Drummer with Robert
Plant, Echo & Bunnymen, Cult and others.
By Fred Mills
Veteran session and touring drummer Michael Lee has died at
the age of 39. He was apparently in Australia at the time but no
details have yet been released regarding the cause of death; conflicting
reports indicate the date of his passing as Nov. 24 or 25.
Lee (born Gary Pearson), of course, worked extensively with
Robert Plant during Plant’s solo career throughout the ‘90s, additionally appearing
on the two Page & Plant albums Unledded and Walking Into Clarksdale. He also
wielded a significant presence with other bands, mannig the kit at various
points for Echo & the Bunnymen, the Cult and Thin Lizzy.
He was born in 1969 in Newcastle Upon Tyne,England, and
following a stint working in a music store he bought a drumkit and quickly
landed jobs in covers bands, eventually spending time in LA, San Francisco and
London – the latter, where he got his first big break when joined hard rock
outfit Little Angels in 1988. From that point, after being noticed within the
industry, he landed the Cult gig, which led to the Robert Plant connection.