CR AWARDS: Michael Monroe
It was a fight to the finish… or should that be ‘Finnish’? All hail Michael Monroe, who beat off stiff competition to win the Album Of The Year gong with Sensory Overdrive.
Album Of The Year (sponsored by Eagle Vision)
Winner: Michael Monroe for Sensory Overdrive, presented by Duff McKagan
Michael, that was one of the longest acceptance speeches in the history of the Crocks. Can we deduce that you are pretty excited?
Michael Monroe (indignantly): Bullshit! Vintage Trouble went on twice as long as I did. And anyway, who gives a fuck. I’ve waited thirty years for something like this, especially to have it presented by dear Duff…
How well do you guys know one another?
Monroe (going to cheek to cheek with McKagan): How does it look like? C’Mon…
Duff McKagan: Put it like this: I was meant to be on a plane to South America but when I heard I was giving an award to Michael – this is Michael fucking Monroe – I said, ‘I’ll stay’. He’s a godlike figure. He sang on one of our fucking records [a cover of The Dead Boys’ Ain’t It Fun that appeared on GN’R’s The Spaghetti Incident?]. He feels like one of us. He’s been chopped down a few times…
… But he keeps on coming back?
McKagan: Exactly. His knees are bloodied, but not only does he always recover – he’s also the first one back on his feet. When I’m tired and on tour I just think of Michael. Michael always makes me think: ‘It’s going to be okay’. He’s always the first to lead the charge.
When you consider how many amazing albums were released during the last 12 months, to be named top of the pile is pretty fucking special.
Monroe: It’s amazing. It’s really hard to believe, even. But I’d better believe it. It is a good record. The reviews have been amazing; all nine out of tens and four out of fives; I’ve been blown away. Not only for us, but for the sake of good, honest, straight-head rock ‘n’ roll. It’s great that people want to hear it again. Classic Rock magazine has done a great job of keeping authentic rock ‘n’ roll alive, and I’d like to thank you for that.
Who have you been socialising with?
Monroe: So many people. Rat Scabies [former drummer of The Damned]…
McKagan (incredulously): Rat Scabies is here?! Holy fuck…
Duff, you recently hinted that Velvet Revolver might have found their new frontman.
McKagan: I did?! Remind me what I said?
That you’d jammed with a guy in New York that might fit the bill?
McKagan: Oh… yeah… Slash, Matt [Sorum, drums] and I played this benefit show and this guy got up with us – a friend of Slash’s – but no, don’t go reading anything too serious into that.
(Interview: Dave Ling)
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