The feisty Finns play Newcastle’s Carling Academy on November 5 and – if you weren’t already – then expect fireworks in the Toon that night. The gig will mark the last ever UK appearance of Mike Monroe and his mates and is sure to be something special.
Tickets are still available but the news of the Rocks’ shock decision is bound to spark a rush on sales for what has now become a must-see event and a potentially emotional farewell. Global Media has been working with the band for the past five years and label boss Eric Cook has often described the Rocks as one of the most professional and endearing acts in rock.
A statement from the label’s Jarrow office read: “Hanoi Rocks have decided to break up by the end of the year 2008. Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy feel that they’ve taken the band as far as it can go and now wish to go their separate ways.
“All commitments until the end of the year, including the UK tour starting in London on Halloween, will naturally be honoured. In addition, the band has decided to say farewell to their fans by doing a final tour of Japan in the spring 2009 and immediately thereafter wrapping things up with a few nights at the legendary Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland, where their career originally got started in the 80s.
“November 26th will see the timely release of the first ever career-spanning Hanoi Rocks retrospective: a 2-CD set titled This One’s For Rock’n’Roll – The Best Of Hanoi Rocks 1980-2008.
The band wishes to thank all their fans, co-workers and business partners for their continued love and support throughout the years.”