A very special show will take place this Sunday, August 15 as guitarist Nasty Suicide takes the stage with his former HANOI ROCKS bandmate Michael Monroe at the Ankkarock festival in Korso, Vantaa, in the greater Helsinki area of Finland. Steve Conte, Michael's regular guitarist, has had to cancel the show due to urgent family matters.
Commented Monroe: "Unfortunately, Steve Conte had to fly home due to family reasons and so he cannot perform with us at Ankkarock. Luckily, our dear friend Nasty agreed to get on stage with us.
"We are very grateful to Nasty and are looking forward to performing with him.
"It has been 15 years since me, Sami and Nasty last played a whole set together."
Last weekend, Michael Monroe performed at Summer Sonic, the biggest festival in Japan. The first night the band stirred up the audience in Osaka, after which Michael featured during Slash's set. During the wild performance Monroe broke two of his rib bones, but it did not prevent him from performing to tens of thousands of fans the next day in Tokyo.
"During the one song I performed with Slash, I fell down while running to greet the fans and managed to hit a metal pipe in the fence," Monroe said. "I broke a few ribs but, however, performed with my own band the next day in Tokyo and will definitely play a full show in Ankkarock."
Professionally filmed video footage of Monroe's performance at this year's Summer Sonic festival — which was held August 7-8, 2010 in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan — can be viewed below.
As previously reported, Michael Monroe will release a new live album, "Another Night In The Sun", in Europe and Japan on September 22. The CD was recorded in early July during a private concert at the Tavastia club in Helsinki and will be mixed and mastered by Niko Bolas (NEIL YOUNG, FRANK SINATRA, KEITH RICHARDS, KISS, SPINAL TAP) in Los Angeles.
"Another Night In The Sun" features highlights from Monroe's solo career, a few HANOI ROCKS classics and two brand new songs: "You're Next" and "Motorheaded For A Fall".
Michael Monroe's solo band has been on the road during the early part of the summer, touring major European and Finnish festivals, including Download (U.K.), Sweden Rock (Sweden) and Ruisrock (Finland).
The band features bassist Sami Yaffa, who has played with a remarkable variety of bands including HANOI ROCKS, NEW YORK DOLLS and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, and guitarist Ginger, who has dazzled audiences over the world with his band THE WILDHEARTS. Also on guitar is Steve Conte, the NEW YORK DOLLS master fretman who has played with Willy DeVille and his own bands THE CRAZY TRUTH, CROWN JEWELS and COMPANY OF WOLVES. Rounding out the band is drummer Karl "Rockfist" Rosqvist, whose resume includes providing rhythm for the likes of CHELSEA SMILES and DANZIG.
Michael Monroe has long been at the forefront of breaking music barriers. The Finnish musician and multi-instrumentalist rose to fame as the singer for HANOI ROCKS and has served as the frontman for many all-star collaborations, including GUNS N' ROSES and DEMOLITION 23 with Little Steven. Coming off the HANOI ROCKS reunion from 2002-2008, Michael returns with his highly anticipated new group. Together they will perform an assortment of material ranging from HANOI ROCKS and DEMOLITION 23 classics, Michael Monroe solo favorites and some brand new songs the band has written over the last few months.