Michael Monroe, The Whisky, February 12, 2016
With the release of his excellent solo album, ‘Blackout States’, Michael Monroe hits the stage at the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood determined to give his all. Never expect less than 110% from him and his band; Steve Conte and Rich Jones on guitars, Karl Rockfist on drums and the legendary Sami Yaffa on bass.
Blazing right into ‘This Ain’t No Love Song’, it’s hard to believe the last 30+ years have passed; he looks and sounds amazing. New songs that include ‘Old Kings Road’, ‘R.L.F.’ and ‘Goin’ Down with the Ship’ show that he doesn’t have to rely on old material. ‘Trick of the Wrist’, ‘78’ and ‘Got Blood’ are included from 2011’s ‘Sensory Overdrive’ CD. ‘Ballad of Lower East Side’ coming from the equally fantastic ‘Horns and Halos’ is next up.
We were then treated to ‘Man with No Eyes’ from ‘Not Fakin’ It’ and from his days with Hanoi Rocks ‘Oriental Beat’. Later on we get two lost Demolition 23 classics ‘Nothin’s Alright’ and ‘Hammersmith Palais’. As the set winds down, three of the most popular Monroe sung classics are played, ‘Tragedy’, ‘Up Around the Bend’ and probably his most know solo tune ‘Dead, Jail and Rock and Roll’.
They are currently touring the US with Hardcore Superstar before heading out to Miami to set sail on the 2016 Monsters of Rock Cruise.
This Ain’t No Love Song
Old King’s Road
Trick of the Wrist
Ballad of the Lower East Side
Man with No Eyes
Horns and Halos
Goin’ Down with the Ship
Up Around the Bend
Dead, Jail or Rock ‘n’ Roll
(Review by Joe Schaeffer – Photo by Cruella Photography)
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