Mikhail Gorsheniov

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Mikhail Gorsheniov
Король и Шут на Доброфест 2011.jpg
Background information
Native name
Михаил Юрьевич Горшенёв
Born(1973-08-07)7 August 1973
Pikalyovo, USSR
Died19 July 2013(2013-07-19) (aged 39)
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Genreshorror punk
punk rock
folk rock
hard rock
art punk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, composer, voice actor
Associated actsKorol i Shut

Mikhail "The Pot" Gorsheniov (Russian: Михаил "Горшок" Горшенёв, full name given at birth – Михаил Юрьевич Горшенёв; 1973–2013) was a lead singer and composer of Russian horror punk/hard rock band Korol i Shut (The King and the Jester).


Gorsheniov formed the band in 1988 with his classmates. Soon after that, he invited his friend Andrei Kniazev (also known as The Prince) to join the band. Knyazev would become the second singer and the main lyricist. The band's music consisted of various elements of punk rock, hard rock, art rock and gothic rock. Korol i Shut went on to become a number one rock band in Russia. They were the most successful and well-known Russian punk and hard rock act of the decade (2001–2011). The band had many nominations for most every Russian music award and won almost all of them. Mikhail also worked in theater and had a lot of collaborations with other Russian rock musicians.[1]

Mikhail was largely known for his menacing and sinister stage appearance. For a long time he had almost no upper teeth (he lost them by the age of 10). By the beginning of the 21st century he had only two fangs in his upper jaw and it made him look like a vampire or demon. Later Gorsheniov began to use dentures.


Funeral of Mikhail Gorsheniov

Gorsheniov had admitted to being a longtime drug addict and heroin user.[2] His unsuccessful struggle with his addiction caused his death on 19 July 2013 of heart failure due to alcoholic cardiomyopathy, as one source attributed it to a drug relapse.[3] According to his wishes, he was cremated in Saint Petersburg and his ashes buried in Bogoslovskoe Cemetery of the city.

Personal life[edit]

Gorsheniov was married twice and had a daughter from his second marriage.


With Korol i Shut:

Date of Release Title Translation
1996 Камнем по голове Stone to the Head
1997 Король и Шут King and Jester
1999 Акустический альбом Acoustic Album
1999 Ели мясо мужики (live) Men Were Eating Meat
2000 Герои и злодеи Heroes and Villains
2001 Собрание Gathering
2001 Как в старой сказке Like in an Old Tale
2002 Жаль, нет ружья! Alas, I Have No Rifle!
2003 Мёртвый анархист (DVD) Dead Anarchist
2004 Бунт на корабле Riot on the Ship
2006 Продавец кошмаров Trader of Nightmares
2007 Страшные Сказки Scary Tales
2008 Тень Клоуна The Clown's Shadow
2010 Театр демона Demon's Theatre
2011 TODD. Акт 1. Праздник крови TODD. Act 1. Feast of Blood
2012 TODD. Акт 2. На краю TODD. Act 2. At the Edge

Solo albums:

2005 – I'm Alcoholic Anarchist ("Я алкоголик-анархист")


  1. ^ Evgenia Libabova "And the living ones will sing about dead" (И живые споют про мертвецов) – authorized biography of Korol i Shut
  2. ^ Ilya Stogoff "Greshniki" (The Sinners), St. Petersburg, 2007
  3. ^ Mikhail Gorsheniov died of drug overdose