of choice: Fabulous F-20E/J, Hammond HA-20
Vocalist and, if need be, multi-instrumentalist, Michael Monroe is a man born for the stage. After
being inspired by Black Sabbath on TV at the tender age of eight he further educated himself with the works of Alice Cooper, Little Richard and The Rolling Stones. He decided to become a rock'n'roll frontman and never looked back. His old school mates still remember him as the guy with longest hair in not only the school but in the whole city. The guy with an outrageous taste for clothes who dropped out of school during a field trip to Stockholm to become a full time rocker.
After the whirlwind crash and burn of the early Hanoi Rocks years Michael relocated to New York City and launched a
successful solo career that spanned until the rebirth of Hanoi Rocks.
With his critically acclaimed first worldwide solo release "Not Fakin' It" (1989) he was well on the way to mega stardom in the States but due to a
disagreement with him over the marketing tactics, his record label "pulled the plug" on the record, which is best remembered by the video of the song "Dead, Jail Or Rock'n'Roll" featuring a cameo from Axl Rose.
During his 10 years of living in New York he made quite a few quest appearances on different artists' records. For example, with Guns N' Roses on their "Use Your Illusion" and "Spaghetti Incident" albums, as well as recording Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" with Slash for the "Coneheads" movie soundtrack in 1993.
Monroe's 1994 solo band project and album "Demolition 23" (produced by Little Steven Van Zandt) featured Sami Yaffa (Hanoi's original bass player) on bass and later on tour guitarist Jay Hening (R.I.P.) was replaced by original Hanoi guitarist Nasty Suicide.
In the late 1990's Michael packed his bags and cat and moved to Finland relocating to the country's old capital Turku where he lives today.
Full biography available at the official Michael Monroe website at
Just when I thought the Suzuki "Hammond HA-20"
couldn't get any better, they came up with the new Suzuki "Fabulous F-20E/J". It is truly fabulous!
It has a perfect tone and action and it stays in tune better than any harp I've ever played before.
Thank you, Suzuki, for making my harp playing that much more pleasurable and better sounding.