Icon, song-writer, multi-instrumentalist, flamboyant force of nature and legendary Hanoi Rocks frontman, Michael Monroe, has announced that he will be releasing the very first compilation of his solo material on the 30th of June which will include a rarity featuring Slash.
“The Best” represents the first official collection of his (ongoing) solo musical exploits, featuring prime tracks from 1987 right up to 2017. In his own words:
“This album is a great representation of my 30-year solo career, 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 also details some of the bonus material that will be featured, “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, 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!”.
Two other previously unreleased songs are ‘Fist Fulla Dynamite’and ‘Simpletown’, outtakes from the‘Blackout Stakes’ album (2015), plus there’s the new single ‘One Foot Outta The Grave’– an anthem of pure defiance – to bring things nicely up to date, showing Michael’s continued commitment to a genre (we’re talkin’ rock ‘n’ roll here, straight from the source!) he has both celebrated and driven forward with unbridled passion, energy and emotion, not to mention a natural front-cover flair.
So… 29 great and glorious tracks.
A heady life in music.