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Vampires Play Pudding Show

The Hollywood Vampires have been announced as headlining this years Christmas Pudding Show on December 3rd at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, with Sammy Hagar also joining them for the show. This year will be the 15th Pudding show!

A reminder that Dennis Dunaway will be on the 'Jail Cell: Rock and Blues Show' tonight at 11pm UK time (6pm Eastern /3pm Pacific) on Scotland 96AM. Dennis's book will be released in German soon and Deutschlandfunk have an article about it, in German of course. On Sunday Dennis and Blue Coupe will be appearing at the Vinyl Revolution Record Show in Astoria, New York with guests Tish and Snooky, Nick Didkovsky and the Plasmatics Richie Stotts and Stu Deutsch.

Nita Strauss guests on wrestler 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's podcast this week which you can listen to here. It features 40 seconds of Nita's first solo track, 'Pandamonium', which will be available in January on the 'She Rocks' compilation album on Steve Vai 'Favored Nations' label.

Shep Gordon's Book 'They Call Me Supermensch' is out now, and although I haven`t seen it yet (mine's still on its way from the US) I'm hearing good reports. Gothamist talks to Shep about the book and hs long career and Amplify has a review.

Alice has a few words with TribLive before the Indiana show. He also appears in a new trailer for a documentary called 'Danny Says', the story of music manager, publicist, journalist, and author Danny Fields.

The November issue of Mojo magazine (Lou Reed cover) has a couple of pages on Alice Cooper including a list of the top ten Cooper albums as voted for by readers. While the top entries are probably predictable it's nice to see such a good showing from 'Dada'. The magazine should be on the shelves in a few days.


Posted on 23 Sep 2016
Small Stuff

It's been a little quiet the last couple of weeks but here's a few things worth checking out:

Alice will be at the 'Days of the Dead' horror convention at the Schaumburg Marriott in Chicago between November 18th and 20th. Also appearing are Dave Ellefson of Megadeth and Charlie Benantte of Anthrax.

Lake County News-Sun has a short interview promoting the Genesee Theatre show on Sept 22nd while Cleveland Scene has another for the Akron show.

MTV.com has a feature on 'Elected' relating it to past and the current US elections.

Shep Gordon's new autobiography 'They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock N’ Roll' has started shipping from the USA so is presumably in US shops now, and Shep has been chatting to PR Week and the New York Post promoting it.

Blabbermouth reports Kane Roberts has signed a new deal with Frontiers Records fro his forthcoming solo album which is due next year.


Posted on 18 Sep 2016
Dennis Dunaway and Blue Coupe Shows

Dennis Dunaway and his co-author Chris Hodenfield will be appearing at a special book sighing at Barnes and Noble in Stanford, CT on Sept 17th between 7pm and 9pm. Blue Coupe will also play a live set with guests Tish and Snooky of Manic Panic and guitarist Nick Didkovsky, the man behind the 'Pretties For You' performance last year.  Check out facebook for details.
Following this, on September 25th Blue Coupe will sign autographs and play the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria, NY at the Vinyl Revolution Record Show with special guests Richie Stotts & Stu Deutsch of the legendary Plasmatics! This is an afternoon show at 3pm. More details again at facebook.

Most of you will have heard that we lost another legend this week in actor Gene Wilder. Alice has long been a huge fan, sometimes listing 'Young Frankenstein' as one of his favorite films, and he also worked with Wilder on his short lived TV show 'Something Wilder'. Alice posted the following message: "I count working with Gene Wilder on his TV sitcom 'Something Wilder' to be one of the most precious memories of my entire career. Doing "one on one" comedy with Gene was like jamming with The Beatles. It doesn't get any better. Gene Wilder is irreplaceable and will always be an American treasure."

Tucson.com has a live review and photos from the Casino Del Sol show.


Posted on 03 Sep 2016
In The Press

A few new interviews and reviews to catch up on from the last few days.

Alice talks to Austin-American Statesman with comments about the next album, and CBS San Francisco,  Vegas Seven and Tucson.com about touring and the 'Elected' campaign.

