Rock & Pop

Michael Monroe

When: Thu., March 11, 8 p.m. 2010

The living and breathing embodiment of hard rock, Michael Monroe is a shaggy-haired old-school hair-metal vocalist still flying the freak flag of rebellious arrested adolescence. Best known as the vocalist for storied Finnish glam-metal outfit Hanoi Rocks, (which was resurrected in 2002 before being finally put to bed in 2008), Monroe returns with a new project, the creatively named Michael Monroe Band (featuring fellow Hanoi refugee Sami Yaffa on bass). While Monroe's greatest moments in Hanoi Rocks came via its influence on Guns N' Roses, the 57-year-old multi-instrumentalist still bears the same passion for metal as fellow throwback Sebastian Bach. Despite being responsible for spawning Warrant and its ilk, Monroe has always taken his garage-rock/punk cues from the likes of Alice Cooper, the Dead Boys, and the New York Dolls. That said, Monroe just might end up trotting out a cover of the Stooges' "I Feel Alright" (aka "1970") or Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" when he plays at the Paradise Lounge (1501 Folsom St., San Francisco) on Thursday, Mar. 11. 8 p.m., $15.

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $15


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