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James Kottak on Scorpions drummer Mikkey Dee: “He is an average drummer”
Twitter — It seems there’s a battle brewing between former Scorpions drummer James Kottak, and the band’s current drummer Mikkey Dee.
Kottak took to his official twitter last week and commented about Dee.
Kottak wrote: “You mean Mikky de. He is an average drummer who is playing my part as the drummer for scorpions… I am the OG and will remain.”
Dee was brought in to replace Kottak in 2016.
There were on-going problems with Kottak battling personal issues, which included an incident and arrest in a Dubai airport in 2014.
Metal Sludge posted the drummer’s apology in June 2014 after the incident, in which Kottak took responsibility for his actions.
Kottak wrote in-part: “After years of drinking alcohol, on April 3rd, 2014 my addiction finally caught up with me during a 5-hour flight from Ekaterinburg, Russia to Bahrain via Dubai, during which I consumed 5 or 6 glasses of wine. While at the airport in Dubai I approached an airline representative to check on status of my flight. The representative informed me that I was in the wrong place and I replied “WTF?!.” The representative then called the police and reported that I was intoxicated (which I was) and that I made a lewd jester.”
In 2016 Dee was officially made a permanent member of Scorpions.
An excerpt from Blabbermouth from August 2017 reads: “Last September, the Swedish musician was named as a permanent replacement for SCORPIONS‘ longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band during his well-publicized his battle with alcoholism.”
Kottak was a member of Scorpions from 1996-2016. He was also previously a member of Kingdom Come (1987-1989), Wild Horses, McAuley Schenker Group, Montrose and Warrant (1994-1996).