FSU News has a short review from the Tallahasse show with photos. Houston News, Guide Live, and Abilene Reproter-news also have show reviews. KHOU Houston have photos from the Houston show.


Posted on 26 Aug 2016
More Interviews (and a Review)

Still having time for promotional duties while on tour Alice talks 'Presidents and Parody' on CNN in a new short video on CNN, and HBO's 'Vinyl' TV show at NewsOK. He calls into Bob And Jim's Morning Show at Lonestar925, talks about touring buddies with The Austin Chronicle and youring and Joe Perry's health scare at My Statesman.
UPDATE: CNN have posted video of Alice talking about his current 'Elected' presiential campaign. This was originally meant to be aired a few weeks back but was pre-empted by both world events and Joe Perry's collapse.

Not to be outdone Chuck Garric chats to the Great Southern Brainfart about Beasto Blanco's forthcoming new album and touring with Alice Cooper, while Glen Sobel chats to Sweetwater Sound in a new video.

Offbeat Magazine has a review and some nice photos from New Orleans (where there was a "surprise" set list change).


Posted on 19 Aug 2016
New Interviews

Alice has been talking to Rolling Stone promoting the current 'Elected" re-release and the 'Alice Cooper For President' campaign. This is the main source of many other news stories appearing on various sites. The Standard-Times and the Tallahassee Democrat have different interviews though. The Tampa Bay Times has a show review.


Posted on 15 Aug 2016
Sheryl Injured In Huntsville

Last night's show in Huntsville was spoiled by one drunken moron who threw a 'half full tall boy can of beer' a Sheryl Cooper as she performed the 'Zombie Hillary vs Zombie Trump' skit during 'Elected' at the end of the show. The can hit Sheryl in the eye, but luckily she escaped with just some bad bruising. It could have been far far worse. Despite an understandably furious Alice asking who had thrown the can, the sad excuse for a human escaped identification. Why anyone would buy a ticket to a show, just to get drunk and assault a performer is a mystery.
Here's a quote, courtesy of #Cerealkyler, from Sheryl herself: "My understanding is that this person was so intoxicated that he or she could barely stand. Getting hit in the eye with a full can of beer certainly hurt! It could have been so much worse. I am thankful I'm not in the hospital or had to have stitches. My hope and prayer is that this individual made it safely home without injuring another."


Posted on 10 Aug 2016
In The Press

Alice is featured in the new issue of 'Classic Rock' magazine (ZZ Top cover) with two pages of text and a full page photo. Quotes from the interview have been pulled for various other news articles but this is the source for all of them, although some of the wording doesn`t sound very much like Alice speaking...

Alabama.com also have a new interview with Alice, Louisville Courier-Journal has a short show review.

Ryan Roxie was in jail a few days ago! He visited the West Shoreline Correctional Facility on Saturday August 6th to share stories and play for the inmates, hoping to inspire them to use their time behind bars constructively. Michigan Live have photos and a report.

Rhino are reissuing 'Billion Dollar Babies' on vinyl on October 18th. This time it's on Green, yellow, & orange marble colored vinyl but dosn`t appear to have anything new included.

"Talk Stoop" has a short video interview with Alice promoting last years 'Peter and the Wolf' album.


Posted on 09 Aug 2016
Shep Gordon Memoir - "They Call Me Supermensch"

Shep Gordon's forthcoming memoir "They Call Me Supermensch" is due out in hardback, paperback and ebook on September 20th in the US (UK is November 1st) and is now available to pre-order though AmazonUS an AmazonUK. Published through Anthony Bordain's Ecco Books imprint, via HarperCollins, the book promises to be "A backstage pass to the amazing worlds of film, food and rock 'n' roll" and undoubtably the book will be an essential read for any Alice Cooper fan.
Here's the back cover blub and a few celebrity quotes about the book and Shep:
"In the course of his storied 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 Dalí, 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.
In this wonderfully engaging memoir, the captivating entertainment legend recalls his life, from his humble beginnings as a shy, unambitious kid growing up on 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 freewheeling, globe-trotting experiences with some of the biggest celebrities of the past five decades, including his first meeting with Janis 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 a consummate Hollywood insider."

