee joined 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. Don Dokken
Don Dokken
(1990)[edit] 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
Motörhead
(1992–2015)[edit]

Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
during a drum solo

Lemmy
Lemmy
had repeatedly asked him to join Motörhead
Motörhead
from the time when King Diamond
King Diamond
toured with them.[3] In 1992, asked again, Dee accepted, replacing Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor.[4] On his replacement of a longstanding member, Dee said in 2006:

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… I could never be Phil Taylor, so I had to introduce Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
into Motörhead.[5]

Dee's first gig with the band was on 30 August 1992 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center,[6] but he did not have much input on that year's March or Die as this had been recorded with Tommy Aldridge prior to Dee joining. He did however play on the album's 'Hellraiser', and 'Hell on Earth', from the soundtrack for 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 credit for the playing, but Dee politely declined, as their styles are very different. In an ironic reversal, Aldridge's photo had previously appeared on an album on which he played nothing, namely Ozzy Osbourne's Diary of a Madman.

Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
live with Motörhead
Motörhead
at Ursynalia Festival 2013, Warsaw, Poland.

Epic Records
Epic Records
dropped the band after its release and the group continued recording with SPV GmbH. The band also started a label 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
King Diamond
reunited with Dee, an old friend, at a sold-out gig at Kåren in Gothenburg, Sweden.[7] In 2001 King referred to Dee as "one of the best [drummers] of all time and that's something that has bothered us since he left."[8] Dee 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 solos, often lasting between five and fifteen minutes. These appeared halfway through "Sacrifice", then "In the Name of Tragedy" and latterly "The One to Sing the Blues". Dee is an ice hockey enthusiast and a supporter of the Frölunda HC team from Gothenburg. The rumour that Dee was in a Swedish National Youth Hockey team (stemming from an interview on Motörhead's Stage Fright DVD) has been rebutted by Dee himself, who attributed it to, "In the end of the 80s and a bit into the 90s, I played for a team called Team Sweden in southern California." [9] A contestant on series 1 of Kändisdjungeln
Kändisdjungeln
on TV4 in 2009, Dee was eliminated in the 15th episode. His place was filled on a US tour by Matt Sorum, who said, "I thought either Mikkey would die in the jungle or I would die on the Motörhead
Motörhead
tour."[10] On 29 December 2015, following Lemmy's death three days earlier, Dee announced that Motörhead
Motörhead
had disbanded.[11][12] Scorpions (2016–present)[edit] 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.[13] On 28 April 2016, it was announced that Dee would be filling in for James Kottak
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".[14][15] On 12 September 2016, Dee joined the band permanently.[16] Equipment[edit] Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
uses Sonor
Sonor
drums, Paiste
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.[17]

Drums - Sonor
Sonor
SQ2 Vintage Maple Custom Finish[18]

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[18]

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[18]

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

Hardware

Sonor
Sonor
hardware and stands DW 5000 Bass Drum Pedals[18]

Other

Wincent Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
Signature Drumsticks[17] Wincent ToneGel[17]

Discography[edit] King Diamond[edit]

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

Don Dokken[edit]

Up from the Ashes (1990)

Motörhead[edit]

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

Helloween[edit]

Rabbit Don't Come Easy
Rabbit Don't Come Easy
(2003)

Other[edit]

Drums on "Mange Tak" by Danish band Shu-bi-dua on the album Shu-bi-dua 12 (1987) "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 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, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tommy Nilsson, Jim Jidhed, Geir Rönning, Mattias Eklund, Thomas Vikstrom, Peter Tätgren, Stefan Andersson, Mats Levén
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[19]

References[edit]

^ "Biography for Mikkey Dee". 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. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2007.  ^ "Diamonds Are Forever: An Exclusive Interview With King Diamond". KNAC. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-13.  ^ "Interview with Mikkey Dee". Slitz: 60. September 2008.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Kern, Rob: "What's been the highlight of the shows? That I'm still alive!"; Classic Rock #138, November 2009, p19 ^ "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.  ^ " Thin Lizzy
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. Archived from the original on 13 September 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 September 2016.  ^ a b c "Wincent Drumsticks profile". Wincent Drimsticks. Retrieved November 6, 2015.  ^ a b c d Lentz, Andrew (11 March 2014). "Mikkey Dee: Shock The System". Drum!. Archived from the original on 1 January 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2015.  ^ "Nadir (Swe) • Swedish Hard and Heavy Encyclopedia". Fwoshm.com. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 

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