I've been carrying on for a while now about all thing's Michael Monroe, ever since my March sighting of the new band melted my brain while at the same time instantly making order out of decades of personal history. I've been carrying on so much I'd even begun to wonder if maybe I wasn't crazy. Maybe I just saw exactly the right band at exactly the right place and time and it all came together.
But then the following evidence surfaced -- a high-on-the-bill, main stage appearance at SummerSonic 2010 Festival in Tokyo -- and suddenly I"m more sure than ever. If there is better rock n' roll band on the planet right now I'd like to know who they are.
Not hipper. Not younger. Not cooler. Not cuter. Better.
In 1984, shortly after Hanoi Rocks moved from Stockholm (where they’d already resettled from their hometown of Helsinki) to London, Sami Yaffa, Nasty Suicide, and Razzle recorded with Knox, singer/songwriter of the Vibrators, as Fallen Angels. Mike Monroe and Andy McCoy also guested on the record, credited as Cosmic Ted and the Psychedelic Kid.
Knox, who shared management with Hanoi Rocks, had a lot of material he hadn’t recorded with the Vibrators, and the managers, doing what they...
Most recently before rejoining Michael Monroe in his current band, bassist Sami Yaffa was standing in for the late Arthur "Killer" Kane in the reconstituted New York Dolls. The musical crossover could not be more fitting, much of the Dolls catalogue clearly having a direct influence on Hanoi Rocks and the song featured below lending its name to Sami' s first big post-Hanoi gig, Jetboy.
Some folks try to d...
A long time ago, on a shoreline far far away there lived a boy who liked nothing more than rifling through his parents’ record collections, putting the headphones on, and disappearing to a place even further away. Particular favorites included: ‘Sgt. Pepper’s,’ ‘Apostrophe,’ ‘Cruisin’ With Ruben and the Jets,’ and ‘Out Of The Blue.’
The first album I ever owned was K-tels ‘Disco Nights’ compilation. Grandmas are ...
In GonzoGeek's on-going quest to pimp a band that needs no pimping, please enjoy the following: Jason Bonham playing drums as Chickenfoot covers Led Zeppelin's 'Rock and Roll' in Vegas over the weekend.
Witness! Chad Smith 'playing guitar'. See! Jason Bonham drumming. Experience! Sammy Hagar vocalizing. Hear! Joe Satriani shredding. Acknowledge! The presence of Michael Anthony.
I don't remember listening to 10 albums that came out in 2008, so that either disqualifies me from contributing this sort of list or gives me license to submit the following...
My Top 10 Musical Moments of 2008:
1) Faster Pussycat - Live at Rock The Bayou
2) The Sword - 'Gods of The Earth'
3) The Sword - Live at Rudyards
4) Jetboy - Live at Rock The Bayou
5) Fratellis - 'Mistress Mabel', Live at Glastonbury
6) Supersuckers - 'Get It To...