“Reality has never seemed to important in the 50 years Shep and I have been working together.  When we need something to happen, Shep just works his magic to simply MAKE it a reality.  I’m still not sure how he does it, he just has that natural ability to create scenarios and relationships that help to get you where you need to go”
Alice Cooper

"The amazing, incredible, unlikely-but-true story of the man who's done everything, been everywhere, and was at seemingly every important moment in musical and culinary history. He's a one-man history of cool. And through it all, he's somehow managed to remain a mensch. Shep Gordon is a legend."
Anthony Bourdain

"I have never been so hungry after finishing a book! Shep Gordon loves life, and Supermensh is his joyful, soulful, and hilarious account of how he found some purpose for his own life. One for the good guys. Thank you, thank you"
Michael Douglas

"When you realize what Shep has done for the world of rock and roll, Hollywood and artists at large, you will be floored. What you don't know is that he also single handedly created the movement of "celebrity chefs" and not only changed the profession forever but also the entire perception of food; he created a culture. Not only is Shep my dear friend, he's one of the greatest humans I know and the journey this book takes you on will expose all the reasons he is truly Supermensch."
Emeril Lagasse

"Snoop said I was the only one to smoke him under the table But I remember more than once when the pot party Ended,  Shep and I were the last ones standing Let's burn another one soon Shep”
Willie Nelson

“Shep's memoir is a testament to the human capacity for adventure, survival, and kindness. This is truly the most interesting man in the world, not to mention one of the most generous and loving. Luckily for us, his lust for life is contagious. If I had to be stuck in a prison cell for the rest of my life, my only requests would be this book, and an annual meal prepared by its sensational author.”
Olivia Wilde

Far from a “walk down memory lane,” Shep’s memoir is like a rollercoaster highway ride through the greatest decades for food, celebrity, and entertainment—and it made me smile and laugh at every turn.  
Throughout Shep’s career, he’s mastered the art of giving people a great show.  From Hollywood to Cannes, dabbling in food, music, and all things entertainment, this book is no exception.
-Daniel Boulud, Chef/Owner, The Dinex Group

"Super Mench is an understatement. I've known Shep Gordon for over 40 years. He's the real most interesting man in the world!!!"
Sammy Hagar


Posted on 04 Aug 2016
New Show - Elmira, NY

Alice Cooper has added a show at the First Arena in Elmira, NY on September 26th to the current 'Spend the Night with Alice Cooper' tour. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Dennis Dunaway's appearance in Los Angeles this weekend attracted various old Alice Cooper friends, including original co-manager Joe Greenburg, 70s roadie Ron Voltz, and Monica Lauer, who provided the childs voice of the classic 'Ballad of Dwight Fry'. You can check out a 25 minute video with words from all three as well as Dennis and Cindy of course.

Beasto Blanco, featuring Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper, will apparently play a show at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA on November 10th. Interestingly Ex-Alice bassist Kip Winger's band Winger play the following night!


Posted on 02 Aug 2016
Snakes In Los Angeles

Dennis and Cindy Dunaway will be at the 'Manic Panic Style Asylum' on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles this Saturday (30th July) between 4pm and 6pm signing cpoies of "Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!" and probably anything else you want to put in front of him!

Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots joined the Hollywood Vampires for 'School's Out' at the final Vampires show in Pasa Robles on Monday. You can check out footage via YouTube.


Posted on 28 Jul 2016
Joe Perry Returns

According to a Twitter post from The Hollywood Vampires, Joe Perry will return to the stage for tomorrows show in Rohnert Park, CA. Perry was forced to leave the stage in Coney Island, NY eleven days ago due to "a combination of dehydration and exhaustion" and missed the next five shows to rest up. Since then the band have had Joe's amp and hat on stage and shown photos on the video screen, wishing him a quick recovery. He returns with four shows in just four days before the tour ends in Pasa Robles on Monday. The San Francisco Chronicle has a short interview with Alice promoting tomorrows show.


