Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Michael Monroe to release best of collection

Finnish rocker Michael Monroe will release “The Best”, a 2-CD, 29-track career-spanning collection on June 30 via Spinefarm Records.

"This album is a great representation of my 30-year solo career,” says Monroe, “including four songs from the Little Steven-produced ‘Demolition 23’ album – which has been unavailable for over 20 years – plus some special rarities and previously unreleased bonus tracks."

Monroe launched his solo career in 1987 after the demise of Hanoi Rocks following the death of drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingleyin a 1984 car crash; he was a passenger while Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was speeding drunk on his way to the liquor store for more alcohol.

“The Best” includes high-profile numbers such as "Dead, Jail Or Rock 'N' Roll" (from his second solo album, 1989's "Not Fakin' It", the promo clip for which features an onstage cameo from Axl Rose) and "'78" from 2011's "Sensory Overdrive", voted "Album Of The Year" by Classic Rock magazine.

"There's a couple of extra special tracks like 'It's A Lie,' sung as a duet with Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords Of The New Church) back in 1985,” Monroe explains, “and a never-before-released second version of the Steppenwolf cover 'Magic Carpet Ride,' featuring Slash, left over from the Coneheads soundtrack project that Slash did with me in 1993.

“And since Slash has the biggest heart of gold in rock 'n' roll, he was kind enough to allow me to use it on this album. God bless him!"

The set also features two other previously unreleased songs, "Fist Fulla Dynamite" and "Simpletown", outtakes from the 2015 album "Blackout States", and the forthcoming new single "One Foot Outta The Grave."

See also:

Michael Monroe premieres Goin’ Down With The Ship video
Michael Monroe premieres Old King’s Road video
Michael Monroe unveils Blackout States album details
VIDEO: Michael Monroe performs with Alice Cooper in Helsinki
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