Michael Monroe Posts “78” Video, Hosts Charity Concert For Japan Catastrophe
March 18, 2011
Former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe has released a video for the song “’78”, the first single from the singer’s upcoming solo album ‘Sensory Overload.’ The new disc was released on March 16th through Spinefarm Records.
Coming off the Hanoi Rocks reunion from 2002-2008, Michael Monroe returns with his highly anticipated new group. The band features bassist Sami Yaffa who has played with a remarkable variety of bands including Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and guitarist Ginger who has dazzled audiences over the world with his band The Wildhearts. Also on guitar is Steve Conte, the New York Dolls master fretman who has played with Willy DeVille and his own bands The Crazy Truth, Crown Jewels and Company of Wolves. Rounding out the band is drummer Karl’ Rockfist’ Rosqvist, whose resume includes providing rhythm for the likes of Chelsea Smiles and Danzig.
In realted news, Michael Monroe will host a charity concert is Helsinki on March 27th for the casualties of the recent Japana catastrophe.
Finland’s frontline artists gather funds for the casualties of Japan earthquake and tsunami in Helsinki at Tavastia on Sunday March 27. Pelasta Punainen Pallo (Save the Red Globe) charity concert is presented by Michael Monroe, Jenni Vartiainen, Paleface, Ismo Alanko, Von Hertzen Brothers and Tuomari Nurmio. The evenings income will be donated to Finland’s Red cross and through them to the victims of Japan. Tickets are available at Tiketti. The concert will be broadcast live globally at YleX: http://ylex.yle.fi/ on Sunday at 7 p.m.
The idea of the concert was developed by Michael Monroe and his band as they have been touring a lot in Japan and have friends and fans there. As the image of what had happened spread and became more clear the band decided to organize an evening to support the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Michael states that “We were shocked about what happened, it’s scary and alarming. The best you can do with rock music is to try to influence on this positively”. Michael Monroe gathered a great line-up of domestic bands and got the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE to be a partner and make the concert available for people all over the globe. The whole concert will be streamed live, starting 7 pm on YleX: http://ylex.yle.fi/
The artists are donating not only their performance fees but also all the income from merchandise sold during the concert. The Finnish music business also wanted to take part and more than ten companies joined forces to make this concert happen.
Pelasta Punainen Pallo – charity concert, Sun 27.3.2011 at Tavastia, Helsinki, doors 6 pm, showtime 7 pm.