Posted on 21 Jul 2016
New Show - Waukegan, IL

Alice Cooper will play the Genesee Theatre in WaukeganIL on Spetember 22nd. Pre-sale tickets go on sale July 19th.


Posted on 18 Jul 2016
Vampires At Gala

The Hollywood Vampires were at the Starkey hearing Foundation Gala in St. Pauls, MN last night and performed at the event which is expected to raise up to $9million towards their aim of outfiting children in poorer countries with free hearing aids. The Vampires tour has been supporting the charity and the band have been making personal appearances around the world to help raise the charities profile.

While nothing much else has turned up about the situation with Joe Perry, it appears from some reports that Joe is now back home resting after his recent hospital stay. It's still hoped Joe will make a return before the end of the tour but with only five shows to go this is looking encreasingly unlikely.

There's been more Vampire reviews from the tour including the Daily Tribune, and KNAC (with photos).


Posted on 18 Jul 2016
The Full Press Release - Alice For President

THE WHOLE WORLD'S GOING CRAZY!

LOOKING FOR A BETTER CANDIDATE? A BETTER PLATFORM?

LOOK NO FURTHER

GET ALICE COOPER 'ELECTED'

ALICE COOPER RUNS FOR U.S. PRESIDENT AND U.K. PRIME MINISTER

“A TROUBLED MAN FOR TROUBLED TIMES”

July 12, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA -- Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric - the mudslinging – the media frenzy.  Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career.  Alice Cooper wants to be "Elected".

His classic 1972 hit is once again an anthem for modern times and when it all boils down to it – a long flowing mane of (real) hair beats Bernie/The Donald/Hillary/Boris styles hands down and his American accent and people's policies are way easier for the British to understand than any of Theresa May's (although it might not be just the accent).  

But it’s not all about debonair good looks, long flowing locks and a wicked accent -- Alice Cooper has a platform that every voter can get behind. He is asking his fellow Americans, his British friends and all those around the world who are disillusioned with their leaders, to join "The Wild Party."

Alice Cooper has spent countless nights on the road; many troubled hours worrying about the course of our great nations. Not afraid of controversy or springing into action, Alice Cooper plans to channel every ounce of energy (in between his Alice Cooper and Hollywood Vampire concerts, his syndicated radio show "Nights With Alice Cooper”, and his daily round of golf, of course) towards solving the world’s problems. He is tackling the everyday concerns discussed among his fellow woman and man - the ordinary, decent hard working (and rocking) people he meets and entertains every day while performing nearly 100 concerts a year around the world.
So, if you’re looking for a candidate with a platform that matters, vote Alice Cooper, the man with the plan to tackle the hot button, contentious and provocative issues on the minds of the real America and Britain:
⦁    Getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC
⦁    A snake in every pot
⦁    No more pencils, no more books
⦁    Adding Lemmy to Mt Rushmore
⦁    Rename Big Ben "Big Lemmy"
⦁    Groucho Marx on the $50 bill
⦁    Peter Sellers on the £20 note
⦁    Cupholders required for every airplane seat
⦁    Ban on talking during movies in movie theatres
⦁    Ban on taking selfies, except on a designated National Selfie Day

These "troubled times" call for a "troubled mind" indeed.  These "troubled times" call for Alice Cooper.
Said Alice, "Why NOT me? I have t shirts to sell."

www.votealicecooper.com
www.aliceforpresident.com


Posted on 15 Jul 2016
Alice Cooper for President/Prime Minister

WelI, guess we now know why 'Elected' turned up as a new Alice Cooper single on Spotify and Deezer a couple of days ago. It's official, Alice is campaigning to become both President of the USA and Prime Minister of the UK (despite there not actually being an election here)!
The press release says: "Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric – the mudslinging – the media frenzy. Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career. Alice Cooper wants to be elected.
But it’s not all about debonair good looks, long flowing locks and a wicked accent – Alice Cooper has a platform that every voter can get behind. He is asking his fellow Americans, his British friends and all those around the world who are disillusioned with their leaders, to join The Wild Party.
Alice Cooper is tackling the everyday concerns discussed among his fellow woman and man - the ordinary, decent hard working (and rocking) people he meets and entertains every day while performing nearly 100 concerts a year around the world. s, stating that Alice wants "a snake in every pot, no more pencils, no more books" and "cupholders for every airplane seat". These troubled times call for a troubled mind indeed. These troubled times call for Alice Cooper. Why not me? I have t-shirts to sell."
There's also a list of things Alice promises if elected including getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC, renaming 'Big Ben' to 'Big Lemmy' and a ban on talking during movies... things I think we can all support!
Check out aliceforprimeminister.com and aliceforpresident.com for campaign packs with posters, stickers and t-shirts plus a cool facebook header which you can add your own face to!

