New single and music video “Old King’s Road” out now!

by Tina ~ September 4th, 2015

MICHAEL MONROE – force of nature, multi-instrumentalist and legendary rock ‘n’ roller has issued a new single / video, ‘Old King’s Road’, through Spinefarm Records on September 4th.

Shot through with the same drive and spirit as ‘Ballad Of The Lower East Side’ from 2013, ‘Old King’s Road’s sees Michael casting an eye over his early career in London.

For the accompanying video, Monroe and band travelled to Brighton, on the UK’s south coast and London, with director / photographer Ville Juurikkala, a man known for capturing rock ‘n’ roll in the raw; Juurikkala has previously worked with some of Finland’s most full-tilt rockers, including Monroe himself. Watch the video below!

Michael Monroe – Old King’s Road

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‘Old King’s Road’ is taken from Monroe’s latest studio album, ‘Blackout States’, the follow-up to ‘Horns And Halosa Finnish chart-topper in 2013. Produced by Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Nomads, etc.) and mixed by Petri Majuri, ‘Blackout States’ features 13 new tracks and is set for release on October 9th, also through Spinefarm.

As with ‘Horns…’, these new recordings see Monroe both looking to the future and honouring the past, with songs such as ‘R.L.F’ and ‘The Bastard’s Bash’ showing no mellowing of attitude or intent…

“I’m extremely excited about our new album,” says the front-man. “It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock ‘n’ roll record – strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all cliches, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend ‘Blackout States’ to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock ‘n’ roll at its best sounds like today.”

In celebration of the album’s release, Monroe will embark on a European tour that will see Monroe & band visiting the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy & Switzerland as well as Finland.

Michael Monroe announces Finnish tour

by Tina ~ August 31st, 2015

Michael Monroe has announced a record release tour for Finland. The tour starts in November and visits all major cities in Finland. Ticket sales start on Tuesday, September 1st.

Michael Monroe: Blackout States -tour, Finland

Pe 27.11.2015 Jyväskylä, Lutakko (all ages)

La 28.11.2015 Joensuu, Kerubi

Pe 04.12.2015 Kotka, Kymenlaakson Suurimmat Pikkujoulut

La 05.12.2015 Helsinki, Tavastia (all ages)

La 05.12.2015 Helsinki, Tavastia

Pe 11.12.2015 Tampere, Pakkahuone

La 12.12.2015 Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo

Pe 18.12.2015 Lahti, Finlandia-klubi (all ages)

La 19.12.2015 Turku, M/S Viking Grace

BLACKOUT STATES artwork & track listing revealed! New single Sept. 4th!

by Rich ~ August 24th, 2015

On the verge of releasing his latest solo outing “Blackout States” on October 9th via Spinefarm Records, today MICHAEL MONROE reveals the album artwork and track-listing:

01. This Ain‘t No Love Song
02. Old King‘s Road
03. Goin’ Down With The Ship
04. Keep Your Eye On You
05. The Bastard’s Bash
06. Good Old Bad Days
07. R.L.F.
08. Blackout States
09. Under The Northern Lights
10. Permanent Youth
11. Dead Hearts On Denmark Street
12. Six Feet In The Ground
13. Walk Away
14. Break The Noose (vinyl LP bonus track)

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The highly-anticipated record was produced by Chips Kiesbye (The Hellacopters, Nomads, etc.) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland.

Select few are the ones born to rock and fewer still survive to be called seasoned rock warriors. The Michael Monroe band features nothing but the latter, consisting of bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi RocksNew York Dolls), guitarists Steve Conte (New York DollsWilly DeVille) &  Rich Jones (The Black HalosAmen) and drummer Karl “Rockfist” Rosqvist (The Chelsea SmilesDanzig).

On the new album, the legendary vocalist comments: “I’m extremely excited about our new album, ‘Blackout States’. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock ‘n’ roll record – strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend ‘Blackout States’ to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock ‘n’ roll at its best sounds like today.”

The album release is preceded by the launch of the first single, “Old King´s Road” (out in all digital platforms September 4th) and the accompanying video,  directed by Monroe’s trusted man Ville Juurikkala (“Stained Glass Heart”, “Ballad Of The Lower East Side”).

MICHAEL MONROE will be hitting the road this Fall for a co-headlining tour with Sweden’s sleazemongers Hardcore Superstar and some very special UK shows with Alice Cooper. Dates below.

