Mikkey Dee has spoken about the challenge of readjusting to playing with Scorpions after almost 25 years as a member of Motorhead.
Dee was named a permanent member of the veteran German outfit in September last year, after having joined them on a temporary basis. He was brought in to replace James Kottak, who had a turbulent history with the band.
But while he admits it wasn’t easy after so long with his old band, Dee says he and Scorpions had an instant connection – and he’s delighted with the results.
Dee tells the Talking Metal podcast (via Blabbermouth): “We clicked right away and it sounded really good. I was filling in for James – he didn’t feel good at that point and he just needed some time off.
“Then the guys decided to keep me and I had nothing going at that point. So we just clicked and it sounded right. Personally, we just liked it all. It was great. So here I am.
“They have their routines, they have their way of working and so do I. So either it clicks or it doesn’t on the personal level and on the musical level – but we clicked right away and they loved what they heard and how I played, and so did I. It was great for me to join a band and play something else as well.”
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Dee reports that he’s facing new challenges in Scorpions but it’s something he’s relishing.
He continues: “After almost 25 years with Motorhead, playing the same music, playing the same stuff and thinking that way as a drummer, it was a big, big challenge for me and it was not easy – and it still isn’t easy.
“These guys are great musicians and they know what they want, they know how to sound, and I have to adjust myself at the same time as they need to adjust to me.
“But I think we manage pretty good and the result is a great live show. It’s very tight, it’s very heavy. I’m giving it my best up there, so it’s good.”
Scorpions will head out across North America on their Crazy World Tour with Megadeth next month. They’ll then play further shows across Russia and Europe later this year.
Find a full list of their tour dates below.
Scorpions Crazy World 2017 North American tour dates
Sep 14: Reading Santander Arena, PA
Sep 16: New York Madison Square Garden, NY
Sep 19: Laval Place Bell, QC
Sep 22: Toronto Budweiser Stage Amphitheater, ON
Sep 23: Chicago Budweiser Stage Amphitheatre, IL
Sep 26: Denver 1st Bank Center, CO
Sep 29: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, WA
Sep 30: Seattle Tacoma Dome, WA
Oct 03: Reno Grand Sierra Resort, NV
Oct 04: Oakland Oracle Arena, CA
Oct 07: Los Angeles The Forum, CA
Oct 08: Phoenix Talking Stick Arena, AZ
Oct 11: San Antonio Freeman Coliseum, TX
Oct 12: Dallas Pavilion At The Music Factory, TX
Oct 14: Fort Lauderdale BB&T Center, FL
Oct 15: Tampa Amalie Arena, FL
Oct 28: Sochi Ice Arena Shayba, Russia
Oct 30: Krasnodar Basket Hall, Russia
Nov 01: Moscow Stadium Olimpikski, Russia
Nov 03: St Petersburg Ice palace, Russia
Nov 05: Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Nov 07: Ufa Arena Salavat, Russia
Nov 09: Yekaterinburg Dvorets Sporta Uralets, Russia
Nov 11: Kiev Palace Of Sports, Ukraine
Nov 22: Oslo Spektrum, Norway
Nov 24: Gothenburg Scandinavium, Sweden
Nov 25: Stockholm Ericsson Globe Arena, Sweden
Nov 27: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland
Nov 29: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Dec 01: Gdansk Ergo Arena, Poland
Dec 03: Ostrava Ostravar Arena
Dec 05: Ljubljana Arena Stozice, Slovenia
Dec 07: Belgrade Kombank Arena, Serbia