Below are the complete SickthingsUK news archives going back to 2004 when I first added news to the front page.
NOTE: The further back you go, the less likely it is that links and images will work, because the original sites no longer have the articles.


New Astroturf Video 18 Oct 2018

Good Records have released  a new promo video for the 'Live From The Astroturf' Record Store Day album which is due on November November 23rd. The track is 'Under My Wheels' and the video features footage from the show featuring the original Alice Cooper band. You can also see the video below.

December 14th sees the release of "MTV Unplugged 2 – Live vom Atlantik" by German star Udo Lindenberg. As the name suggests it's an acoustic live album and DVD, but of interest to us is a guest appearance by Alice himself on a cover of 'No More Mr Nice Guy'. You can check out a short video clip from the show here.

Houston Press has a short interview with Alice, while Glide Magazine has photos from the Atlanta show. Forbes magazine have a longer interview.

The Alice Cooper Band (Tommy, Chuck. Ryan and Glen) will play another special club show on October 25th at the Smiling Morse in Pittsburgh. Doors open at 10pm and support comes from 'Borstal Boys'. If you are wondering why Nita isn't playing at these band only shows it's simply because she's already booked doing guitar clinics so can't make them.

Speaking of Nita, there's a new interview with the lady from the Palace Theater in Albany courtesy of Q103 up on YouTube.

Ryan Roxie will also be making an appearance at Record Connection in Niles, OH on October 27th between 1 and 3pm for a meet and greet.

Dennis Dunaway, who will begin shooting his 'Cold Cold Coffin' film next week, will be signing and chatting at Little City Books in Hoboken, New Jersey on October 30th at 7pm. He's hoping to be back in Europe with Blue Coupe next summer for a major festival and hopefully a few more intimate shows. Let's hope the UK is included.

Chuck Garric, Chris Latham and Calico Cooper of Beasto Blanco will again be at this years 'Bowl For Ronnie', the charity bowling event set up for Ronnie James Dio's 'Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund'. The even takes place at PINZ Bowling in Studio City, CA and tickets are available now.

Alice Cooper Band Play Dallas 12 Oct 2018

The Alice Cooper Band (Tommy, Chuck, Ryan and Glen) will play a 'Pre-Show Party' at the 'Double Wide' in Dallas on Monday October 15th. Tickets are availabe now from Prekindle.com.

 

Full Astroturf Reunion Performance To Be Released 10 Oct 2018

This years Record Store Day on November 23rd will see the release on 'Good Records' of a special limited edition (3000) vinyl album featuring the original Alice Cooper band (with Ryan Roxie) recorded live at Good Records on October 6th 2015. This will be the full performance from the legendary night and will include a double sided 24”x36” poster, a 11”x11” 16 page booklet/program, 6 trading cards, each b-side of LP will feature a different member at random, there will be 10 different color variants at random in "mofi" sleeves and each silver foil board gatefold jacket will be stamped and numbered. Tracks list will be as follows: 1. Caught In A Dream 2. Be My Lover 3. I'm Eighteen 4. Is It My Body 5. No More Mr Nice Guy 6. Under My Wheels 7. School's Out 8. Elected.
Record Store Day releases are only available in limited numbers and generally only from small independent shops, so get to know you rlocal shop now and see if they can reserve you a copy.

There's new interviews with Alice at the News & Observer and Chattanooga Times. Syracuse.com has photos and a review from the current tour.

Classic Rock has the story behind 'Elected' in a new article here.

Dennis Dunaway is featured at Hemmings.com talking cars and the early days of Alice Cooper.

Nita Strauss is to be honoured at next years 'She Rocks' awards at the annual NAMM music show. The award goes to "women who stand out as role models in the music industry" and the the 7th annual live awards event will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.

Beasto Blanco (with Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper) will be joining Megadeth and others on the first Megacruise in October next year.

Last week Damon Johnson shocked everyone by announcing he would be leaving Black Star Riders, the band he co-formed after Thin Lizzy called it a day, to concentrate on his solo career. Ramzine have an new interview with Damon talking about his decision, his new solo album 'Memoirs Of An Upraising' (out November 9th) and the future.

New Roxie Single and Video 04 Oct 2018

Ryan Roxie releases a new digital single from his excellent 'Imagine Your Reality' solo album tomorrow. The track is a stunning cover of Coldplay's 'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face', the closing track and possibly the highlight of the album. Roxie takes the rather insipid original and reinvents it as epic classic rock, destroying the Coldplay version completely. You can check out the new lyric video at YouTube or below, or on Spotify or iTunes.