Newsweek have a chat with Alice about the current show and working with Dennis, Neal and Michael while High Plains Reader have a short interview with Alice promoting the Fargo show on Monday.

There's also a new 'Ask Alice' video where he explains why Alice rarely talks to the crowd during shows with a bonus cartoon at the end!


Posted on 14 Jul 2016
New Shows - Akron, OH and Albany, NY

Alice Cooper will play two addition shows as part of the 'Spend The Night With Alice Cooper' tour. They are Sept. 23rd in Akron, OH at the Civic Theatre, and Sept. 28th in Albany, NY at the Palace Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10AM EST.

For those who didn`t see the updates added yesterday there hasn`t really been any news on Joe Perry situation beyond the fact that he is in a stable condition and it's hoped he will return to the stage soon. It has been suggested in some places that Joe suffered cardiac arrest on stage on Sunday, but this hasn`t been confirmed anywhere official at all, so until more information is released it's probably best not to speculate. All we know for sure is that he wasn`t feeling well before the show and had to be rushed to hospital after just one song.
All Hollywood Vampires shows will go ahead as planned, obviously without Joe until such time as he's fit enough to return.

Spotify and Deezer both seem to have a "new" Alice Cooper single streaming. It's 'Elected' with the subtitle "Alice Cooper For Prime Minister 2016". I haven`t had time to compare this version of the song to see if it's the original, the 'Alice Does Alice' version or a new mix, but the cover image of a Union Flag and "Vote Alice Cooper for Prime Minster" is a little strange as (so far) there isn't going to be an election in the UK this year... so you can`t vote for Alice. Maybe I'm missing something...
UPDATE: Check out www.aliceforprimeminister.com and www.aliceforpresident.com.

The Oakland Press has published an interview with Joe and ALice, obviously done before Sunday's events.

Eternal Terror has a review of the Stonefree festival last month while Live In Limbo also has a review with some great photos.


Posted on 12 Jul 2016
Joe Perry Collapses in Coney Island

Reports are coming in that guitarist Joe Perry was forced to leave the stage at last nights Hollywood Vampires show in Coney Island to receive medical treatment. As of writing no cause has been released, however a representative for Joe, Sujata Murthy, stated “Joe Perry is stable and resting.”
From what I can get from reports that are still coming in, it appears Joe started the show but only got as far as the second song, a cover of Spirit's 'I Got A Line On You.' First he was forced to sit on on the front of the drum riser, clearly in distress,  before leaving the stage to get help.  According to reports he was quickly rushed to Coney Island Hospital, before being transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
The show continued without Perry, with Alice stating from the stage "If you notice one of our brothers is not onstage with us, he was very sick before the show’.”
After the show the official Joe Perry Twitter channel posted "Thanks to all of the fans reaching out and asking about Joe. He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care" while the Hollywood Vampire's feed posted "Joe Perry is stable and resting. His brother Vampires and fans wish him a speedy recovery".  The Alice Cooper feed posted "Thanks to everyone asking about our brother @Joe Perry. He is stable right now, with family & is under the best care."
(Photo (c) Kyler Clark)
Obviously this is an ongoing story so I will try and update as and when new information is released.
It goes without saying everybody in the SickthingsUK community wishes Joe all our very best wishes for a quick recovery and return to the stage.
It seems likely the tour will continue, with Joe returning if and when he is well enough to do so, but this will likely be confirmed in the coming hours or days.

