The original 80's Hanoi Rocks made Michael Monroe a cult hero, but on the verge of true stardom, things ended in disaster and tears, and decades of hard work and bad luck followed. A solo-career died a death when he refused to play the fame game, and the fiery, Little Steven endorsed punk combo, Demolition 23 was simply too ahead of it's time, and suffered from problems with guitarists. Eventually Michael returned to Finland to produce a chain of increasingly irrelevant hard rock albums, always rocking like a natural, but never quite fullfilling the expectations. Even an unlikely reunion with old Hanoi-guitarist Andy McCoy failed to produce any truly remarkable results. Which makes it all the more amazing that less than two years after they gave up on the Hanoi-reunion he has an international record deal, name musicians to work with, and a Jack Douglas-produced studio album in the works. Most amazing of all is that this relatively quickly assembled new band actually delivers the goods, and then some. Recorded in Tavastia, this warts and all live album explodes out of the speakers, and one can't help but marvel at the sheer energy the music conveys. Wildhearts Ginger and New York Dolls' Steve Conte make a seasoned yet enthusiastic guitar duo, ex-Hanoi Sami Yaffa on bass and Karl "Rockfist" on drums providing rock solid backing for them to riff and solo over, while MM has a perfect voice for rock with punk & garage leanings. The sound is awesome, everything is clear, yet the rawness this kind of music requires isn't sacrified in the least. And when the setlist features choice cuts from Hanoi Rocks, Michael's solo & Demoltion 23 catalogs with Stooges, Johnny Thunders, Dead Boys & Damned covers, along with two brisky new numbers, no fan of streetwise rock and those bands can't go wrong with this album.
This is a blistering live set oozing with raw power recorded in Michael Monroes homeland in front of a passionate & adoring crowd. It's not a half bad band line up either featuring Ginger from The Wildhearts, Steve Conte from the New York Dolls and Monroes old mate from the Hanoi Rocks days, Sam Yaffa. Including songs from his solo album as well as the brilliant but largely forgotten Demolition 23 album, the set is completed by a couple of Damned covers and inevitably a handful of Hanoi Rocks classics. The show closes in kick ass style with a balls to the wall cover of the stooges classic 1970. This is what a live album should sound like.