During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Hanoi Rocks’ lead vocalist Michael Monroe revealed how he convinced Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash to play in his latest album.
Michael Monroe contributed to Hanoi Rocks for years delivering vocals, piano, and saxophone in the albums. Following the band’s first split in 1985, he focused on his solo and side projects. One of his most well-known collaborative works came out when Steven Van Zandt asked him to record back vocals on his ‘Sun City.’
Later, Monroe released his solo debut album ‘Nights Are So Long’ in 1987, a moderate hit. In his next record, ‘Not Fakin’ It,’ he worked with fellow musicians like Steven Van Zandt and Ian Hunter. He gained international recognition with this album.
Monroe also had several works with Guns N’ Roses’ Slash. The guitarist appeared as a guest musician on his shows in Los Angeles in 1989. Monroe joined Slash to perform ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ from the rocker’s solo debut album. He also took the stage for Summer Sonic festivals in Tokyo, where Slash performed. Slash most recently played on Monroe’s latest record, ‘I Live Too Fast To Die Young!.’
Lately, Monroe revealed whether Slash played for him in the past for another record besides the latest one. As the rocker revealed, they created the cover versions of Steppenwolf’s ‘Magic Carpet Ride.’ He wanted to put the other new cover version on his CD collection by getting permission from the guitarist.
Afterward, Monroe considered it would be good to hear Slash’s solo on his new record, carrying this offer to him. The guitarist asked for time to control his busy schedule. However, he sent the solo part in two days for the album’s title track despite his occupied program, as Monroe said.
When asked about his works with Slash, Michael Monroe said:
“We did the Steppenwolf cover of ‘Magic Carpet Ride,’ which we recorded two versions because I had this new arrangement idea that I presented, and Slash said ‘OK,’ he likes that too, let’s record both versions and see what Warner Bros. picks. And they picked the new arrangement. And the other version that was more like the original arrangement, that was never used, except I had probably the only existing copy on audio cassette.
And with my best-of collection, a CD collection in 2017 called Michael Monroe: The Best, I emailed Slash and asked, ‘Do you think it’s a big hassle to negotiate this to be able to use this on my CD collection?’ Because, you know, he’s a big part of my career, an important person, I thought it’d be so cool to have it on the CD collection. And he said, ‘Yeah, that’s OK. You can use it. No problem.'”
“But he’s done a couple of things. I had a couple of projects that I needed a solo for, and he’s always been very accommodating to me in any project I’ve done, and I’ve asked him for favors. He’s a sweet, sweet guy and a dear friend. But this one, I realized he hadn’t guested on the last four albums, and I figured this would be a good one for him to be in.
I sent him a demo of the song and said, ‘Would you like to play a solo? It’s going to be the title track of my new album.’ And as busy as he was, he said he’d see if he could carve out a day for it because I said I would need it now. So he said, ‘Let’s see if I can find a day for it.’ And then two days from then, we had the solo.”
You can listen to the song below.