Former HANOI ROCKS guitarist Andy McCoy's first-ever art exhibition will be held at Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki, Finland from Thursday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30 (open each day from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.). In addition to the collection of Andy's own paintings, there will be photographs of Andy from the last 20-plus years from Swedish photographer Oskar Ohlson, paintings from late Dutch rock and roll artist and painter Herman Brood, and paintings from former WHITESNAKE guitarist Adrian Vandenberg.A February 2010 video message from Andy McCoy can be viewed below. In the four-minute clip, McCoy talks about his upcoming plans, including the aforemention art exhibition, his side project GREASE HELMET (which features members of AMORPHIS) and a new solo album. McCoy previously stated about his upcoming solo CD, "It will be released under the name Andy McCoy." He added, "There's already heavy interest from the labels. We are looking at the way to release it simultaneously worldwide." Regarding the musical direction of the album, Andy stated, "I am really trying to get back to my roots with the new material." McCoy's decadent autobiography, "Sheriff McCoy: Legend of Hanoi Rocks", is now available in English for the first time in a deluxe hardcover edition through North American publisher Bazillion Points. A national icon in his native Finland, McCoy has been called the Finnish Keith Richards — except Richards only fell out of a coconut tree; Andy McCoy fell from a fourth-story balcony and lived to tell the tale. His over-the-top image and streetwise bending of punk, glam, and old-fashioned rock 'n' roll inspired a generation of platinum-selling bands — rock authors Slash of GUNS N' ROSES and Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE have already admitted their musical and stylistic debts. Now the real McCoy speaks from the heart on subjects including rock stardom, true love, his arsenal of vintage guitars, and surviving every imaginable variety of intoxication.
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