Michael Monroe: ‘My New Band’s Not A Solo Project’
Michael Monroe has exclusively told Classic Rock that his new band will be playing a show in London at the end of March.
“The date and venue are still to be confirmed, but it is definitely happening. We’re also gonna play dates in Sweden and Finland. Those will be our first gigs in Europe.”
The live set will not only include new songs, but also span Monroe’s whole career.
“There will be Hanoi Rocks songs, something from my solo career and also the other band I was with, Demolition 23. But this is not me and my backing band. We are very democratic. Sticking to Michael Monroe as the band name makes sense, because it’s just so hard to come up with a good name these days. Besides, I have a little history behind me, so we don’t have to try and explain too much about where we come from.”
The idea for this new venture happened last Summer, when Monroe met up with old Hanoi bassist Sami Yaffa, now with the New York Dolls.
“I got onstage with the Dolls when they did a gig in Helsinki, and played saxophone on Personality Crisis and Hey Bo Diddley. That was a thrill. Afterwards, Sami mentioned that he would like to work with me again. The Dolls have virtually got a year off, so it all made sense.
“So we started writing songs together, and then got in touch with (drummer) Jimmy Clark. There had been a plan for the three of us to work together in another band with Little Steven a while back, but that all fell apart. But Jimmy seemed right for this. Sami then suggested Todd Youth on guitar. I met up with him and we really clicked.”
The final part of the line-up fell into place when Ginger was brought into the fold.
“It came about after I guested onstage with The Wildhearts at a Finnish festival We did Kick Out The Jams, and then Ginger and I began to chat about collaborating on a project some time in the future. I told him about my plans with this new band, but neither of us thought any more about it. Then, we met up again at an Alice Cooper show, and Ginger said he’d really like to be part of this.”
The five members already have an album’s worth of songs ready, and have also been busy rehearsing in Los Angeles for dates on the West Coast of America in March – the first time they’ll have been seen live.
“We decided to base ourselves here, because…well, it just seemed logical. Todd lives in the area, I’m in Finland, Jimmy’s in Nashville, Ginger’s in England and Sami’s in New York. We had to choose somewhere, so why not LA?”
The band aim to start recording in the Spring, with an album expected out in the Autumn.
“Right now we have no record deal, and we’re in no rush to sign one. We’d rather create a buzz, and let people come to us. But I’m just looking forward to a very busy time!”
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