Current SCORPIONS drummer MIKKEY DEE says it would be “great fun” to play with KING DIAMOND again
Speaking with The Metal Voice, past KING DIAMOND/MOTÖRHEAD and current SCORPIONS drummer Mikkey Dee was asked if he is still in contact with KING DIAMOND and if there is any chance they could work together again.
Mikkey responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Yeah, [King and I] talk once in a while. He came and saw us [when I played] with SCORPIONS in Dallas, where he lives. He could not come this last tour we did, unfortunately. They were busy, him and his wife… so he missed that show. But King is a big SCORPIONS fan, and we talk. And I talk to Andy LaRocque [KING DIAMOND guitarist] and Hal [Patino, former KING DIAMOND bassist], especially Andy; we live not far from each other. So we talk.
He continued: “And I say what I’ve been saying: if they ever wanna have me behind the drum kit for something, I’m totally there for that. That’d be great fun for me. But I also, with that said, know exactly where King’s coming from. He’s been playing with [current KING DIAMOND drummer] Matt Thompson for so long — a great drummer, a great guy — and [it would] not [be] fair to him or to the rest of the band maybe.”
Mikkey continued: “We [in MOTÖRHEAD] went through kind of the same thing with some people that kept talking about [a reunion with former MOTÖRHEAD members] ‘Fast’ Eddie Clark and [Phil] ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor. And [MOTÖRHEAD leader] Lemmy said, ‘Never, ever, ever will I play with these guys again. They are friends, and we talk, but I’m playing with the best band I ever played with in my entire life and we’re doing better than ever.’ So he didn’t wanna hear about it. So I see where King’s coming from. It would be unfair to a loyal guy like Matt, but I said if they had an interest [in] doing something, I’m here, if I’ve got the time. I still play drums, and I feel that I play better than ever.”
Dee sat behind the kit on the classic KING DIAMOND albums “Fatal Portrait“, “Abigail” and “Them” until he left in 1988 to join Don Dokken. He returned a year later as a session player on KING DIAMOND‘s “Conspiracy“.
MIkkey spoke with Cassius Morris of “The Cassius Morris Show” a couple of years ago and expressed his interest in possibly taking part in a reunion tour which would feature the surviving members of the original KING DIAMOND lineup, saying: “Unfortunately, [original KING DIAMOND bassist] Timi Hansen is dead, but you could have Andy, Michael Denner [guitar], you could have Hal Patino, Pete Blakk [guitar], myself, just for a tour, and only play the stuff that we did — from ‘Fatal Portrait‘ to ‘Conspiracy‘,” he said. “That could have been a really fun and successful tour.”
Dee went on to say that it was “totally up to” KING DIAMOND himself as to whether such a tour will ever take place. “Because he [also] does MERCYFUL FATE [on the side],” Mikkey said. “I don’t see why not. If I’m off [and not doing anything] with SCORPIONS, then I could easily have done that. That would have been so much fun, I think, because we were a great bunch of guys. And I still talk to Andy and Pete and Hal and King as well.”
Mikkey Dee has sat behind the drum kit for legendary German metal band SCORPIONS since 2016. The Swedish-born drummer also played with MOTÖRHEAD from 1991 until frontman Lemmy Kilmister‘s death in December 2015.