Former HANOI ROCKS Guitarist Launches THE REAL MCCOY BAND

HANOI ROCKS guitarist/co-founder Andy McCoy will celebrate his long career by touring Finland in November with his new solo group, dubbed THE REAL MCCOY BAND.

THE REAL MCCOY BAND is:

Andy McCoy (Finland) - Lead And Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Chris Shiflett (USA) - Lead And Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dan Lagersted (Sweden) - Bass, Vocals
Angela McCoy (USA) - Female Vocals, Percussions, Keyboards
Jolle Atlagic (Sweden) - Drums

A video message from Andy announcing his new band can be viewed below.

As previously reported, wooden statue of Andy McCoy was unveiled on July 25 in his birthplace of Pelkosenniemi, a municipality of Finland.

Commented McCoy: "First real statue is a great honor. Normally statues are being built only after the artist has died."

The wooden statue was sculpted by Andy's uncle, Matti Hulkko. As a child, Andy used to go fishing together with Matti to the waters near Pelkosenniemi.

McCoy's decadent autobiography, "Sheriff McCoy: Legend of Hanoi Rocks", is now available in English for the first time in a deluxe hardcover edition through North American publisher Bazillion Points.

Touted as "the last great rock 'n' roll memoir," McCoy's autobiography covers the legendary guitarist's life and exploits from childhood through the early 2000s rekindling of HANOI ROCKS. Growing up in Sweden and Finland, McCoy helped introduce punk to Finland with his teenaged band BRIARD before befriending glamorous Michael Monroe and forming HANOI ROCKS. Based in a Stockholm subway station, the band embarked on wild life-changing and death-defying thrill ride around the world, touring not just Europe, London, and America, but also Israel, Brazil, Thailand, and Japan. After HANOI ROCKS dissolved following the death of drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley in Hollywood in December 1984, McCoy carried on with SUICIDE TWINS, CHERRY BOMBZ, a successful solo career, and a stint as a sideman to Iggy Pop.

A national icon in his native Finland, McCoy has been called the Finnish Keith Richards — except Richards only fell out of a coconut tree; Andy McCoy fell from a fourth-story balcony and lived to tell the tale. His over-the-top image and streetwise bending of punk, glam, and old-fashioned rock 'n' roll inspired a generation of platinum-selling bands — rock authors Slash of GUNS N' ROSES and Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE have already admitted their musical and stylistic debts. Now the real McCoy speaks from the heart on subjects including rock stardom, true love, his arsenal of vintage guitars, and surviving every imaginable variety of intoxication.

According to McCoy: "This book is entertainment for entertainment's sake, for lovers of rock 'n' roll history and people who have a taste for the macabre."

The 204-page hardcover English edition of "Sheriff McCoy: Legend of Hanoi Rocks" by Andy McCoy from Bazillion Points includes dozens of rare candid photos, a deluxe embossed cover, a lengthy select discography spanning three decades of rarities, and a new 2009 preface written byMcCoy after the final breakup of HANOI ROCKS.

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