MICHAEL MONROE has long been at the forefront of breaking music barriers. The Finnish musician and multi-instrumentalist rose to fame as the singer for HANOI ROCKS and has served as the frontman for many all-star collaborations including GUNS ‘N ROSES and DEMOLITION 23 with Little Steven. Coming off the Hanoi Rocks reunion from 2002-2008, Michael returns with his highly anticipated new group. Together they will perform an assortment of material ranging from Hanoi Rocks and Demolition 23 classics, Michael Monroe solo favourites and three to four brand new songs the band has written over the last few months.
The band features bassist SAMI YAFFA who has played with a remarkable variety of bands including Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and guitarist GINGER who has dazzled audiences over the world with his band The Wildhearts. Also on guitar is STEVE CONTE, the New York Dolls master frontman who has played with Willy DeVille and his own bands The Crazy Truth, Crown Jewels and Company of Wolves.
Rounding out the band is drummer KARL “ROCKFIST” ROSQVIST, whose resume includes providing rhythm for the likes of Chelsea Smiles and Danzig.
Look for more from MONROE and his band as they are set to enter the studio in the spring to record a new album for the fall.
MICHAEL MONROE is vocalist and, if need be, multi-instrumentalist, Michael Monroe is a man born for the stage. After being inspired by Black Sabbath on TV at the tender age of eight he further educated himself with the works of Alice Cooper, Little Richard and The Rolling Stones. He decided to become a rock’n'roll frontman and never looked back. His old school mates still remember him as the guy with longest hair in not only the school but in the whole city. The guy with an outrageous taste for clothes who dropped out of school during a field trip to Stockholm to become a full time rocker.
After the whirlwind crash and burn of the early Hanoi Rocks years Michael relocated to New York City and launched a successful solo career that spanned until the rebirth of Hanoi Rocks.
With his critically acclaimed first worldwide solo release “Not Fakin’ It” (1989) he was well on the way to mega stardom in the States but due to a disagreement with him over the marketing tactics, his record label “pulled the plug” on the record, which is best remembered by the video of the song “Dead, Jail Or Rock’n'Roll” featuring a cameo from Axl Rose.
During his 10 years of living in New York he made quite a few quest appearances on different artists’ records. For example, with Guns N’ Roses on their “Use Your Illusion” and “Spaghetti Incident” albums, as well as recording Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” with Slash for the “Coneheads” movie soundtrack in 1993.
Monroe’s 1994 solo band project and album “Demolition 23″ (produced by Little Steven Van Zandt) featured Sami Yaffa (Hanoi’s original bass player) on bass and later on tour guitarist Jay Hening (R.I.P.) was replaced by original Hanoi guitarist Nasty Suicide.
In the late 1990′s Michael packed his bags and cat and moved to Finland relocating to the country’s old capital Turku where he lives today.