Fri 09 Oct – Birmingham, UK – The Library
Sat 10 Oct – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sun 11 Oct – Glasgow, SCOTLAND – Cathouse
Mon 12 Oct – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Tue 13 Oct – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Thu 15 Oct – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Fri 16 Oct – Vaureal, FRANCE – Le Forum
Sat 17 Oct – Rendsburg, GERMANY – Nordmarkhalle
Sun 18 Oct – Kortrijk, BELGIUM – De Kreun
Tue 20 Oct – Frankfurt, GERMANY – Zoom
Wed 21 Oct – Munich, GERMANY – Backstage Halle
Thu 22 Oct – Ludwigsburg, GERMANY – ROFA
Fri 23 Oct – Pisa, ITALY – Borderline
Sat 24 Oct – Ravenna, ITALY – Rock Planet
Sun 25 Oct – Milan, ITALY – Live Club
Tue 27 Oct – Pratteln, SWITZERLAND – Z7
Wed 28 Oct – Dusseldorf, GERMANY – Zakk
Thu 29 Oct – Plymouth, UK – Pavillions w/ Alice Cooper
Fri 30 Oct – Swindon, UK – Oasis w/ Alice Cooper

UK & Mainland Europe tour dates announced

by Rich ~ July 22nd, 2015

The band will be back out on the road in October supporting their brand new album ‘Blackout States‘ with a co-headline tour with Hardcore Superstar! The run starts in Birmingham on Oct 9th and wraps up in Düsseldorf on Oct 28th, following which the Monroes will head back to the UK for 2 very special shows with Alice Cooper! The dates are:

Fri 09 Oct Birmingham UK The Library
Sat 10 Oct Sheffield UK Corporation
Sun 11 Oct Glasgow UK Cathouse
Mon 12 Oct Manchester UK Club Academy
Tue 13 Oct Norwich UK Waterfront
Thu 15 Oct London UK Electric Ballroom
Fri 16 Oct Vaureal FR Le Forum
Sat 17 Oct Rendsburg DE Nordmarkhalle
Sun 18 Oct Kortrijk BE De Kreun
Tue 20 Oct Frankfurt DE Zoom
Wed 21 Oct Munich DE Backstage Halle
Thu 22 Oct Ludwigsburg DE ROFA
Fri 23 Oct Pisa IT Borderline
Sat 24 Oct Ravenna IT Rock Planet
Sun 25 Oct Milan IT Live Club
Tue 27 Oct Pratteln CH Z7
Wed 28 Oct Dusseldorf DE Zakk
Thu 29 Oct Plymouth UK Pavilions (with Alice Cooper)
Fri 30 Oct Swindon UK Oasis (with Alice Cooper)


by Tina ~ May 28th, 2015


MICHAEL MONROE – hugely influential front-man, force of nature, multi-instrumentalist and revered rock ‘n’ roll icon – releases new studio album, ‘Blackout States’, on October 16th 2015 via Spinefarm Records; this 13 track outing, produced by Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Nomads, etc.) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland, is the follow-up to ‘Horns And Halos’ – a Finnish chart-topper in 2013.

With ‘Blackout States’, Monroe’s current touring and recording outfit – bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company Of Wolves), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-Black Halos/Amen) and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig) – provide strong creative support for a ground-breaking artist whose reputation continues to flourish, with many of rock‘n’roll’s most noted performers (including Dave Grohl and Slash) citing his unwavering drive and three-decade-plus career as a genuine source of inspiration.

Indeed, when Slash headlines the Ice Hall in Helsinki on May 28th, Monroe will be the invited Special Guest, opening the show in front of thousands of fans; after that, he heads across to London to play the Camden Rocks Festival on May 30th – this one-off UK appearance (at Camden Proud) will be filmed by celebrated videographer/ photographer Ville Juurikkala as part of the video for the first single from ‘Blackout States’.

As with ‘Horns And Halos’, the new recordings see Monroe both toasting the future and honouring the past, occasionally giving the nod to glam punk pioneers, Hanoi Rocks, the group he forged his name with in the early-to mid-’80s.

Says Monroe: “I’m extremely excited about our new album, ‘Blackout States’. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock‘n’roll record – strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend ‘Blackout States’ to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock‘n’roll at its best sounds like today.”

Monroe has a number of festival appearances locked into place for the spring / summer, with further international touring plans to be announced shortly.

