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Michael Monroe: Another Night In The Sun/Live In Helsinki

Album Review

Hanoi Rocks legend with Ginger and friends.

In the early 80s, during Hanoi Rocks’ brief reign as the most exciting rock‘n’roll band in the world, Michael Monroe was the most glamorous rock star of his generation, fronting the Finnish band with the raw charisma of a young Mick Jagger and a pretty-boy pout that made Vince Neil look like a pre-op hooker.

Thirty years on, Monroe’s face tells the story of his life as a true rock‘n’roll survivor. And on this new live album he exudes absolute conviction and the ageless energy of Iggy Pop. 

Recorded in July 2010 it sees Monroe backed by ex-Hanoi bassist Sami Yaffa, drummer Karl Rosqvist (Danzig) and two guitarists: Steve Conte (New York Dolls) and Wildhearts mainman Ginger. 

The set mixes Hanoi classics, vintage punk covers, highlights from Monroe’s post-Hanoi career, and even the previously unreleased You’re Next (pure aggro) and Motorheaded For A Fall (as gonzoid as its title suggests). And with no overdubs (Monroe describes the sound as “rough and ready-or-not”) this is live rock’n’roll at its most authentic.

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