Michael Monroe opines that Hanoi Rocks’ fame did not translate into record sales
Former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe was recently interviewed by Metal Dave for 2Fast2Die. Monroe‘s latest solo album One Man Gang just happens to have been released today.
Monroe has previously stated that touring the US is not feasible unless he could land a slot with a major arena headliner. When it was pointed out that he should tour with his old friends in Guns N’ Roses and what a great pairing that would be, Monroe indicated:
“That would be a great fit, but no, they haven’t offered (laughs). Of course, all the musicians in both bands say, “Yeah, we need to tour together,” but once it gets to the management and booking level, they wanna know how much we draw and how much we sell and … my visibility doesn’t translate to record sales. Same with Hanoi Rocks. Our fame never translated to record sales and, therefore, we became one of the best-kept secrets in rock-n-roll. It would be great to tour the world with somebody like Guns N’ Roses or Foo Fighters or someone like that. Someone who’s one of the biggest and also one of the coolest.”
In terms of his fondest our proudest moment with Hanoi Rocks, Monroe opined (with slight edits): “Two Steps From The Move was the best record. It’s the first album I could listen to without skipping a song. Bob Ezrin produced it and we planned to continue (working) with him on the next album, but that never happened. That was one of the best times. Things were only getting better. Another memorable time was the Reading Festival in 1983 in England. People were throwing stuff on stage – stones, mud, toilet paper rolls, piss bottles. They’d fill these one-and-a-half liter bottles with piss and throw them onstage (laughs). We played the whole show all the way to the end. We had our own fans to a point, but the rest of the audience hated us (laughs). I think you can find it online. There’s a scene in “Don’t You Ever Leave Me” where Andy’s playing a guitar solo and this big bottle hits him on the side of his neck. He loses his balance a little bit, but his facial expression doesn’t change a bit. It’s so cool. It’s, like, “Wow! Look at that! He really doesn’t give a shit!””
You can read the rest of the interview with Michael Monroe at 2Fast2Die‘s website.
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