MICHAEL MONROE: ‘DREGEN Is Working Out Fantastically In The Band!’

Dregen (real name: Andreas Tyrone Svensson) of Swedish sleaze rockers BACKYARD BABIES made his live debut as the guitarist of former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe‘s solo band this past Sunday (June 26) at Kalasatama in Helsinki as the support act for the FOO FIGHTERS.

Commented Monroe: “I’m still on a high from this past weekend. Dregen is working out fantastically in the band! He is a total star and adds so much positivity to this whole thing. Playing and performing with him on stage is such a blast for all of us. And we’re just getting started.

“God bless you, Dregen!

“This was also my first time seeing the FOO FIGHTERS live and they were brilliant! One of the best gigs I’ve ever seen. Great authentic rock ‘n’ roll and tons of positive energy all around.

“I’m so glad they’re as big as they are — couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of guys! They didn’t even limit the opening bands from using the whole stage, which is unusual nowadays. And the ‘White Limo’ dedication was awesome, as well as Chris‘ little HANOI tribute during band introductions.

“I absolutely love them.

“So once more — many thanks to the FOO FIGHTERS. Let’s do it again soon!”

Ginger (THE WILDHEARTS) played his last gig as the guitarist for Monroe‘s group on June 17 at the Provinssirock festival in Finland.

Regarding his addition to Monroe‘s band, Dregen previously stated, “Sure, I was listening to KISS and SEX PISTOLS when I was a kid, but it was HANOI ROCKS that made me do it! I wanted to be a rock star, but 99.9% of my record collection as a kid was either U.K. bands or bands from the USA and everything felt so far away and untouchable apart from one band… HANOI ROCKS! If they could make it, I could make it!

“It’s an honor for me to be in the band together with Michael and Sami [Yaffa, bass] who were the brightest shining stars when I grew up, starting to play rock and roll music, AND bonus to that is also to share stage with Karl and Steve who are incredible players. So. I. Am. A. Happy. Fucking. Dregen!

“I hope I can bring even more explosivity and energy to the band, as well as, of course, loud guitars, great live performance, killer riffs and songwriting for upcoming studio works.”

Dregen is best known as the guitarist of BACKYARD BABIES and as a founding member of the HELLACOPTERS.

Dregen was a member of the HELLACOPTERS from the band’s inception in 1994 until 1998, at which point he decided to focus on BACKYARD BABIES.

In addition to playing with Michael Monroe‘s band, Dregen is starting work on his first solo album.

BACKYARD BABIES announced in November 2009 that it was going on an indefinite hiatus following its most recent European tour.