Michael Lee remembered by Karl Brazil, Robert Plant and Billy Duffy

On 25 November 2008 we lost a World-class drummer. Michael Lee, was born November 1969 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England and died at the age of 39. He played with some of the best in the rock music business. Lee toured and recorded with former Led Zeppelin musicians Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. He also played with Little Angels, The Cult, Echo & The Bunnymen and Thin Lizzy.

Karl Brazil has gathered some quotes from some friends to highlight what a dear loss to the world he really is:

"Michael was the rhythm bridge between the '70s and the 21st Century. On the work that was not original, he had a tough gig to visit Bonham driven classics and present his own imprint. He mastered and transfigured, introducing an inherent swing mixed up with his drum and bass leanings - he always encouraged. His ideas were sharp and bright. It was not unusual for him to rehearse with Page, Plant and Charlie Jones in London until 6pm then spend four hours heading to Liverpool to set up his kit to accompany a midnight DJ mixers session - always cutting loose - looking for a new way. I lost him years ago and I regret it." - Robert Plant

"In the relatively short time we worked together Michael showed a huge appetite for life, love and Rock and Roll and I feel he enjoyed every minute of his time here on earth." - Billy Duffy, The Cult

"Life-changing moments are rare, but the day a tall long-haired fresh-faced youth knocked on my door in Birmingham was definitely one for me. 'Hello I`ve bought the house next door, I`m a drummer'. This was the beginning of the most fantastic journey anyone could wish for. Much has been said about Michael's musical talent and I will leave that to the experts. As my best friend and brother I will deeply miss him. He was taken from us all way to soon. For all you musicians reading this I would ask on behalf of him to carry on his legacy to the best of your abilities and long live Rock and Roll." - Coleman Flaherty - Drum Tech / Best friend

"Mike's awesome natural ability is what set him apart from every other musician I have worked with. It was the most incredible thing to watch him play. It took my breath away every time. It was an energy that took over the room and enhanced your life. It's hard to describe genius, especially when it is happening in front of you without warning, as it seems so 'easy' but that's the point, to Mike it was easy. My regret is that I didn't keep in touch with him after he left the band. I would love to clasp him by the hand and say 'Thanks for the privilege'." - Toby Jepson - Little Angels

"I had the pleasure of meeting Michael later in his career. What an amazing passionate player and person. If you never heard Michael play go to here. It will rock your socks off. Love ya Michael, thanks for being a great friend." - Karl Brazil

R.I.P M.L (19 November 1969 - 25 November 2008)

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.