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No Fire In Tilburg

The Alice Cooper show in Tilburg last night was in danger of being stopped after smoke from the stage was seen rising from the venue roof. Luckily it was a false alarm and the show continued as normal, but fire engines were called as a precaution.

The Chicago Tribune has an interview with Dennis Dunaway promoting the audiobook version of his 'Snakes...' book. The feature has 6 previously unseen photos from the Billion Dollar Babies' 'Battle Axe' stage show from Chicago 1977 which are definitly worth checking out. There are very few photos around from the shows and these are excellent, showing the boxing ring show design, in Colour!

There have been a couple of articles about Alice's first ever show in Israel last week including a review in the Jerusalem Post.


Posted on 21 Jun 2016
Small Stuff

Dennis Dunaway, Joe Bouchard and Al Bouchard will be amongst the artists playing at the 'Made In New York' festival at Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbour, NY on July 2nd. 'Special Forces' guitarist Mike Pinera, Edgar Winter and Denny Lane are also on the list of guest stars performing as part of 'The Classic Rock Allstars' at the show.

Glide Magazine has a new interview with Damon Johnson talking about the recently released 'Echo' EP, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, and Black Star Riders.

Steve Hunter has released a new 'single' entitled 'Camellia'. This is the full demo of a song from 1980 (remixed in 2016) that can be heard in the Bette Midler movie 'The Rose' (which Steve also appears in).


Posted on 17 Jun 2016
New Show - New Jersey

Alice Cooper will headline the `Rock Carnival` at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ on September 30th. Also on the bill are Blue Osyter Cult, Clutch and Zakk Sabbath. Tickets are on sale now.


Posted on 10 Jun 2016
'Pretties For You' DVD Now Available

Nick Didkovsky's performance of 'Pretties For You' in New York last November is now available to buy on DVD. You can check out the video promo and order directly from Nick's site at didkovsky.com. While there is nothing stating that Dennis Dunaway's guest appearance is on the DVD I'm assuming it is.

The Stone Free festival has released the full schedule for the weekend with details of all the other acts playing on the 18th when Alice Cooper headlines. As expected there is an Alice Q&A in the afternoon, however it turns out only people with expensive meet and greet tickets will get to see it. This is the only event of the whole weekend to have such a restriction.

NYS Music has a review of the Turning Stone Hollywood Vampire's show with some great photos, and Rock FM in Romania has an interview with Alice and Joe.

Standing Room Only have a new interview with Steve Hunter talking about his career and Alice Cooper.


Posted on 08 Jun 2016
Shep Gordon Biography Due In September

Shep Gordon's autobiography "They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock’n’Roll" now has a release date of September 20th and will be published by Anthony Bourdain/Ecco. Here's the description:
"
An eye-popping peek into entertainment industry from the magnetic force who has worked with an impeccable roster of stars throughout his storied career.
In the course of his legendary career as a manager, agent, and producer, Shep Gordon has worked with, and befriended, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Alice Cooper to Bette Davis, Raquel Welch to Groucho Marx, Blondie to Jimi Hendrix, Sylvester Stallone to Salvador Dali, Luther Vandross to Teddy Pendergrass. He is also credited with inventing the "celebrity chef," and has worked with Nobu Matsuhisa, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Roger Vergé, and many others, including his holiness the Dalai Lama.
In this wonderfully engaging memoir, the charismatic entertainment legend recalls his life, from his humble beginnings as a "shy, no self-esteem, Jewish nebbisher kid with no ambition" in Oceanside, Long Island, to his unexpected rise as one of the most influential and respected personalities in show business, revered for his kindness, charisma—and fondness for a good time.
Gordon shares riotous anecdotes and outrageous accounts of his free-wheeling, globe-trotting experiences with some of the biggest celebrities of the past five decades, including his first meeting with Janice Joplin in 1968, when the raspy singer punched him in the face. Told with incomparable humor and heart, They Call Me Supermensch is a sincere, hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the worlds of music and entertainment from the consummate Hollywood insider."
The book is available to pre-order now at AmazonUK, and AmazonUS which between them list Kindle, Hardback and paperback versions.

Nita Strauss has been talking to Music Mania about her career, influences and working with Alice. Nita also appeared at the Lucky Strike Live in LA a couple of days ago jamming on various songs with AC drummer Glen Sobel amongst others including a few Iron Maiden covers with her old band mate Courtney Cox. You can check out their version of 'The Number Of The Beast' at Glen's facebook page.

Alice is interviewed by the Heavy Demons radio show which you can hear on YouTube. Alice talks about working with the original band on new material.

Syacuse New Times has a review of the first Hollywood Vampires show. Despite everything that has been happening in Johnny Depp's private life there seems to be no sign of it affecting the current European shows which end in Romania on Monday. If anything it's just given more publicity to the tour, the US leg of which starts on July 1st and appears to be going ahead as planned according to venue sources.

