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ANITA CHELLAMAH – solo artist, ex- Cherry Bombz, Toto Coelo

August 24th, 2014
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Anita Chellamah

ANITA CHELLAMAH

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA

Anita Chellamah is a British singer and actress, best known from her career with pop band Toto Coelo and rock band Cherry Bombz. The latter was formed in 1984 and the band featured Anita and the last line up of broken Hanoi Rocks line up of Andy McCoy, Nasty Suicide, Timo Kaltio and Terry Chimes. A short live band released EP CHERRY BOMBZ, a pair of singles and a live album COMING DOWN SLOWLY before disbanding in 1987 only three years after its formation. Chemallah retired from music scene after cherry Bombz and later on she worked small roles in films, commercials and she also had her own show in Sky Channel. It’s been 27 years since Cherry Bombz broke up and now she is finally back in music business. I met good-humored Anita in London in July and here are the results of our interesting discussion including the past, the present and the future of Anita Chellamah. Read on!

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MICHAEL MONROE: Live at the Cable Factory, Helsinki

December 23rd, 2013

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MICHAEL MONROE

December 7th

the Cable Factory, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

 2013 has been yet another busy year for Michael Monroe. The band completed its long awaited successor to the previous SENSORY OVERDRIVE album and the man has been working on several TV-projects and not forgetting, of course, touring, which has continued steadily through the year. HORNS AND HALOS was released in August, and it presented a more punky and straightforward Monroe.The “Horn and Halos” tour reached rainy Helsinki on December 7’th and the band, which now consists of Monroe, bassist Sam Yaffa, drummer Karl Rockfist and guitarists Steve Conte and Rich Jones, offered a great two hour set of energetic rock without any needless gimmicks. It’s time to “Rock like F**k!”

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MICHAEL MONROE Premieres New Single And Video For “Stained Glass Heart”

November 13th, 2013

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MICHAEL MONROE, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and iconic rock ‘n’ roll legend, has premiered the new video for “Stained Glass Heart” on GUITARWORLD.com “Stained Glass Heart” marks the third single from his new studio album HORNS AND HALOS, out now on Spinefarm Records.

“I’m feeling quite excited about our new ‘Stained Glass Heart’ video,” explains MICHAEL MONROE. “It was shot in Helsinki at an amusement park on a perfectly grey and rainy day which made it look more like an ‘abusement park.’  The video turned out very cool and classy.”

Watch the clip on GUITARWORLD.com here: http://tinyurl.com/ll5r4mx

On the live front, MICHAEL MONROE has revealed plans for an extensive world tour. After a three-date trek in Japan, a headlining U.K. tour will begin November 27 in Newcastle and the group will also appear at this year’s Hard Rock Hell festival on November 30 in North Wales. Following the U.K. run, the group will perform three shows in their home country of Finland.  MICHAEL adds, “Now that the new album is out, we can finally play the new songs live and create a whole new set-list. That’s why I’m especially excited about the up and coming tour dates.  See you all soon down the road!” Expect more dates and countries to be announced soon.

HORNS AND HALOS is the follow-up to the 2011 critically acclaimed Sensory Overdrive, winner of Classic Rock Magazine’s “Album Of The Year” and a No. 1 record in MONROE’s Finnish homeland. It is a cosmopolitan affair, mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios in Finland and written and recorded around the world by MONROE’s international posse–bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York dolls), guitarist STEVE CONTE (New York Dolls, Company Of Wolves), drummer KARL “Rockfist” ROSQVIST (Chelsea Smiles, Danzig) and Swedish guitar star DREGEN (Backyard Babies).  MONROE is a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians  of all ages (from Dave Grohl  to the original Guns  N’ Roses members) citing his groundbreaking career as a source of inspiration.

