Michael Monroe/Hardcore Superstar

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Michael Monroe/Hardcore Superstar

The last time he was in Japan, Michael Monroe managed to break a couple of ribs when he fell over during a performance with Slash at Summer Sonic. Hopefully the former singer for Finnish glam punks Hanoi Rocks, born Matti Fagerholm, manages to escape with all his bones intact this time around. When Monroe's old group finally decided to call it quits in 2009, he swiftly recruited a new band of his own, including Wildhearts guitarist Ginger and Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls bassist Sami Yaffa. Their current Japan tour arrives on the back of a new album, Sensory Overdrive, which sounds like it could have been recorded in the mid-'80s – and that's probably the point. Just to ensure that fans of Scandinavian-style headbanging get their money's worth, Monroe is co-headlining with Swedish sleaze rockers Hardcore Superstar.