Ryan Roxie will host a new edition of 'Big Rock Talk' this Sunday. Roxie's posting that this will start at 7pm Swedish time. . Roxie and Anna's guests this time will be CJ & Brother Max, and Billy Miles Brooke.


Posted on 03 Jun 2016
Hollywood Vampires Arrive In Europe

The Hollywood Vampires rolled into Lisbon on Friday for their first European show amid mass media coverage due to events not on the stage, but in Johnny Depp's private life. While I don`t intend to report or comment on all that stuff (it's nothing to do with the music), it is worth noting that quite a few of these reports contain excellent photos of the band on stage in Portugal, as well as pics from their appearance at the Four Season Hotel Ritz to supply hearing aids to locals on behalf of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Worth checking out is the Lisbon 'Rock In Rio' live webcast which is currently available to watch on YouTube. The festival didn't pass without problems, support act 'Korn' had to abandon their performance after the sound system failed three times, but luckily there were no such issues when the Vampires played and they performed the full set.
From what I hear the German show a couple of days later was uneventful, but there are now local reports that a few "fans" are calling for a boycott of the Stockholm show over the Depp situation. It seems unlikely this will actually have any effect as there is already a queue outside the venue for tonight's show.

TeamRock have Alice listing the "10 Songs That Changed My Life" which mainly includes all the usual bands he picks like The Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds etc.

Glen Sobel gets the Mitch Lafon treatment in a new interview you can hear at Blabbermouth.

BraveWords have some excellent photos from the Port Chester show taken by Jennifer Bartram-Schmitt.

Chuck Garric has a new facebook page where you can keep up with all Beasto news. He hit the 'friend' limit on the old one so this will allow more people to 'follow' him. In case I haven`t mentioned it before Chuck is featured in the latest issue of Bass Guitar Magazine.


Posted on 30 May 2016
Hollywood Vampires Tour Begins

Syracuse.com has the first review of first Hollywood Vampires show of the year in Verona, NY with photos and the setlist. The show opened with 'Raise The Dead', with 'As Bad As I Am' and 'Dear Drunk Friends' the only other original songs in a set that included most of the album plus tributes to David Bowie and Lemmy.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a review and photos from the Stage AE Alice Cooper show while KNAC have a review and photos from the Warren show.


Posted on 25 May 2016
Hollywood Vampires Lisbon Live Stream

It appears that the Hollywood Vampires show next Friday (May 27th) will be streamed live at http://www.livexlive.com/. There's a looping promo video running now on the site, featuring Alice, which you can see below advertising the event. According to the festival site the band are scheduled to take the stage at 11.45 local time which, if i'm correct, will be 10.45 UK time, so do you're own calculations for where you are.

New England Music News have a new interview with Chuck Garric which you can hear here.

I don`t generally post every show review any more as they normally say the same thing (Band is amazing, especially Nita, Alice is amazing, the audience loved it etc) but here's a few worth checking out:
Trib Today has a review of the Packard Music Hall show with some amusing comments from fans while Neo Music has photos and a review, and Nepa Scene has some great photos from Wilkes-Barre.

Alice and Ryan were out golfing at the Fort Wayne County Club yesterday and ABC 21Alice has a short news clip and a few words. Love the golf outfit Roxie!

Live Design have an article about Bandit Lights who are doing the lighting for the current tour.


Posted on 19 May 2016
New Show - Tallahassee

Alice Cooper will play the 'Center of Tallahassee' in Tallahassee, FL on August 16th with tickets going on sale May 20th.

Alice has been talking to Billboard about working with Neal, Dennis and Michael for the forthcoming album.

Glen Sobel is interviewed for the Moore Cymbals Podcast talking about working with Alice, The Hollywood Vampires and stepping in for Tommy Lee last year.


Posted on 17 May 2016
Alice Talks 'Killer' New Album

Alice has been talking to Weekender.com about the forthcoming new Alice Cooper album - "..every once in awhile, though, there’s just a flavor of what album do we want to go to here to give it that flavor. And it seems to be going toward the ‘Killer’ album."
He also reveals he's been working with Dennis, Neal and Michael on new songs - "I wrote three or four songs with Neal Smith and Mike Bruce, and so we worked together in Phoenix for about two weeks just writing songs and demoing songs. Dennis Dunaway (bassist in the Alice Cooper Band) wrote two or three things. We haven’t seen those yet, but I know Dennis has always written great stuff. It’s fun to go back and work with guys you haven’t worked with in awhile. It’s not trying to recapture your youth. It’s trying to recapture a sound. And it’s a very elusive sound."
Alice goes on to talk about the current setlist and the Hollywood Vampires.

Also: Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen will apparently be at 'Record Connection' in Warren, OH on May 16th between 7pm and 8pm for a meet and greet.


Posted on 11 May 2016
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