Mikkey Dee, ex-Motörhead drummer, joins the Scorpions permanently. Mikkey has replaced James Kottak for the last few months while he was on treatment.
The band states:
We would like to thank James for so many years of lasting participation in the band and personal friendship. We understand and respect his need for time as he makes his way through the final stages of his healing process.
Since 1992, the Swedish Mikkey Dee was a former band member of Motörhead until the dissolution of the rock band after the death of Lemmy Kilmister.
The band continues:
After our incredibly successful shows in the US, Europe and Asia, we are sure to have found a fantastic drummer with Mikkey Dee. He brings a fresh energy to the band and we look forward to the exciting time together that lies ahead.
From Mikkey Dee:
I guess most of you have heard the news.
I am now a permanent member of Scorpions.
I feel truly honored and fortunate to be able to carry on playing drums on this level. I grew up listening to Scorpions and have always loved the band. We have been friends for a long time so traveling and performing this year with Klaus, Rudolf, Matthias and Pawel has been loads of fun and the crew is very professional. The Scorpions fans has been most welcoming and its been great to meet all the crazy wonderful Motörhead bangers along the way.
I had some close to 25 amazing years with my friends and brothers Lemmy and Phill in Motörhead and that will always be the back bone in my future drumming. Lemmy always had great respect for Scorpions for being a real rockband and I am sure he is proud up there that I moved on and for playing with this class act.
Here’s to many more years of Rock n roll. Cheers!