Mikkey Dee

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Mikkey Dee
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Drummer - Heavy metal

Bands: Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, King Diamond, Don Dokken, WWIII

Drumsticks: Vic Firth, Wincent

Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou, better known as Mikkey Dee (born (1963-10-31) October 31, 1963 (age 56)) is a Swedish rock musician. He is a former drummer for King Diamond (1985–1989) and Don Dokken (1990), and most recently, drummer of hard rock band Motörhead. Dee played drums for Motörhead (1992-2015) until the band disbanded following the death of lead singer Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister on December 28, 2015. He appeared on 13 of the band's studio albums, as well as three live albums. On January 19, 2016 is was announced that Dee will sit behind the kit with the newly reformed Thin Lizzy on their 2016-17 tour.

Career

Early life

He was born in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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 to play with Geisha, in 1985, Dee joined King Diamond, who were looking for additional members to complete their line-up. After their release of the "Conspiracy" album (1989), Dee decided to leave the band, as he felt he was becoming more of a back-up musician, rather than an equal contributing songwriter. 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. Dee played on the King Diamond recordings "Abigail" (1987) and "THEM" which followed 1988, and continued to play as a session drummer for the recording sessions of the Conspiracy album (1989), after which he was replaced by Snowy Shaw.

Don Dokken (1990)

He joined 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)

Lemmy had been repeatedly asking him to join Motörhead since 1985, and in 1992, when asked once again, Dee accepted the offer, replacing the late 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 Tommy Aldridge was a member of the band, 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's Diary of a Madman.

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 drummers 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 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 "In The Name Of Tragedy"; previously it was during "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 Motorhead'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 season 1 of Kändisdjungeln on TV4. He was eliminated on the 15th episode.

During the November 2015 Paris attacks, Dee was supposed to attend the gig at the Bataclan theatre where many people were massacred by terrorists, but at the last minute he decided to stay in instead.

On 31 December 2015, following the death of lead singer Lemmy three days earlier, Dee announced that Motörhead had disbanded.

Gear

Dee has endorsed German drum manufacturer SONOR for well over 20 years, starting with King Diamond. He is also a long-time endorser of Paiste cymbals, Remo drumheads, and DW/Drum workshop bass drum pedals. His drumkits have evolved but he has stayed loyal to Sonor and to Paiste since 1985. Mikkey recorded and toured with Sonor Phonic Plus series drums and Paiste 2002 cymbals for most all his work with King Diamond. From the time he joined Motorhead, Mikkey began using the innovative Sonor Designer series and also chose to then use Paiste's Signature Series cymbal line. Throughout the 1990s Mikkey mainly used Sonor Designer white sparkle kits, though his last couple tour kits from Sonor featured custom silver to black sparkle fade finishes. He is known for his distinctive snare drum sound, and often favors using a late 1980s SonorLite birch snare drum in 7 1/4 x 14 size.

Drumsticks

After about 20 years, Mikkey stopped using Vic Firth drumsticks in 2008 and began using sticks from the Swedish drumstick maker Wincent. In addition to having his own "signature model" in their line, he is also an investor within the Wincent company itself.

Wincent Mikkey Dee Signature Model Drumsticks
Mikkey Dee has collaborated with Wincent and a new stick based on a 2B thickness is introduced. The sticks have great balance and can be both as a heavy rock stick and as a thick practice stick. The tip is a thicker tear drop version which gives the ride cymbal a clear and penetrating sound.

L=423mm D=15,8mm
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Mikkey Dee Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 29.

(1987) - 0934-0935 Mikkey Dee - used, signature model drumsticks, 1987 Abigail Tour, King Diamond
(1998) - 0013 Mikkey Dee - This stage used stick was received by the original owner from Mikkey backstage immediately following their Ozzfest in Orlando, Florida on 7/29/1998 show and autographed. He was using this stick when they left the stage after their encore, so this stick was used to play ACE OF SPADES!
(0000) Mikkey Dee - Vic Firth drumsticks, Motorhead (10 pairs).
(2011) - 0236 Mikkey Dee - new Signature model Wincent drumstick, 02/22/2011, Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI .
(2011) - 0263 Mikkey Dee - used Signature model Wincent drumstick, 02/22/2011, Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI .