Jörg Michael

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Jörg Michael
Jörg Michael - Ilosaarirock 2009.jpg
Jörg Michael at Ilosaarirock 2009 festival
Background information
Birth name Jörg Michael
Born (1963-03-27) March 27, 1963 (age 53)
Dortmund, Germany
Genres Power metal, progressive metal, speed metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1984–2013
Associated acts Axel Rudi Pell, Rage, Saxon, Running Wild, Stratovarius, Avenger, Der Riss, 100 Names, The Raymen, Metal Sword, Mekong Delta, X-Mas Project, Tom Angelripper, Laos, Headhunter, Schwarzarbeit, Grave Digger, Glenmore, House of Spirits, Unleashed Power, Andreas Butler, Avalon, Die Herzensbrecher, Andy & The Traceelords, Beto Vazquez Infinity, Kaledon

Jörg Michael (born March 27, 1963) is a German drummer. He is well known for his time in the Finnish power metal band Stratovarius,[1] the German thrash metal band Headhunter,[2] and several other bands.

Most of the bands Michael has played with are in the power metal genre. The first album he recorded was Prayers of Steel with Avenger (the band would later change their name to Rage). By the mid-1980s he was no longer attached to a single band but concentrated on working as a studio session drummer; hence the long list of bands and albums he has been involved with.


With Avenger[edit]

With Rage[edit]

With Der Riss[edit]

  • They All Do What Their Image Says (EP, 1986)

With 100 Names[edit]

  • 100 Names (1986)

With The Raymen[edit]

  • Going Down to Death Valley (1986)
  • The Rebel Years (best-of) (1995)

With Mekong Delta[edit]

With X-Mas Project[edit]

  • X-Mas Project (1986)

With Axel Rudi Pell[edit]

With Laos[edit]

  • Laos (1989)
  • We Want It (EP, 1990)
  • More than a Feeling (EP, 1993)
  • Come Tomorrow (EP, 1993)

With Headhunter[edit]

  • Parody of Life (1990)
  • A Bizarre Gardening Accident (1993)
  • Rebirth (1994)
  • Parasite of Society (2008)

With Schwarzarbeit[edit]

  • Third Album' (1990)

With Grave Digger[edit]

With Running Wild[edit]

With Glenmore[edit]

  • For the Sake of Truth (1994)

With House of Spirits[edit]

  • Turn of the Tide (1994)
  • Psychosphere (1999)

With Unleashed Power[edit]

  • Mindfailure (1997)
  • Absorbed (EP, 1999)

With Andreas Butler[edit]

  • Achterbahn Fahrn (1995)

With Stratovarius[edit]

With Avalon[edit]

  • Mystic Places (1997)

With Die Herzensbrecher[edit]

  • Seid Glücklich Und Mehret Euch (1998)

With Andy and The Traceelords[edit]

  • Pussy! (1998)

With Saxon[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

With Metal Sword[edit]

  • Metal Sword (1986)

With Kaledon[edit]

  • Chapter 3: The Way of the light (2005)

With Beto Vázquez Infinity[edit]

With Tom Angelripper[edit]

  • Ein Schöner Tag (1995)


Michael currently uses Kirchhoff Schlagwerk drums made of acrylic, Meinl AMUN/MB20 Series cymbals, DW 5000 Delta Accelerator pedals, and Vic Firth sticks. Previously he used Premier drums primarily and Tama drums on some occasions. A 6.5x14 Ludwig Supraphonic super sensitive snare has been a mainstay. recently, he has been using a bronze Supraphonic(standard strainer)

Tour kit (2010)[edit]

Kirchhoff Schlagwerk Acrylic Drums with artic clear/snow vivid finish

  • 10x8' Tom
  • 12x9' Tom
  • 14x14' Floor Tom
  • 16x16' Floor Tom
  • 22x20' Bass Drum x2
  • 14x6,5' Snare
  • 12x5' Snare
  • 10x5' Snare

Cymbals by Meinl

  • MB20-10RS-B 10" Rock Splash MB20
  • MB20-12RS-B 12" Rock Splash MB20
  • MB20-14HSW-B 14" Heavy Soundwave Hihat, pair MB20
  • MB20-15HSW-B 15" Heavy Soundwave Hihat, pair MB20
  • MB20-16MHC-B 16" Medium Heavy Crash MB20
  • MB20-18MHC-B 18" Medium Heavy Crash MB20
  • MB20-20MHC-B 20" Medium Heavy Crash MB20
  • MB20-16HC-B 16" Heavy Crash MB20
  • MB20-17HC-B 17" Heavy Crash MB20
  • MB20-18HC-B 18" Heavy Crash MB20
  • MB20-19HC-B 19" Heavy Crash MB20
  • MB20-20HC-B 20" Heavy Crash MB20
  • MB20-18RCH-B 18" Rock China MB20
  • MB20-20RCH-B 20" Rock China MB20
  • MB20-20MHR-B 20" Medium Heavy Ride MB20
  • MB20-20HR-B 20" Heavy Ride MB20


  • Vic Firth "American classic rock Jörg Michael weight"

Drum chair by Tama


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Stratovarius". Allmusic. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Headhunter". Allmusic. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 

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