Scorpions are making it official with Mikkey Dee. The former Motorhead drummer will take over full-time for James Kottak after subbing for the past few months.

Kottak had stepped aside to deal with an alcohol-abuse problem after spending eight months in jail in the United Arab Emirates over an incident at a Dubai airport. Swedish drummer Johan Franzon initially filled in for Kottak before Dee was invited to sit in. Kottak had been a member of the band since 1996.

"We would like to thank James for so many years of lasting participation in the band and personal friendship," Scorpions said in an official statement. "We understand and respect his need for time as he makes his way through the final stages of his healing process. After our incredibly successful shows in the U.S., 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."

Dee, who was with Motorhead from 1995 until leader Lemmy Kilmister's death in 2015, was scheduled to play a series of anniversary shows with Thin Lizzy when he was approached by Scorpions  (Judas Priest's Scott Travis has since taken over the spot). "These guys are so nice, and we've known each other for many, many years," Dee said. "And it's a great honor to carry the Scorpions flag here."

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