Kenny Håkansson

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This article is about the bass player of the bands Entombed and the Heliacopters. For the progg guitaist of the same name, see Baby Grandmothers, Mecki Mark Men, and Kebnekajse.
Kenny Håkansson
Kenny Håkansson playing bass with the Hellacopters.
Background information
Birth name Kenny Håkansson
Also known as Kenny Hellacopter, John Lee Hellacopter
Born (1972-11-25) November 25, 1972 (age 44)
Genres Garage rock, rock, garage punk, punk rock, garage rock revival, power pop, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels Psychout, White Jazz, Earache, BMG, Sub Pop, Birdsnest, Sweet Nothing, Musikexpressen, Universal, Lookout!, Columbia
Associated acts The Hellacopters, Entombed, The Clint Eastwood Experience, Blasphemy, Maximal Skandal, Parodi, Brain Dead Bodies, The Breaking, Belsen Barnen, Baby Woodrose
Notable instruments
1969 Fender Jazz Bass

Kenny Håkansson is the bassist of the highly influential Swedish rock and roll band the Hellacopters. The Hellacopters were founded by Håkansson's childhood friend Nicke Andersson as a side project to his role as a drummer in the heavy metal band Entombed, considered to be founders of death 'n' roll.

Recording career[edit]

During his younger years Håkansson regularly went through his father's record collection along with Andersson, and the two soon became fans of bands such as the mc5, the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Damned and the Rolling Stones.[1]

The Hellacopters have released six full-length albums with their own material, two non-album work compilations, and many other official releases. They have also done several tours throughout Scandinavia, Europe, the U.S.A., and Australia; they have opened for the Rolling Stones, KISS, and ZZ Top, and collaborated with artists such as Scott Morgan, the Flaming Sideburns, Backyard Babies, Quadrajets and Gluecifer. In late 2007 the band announced that they were going to break up after the release of their collection of cover songs, Head Off, and their Tour Before the Fall which ended in late October 2008.

Besides his work with the Hellacopters, Håkansson has also contributed songs for his bandmate Robert Dahlqvist's side project Thunder Express, The doits albums, as well as with lyrics for Entombed's early records. He also recorded and toured with Art-rock band Sofia Härdig and The Needles. He is now playing bass with Mary´s Kids.

Håkansson's main instrument is a highly road-worn 1969 Fender Jazz Bass with almost all its paint stripped off due to constant use.[2] For amplification Håkansson uses an Orange OR120 amplifer head which he runs through an Ampeg 8x10 cabinet; he occasionally also uses an Ampeg head with the same cabinet.[3]

Selected discography[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Archived December 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Peter Henley. "BBC News - Hampshire & Isle of Wight". Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  3. ^ "The Crimson Ballroom - 'Copters Gear". 2002-11-10. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 

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