Michael McKeegan

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Michael McKeegan
Therapy? at Alternative Ulster Birthday Party, 2006.jpg
Michael McKeegan on stage with Therapy? at the Alternative Ulster Birthday Party, 4 June 2006.
Background information
Birth name Michael Robert McKeegan
Born (1971-03-23) 23 March 1971 (age 44)
Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Genres Alternative metal
Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1988–present
Labels Demolition Records
Associated acts Therapy?

Michael Robert McKeegan (born 23 March 1971, in Larne, Northern Ireland) is best known as the bassist with the rock band, Therapy?.

Evil Priest[edit]

In 1988, McKeegan (bass/vocals), along with his two brothers Ciaran (guitar) and Charlie (drums), formed a heavy metal band, Evil Priest. The group recorded two demo cassettes - "Pretention Is No Excuse" and "Hear No Evil...". The fledgling group disbanded in 1989 when Michael McKeegan joined Therapy?.[1]


Main article: Therapy?

In 1989, while McKeegan was still at school, his classmate Fyfe Ewing handed him a four song cassette that he had recorded with Andy Cairns, entitled "Thirty Seconds Of Silence". McKeegan was so impressed he immediately joined as Therapy?'s bassist, and soon recorded his first material with the band; another four track demo tape entitled "Meat Abstract". He has since recorded twelve full-length albums, two mini-albums, two compilation albums and numerous EPs. Along with Cairns, McKeegan is the only original member still with the band.[2]

Sons Of Massey[edit]

In the late 1990s, McKeegan joined the short-lived Belfast based group, Sons Of Massey, along with his brother Charlie McKeegan (drums), Robyn G. Shiels (vocals/guitar) and Paul Kinghan (guitar). The group played live around Northern Ireland and recorded a demo at Einstein Studios in County Antrim.[3]


In the March 1998 issue of Guitar magazine, McKeegan stated:

"Chris Sheldon recommended I hired in this Music Man StingRay - then we wangled that the hire cost came off the price, so in the end I bought it for 500 quid which is a bargain. It's the best bass I've ever played. I got a new Mesa/Boogie head and a Mesa/Boogie cab as well, 2x15"s whereas I usually use an 8x10" - I needed something to really give a big bottom end 'cos on some tracks I tuned down to D or even C. I used a Boss Bass Overdrive too, but some of the more fuzzy bass is Mr Coloursound and his wonderful pedals again. Then I used the pitch-shift on a Digitech Whammy pedal for some of the higher notes... oh, and I attacked the bass with the leg off Martin's cello. It's a very useful thing to have around".

In August 2003, he posted the following message on the official Therapy? website:

"For Troublegum and Infernal Love I used the black Status bass with an Ampeg Svt1 head and an Ampeg 8x10 cabinet. For Semi-Detached I used the Sunburst Musicman and a Mesa Boogie 4oo+ through a Mesa Boogie 2x15 cabinet. Suicide Pact was the Sunburst Musicman with the Mesa 400+ head through the Ampeg 8x10, Shameless was the Blue Musicman through a Mesa 400+ and a 2x15 Mesa cabinet. High Anxiety was the Blue Musicman with various weird heads through a Harke 4 x10 cabinet. In conjunction with all these set ups I normally use a Sans Amp bass driver pedal and Boss Bass Overdrive and Morley Bass wahs for the squally sounds… Hope you are confused. I am. For the record I NEVER had a Westone Thunder 1a. That is a reference to Andy’s first ever bass guitar but I never dabbled. Aria Pro II when I could afford them! Other guitars… Status Buzzard, Fender Sunburst Precision and a Sunburst Fender Jazz have all made appearances on record and live".[4]


Nicknamed 'The Evil Priest', McKeegan is known for his friendliness towards Therapy?'s fans - during gigs he often converses with members of the audience between songs, and regularly posts messages on the bands' official message boards. He lives in Belfast, with his Dutch wife whom he married in September 2008. He appeared as a judge on BBC Northern Ireland's ATL Rock School 2007.[5]

Since 2013 McKeegan has written a monthly column for the UK's Bass Guitar Magazine, where he also reviews bass guitars and amplifiers.




  • "Meat Abstract" (1990)
  • "Teethgrinder" (1992)
  • "Shortsharpshock" (E.P.) (1993)
  • "Face the Strange" (E.P.) (1993)
  • "Opal Mantra" (1993)
  • "Nowhere" (1994)
  • "Trigger Inside" (1994)
  • "Die Laughing" (1994)
  • "Isolation" (1994)
  • "Femtex" (1994)
  • "Stories" (1995)
  • "Loose" (1995)
  • "Diane" (1995)
  • "Stories" (re-release) (1996)
  • "Bad Mother" (1996)
  • "Church Of Noise" (1998)
  • "Lonely, Cryin', Only" (1998)
  • "Hate Kill Destroy" (2000)
  • "Bad Karma Follows You Around" (2000)
  • "Gimme Back My Brain" (2001)
  • "I Am The Money" (2001)
  • "If It Kills Me/Rust" (2003)
  • "My Voodoo Doll" (2003)
  • "Polar Bear/Rock You Monkeys" (2005)
  • "Rain Hits Concrete" (E.P.) (2006)
  • "Crooked Timber" (2009)
  • "Exiles" (2010)
  • "Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing" (2012)
  • "Still Hurts" (2015)
  • "Deathstimate" (2015)
  • "Tides/Insecurity" (2016)

Other releases[edit]

  • Pretention Is No Excuse (1988) - Demo tape (with Evil Priest)
  • Hear No Evil... (1988) - Demo tape (with Evil Priest)
  • Meat Abstract (1989) - Demo tape
  • Caucasian Psychosis (1992) - a US compilation of the first two mini-albums
  • Have a Merry Fucking Christmas (1992) - a 7" given away at Dublin and Belfast gigs
  • Born In A Crash (1993) - a European only mini-album
  • Hats Off to the Insane (1993) - a US and Japan only mini-album
  • Live In Japan (Fan Club Edition) (1994) - a fan-club only cassette recorded live in Tokyo in October 1993
  • Official Fan Club (1996) - a fan-club only CD recorded live in Arnhem in July 1995
  • Sons Of Massey (1999) - Demo CD (with Sons Of Massey)
  • Scopophobia (2003) - a DVD release recorded live in Belfast's Mandela Hall in June 2003, plus promo video clips and extras
  • Gold (2007) - a DVD release featuring promo video clips
  • Webgig (2007) - a live studio video/audio download from the official website, recorded in September 2006
  • The Gemil Box (2013) - career spanning box set recorded between 1989-2011
  • Stories: The Singles Collection (2014) - compilation released by Universal Music
  • Purveyor of Quackery (2015) - 7" limited to 10 copies (with The Gemils)


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