Michael Monroe Recalls Razzle’s Revenge From David Coverdale

Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe recently spoke to Kerrang! and recalled how Razzle once set David Coverdale‘s hair on fire while they were in Finland to play at a festival in 1983.

After its formation in 1979, Hanoi Rock’s most successful period came in the early 1980s. Their debut album, ‘Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks,’ arrived in 1981. They were significantly inspired by ’70s glam rock and successfully combined it with heavy metal. The band ended its music career with its eighth and final studio album, ‘Street Career,’ released in 2007.

During the early ’80s, the band extensively toured worldwide following their massive success. Thus, they also had a chance to meet and perform with other bands during these shows, which led them to collect many memories. During his recent interview, Michael Monroe revealed one of them between Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale and Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle.

Monroe stated that they were in Finland to play at a festival in 1983. They would always be disturbed by other people due to how they looked. Razzle would reply to them with some jokes. While they were in the airport for the show, Razzle threw some stink bombs at the customs officers, making a smelly mess as a prank.

Whitesnake members, who had just arrived at the airport, assumed the bombs were against them. Then, David Coverdale put limiters on the band’s mixing board, so they couldn’t perform in the way they wanted. Because he had a reputation for being the biggest prankster, Razzle took his revenge on Coverdale by setting his hair on fire.

Michael Monroe’s statements on Razzle’s revenge from David Coverdale:

“That was when he played a festival in Finland in ’83. We were going through airport customs, who would always take us aside and search us. Because of the way we looked, they’d yell gay slurs at us, and we’d play up to it and say: ‘Why don’t you check up my ass? I’d like it. It feels good.’ And that would stop them!

Razzle was a prankster who’d always carry joke shop items. He threw some stink bombs at the customs officers, and the whole airport ended up smelling like an open sewer. But Whitesnake arrived at the airport as we were leaving and got annoyed because they thought the stink bombs were aimed at them! It was all good fun. David Coverdale put limiters on our mixing board so we couldn’t play as loudly as Whitesnake. So he got his hair set on fire!”

Unfortunately, Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle tragically passed away in 1984 in a car accident with Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil at the wheel. Then, Mötley Crüe dedicated their third studio album, ‘Theatre of Pain,’ to Razzle. Neil spent 30 days in jail and five years on probation after the incident.