Former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe has tapped Dregen (pictured below; real name: Andreas Tyrone Svensson) of Swedish sleaze rockers BACKYARD BABIES as the guitarist of his solo band following the recent departure of Ginger (THE WILDHEARTS).

Ginger played his last gig as the guitarist for Monroe‘s group on June 17 at the Provinssirock festival in Finland. Video footage of the performance can be seen at

Commenting on Dregen‘s addition to Monroe‘s band, Ginger said, “It’s the right thing that he joined. Michael deserves the best around him. I can do other things apart from [SUPERSHIT 666; which also featured Dregen] but Michael has only [Michael Monroe] band. I’d rather Dregen help Michael.”

Dregen will make his live debut with Monroe on June 26 at Kalasatama in Helsinki as the support act for the FOO FIGHTERS.

In a series of online postings, Ginger stated about his departure from Monroe‘s band, “I left for a lot of reasons, mainly the management.

“I didn’t agree with the management of the band, but didn’t have enough of a position in the band to change anything.

“It was basically me or the manager, and Michael chose the manager.

“When it came to decision-making, I was never as much of a chief member as Michael and Sami [Yaffa, bass]. This is understandable as they formed the band. I was aware of my position from the beginning, but coming from a position as band leader (with THE WILDHEARTS) this was an increasingly difficult situation for me.

“Sensory Overdrive”, the new solo album from Michael Monroe, entered the official chart in his home country at position No. 1.

“Sensory Overdrive” was released on March 14 via Universal Music subsidiary Spinefarm Records. The CD features guest appearances by MOTÖRHEAD‘s Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister and three-time Grammy-winning country/folk singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.

“Sensory Overdrive” was recorded in Los Angeles with legendary producer Jack Douglas, who has previously worked with AEROSMITH, JOHN LENNON, CLUTCH, SLASH’S SNAKEPIT and NEW YORK DOLLS, among many others.