Mikkey Dee celebrates his forty-eighth birthday tomorrow. Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou is drummer/songwriter for the heavy metal band Motorhead. A Swede of Greek descent, he has been known for his speed and precision since his mid-80s stint with King Diamond. Delaoglou began his musical career with local bands Nadir and Geisha. His favorite drummer is Ian Paice. Other influences include Brian Downey, Neil Peart and Steve Smith. Dee also gives credit to Buddy Rich.
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. “Their vocals sound really nasty have more of a in your face sound. Sinful and amazing to say the least. They get along with the guitar riffs so well,” said Abigail Pinto, a metal-head from Bangalore.
Lemmy had been repeatedly asking Dee to join Motorhead since 1985, 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 Motorhead.
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. Another fan further commented, “Motorhead has played a huge role in establishing an entirely different rock scene. According to me, they are one of the best musicians ever.”