Jerusalem Slim

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When Michael Monroe began working on the follow-up to his Not Fakin’ It solo album, songwriting work with ex-Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens metamorphosed into a full band with the recruitment of…
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When Michael Monroe began working on the follow-up to his Not Fakin’ It solo album, songwriting work with ex-Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens metamorphosed into a full band with the recruitment of drummer Greg Ellis and Monroe’s former Hanoi Rocks colleague, bass player Sam Yaffa. However, the guitarist’s bombastic style never really gelled with Monroe’s more straightforward rock ‘n’ roll approach, and the band dissolved when Stevens joined ex-Mötley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil’s band; this did little to promote an amicable split, as Neil had been driving in the accident in which Monroe and Yaffa’s late bandmate Razzle had died. Monroe and Yaffa formed the more satisfying Demolition 23, and publicly disowned the posthumous release of Jerusalem Slim, which received universally poor reviews.