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

August 24th, 2014
Anita Chellamah

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

Michael Monroe

Michael Monroe

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

March 1st, 2013
Slash

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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MICHAEL MONROE: Live at Club Nosturi, Helsinki

February 10th, 2012

Michael Monroe

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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KOTKAN MERIPAIVAT feat. Twisted Sister, Hardcore Superstar, Michael Monroe etc.

August 17th, 2011

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KOTKAN MERIPÄIVAT

KOTKA, FINLAND

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

The Kotkan Meripäivät festival is organized in Kotka in July’s last weekend and it typically has an attendance of more than 200,000 visitors in four days. The festival is Finland’s second largest festival and it’s been held since 1962 onwards. As always, the event now includes a wide selection of performers for different target audiences. On Saturday there were performers like Joe Cocker and The Village People. The main event was held on Friday and it included such bands as legendary U.S. hard rockers Twisted Sister, Hardcore Superstar, the Michael Monroe band, and reformed Pelle Miljoona Oy which now had former Hanoi Rocks members Andy McCoy and Sam Yaffa in their ranks.  

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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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ELECTRIC BOYS

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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