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Inför Sweden Rock 2015: Intervju med MICHAEL MONROE

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  • Med 2 dagar kvar till Sweden Rock Festival fortsätter vi med serien ”Inför Sweden Rock 2015”. Nästa band ut är MICHAEL MONROE. Rocknytts Effie Trikili fick chansen att ställa några frågor till bandets sångare och frontman Michael Monroe.
  • Matti Fagerholm, mer känd som Michael Monroe, är en av Finlands och Nordens stora rocklegender. Som sångare i Hanoi Rocks var han en spjutspets i den glamrörelse som under 80-talets lopp blev så kolossalt inflytelserik. Efter Hanoi Rocks första splittring 1985 blev Michael soloartist, och i den egenskapen har han hittills släppt sju studioalbum. De två senaste, “Sensory overdrive” (2011) och “Horns and halos” (2013), är också de mest hyllade. Michael Monroe kan alltså glädjas åt såväl en klassisk backkatalog som en framgångsrik karriär i nuet. Han förblir också trogen sina musikaliska rötter – rå och svängig rock’n’roll, från gatan och garaget, och ofta med en rejäl skopa glam på toppen.

    First of all, welcome back to Sweden and Sweden Rock Festival. How does it feel to be playing SRF again? Do you have any special memories from the festival to share with us?

  • – It feels great to be playing SRF again, the shows have always been great there. I don’t have any special memories, except that the audience is usually fantastic and the gigs are a blast.

    You are currently putting the final touches on your new album. Have you decided on a title yet? Can we expect to hear new material at the festival?
    – Yeah we just finished it, it’s called ”Blackout States”.  We’re not gonna be able to play anything of the new album because of the internet/youtube aspect, but we’ll be playing a couple of older Michael Monroe songs that we’ve never played with this band before.

    The material on your latest album ”Horns and Halos” isn’t just written by yourself, the band has been as committed as yourself. Can you tell me how the writing process for this upcoming album has been?
    – For the new album we’ve written stuff together and separately as well.

    Sweden has always had a leading part in both Hanoi Rocks and now in your solo band as well, both your drummer and ex-guitarist are Swedish for example… what do you think it is that keeps you coming back?
    – Because I like it there and maybe also because Finland is right next to Sweden.



    Last year at Skogsröjet you once again shared the stage with Dregen. You’re also doing a show with Slash in Helsinki the 28th of May. Backyard Babies and Slash are playing Sweden Rock Festival as well, can we expect any surprises?
    – No plans as of yet, but I guess anything is possible. Besides, if I told you, it wouldn’t be a surprise anymore…


  • You have six albums done as your solo project, as well as two albums out with the band you’re playing with today. Do you have any favourite songs you especially like to perform?
    – I like them all, especially songs off the last 2 albums.

    Your shows are often described as very energetic and entertaining, they also show that you’re the kind of band that loves to be on stage. How do you prepare for a show? Do you have some kind of ritual before going on stage?
    – I usually try to warm up, open my voice, stretch and such.

    Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the visitors of Sweden Rock Festival?
    – Thank you for always being such a wonderful audience! Me and my band are really looking forward to playing there this year. Let’s have a great time!

    MICHAEL MONROE spelar torsdag 4 juni 00:15 – 01:45 på Sweden Stage.

    Sweden Rock Festival äger rum i Sölvesborg och det är 3-6 juni som ska markeras i kalendern. Klara band är bl.a Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Toto, Slash, Ace Frehley, Backyard Babies, Five Finger Death Punch, The Darkness, Ghost, Behemoth, Airbourne, Opeth, Meshuggah, Dark Tranquillity, Extreme, Hammerfall, D-A-D, Children Of Bodom, Gojira, Dokken, Michael Monroe, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Molly Hatchet, Fish, Mustasch och Lucifer’s Friend.

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