Interviewed by Brian Rademacher
Date: February 2007
Brian Rademacher: Hello Michael! Itís truly a pleasure to talk with you today!
Michael Monroe: Hello.
Brian Rademacher: When you were growing up what was the first band that really excited you as a child?
Michael Monroe: BLACK SABBATH.
Brian Rademacher: Do you remember the first record you ever received as a kid?
Michael Monroe: Yes, it was a classic record; LED ZEPPELIN 2 was the first rock record in my family, Then ALICE COOPERís ďLove It To DeathĒ.
Brian Rademacher: How about the first concert you ever attended?
Michael Monroe: It was SLADE in Helsinki, 1972.
Brian Rademacher: As a youth, what was the worst thing you ever did and your parents found out?
Michael Monroe: I left home for good.
Brian Rademacher: When you first started singing were you in any talent shows in school?
Michael Monroe: No.
Brian Rademacher: What were some of the bands that were being played on the radio in your younger years?
Michael Monroe: NAZARETH, the ROLLING STONES, MOTT THE HOOPLE, ALICE COOPER, CCR, FACES, SLADE, QUEEN, etc.
Brian Rademacher: What band had the biggest impact on you as a kid?
Michael Monroe: ALICE COOPER.
Brian Rademacher: What kind of kid were you in school?
Michael Monroe: The one with the longest hairÖ I did not mess with the other kids and they didnít mess with me.
Brian Rademacher: Did you play any sports?
Michael Monroe: A bit of ice hockey as a goalkeeper, and some ski-jumping. Iíve always loved swimming, even to this day.
Brian Rademacher: During your many years in the music industry have people asked you or tried to have you change your image?
Michael Monroe: YES, many times. Iíve usually had a good laugh about it in their face.
Brian Rademacher: Is there anyone in the music business that you would like to work with that you havenít, and why?
Michael Monroe: LITTLE RICHARD Ė because heís the best. Heís my hero and the true king of Rock ĎNí Roll.
Brian Rademacher: If you could change anything in your music career what would that be?
Michael Monroe: NOTHING.
Brian Rademacher: What song do you have the most fun singing live?
Michael Monroe: All of them.
Brian Rademacher: Tell us a little about your relationship with Slash . How was it working with him? Do you keep in touch? Is it possible you might work with him again?
Michael Monroe: Iíve always had a great time working with Slash , and the outcome has always been great. We keep in touch mostly by phone nowadays. Sure, Iíd love to work with him again.
Brian Rademacher: You are working on the new CD. Howís that coming along?
Michael Monroe: Very good and promising. This oneís gonna be a killer.
Brian Rademacher: Will there be any special guest appearances by other rockers?
Michael Monroe: Very possible, but itís too early to say yet.
Brian Rademacher: Do you have a title yet?
Michael Monroe: Yeah, a working title, but I still gotta discuss it with the guys.
Brian Rademacher: Will HANOI ROCKS tour the USA in 2007?
Michael Monroe: If all goes well as planned, hopefully so!
Brian Rademacher: What are some of the things you ask for on your tour rider?
Michael Monroe: Bottled spring water, an assortment of fruits, Gatorade and dry clean towels.
Brian Rademacher: I donít want to get political on you, but did you happen to see the ending of Saddam, and do you have any reaction towards his hanging?
Michael Monroe: No, I didnít see it but it is quite shocking that someone can be executed like that in this day and age. Let alone how one person can commit a mass murder just like that. I do not support the death penalty and I do not approve of killing of any kind. Until I see the day when thereís no war of any kind on this planet, Iíll say this worldís leaders are insane.
Brian Rademacher: Last question, if you did not go into the music field. What do you think you would be doing now?
Michael Monroe: I guess some type of art form, maybe drawing cartoons or something. I am somewhat of a cartoon character myself.
Brian Rademacher: Michael, itís been a lot of fun and I wish you and the band success with the new CD. Would you like to say anything in conclusion?
Michael Monroe: Thanx to you & all the readers. Do not miss a chance to see HANOI ROCKS LIVE and get ready for a new killer record from us. See you down the road!
LOVE, PEACE AND ROCKíN ROLL,