HANOI ROCKS To Play U.K.'s ROCK IN THE CASTLE Festival After All

Legendary Finnish rockers HANOI ROCKS appear to have worked out their differences with the promoters of the Rock In the Castle 2005 festival (set to take place Sept. 17 in the grounds of the U.K.'s Scarborough Castle) and will now appear at the event as scheduled. The group's lead singer, Michael Monroe, has posted the following message on their official web site:

"So dear friends!

"It looks like we are succeeding in our relentless effort to avoid this major disaster... I am at this moment awaiting for the final confirmation on flight details etc. So at this point it's pretty safe to say that we are playing the castle on saturday pretty much as planned — if sumfin' now was to go wrong, at least I myself will be there with anybody else sharing the disappointment — and suing , I guess — myself to kingdom come...whaddevah.

"I must say at this point — much to my horror this morning, I learned that my worst fear had actually come true — someone really had travelled and spent a small fortune in the process, to see us cancelled. So, as I had barely just finished excusing our recent...y'know. So now — just as one would think, no more of this bad-luck-streak could be possible — almost as if it had been planned by some sick sadistic bastard... Well, just to be safe: until things start looking like they're moving on a steadier pace and not everything is such a challenge...

"Thank you, Ginger! You proved to be da man — when I heard Conny [Bloom, HANOI ROCKS guitarist] say — Ginger just heard about this and said right away — if no HANOI, then no WILDHEARTS either... Luckily it did not come to that.

"But at least we, the rockers, still seem to have some power over certain business-money-motivated-killjoy fucks . . . To allow some fun for us few who still have hearts in place of wallets ... See you there!"

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