Sami Yaffa, best known for his work with Hanoi Rocks, the New York Dolls and the Michael Monroe Band has released The Last Time, the first single taken from his first solo album The Innermost Journey to Your Outermost Mind, out on September 22nd, 2021 via Livewire/Cargo Records. Watch the video below!
Says Yaffa:“The Last Time is one of the first songs I wrote for this album when still living in Brooklyn New York back in 2015. It’s a story about two people whose communication is stuck. How hard it is to change one’s habits, no matter how much one wants it. It’s about the frustration and distress of addiction”
Sami Yaffa has had a unique career as a musician. He joined the punk band Pelle Miljoona Oy at the tender age of sixteen and played on the bands now legendary album Moottoritie On Kuuma. Pelle Miljoona Oy was Finland’s number one band at the time, but Yaffa and his future cohorts were aiming higher: as an original member of the band Hanoi Rocks, he spent the first half of the eighties as an international rock musician with all its ups, downs and trappings. The band influenced many of the acts that would later become huge in the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll – including Guns n` Roses.
After the break-up of Hanoi Rocks, Yaffa was asked to join some of the most notable artists in R’n’R history such as Joan Jett and The Blackhearts (2002-04), as well as one of Hanoi Rocks’ major influences, the New York Dolls (2004-10). In 2009 he started a band with the Hanoi Rocks singer Michael Monroe. This collaboration continues to this day, but now Yaffa is also releasing music under his own name.
“The idea for the solo album started to take shape a few years back. Previously I had written music for the New York Dolls and the Michael Monroe Band, but now some of the songs that I was writing and had written, started to sound more and more like my own stuff instead of what I would write for those bands.”
Sami Yaffa – Vocals, Bass Guitar (Hanoi Rocks, Michael Monroe, New York Dolls)
Rich Jones – Guitars (Michael Monroe Band)
Christian Martucci – Guitars (Stone Sour)
Rane Raitsikka – Guitars (Smack)
Timo Kaltio – Guitars (Izzy Stradlin, Cheap And Nasty)
Janne Haavisto – Drums
Produced by Sam Yaffa. Mixed by Erno Laitinen. Mastered by Pauli Saastamoinen At Finnvox Studios. Recorded by Erno Laitinen/Sam Yaffa /Janne Haavisto /Jose “Puter” Puigserve.