Michael Monroe On Hanoi Rocks’ Reunion After 40 Years


The vocalist Michael Monroe recently appeared in an interview with Louder Sound and opened up about original Hanoi Rocks members taking the stage for the first time after 40 years.

Hanoi Rocks came to the fore as the first Finnish band that charted in the UK and gained popularity in Japan. They explored traditional rock and roll and punk in their sound, and the band’s music became an influence in the glam metal bands like Guns N’ Roses, Poison, and Skid Row.

The band debuted with ‘Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks,’ which received positive reviews and reached number 5 on the Finnish chart. Later, they gained a reputation in the UK and Japan with the second album ‘Oriental Beat’ in 1982. The record also received positive reviews from critics and magazines.

After touring in countries like the UK, Finland, and Sweden, the band continued to release records like ‘Back to Mystery City.’ In 1984, they achieved considerable success with the album ‘Two Steps from the Move,’ which reached number 28 on the UK Albums Chart.

However, the band broke up in 1985 after the drummer Razzle passed away in a car accident in which he was with Vince Neil during their first US tour. Initially, Sami Yaffa left the band, and then Michael Monroe also parted ways disbanding Hanoi Rocks. The original line-up has not reunited ever since.

Recently, it was announced that Monroe, McCoy, Suicide, Yaffa, and Casino would take the stage for Monroe’s 60th-anniversary concert on September 23, 2022. Monroe said in an interview that it was the right time for the original line-up to return after 40 years. The singer indicated that it was not a full reunion but a get-together for a special event. As he revealed, he initially wanted it to be a surprise but later decided to inform the fans as he wanted to see them there.

The vocalist said the following about their reunion for the concert:

“This is the only appropriate time and place for all five original members of Hanoi Rocks to get on stage to play together after a break of over forty years. This is not a Hanoi Rocks reunion but a unique part of the anniversary concert. At first, I planned to keep it a surprise, but after giving it some more thought, I realized that it wouldn’t be fair, especially to the fans, not to make this public in advance and that everybody should have the chance to be there.”

Michael Monroe is also reuniting with his side project, Demolition 23, for his 60th-anniversary celebration. The vocalist has released only one album with this band featuring his Hanoi Rocks bandmates Sami Yaffa and Nasty Suicide.