Michael Monroe

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Matti Fagerholm, 17 June 1960, Helsinki, Finland. When Hanoi Rocks folded following the death of drummer Razzle in December 1984, Monroe took several years break before deciding to start again with a solo career. After recording several demo tracks with Stiv Bators he moved to New York where he worked on his debut album with producer Craig Goetsch. Nights Are So Long was only released in Scandanavia and Japan, two locations where members of Hanoi Rocks continue to be worshipped. The album featured a mixture of originals and cover versions of songs by the Heavy Metal Kids, Johnny Thunders, MC5 and the Flamin’ Groovies. This low-key comeback was a soul-cleansing process for Monroe, before he signed a major label recording contract with PolyGram Records, and threw himself back into the spotlight with all guns blazing. Recruiting Phil Grande (guitar), Tommy Price (drums), Kenny Aaronson (bass) and Ed Roynesdal (keyboards), he recorded 1989’s Not Fakin’...

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