Here's some links to news reports that have appeared so far which have some eye witness acounts from Coney Island: PageSix and the New York Times have quotes from fans at the show, while there is footage from the show apearing on YouTube including this short clip of Joe Leaving the stage. Video shows Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople joined the band on stage for covers of  Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" and Mott's "All The Young Dudes".

UPDATE: The Hollywood Vampire's appearance on the Colbert Show tonight has been canceled. Blink 182 are now listed as playing the show.
TMZ have just posted video of Alice saying that Joe is "stable" and that the rest of the Vampires tour is currently "up in the air".

UPDATE: The Alice Cooper Twitter account has confirmed the rest of the tour will be going ahead as planned.

UPDATE: Tom Hamilton, bassist with Aerosmith just posted the following message: "Thankfully, Joe seems to better then we all first feared. Here's hoping he's back on stage soon doing what he loves to do."


Posted on 11 Jul 2016
Hollywood Vampires On Colbert

The Hollywood Vampires will perform on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' this coming Monday, July 11th (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT), on CBS.
The Milwaukee Record have a review of the Summerfest show.

Dennis Dunaway appears on 'One On One with Steve Adubato' which you can watch here.

The first Alice Cooper record 'Pretties For You' was performed live in NYC in Nov 2015 by a band assembled by Nick Didkovsky (Doctor Nerve, Vomit Fist). In attendance were Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, and Cindy Smith Dunaway and the place was packed with people from all over the world. Dennis also joined the band for a few encores including the rare tune 'Nobody Likes Me', and Cindy contributed with a custom designed PFY shirt she made for Nick.  A DVD of this special performance is now available at http://www.didkovsky.com/pfy/ and is well worth checking out. You can see a trailer here and check out a few reviews via Metallbibliotekarierna, SteveHoffman.tv and Stashdauber.

Below you can check out the new video from Damon Johnson. The track 'Nobody Usin'' is taken from Damons excellent new EP 'Echo' which is out now.


Posted on 08 Jul 2016
New Show - Indiana, PA

Alice Cooper will be playing the Kovalchick Complex Ed Fry Arena in Indiana, PA on September 24th. Tickets go on sale Friday July 8th at 10AM EST.

The Sales Blog has a great story about a recent Alice meet and greet and what to expect. Well worth reading. 

The Boston Herald has a story about a fan who got to meet Alice, Joe and Johnny despite a horific accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down before the show. Quote: "Because Amanda was unable to attend the concert on her own, her hometown donated an ambulance to transport her to Foxwoods for the show. When she arrived, Amanda was greeted by Depp, Cooper and Perry, who visited with her in the ambulance, then escorted her to the side of the stage, where she and her family watched the show."

More Hollywood Vampires stories: OnMilwaukee have a lengthy review of the Vampires' Harris Pavillion show on Tuesday with some photos and Joe Perry has been talking to the Toronto Sun about the band and the Aerosmith final tour.


Posted on 06 Jul 2016
Small Stuff

Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp are amongst the celebrity guests at this years 'Starkey Hearing Foundation' gala at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. MN on July 17th. The Hollywood Vampires have been supporting the Starkey Hearing Foundation during their current tour.

Joe Perry talks about the Vampires with the Metro, Atlantic City.com, and Guitar World

'The Rock' teen center in Phoaenix has been expanded to include a new art studio and the Phoenix Business Journal has some photos.


Posted on 01 Jul 2016
New Show - Tacoma, WA

Alice Cooper will be playing the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA on October 20th. Tickets go on sale June 30th at 10am.

The Hollywood Vampires hit the road again in the US in a few days and Alice talks to the Morning Call, Joe Perry chats to the CT Post, and Matt Sorum talks to the Chicago Tribune.

WMGK has a new podcast interview with Alice which you can listen to here.

Ryan, Tommy and Glen chat to 4Sound at the Copenhell festival about their Gibson guitars, and paying tribute to Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce's original twin Gibson setup.

Ghost Cult Magazine has a chat with Chuck Garric about Beasto Blanco and their forthcoming second album.

MusicOHM has a review of both days of last weeks 'Stone Free festival'.


Posted on 27 Jun 2016
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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