I was standing near the food at a small Austin, Texas, music venue during SXSW in March 2010 when I see someone signing an autograph for a very eager fan. The someone looked for all the world like Ginger (the Wildhearts), but why on earth would he be in the same space and time as me. I mean, sure, I was there to see Michael Monroe's new band, but.....
And then llight dawned. Holy fuck. Ginger must be in MM's band! A few minutes later the Michael Monroe band took the stage and sure enough, there he was, along with Sami Yaffa, Steve Conte, Karl Rockfist, and of source, Michael himself. Rock n' roll bliss of a sort rarely experienced ensued.
Hope as I might, however, a proper US tour never materialized, and now Ginger is gone. Ginger puts it down to differences between he and Michael's management, and given the amount of public amity in place between all parties, there's no reason to doubt the veracity of this statement.
Even so, I couldn't help but be crestfallen that I wouldn't get to see this spectacular line-up again. Steve Conte assured me that this will remain a great rock n' roll band, and I know in my heart-of-hearts that he's probably right. An announcement on a new guitarist will come on Tuesday, just in time for the band's opening slot for Foo Fighters in Helsinki.
Ginger has two great(est hits) album
s out now. Michael's 'Sensory Overdrive' album is set to release here in the States in September (hopefully with a tour). Enjoy both. But in the meantime, enjoy this. Ginger's farewell gig: Finland, June 17, 2011