Camden Rocks & A New Video!

by Rich ~ May 11th, 2015

We’ll be onstage at Camden Rocks Festival at 9:15pm at Proud Camden on May 30th. We’re also going to be shooting footage at this show for a brand new video for a song from our new album so get in there early and get your beautiful faces captured on film!

Camden Rocks!

by Rich ~ April 29th, 2015

After playing Helsinki with Slash, the band will be flying over to London to play as part of the massive Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday, May 30th. Tickets and details on the whole line-up are available through the Camden Rocks website. We’re really excited to get back to the UK again, see you all soon! – Rich

Michael Monroe to support Slash in Helsinki Ice Hall in May

by Tina ~ March 6th, 2015

Michael Monroe avaa illan kitaristivirtoosi Slashin kutsumana vieraana Helsingin Jäähallissa torstaina 28. toukokuuta. Konsertin liput ovat myynnissä Lippupalvelussa.

Slash on tunnustautunut Michael Monroen faniksi ja miehet ovatkin ystäviä jo vuosikymmenten takaa. Suomen keikalleen Slash halusikin saada jälleen vieraaksi nimenomaan Monroen yhtyeineen, kuten edellisellä vierailullaan Hartwall Arenassa pari vuotta sitten. Tuolloin Monroe nousi lavalle yleisön yllätykseksi vielä Slashinkin setin aikana nostaen keikkahurmoksen huippuunsa. Nähtäväksi jää millaisia yllätyksiä on tällä kertaa luvassa.

Suomen suosituimpiin rokkareihin kuuluva Michael Monroe on aloittanut tällä viikolla uuden albuminsa studiosessiot Göteborgissa tuottaja Chips Kiesbyen (mm. Hellacopters, Sator, Nomads) kanssa. Uutta musiikkia päästään kuulemaan jo keväällä singlemaistiaisina, itse albumi puolestaan julkaistaan syksyllä.

Guns’n’Rosesin kitaristina maailmanlaajuiseen suosioon 80-luvulla ”Appetite For Destruction” -albumin myötä noussut Slash on lunastanut vuosien saatossa paikkansa yhtenä historian suurimmista kitarasankareista. Grammy-palkitun muusikon tähdittämiä albumeita on myyty maailmanlaajuisesti 100 miljoonaa kappaletta ja herran lähes 30-vuotinen ura on tunnustettu Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -kunnia-arvolla. Slash julkaisi viime syyskuussa kolmannen sooloalbuminsa ”World On Fire”, joka on jatkoa vuonna 2010 alkaneelle yhteistyölle laulaja Myles Kennedyn ja The Conspiratorsin kanssa.


Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (USA)

Special guest: Michael Monroe (FIN)
To 28.5.2015 Helsinki, Jäähalli
Ovet klo 19

Palvelumaksuineen alkaen 59,50 euroa Lippupalvelun myyntipisteistä, puhelinpalvelusta 0600-10-800 (1,96 euroa/min + pvm) ja 0600-10-020 (6,79 euroa/puhelu + pvm) ja netistä

Michael Monroe to release new album this year

by Tina ~ March 2nd, 2015

Finland’s most highly acclaimed rock star Michael Monroe has renewed his recording contract with Universal Music/Spinefarm Records and the band has started work on a new album to be released in autumn 2015.

Says Monroe: “Once again it’s time for a new Michael Monroe album!  We are happy to have recently renewed our deal with Universal Music / Spinefarm and have written a bunch of new songs for the album over the past couple of months. The album is being produced by Swedish producer Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Sator, Nomads) and we started recording it at the end of February in Gothenburg, Sweden. We’re all really excited about the new project. This is guaranteed to become another brilliant new Michael Monroe album!”

The album recordings will continue until mid-March & the first single from the upcoming album will be released in spring. Michael Monroe’s previous album Horns And Halos, released in 2013, was certified gold in Finland.

Win a chance to meet Michael Monroe and his band in Finland

by Tina ~ September 24th, 2014

Vielä ehdit osallistua street teamin kilpailuun, minkä voittajat pääsevät tapaamaan Michael Monroen bändeineen!

For English, see below

Meillä on ilo ja kunnia ilmoittaa, että tulemme järjestämään Meet & Greet -tapaamisia Michael Monroen Pohjoismaiden kiertueen Jyväskylän ja Helsingin keikkojen yhteydessä, ja mikä parasta, sinulla on mahdollisuus osallistua! Tapaamisten aikana faneilla on mahdollisuus esittää bändille kaikki vuosien varrella mieltään askarruttaneet kysymykset, saada levyihin ja T-paitoihinsa nimmarit sekä poseerata yhteiskuvassa koko yhtyeen kanssa. Kiinnostuitko? Kurkista ohjeet alta ja ansaitse paikkasi tapaamiseen!

