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Hanoi Rocks' original line-up to reunite for Michael Monroe's 60th birthday concert

Hanoi Rocks original line up, 2022
(Image credit: Ville_Juurikkala)

The original line-up of Finnish hard rock legends Hanoi Rocks are reforming to play at frontman Michael Monroe's 60th anniversary concert at the Helsinki Ice Hall on September 23.

The band's original line-up - Monroe, guitarists Andy McCoy and Nasty Suicide, bassist Sami Yaffa and drummer Gyp Casino - last shared a stage on July 27, 1982, when Hanoi Rocks performed at Helsinki's Tavastia. They are considered a major influence on the '80s glam rock scene, with Guns N' Roses' frontman Axl Rose among the band's fans.

Speaking about the reformation, Michael Monroe says, "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 re-union, 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 realised 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."

Monroe is also reuniting his '90s hard rock band Demolition 23 for his 60th birthday celebrations. The band, who also featured Sami Yaffa and Nasty Suicide, released just one album, the self-titled Demolition 23,  on Music For Nations in 1994, before disbanding the following year. 

The singer will also perform with his regular band - featuring Sami Yaffa, Karl Rockfist, Rich Jones and Steve Conte - at the gig, which will feature guest appearances from other musicians who've featured on his musical journey.

Tickets for the show are now on sale.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.