Michael Monroe Band Welcomes New Guitarist – Dregen To Focus On Solo Career

by Tina ~ March 6th, 2014

Dregen´s solo band will appear as Michael Monroe’s opening act on their gigs in Finland at Pakkahuone (Tampere), Tavastia-klubi (Helsinki), Kaivohuone (Naantali) and M/S Viking Grace in April and May. After the Finnish shows, the Swedish guitarist, best known for playing with Michael Monroe, Backyard Babies and The Hellacopters will continue to focus on his solo career.

”It’s been three amazing years in the Michael Monroe band and I’ve been enjoying every second of it! I’m gonna miss this band so much, but it’s time for me to focus on my solo career and future Backyard Babies albums. I hope that I contributed positive energy, great live shows, riffs, dirt, and songs on Horns And Halos that gave Michael Monroe an extra dimension after Sensory Overdrive. This band is so good so they’ll be fine without me,” says Dregen and continues: “I’ll be supporting Michael Monroe with my solo band in April and May. What a great package! What a great show! What a great ending!”

“Dregen and his band opening up for Michael Monroe is a nice send-off and a special treat for the fans,” added Michael Monroe.

Dregen has played guitar in Michael Monroe’s live band since the summer of 2011, and he also played on the band’s latest album ”Horns and Halos”. Replacing him is British guitarist Rich Jones (The Ginger Wildheart Band, The Black Halos), who first appeared with the band on their album release tour last Autumn.

”Luckily Rich, who has done an excellent job as Dregen’s substitute, has gelled into the band’s chemistry so well that the rest of the band welcomes him with open arms as a permanent member.  And so the saga continues,” says Michael Monroe.

Between the upcoming gigs and the summer festivals in Finland, Michael Monroe will also be playing in Italy and Spain.

MICHAEL MONROE
+ special guest: DREGEN (SWE)

Fri 25.4.2014 Tampere, Pakkahuone (K-18)
Pre-sale at Tiketti from 26,50 EUR / at the door 28 EUR

Sat 26.4.2014 Helsinki, Tavastia (no age limit, doors at 14)
Sat 26.4.2014 Helsinki, Tavastia (K-18, doors at 19.30)
Pre-sale at Tiketti from 29 EUR / at the door 30 EUR

Wed 30.4.2014 Naantali, Naantalin Kaivohuone (K-18)
Pre-sale at Tiketti from 24,50 EUR / at the door 25 EUR

Fri 2.5.2014 Turku-Tukholma, M/S Viking Grace
More information www.vikinggrace.com

Join us on Instagram

by Rich ~ February 15th, 2014

We’ve just started our own Instagram page, you can find us at http://www.instagram.com/MichaelMonroeOfficial where we’ll be posting lots of exclusive content from the road. See you all in April!

MICHAEL MONROE TO PERFORM ON SELECTED GIGS THIS SPRING

by Tina ~ February 7th, 2014

Having released their latest album ‘Horns and Halos’ last fall, Michael Monroe & his band will be continuing their successful tour this spring in Finland. At the moment the band’s frontman is busy being a judge on the TV show Voice of Finland on Channel Four (or Nelonen), but right after the show’s finals the band will make their much anticipated return to the stage.

Michael Monroe will only be playing five gigs in Finland this spring. On Friday 25 of April the band will be performing at Pakkahuone, Tampere (Soundi-klubi), and the following night they will play two gigs at Tavastia-klubi in Helsinki. The afternoon show at Tavastia has no age limit. On the eve of May Day the band will perform at Naantalin Kaivohuone, and the mini-tour will end with a gig on the Turku-Stockholm cruise on M/S Viking Grace on Friday 2 of May.

In this year’s Emma Gaala Michael Monroe will be competing for the title of ‘The Band of the Year’. In addition, the highly-rated album ‘Horns and Halos’ is nominated in the ‘Best Rock Album of the Year’ category.

Tickets
Pre-sale starting on Monday 10 February 2014 at 9.00 (Finnish time)

Fri 25.4.2014 Tampere, Pakkahuone (age limit 18)
Pre-sale at Tiketti from 26,50 EUR / at door 28 EUR

Sat 26.4.2014 Helsinki, Tavastia at 14.00-17.00 (no age limit)
Sat 26.4.2014 Helsinki, Tavastia at 20.00-23.00 (age limit 18)
Pre-sale at Tiketti from 29 EUR / at door 30 EUR

Wed 30.4.2014 Naantali, Naantalin Kaivohuone (age limit 18)
Pre-sale at Tiketti from 24,50 EUR / at door 25 EUR

Fri 2.5.2014 Turku-Stockholm, M/S Viking Grace
More information: www.vikinggrace.com

Happy New Year!

by Rich ~ January 1st, 2014

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Michael Monroe releases third single & music video ‘Stained Glass Heart’ from brand new studio album ‘Horns And Halos’

by Tina ~ November 8th, 2013

Michael Monroe has released the new single & video, ‘Stained Glass Heart’, taken from the new studio outing, ‘Horns And Halos’, available now via Spinefarm Records.

Watch the video for ‘Stained Glass Heart’ here: http://youtu.be/onfR-9-JboM

“I’m feeling quite excited about our new ‘Stained Glass Heart’ video. It was shot in Helsinki at an amusement park on a perfectly grey and rainy day, which made it look more like an ‘abusement park’!  It turned out very cool and classy” -Michael Monroe

On the live front, MM has revealed plans for an extensive world tour, including Japan, UK and Finland.

