Video premiere: Michael Monroe – Ballad Of The Lower East Side
Michael Monroe has confirmed the release of new studio album Horns And Halos for August 26.
The video for first single Ballad Of The Lower East Side includes a nod to Michael’s early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-80s break-up of Hanoi Rocks.
The clip – directed by celebrated videographer/photographer Ville Juurikkala, who has photographed Michael for the past 10 years as well as working with Linkin Park, Good Charlotte and HIM, among others – features archive footage and photos of Michael in prime Big Apple mode, interlaced with current live and backstage scenes.
Says Monroe: “Ballad Of The Lower East Side is about New York, and especially that particular area – what it was way back in the days when I lived there; it shows how times have changed and how it is today. New York has always been an important city for me since I lived there for 10 years, and two members of our band still live there. It’s the city of all cities!”
Ballad Of The Lower East Side is available digitally today (April 19) via Spinefarm Records; a limited-edition coloured vinyl 7-inch version will follow via What Records exclusively – go to www.whatrecords.co.uk for more details.
Monroe’s touring and recording outfit now consists of bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company Of Wolves), guitarist Dregen (Backyard Babies, formerly of Hellacopters fame, now a full-blooded band member, taking over from Ginger Wildheart) and drummer Karl ‘Rockfist’ Rosqvist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig).
A string of MM UK shows/festivals will be announced shortly for 2013.