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Michael Monroe – Cathouse Glasgow Review

Michael Monroe playing at the Cathouse Glasgow
Michael Monroe playing at the Cathouse Glasgow

A cold Friday at the end of November finds me back in the Cathouse in Glasgow for the UK leg of Michael Monroe’s Horn’s and Halo’s world tour, but the temperature doesn’t matter when for my money you have one of the best front men in the rock scene at the moment about to perform on stage and entertain you.

Support band for tonight was The Black Lights from Central Scotland who’s brand of classic rock seemed to go down well with the filling venue. Songs like ‘Season Of The Bitch’ and ‘Money’ doing particularly well with the Mike Monroe fans, all too soon their time was over and the stage was cleared ready for Michael Monroe and his cohorts to hit the stage.

Hitting the stage doesn’t really do justice to what happens when Mr Monroe and his all star band walk on stage and start to play. The band arrive quietly enough while the intro tape plays there is a short pause Michael arrives and it’s like a 1000 tons of TNT has been let off in the venue! To my mind this is how rock n’ roll should be played loud, fast an with 100% commitment from all on stage and tonight was no different from any of the other times I’ve seen Michael Monroe live. With Sami and Karl driving the band forward, Steve Conte’s excellent guitar work not forgetting Dregen replacement for this tour Rich Jones also on guitar this has to be one of the best sounding and working bands out there.

A large part of tonight’s set was from Michael’s new album Horns and Halos as expected and live it certainly did not sound out of place with the older material that was played, the ‘Ballard Of The Lower East Side’ I thought was sublime. Michael was on great form tonight like some prowling caged animal he was all over the small Cathouse stage and constantly leaping across to the barrier to be closer to his audience. The fans had to wait till the end of the main set before we got some of the classic Hanoi Rocks tunes before a stellar version of my personal favourite Michael Monroe song ‘Dead, Jail or Rock ‘N’ Roll’ rounding off the main set.

Tonight was a perfect example of everything that is good in rock music great musicianship, great showmanship and a band that won’t quit till the very last note of the last song is played. Now if somebody could tell me where that guy gets all that energy from night after night on the tour I would be eternally grateful lol.

Setlist:

Michael Monroe playing at the Cathouse Glasgow
Michael Monroe playing at the Cathouse Glasgow
  1. Horn’s and Halos
  2. Trick of the Wrist
  3. TNT Diet
  4. Ballad of the Lower East Side
  5. 78
  6. Stained Glass Heart
  7. Soul Surrender
  8. Child Of The Revolution
  9. Got Blood
  10. Modern Day Miracle
  11. Love Song
  12. Machine Gun Etiquette
  13. Motorvatin
  14. Hammersmith Palais
  15. Malibu Beach
  16. Dead, Jail or Rock ‘N’ Roll

Encore:

  1. Underwater World
  2. Do Anything you Wanna Do

 

Band:

  • Michael Monroe Vocals, Saxophone & Harmonica
  • Steve Conte Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Sami Yaffa Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Karl ‘Rockfist’ Rosqvist Drums
  • Rich Jones Guitar, Backing Vocals

 

 

About Neil Henderson

The other half of the Scottish duo :) Failing miserably at keeping Sheila in line ;)