Hanoi Rocks Mike Monroe Slams Some Metal Bands
Michael Monroe criticized some of the hair metal bands of the 80s, saying they gave real rock n’ rollers a bad name.
The Former Hanoi Rocks Frontman was interviewed by 2Fast2Die and was asked if he hated being associated with hair metal even though he appears to be closer to 70’s Punk with, Monroe saying: “Well, it’s always nice to be recognized!”
He adds: “I guess it bothers me that most of those bands missed the point. They were more into their hair and partying than they were the music. The music and the attitude were always more important to me. Anybody can party and pose and act like an idiot.
“A lot of those bands sold millions of records, but they acted like morons and gave real rockers a bad name. It’s almost embarrassing that people might think I would be like that.”
“I’ve never been with a groupie my whole life. I’ve just never been into that whole scene. I guess growing up in Finland gave me a different mentality.
“I’ve just never been into that pretentious, phoney rock’n’roll. I think it’s a crime that phoney rock’n’roll sells millions of records and people think it’s real rock.”
Mike Monroe would headline the UK’s Call Of The Wild festival in May of next year and is promoting his new studio album One Man Gang through Silver Lining Music.
Monroe is joined in his band by former Hanoi Rocks and New York Dolls bassist Sami Yaffa, guitarists Rich Jones and Steve Conte, and drummer Karl Rockfist.
Moderator on MYGNRForum Sheds Light on the Copyright Takedowns
A moderator on the MyGNRForum, Downzy locked a thread discussing Guns N’ Roses management’s response to the YouTube takedowns. Prior to locking the thread he offered some more background on the controversy saying the following
Okay, we’re going to put pause on this conversation for awhile. This thread has become pretty ugly and I think some time off is needed for everyone (including myself).
A couple of things…
People can believe what they want in the absence of any clear communication or statement by the band or management (Beta’s comments notwithstanding). We have made numerous overtures to band management that this issue requires clarification on their part and they have chose to remain quiet publicly (again, save for Beta’s comment that I would surmise was not fully informed at the time she made it).
They have mentioned a few things “off the record” and I feel obligated to respect that fact despite the total lack of respect shown of late to this forum, its staff, or the online community by management.
I can say unequivocally that the LLC used to take down videos last year (spring of 2018) was connected by GNR or GNR management and was co-opted by an individual who I won’t name here (but really, we all know who I’m talking about). When this was brought management’s attention, the LLC was immediately shut down.
Obviously this did not solve the problem as the rate of takedowns grew exponentially using various trade organizations like the RIAA and IFPI. And to provide a little context, when this was brought to management’s attention, one of the first questions we got back was “What is the IFPI?”
There are working theories on how all of this transpired. Personally I do not subscribe to the notion that the individual in question was given direction by management to take down the videos. But others, including those on our staff, hold different views.