Nimenomaan teitä Street Teamiläisiä silmällä pitäen suunniteltu tehtävä on yksinkertainen: promota yhtyettä, alkavaa kiertuetta ja kyseessä olevia keikkoja. Voit joko tehdä jotain ennennäkemättömän kekseliästä tai olla äärettömän tehokas – metodit ovat täysin valittavissasi. Toisin sanoen sillä ei ole merkitystä päätätkö lausua kiertuetta mainostavan runon Senaatintorilla ja jakaa tästä videon Instagramissa vai täyttää koko kaupungin Monroe-julisteilla. Luovimmat ja tehokkaimmat kampanjat palkitaan paikoilla Jyväskylän tai Helsingin Meet & Greet –tapaamisiin.

Kertauksena ohjeet pähkinänkuoressa:

1. Markkinoi bändiä tai jotakin kiertueen Suomen keikoista. Tyyli on vapaa, mutta tavoitteena on maksimoida kampanjasi näkyvyys. Helsingin keikkoja promoaville on tarjolla julisteita jakoon, katso ohjeet alempaa.
2. Lähetä kuva, video tai kuvakaappaus kampanjasi lopputuloksesta/toteutuksesta osoitteeseen streetteam(at) TAI jaa kuvasi/videosi hashtagilla #monroesontour Facebookissa, Twitterissä tai Instagramissa 26.9.2014 mennessä, jos haluat tavata bändin Jyväskylässä ja vastaavasti 3.10. mennessä, mikäli haluat tavata yhtyeen Helsingissä. Muista myös ilmoittaa, kumpaan Meet & Greetiin haluat osallistua!

Parhaiden kampanjoiden toteuttajille ilmoitetaan henkilökohtaisesti Meet & Greet -tapaamisten tarkemmat tiedot ja aikataulut viimeisiä palautuspäiviä seuraavina maanantaina.

Nyt on siis aika ryhtyä levittämään ilosanomaa! Toivotamme rutkasti onnea promo-kampanjoihinne, toivottavasti nähdään Jyväskylässä ja Helsingissä! Mikäli asian tiimoilta heräsi kysyttävää tai haluat jakaa julisteita Helsingissä, meidät tavoittaa sähköpostilla osoitteesta streetteam(at)

Huomaa: Meet & Greet –tapahtumiin osallistuvilla tulee olla lippu kyseisen illan keikalle.

Do you want to meet Michael Monroe and his band? Well, here’s your chance!

We are exited to inform you that we’ll be organizing small Meet & Greets with Michael Monroe and the band before their shows in Jyväskylä and Helsinki and you have a chance to attend! During these meetings, you will have a chance to ask all those questions you’ve always wanted to know from the band, get your albums and T-shirts autographed and pose in a photo with the whole band. Interested? If so, here’s how you’ll get to meet Michael Monroe:

What we need you to do is what the street team is for: promote the band, the tour and the shows in question. You can either be creative or just super efficient in your promotion – the methods are for you to choose. In other words, it doesn’t matter whether you decide to read a poem promoting the tour at Senaatintori and share this in social media or fill the city with Monroe posters, as long as you reach as many people as possible. The most creative and efficient achievements will be rewarded with a slot at the Meet & Greet, either in Jyväskylä or Helsinki. Here are the instructions in a nutshell:

1. Promote the band or one of the gig’s on this tour. The style is free, but the goal is to maximize the reach and visibility of your promotion. For those promoting the Helsinki show, you will have a chance to pick up posters for a poster run. For more info, read further.
2. Send a photo, a video, a screenshot or any other form of media you manage to capture of the result of your promotion to streetteam(at) OR share your photo/video with the hashtag #monroesontour in social media by Sept 26th for the Meet & Greet in Jyväskylä and by Oct 3rd for the one in Helsinki.

The ones with the best campaigns will be informed personally with details of the schedules and arrangements of the Meet & Greets on the Monday following the deadline for the submissions.

So go and spread the word, we’re eager to see what you come up with! Good luck with your campaigns and see you at Jyväskylä and Helsinki! If you have any questions regarding the Meet & Greets or you want to do a poster run in Helsinki, contact us at streetteam(at)

Please note: you must have a ticket for the concert in question in order to attend the Meet & Greet session.