Mike Monroe-Hanoi Rocks
Hanoi Rocks-they were going to take America by storm until the tragic death of Razzle Dingley. Michael Monroe has had a shitload of tragedy, but he still rocks.
Here is what one of the legends of excellent music had to say:
MI: What’s your birthday?
Mike: June 17th, 1962.
MI: What do you want people to know about you and the band?
Mike: I want people to know I’m from a hard Rock ’n’ Roll band and it’s a necessary act to check out this day and age when Rock ‘n’ Roll is being pretty much wiped out. We’re doing our part to keep it alive. I want people to know we’re nothing musically like that cast of bands people say we were influenced by. Everybody is crazy and everybody has the right to be, but there’s method to my madness.
MI: If you were King for one week, what would you do?
Mike: I’m always King in my world. Everything I can within my power to maintain my sanity in society, which is assholism in its major form of exercise. The question is how do you maintain your sanity? Well, you’re crazy. You’ve got to be crazy to maintain your sanity here and if you’re sane you’re going to become crazy. It’s a good step towards mental health, just around the corner when you admit to yourself that you’re nuts.
MI: What is your favorite song to play off the new album?
Mike: I like to listen to Bad News a lot. A Day Late, A Dollar Short is fun to play. I like playing Obscured; Delirious is great, and Whatcha Want too.
MI: If you could be any super hero in the world, who would it be?
Mike: Michael Monroe.
MI: What is your favorite punk band of all time?
Mike: The Ramones, The Ruts, Dead Boys, The Damned, Sex Pistols, that’s some of the best punk there is. The Ruts, especially.
MI: If you were reading a book right now, what would it be?
Mike: I am reading a book right now. I’m reading the Please Kill Me book and I’m about to move on to On The Road With The Ramones.
MI: Have you ever inhaled?
Mike: Everyday, all the time.
MI: What is your opinion about legalizing drugs?
Mike: Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one. I would not recommend any drugs to anyone ever. I never have and I never will. I’m not going to have one kid doing something stupid because of what I’ve said. I don’t understand, though, if alcohol is legal why is marijuana not? It makes no sense.
MI: Tell us the story on how Hanoi Rocks got back together.
Mike: We didn’t come back together. We were reborn. Andy McCoy and I met at this record release party for a 4 CD box set and we started getting along for the first time, I saw change in him. That night we showed up at a club and we played three Hanoi songs. People went nuts and we had a great time playing so we decided we wanted to do a show.
MI: What are you looking forward to most with the band being back together?
Mike: I listen back to the records and see how well we’ve developed over the years and it’s great to see that. It’s exciting to see the results when we’re working together. There’s a new level of communication between Andy and I that was never there before, so there’s a magic that happens when we get together.
MI: What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?
Mike: Quit while you’re behind. Don’t even bother with this shit. This business is crazy. I would say to just stay true to your self. Make your own mistakes rather than have somebody else do it for you. Don’t give up.
MI: What pisses you off most about the world today?
Mike: People who are pissed off. People are being killed by assholes, in a way that is totally unfair. If they want to fight for some cause of political bullshit, leave the innocent people alone.
MI: How did you first get interested in music?
Mike: When I was five my mother made me start taking piano lessons. Classical music has always been in my family. It’s in my blood.
MI: What is your most memorable live show ever played?
Mike: Last one we played New Years Eve. Also in Bombay, when there was almost a riot. A gig in Dundee, Scotland where there was a fight that broke out. There were two guys that came on stage and one of them threw one of the roadies on the other side of the stage and started coming up to me and tried to beat me up. I jumped up and punched him and the guy fell down. My knuckles were bleeding and the roadies told me to get out of there.
MI: Tell us a joke.
Mike: What’s the difference between a washing machine and a groupie? The washing machine doesn’t follow you around after you dump a load in it.
MI: What was it like to work with Alice Cooper?
Mike: I just did a gig with him. He invited me up on stage at the show in Finland, 2001. I love Alice Cooper.
MI: What three people would you like to be stranded with on a raft in the middle of the ocean?
Mike: I would not like to be stranded on a life raft at all. If I were stranded, though, I’d just want my wife and my cats. I have three cats.
MI: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one person, one cd, one book, and one bottle of booze, what would they be?
Mike: My wife, a bottle of water, and Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies.
MI: Who do you think the greatest musician of all time is and why?
Mike: Keith Richards is one of my heroes, and little Richard.
MI: What is your greatest achievement?
Mike: I’d say my greatest achievement is Hanoi Rocks.
MI: What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
Mike: Worst job I’ve ever had was being signed to Polygram Records.
MI: Who would like most have lunch with, living or dead?
Mike: Living, rather. I haven’t had lunch with a dead person! My wife.
MI: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Mike: I know reincarnation happens so I don’t believe it, I just know it happens.
MI: Tell me what you think about America’s doings in the Middle East.
Mike: I say politics and rock don’t mix. I think that any leaders in the world, whatever geniuses they may be, are jackass jerks for not having peace in the world for one fucking day. There’s always a war somewhere and I don’t believe in any system that fights war.
MI: What direction would you like to see Rock ‘n’ Roll, Punk, and Metal take?
Mike: More real. More of a direction where there are more bands with their own styles and not everyone trying to copy each other.
MI: Tell us what you think of the state of the music industry today.
Mike: I think that music has no business in the music business anymore.
MI: What do you think of Andy McCoy’s show on MTV: Finland?
Mike: I think that some of them were not that great, but the episodes where I am were really funny and entertaining too.
MI: Do you have a message for your fans?
Mike: Stay real and stay cool and we’ll see you down the road.
MI: Give us your favorite quote.
Mike: Life is a shit storm and when it’s raining shit the best umbrella you can buy is art.
Thanks Mike. I can’t wait to see you live.
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