The album’s first single released earlier this spring, “Ballad Of The Lower East Side,” is a nod to MICHAEL’s early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-’80s breakup of glam-punk pioneers Hanoi Rocks (for which he was the frontman).  It also appears on HORNS AND HALOS.  Watch the video for “Ballad Of The Lower East Side” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhAbtZXu2RU

The headlining U.K. dates for MICHAEL MONROE are as follows:

NOVEMBER
15th  Japan, Osaka-Shi, Quattro
16th  Japan, Tokyo, Liquid Room
17th  Japan, Tokyo, Bay Hall
27th  Northumbria Uni, Students Union, Newcastle
28th  Duchess, Leeds
29th  Cathouse, Glasgow
30th  Hard Rock Hell, Prestatyn, N. Wales (festival appearance)

DECEMBER
1st  Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
2nd  Thekla, Bristol
3rd  Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
4th  O2Academy, Islington, London
5th  Finland, Lahti, Finlandia-klubi
6th  Finland, Turku, Caribia Areena
7th . Finland, Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas

For more information on MICHAEL MONROE, visit:
www.michaelmonroe.com
www.facebook.com/michaelmonroeofficial
www.twitter.com/michaelmonroe
www.youtube.com/MichaelMonroeTV
www.myspace.com/michaelmonroeofficial

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SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, special guest Michael Monroe in Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

March 1st, 2013
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SLASH

featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

SPECIAL GUEST

MICHAEL MONROE

Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

19’TH of February 2013

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Legendary guitar hero Slash appeared in Finland for the second time as a solo artist, this time in Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Slash released his second solo album LOVE APOCALYPTIC LOVE last May and it also features Slash’s longtime touring band members: vocalist Myles Kennedy, drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Todd Kerns. The new album has not only been a sales success, but critics have also generously praised the disc. The success of this album and ongoing tour has proved that ex Guns’n Roses guitarist is doing great on his own without the burdens of the past.

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MICHAEL MONROE: Live at Club Tavastia

December 12th, 2012

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MICHAEL MONROE

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Year 2012 was another great one for Michael Monroe. The band did shows in U.S, South America, Sweden and they played numerous shows in Finland including all the biggest festivals. Lately the band has been working on the follow up for highly successful SENSORE OVERDRIVE and the album should be out in early 2013. The band returned to Helsinki and Club Tavastia on early December and played three sold out shows in a row. These gigs were the last ones of the SENSORE OVERDRIVE –tour which lasted over one and half years.

 

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Electric Boys with support on And Them Boys Done Swang Tour 2012 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden

April 21st, 2012

Electric Boys – headline

And Them Boys Done Swang Tour 2012

Bonafide – support act

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

23/3 – 2011

Live Review & pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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MICHAEL MONROE: Live at Club Nosturi, Helsinki

February 10th, 2012

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Michael Monroe

 MICHAEL MONROE

CLUB NOSTURI, HELSINKI

31’st of December 2011

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

2011 was definitely a great year for Michael Monroe. The new album SENRORE OVERDRIVE was a critical and commercial success and Monroe won several prizes from the media including the album of the year award from the valued Classic Rock magazine as well as the band of the year title from Finnish Emma gala. Monroe’s great year ended up with two sold out nights in Helsinki’s Club Nosturi before leaving for a well-earned three month break.

 

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Michael Monroe on Sensory Overdrive Scandinavia Tour 2011 at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark

May 27th, 2011

 

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Michael Monroe – headline

Sensory Overdrive Scandinavia Tour 2011

Vomit Supreme (support act)

Rock The Night Club, The Rock

Copenhagen, Denmark

April 2, 2011

 

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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MICHAEL MONROE: Live at Club Tavastia, Helsinki

April 12th, 2011

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CLUB TAVASTIA, HELSINKI

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Michael Monroe finally released his long awaited studio album SENSORY OVERDRIVE. Despite this, the band spend the whole last year performing across the globe band now started another tour to support its new release. The new album has received excellent reception here in Finland. It was number one in the official album list here and that’s something, I’m not 100% sure about this, but it’s something that the re-united Hanoi Rock’s was never able to reach with its three albums. For sure it wasn’t an easy thing for Michael to decide to quit Hanoi Rocks but the success of this new album does prove that it was after all a right decision

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Michael Monroe on Another Night In The Sun Tour 2010 at Kb Malmoe, Sweden

November 22nd, 2010

 

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Michael Monroe

Another Night In The Sun Tour 2010

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

12/10-2010

 

Reviewed and live photos by: Anders Sandvall

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RUISROCK FESTIVAL – Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Monroe

August 4th, 2010

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RUISROCK FESTIVAL 2010

9 – 11’th of JULY, TURKU, FINLAND

 REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Ruisrock celebrated its 40th anniversary in sunny Ruissalo. Although the festival lineup included mostly domestic artists, there were lots of interesting foreign names as well such as the legendary Ozzy Osbourne, former Guns’n Roses guitarist Slash, Arch Enemy, and Amon Amarth represented the heavier side while there were also a long list of bands from pop, punk, prog and alternative worlds as well. Such names as: Billy Talent, Canned Heat, NOFX, Flogging Molly and the Sounds show clearly how versatile the festival Ruisrock is and that mix seems to work out well. Altogether there were over 70,000 visitors in Ruisrock during three days.