“Now that the new album is out, we can finally play the new songs live and create a whole new set-list. That’s why I’m especially excited about the up and coming tour dates.  See you all soon down the road!” -Michael Monroe

Tour dates:

15.11. Japan, Osaka-Shi, Quattro
16.11. Japan, Tokyo, Liquid Room
17.11. Japan, Tokyo, Bay Hall
27.11. UK, Newcastle, Northumbria Uni, Student’s Union
28.11. UK, York, Duchess
29.11. UK, Glasgow, Cathouse
30.11. UK, Prestatyn, Hard Rock Hell
01.12. UK, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
02.12. UK, Bristol, Thekla
03.12. UK, Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
04.12. UK, London, O2Academy Islington
05.12. Finland, Lahti, Finlandia-klubi
06.12. Finland, Turku, Caribia Areena
07.12. Finland, Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas

Cable Factory on December 7th change to an all ages concert

by Tina ~ September 27th, 2013
Michael Monroe’s gig at the Cable Factory in Helsinki on December 7th has been changed to an all ages concert, due to huge demand. It is very important for the band to allow underaged fans to be able to attend. The venue still has a separate bar area.
Presales from Tiketti starting from 37 EUR.

MICHAEL MONROE ANNOUNCES HEADLINE UK DATES FOR NOV / DEC 2013 AS PART OF WORLDWIDE TOUR

by Tina ~ August 29th, 2013

NOVEMBER
27th Northumbria Uni, Student’s Union, Newcastle
28th Duchess, York
29th Cathouse, Glasgow
30th Hard Rock Hell, Prestatyn, N. Wales (festival appearance)

DECEMBER
1st Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
2nd Thekla, Bristol
3rd Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
4th O2Academy, Islington, London

Find ticket links from the tour-section!

MICHAEL MONROE TO PERFORM AT KAAPELITEHDAS AND CARIBIA ARENA

by Tina ~ August 21st, 2013

The album release tour culminates with 2 arena shows in front of almost 3000 people.

To celebrate the album, to be released this Friday,  Michael Monroe is announcing a tour in Finland. The tour will culminate in Helsinki at Kaapelitehdas and in Turku at Caribia Arena in front of almost 3000 people per night.  These concerts are by far the bands biggest headlining gigs in Finland.

Along with Helsinki and Turku, the tour will stop in major Finnish cities and in the southern neighbour, Tallinn. In addition, Michael Monroe will announce a long tour in North America and Europe in the near future.

On Friday, the band will release a new studio album, “Horns And Halos”. The record is the first full-length album with the current lineup. The first two singles from the new album have already been big hits, “Ballad of The Lower East Side” and ”Eighteen Angels”. Along with Michael Monroe, the band is made up of bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls), guitarists Dregen (Backyard Babies, The Hellacopters) and Steve Conte (New York Dolls) and drummer Karl ‘Rockfist’ Rosqvist (Danzig).

The upcoming tours tickets are on sale from today. Age limits, ticket prices and pre-sale locations are available directly from the tour locations.

MICHAEL MONROE -TOUR

Fri 04.10.2013 Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo (FIN)
Sat 05.10.2013 Kuopio, Puikkari (FIN)
Sun 06.10.2013 Tallinn, Rock Cafe (EST)
Wed 09.10.2013 Tampere, Pakkahuone (FIN, in cooperation with Radio Rock)
Thu 10.10.2013 Joensuu, Kerubi (FIN)
Fri 11.10.2013 Jyväskylä, Lutakko (FIN)
Sat 12.10.2013 Oulu, Teatria (FIN)
Thu 05.12.2013 Lahti, Finlandia-klubi (FIN)
Fri 06.12.2013 Turku, Caribia Areena (FIN, in cooperation with Ruisrock & Radio Rock)
Sat 07.12.2013 Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas (FIN, in cooperation with Tavastia & Radio Rock)

Horns & Halos pre-orders

by Rich ~ June 24th, 2013

We’ve got some Horns & Halos pre-order bundles on sale now through Backstage Rock Shop including T-shirts and signed postcards. Check them all out by clicking here

Horns & Halos: Cover art & tracklisting revealed!

by Rich ~ June 20th, 2013

Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, uber-energetic front-man & all-round rock ‘n’ roll legend, Michael Monroe, has revealed the album artwork for new studio outing, ‘Horns And Halos’.

The arresting cover art is based on an idea from Swedish guitar star, Dregen, who features in Michael’s current touring & recording line-up…
I love logotypes that are a ‘little secret’,” says Dregen, “You know, the ones that are more like signs – Van Halen, Crass, HIM’s Heartagram, etc. That was the starting point…

‘Horns And Halos’ – mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios, Finland – is the follow-up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed ‘Sensory Overdrive’, winner of Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Album Of The Year’ and a No. 1 record in MM’s Finnish homeland.

Monroe’s touring & recording outfit – bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company Of Wolves), drummer Karl ‘Rockfist’ Rosqvist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig) and Dregen – have been hard at work in the studio, providing creative support for a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians of all ages (from Dave Grohl to the original Gun n’ Roses members) citing Michael’s ground-breaking career as a source of inspiration.

‘Horns And Halos’ track-listing:
1.TNT Diet
2. Ballad Of The Lower East Side
3. Eighteen Angels
4. Saturday Night Special
5. Stained Glass Heart
6. Horns And Halos
7. Child Of The Revolution
8. Soul Surrender
9. Half The Way
10. Ritual
11. Hands Are Tied

A second single / video from ‘Horns And Halos’ will be made available on August 5th 2013 via Spinefarm Records, details tbc.

Watch the video for current single, ‘Ballad Of The Lower East Side’ (a nod to Michael’s early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-’80s break up of glam punk pioneers, Hanoi Rocks),here: