Michael holds the rock-star ego as security staff stop him using stage door – and settles to wait with fans
Michael Monroe resisted the temptation to resort to a rock-star attitude when security staff refused to allow him into the Glasgow venue he was about to play at the weekend.
The former Hanoi Rocks frontman was just an hour away from hitting the stage with his solo band when he arrived at the rear entrance without his pass.
Unable to resolve the issue quickly, Monroe simply set off round to the front door, to queue up with his fans.
RockAAA reporter Eric Mackinnon witnessed the entire proceedings after sharing a cab with Monroe following a private concert for a small local radio station.
The gossip site journalist tells Rock News Desk: “We reached the stage door with less than an hour until Michael’s headline appearance, where we were met by a door steward eating a sandwich.
“She asked if we had any passes. We didn’t, but I explained this was Michael. She wasn’t for budging – even when we produced a CD cover with his name and face on it. She told us we’d have to go to the main entrance.
“You’d expect the typical rock-star ego to kick in with the ‘Do you know who I am?’ line. But Michael didn’t chuck his toys out the pram.
“Instead, he graciously turned on his heels and headed round to the main entrance to join the queue.”
Fortunately a security supervisor was on hand to call Monroe back and allow him through the stage door.
Mackinnon says: “It was a surreal but entertaining end to my chat with one of the rock world’s royal family. He’s always the showman, but he’s always a gentleman too.”
In the full interview Monroe tells how Ginger Wildheart forcing his way into the band reminded him of former Hanoi Rocks bandmate Razzle Dingle playing the same trick many years previously.