Michael Monroe to reform original Hanoi Rocks line-up – Metal Planet Music
Michael Monroe, who turned 60 in June, will celebrate with fanfare at the Helsinki Ice Hall on September 23.
Now Monroe reveals the big news: For the grand finale of the concert, the original line-up of Hanoi Rocks, one of the most important Finnish rock bands of all time, will take the stage: Michael Monroe, Andy McCoy, Sami Yaffa, Nasty Suicide and GypCasino.
The quintet, which opened a historic chapter on the world music scene, was last seen performing at Tavastia in Helsinki on July 27, 1982.
Internationally recognized throughout their career, Hanoi Rocks have had a great impact on rock history. Several international bands, such as Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses and Skid Row, recognize the influence of Hanoi Rocks and hold the band in very high regard.
For decades there have been an endless amount of requests to reform the original line-up and for the legendary band to perform live. An idea that once seemed impossible now becomes a reality at Monroe’s 60th birthday concert.
“This is the only appropriate time and place for the original five members of Hanoi Rocks to take the stage to perform together after a hiatus of more than forty years,” begins Michael. “This is not a Hanoi Rocks reunion, but a unique part of the anniversary concert.
At first I planned to keep it a surprise, but after thinking about it, I realized that it wouldn’t be fair, especially to the fans, not to make this public in advance and everyone should have the chance to be there. ”
Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy founded Hanoi Rocks in the late 1970s and the band’s original line-up was established in 1980. Hanoi Rocks, the first Finnish rock band to break out internationally, recorded their first three albums with the original line-up: Bangkok shocks, Saigon jolts, Hanoi rocks (nineteen eighty one), Eastern rhythm (1982) and Self-destruction blues (1982).
Gyp Casino was replaced in 1982 by Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley who became a full member of Hanoi Rocks.
Razzle died in a tragic accident in 1984. Unfortunately, this led to the band’s untimely demise in early 1985.
Another big surprise for the one-off 60th anniversary concert is that the show’s “backing band” will be the legendary Demolition 23 reunited. Led by Monroe, the band achieved great cult fame, despite only releasing one album (Demolition 23.) in 1994 and broke up soon after. This is the band’s first performance since the band broke up in 1995.
At the 60th anniversary show, Monroe is mainly accompanied by his longtime band Sami Yaffa, Karl Fist of Rock, Rich Jones and Steve Conte. In addition to the original lineup of Hanoi Rocks and Demolition 23, several renowned musicians and artists who have collaborated with Monroe over the years will take to the stage.
The nearly three-hour concert allows fans to hear many Michael Monroe classics throughout the evening. To top off the event, the lights and visuals are designed by internationally acclaimed global phenomenon, Mikki Kunttu.
Michael Monroe 60th Birthday Concert
Jäähalli of Helsinki
At 6:00 p.m.
Tickets from €69.90. Tickets are sold by Lippu.fi