I’ve been carrying on for a while now about all thing’s Michael Monroe, ever since my March sighting of the new band melted my brain while at the same time instantly making order out of decades of personal history. I’ve been carrying on so much I’d even begun to wonder if maybe I wasn’t crazy. Maybe I just saw exactly the right band at exactly the right place and time and it all came together.
But then the following evidence surfaced — a high-on-the-bill, main stage appearance at SummerSonic 2010 Festival in Tokyo — and suddenly I”m more sure than ever. If there is better rock n’ roll band on the planet right now I’d like to know who they are.
Not hipper. Not younger. Not cooler. Not cuter. Better.
Now imagine seeing that on stage the size of your patio in a room the size of your apartment and you might get some window on why it was so tranformative.
To a person Michael Monroe, Ginger, Sami Yaffa, Steve Conte, and Karl Rockfist perform spectacularly. As a unit the results are alchemic. The band has a live album out worldwide on Sept. 27 and is currently recording a full studio album in Los Angeles with Jack Douglas.
This is rock n’ roll as you can hear it nowhere else on the planet. Continue to avoid at your peril.