 

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MICHAEL MONROE: Live at Club Tavastia, HELSINKI

April 7th, 2010

MICHAEL MONROE

Club Tavastia, HELSINKI

1’st of APRIL 2010

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REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

It’s been about ten years since Michael Monroe last played a solo show in Helsinki.  That’s of course because of Hanoi Rocks rebirth which started in 2001. Hanoi Rocks released three successful studio albums before they decided to disband again in 2009 after a series of sold out shows in Club Tavastia. Unlike his former colleague Andy McCoy, who announced his very short live Real McCoy project almost right away, Michael decided to take to some time before getting  back in action.  In January of 2010 Michael announced his new all star band which included: Ginger from The Wildhearts, former Hanoi Rocks / Demolition 23 bassist Sam Yaffa, guitarist Todd Youth and another former Demolition 23 member Jimmy Clarke. This new band first did a handful of successful shows in the USA before heading back in Europe. They arrived in Finland in late March to play six shows with the renewed line up including New York Dolls guitarist Steve Conte and and drummer Karl Rosenfist.

 

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CONNY BLOOM & A.C CHRISTELL of Electric Boys, ex- Hanoi Rocks

May 3rd, 2009

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CONNY BLOOM AND A.C CHRISTELL

On April 12th, 2009 the eighth sold out gig in only six days, at the legendary Tavastia Club in Helsinki, concluded the series of farewell performances by HANOI ROCKS. After putting out three albums, TWELVE SHOTS ON THE ROCKS in 2002, ANOTHER HOSTILE TAKEOVER in 2005 and STREET POETRY in 2007, since reuniting, Andy McCoy and Michael Monroe have decided to call it a day.

To coincide with the farewell tour, a book entitled "All Those Wasted Years" has been released, but since it hardly scratches the surface concerning the more recent stages of the band we decided to sit down for a chat with current guitarist Conny Bloom and bassist Andy Christell. Both also share a long history in connection with HANOI ROCKS, having already toured alongside them in the 1980’s with THE ROAD RATS [also featuring ex-HANOI ROCKS drummer, Gyp Casino]. In addition to HANOI ROCKS and THE ROAD RATS, Conny Bloom and Andy Christell have played and reaped success together in ROLENE and most importantly the, now reunited, ELECTRIC BOYS.

 

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND JARNO HUOVILA

 

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GYP CASINO -ex Hanoi Rocks, Live Ammo, Road Rats, Rolene

January 22nd, 2009

GYP CASINO ex-Hanoi Rocks, Live Ammo, Road Rats, Rolene

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GYP CASINO

Interview by Marko Syrjälä

Pictures: Marko Syrjälä & Archives

The Swedish born drummer, Gyp Casino, will forever be best known as a member of the original, and arguably the best, lineup of the legendary Finnish band HANOI ROCKS. He played on the bands first three albums, BANGKOK SHOCKS, SAIGON SHAKES, HANOI ROCKS in 1981, ORIENTAL BEAT and SELF DESTRUCTION BLUES both in 1982. His tenure with the band culminated in getting fired over an on-stage fight with the band leader Andy McCoy [the reason why he isn't credited for his work on SELF DESTRUCTION BLUES despite playing all the drums].
He then went on to play with the Swedish ROAD RATS and later ROLENE, together with future HANOI ROCKS members Conny Bloom and Andy Christell. Later on he got to enjoy great success, both in the charts aswell as live, all over Sweden with PELLE ALMGREN before again joining up with Andy McCoy in his band LIVE AMMO and putting out the BUILDING ON TRADITION album in 1995. He currently runs a business in Stockholm where he was gracious enough to recount some interesting tales from his career with HANOI ROCKS, ANDY MCCOY’S ALIVE AMMO, ROAD RATS, ROLENE, etc.

 

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Hanoi Rocks Street Poetry Europe Tour KB Malmö Sweden 2008

March 10th, 2008

 

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Hanoi Rocks

Street Poetry European Tour

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

16/2 – 2008

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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