The Hollywood Vampires will apparently be headlining this years 'Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding' show on December 8th at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. More performers will be announced over the coming weeks but tickets for the show will go on sale October 8th. This will be the 17th annual Pudding show, and as always will raise fund for Alice's 'Solid Rock' teen center. AZBigMedia has a few quotes from Alice as part of the show announcement. There's still no official release date for the second Vampire's studio album or the live album Alice has been talking about recently.

Syracuse.com have a new interview with Alice promoting the forthcoming show there. There's also an audio interview with ZackAttack from early September up on Soundcloud which I may have missed earlier.

Neal Smith Releases 'KillSmith Halloween' 02 Oct 2018

Neal Smith has released a new compilation album marking 10 years of his 'KillSmith' solo project. It comes on CD and digital download and can be ordered directly from Neal at NealSmithRocks.com. The full press release with all the details runs as follows:

"This year marks the 10th anniversary of legendary Alice Cooper drummer & RnR Hall of Fame Inductee Neal Smith's first “KillSmith” solo CD. To celebrate, Neal has created a new 12 song compilation CD called “Neal Smith-KillSmith Halloween,” the best of KillSmith. It has 11 previously released KillSmith songs and features one brand new song called “Strychnine.”

"2018 not only marks the golden 50th anniversary of the original Alice Cooper Group, but it also marks the 10th anniversary of my “KillSmith” solo project. Since my last solo album “KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire,” I have been wanting to put together a compilation CD of my scariest and best “KillSmith” songs. I have chosen 11 of my songs plus a brand new bonus track called "Strychnine,” it's a killer! Get your downloads or CD's today! Happy Halloween to all of my sick things around the world! Play my “KillSmith Halloween” loud and let it scare the “HELL” out of you!" - Neal Smith

Neal Smith is best known worldwide for his innovative drumming and outrageous stage antics with the original Alice Cooper Group. His solid drumming is the hallmark sound behind such classic 1970's Alice Cooper hits as “School's Out,” “I'm Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Neal is also a prolific songwriter, who helped pen many of the groups best known songs. Alice Cooper was the first band to introduce theatrics to the rock and roll stage, the group has sold over 25 million records worldwide. Neal has six gold and five platinum records to his credit and has performed before millions on extensive grand world tours from the late 1970's to the present. Smith's trademark drum style can be heard on additional albums, including the Billion Dollar Babies Band “Battle Axe,” The Plasmatics “Beyond The Valley Of 1984,” Buck Dharma “Flat Out,” Deadringer “Electrocution Of The Heart,” Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith “Back From Hell” and “BDS Live In Paris,” Cinematik “Cinematik” and “One Full Moon Away.” And Neal's most recent critically acclaimed solo project KillSmith. Neal's KillSmith CD's “Sexual Savior,” “KillSmith Two” and  “KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire,” garnered praise from fans and critics worldwide.

“KillSmith Halloween” Track List

Evil Voodoo Moon
Death By The Numbers
How Do You Bleed
Cemetery Of The Damned
Squeeze Like A Python
The KillSmith Overture
Thrill Thrill Thill Shoot To Kill
Die For The Night
Pandemonium
Strychnine (New Song)
Dynasty Of Darkness
Monsters In The Attic

It's All About Nita 29 Sep 2018

Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss has announced full details of her forthcoming solo album, 'Controlled Chaos' and a two month US tour to promote the record.
The instrumental album, which was financed via a highly successful kickstarter campaign, will be released on November 16th through Sumarian Records and there are now various pre-order bundles available through NitaStrauss.com. Nita has also released a preview video for 'Our Most Desperate Hours' which you can also see at YouTube. The self-produced album features the following tracks:
01. Prepare For War
02. Alegria
03. Our Most Desperate Hour
04. Mariana Trench
05. Here With You
06. The Stillness At The End
07. The Quest
08. Hope Grows
09. Lion Among Wolves
10. Pandemonium 2.0
11. The Show Must Go On

Blabbermouth have the full press release including words from Nita. You can also check out a new video interview with Nita over at MetalInjection.

To promote the album Nita will hit the road in the US during November and December on a co-headline tour with Angel Vivaldi. Again Blabbermouth have the press release.This would suggest there will either be no more Alice Cooper shows this year after the currently announced dates, or that if there are, Nita will not be part of them. The full list of dates is as follows with tickets on sale now and VIP upgrades also available.
Nov. 19 - New Bedford, MA @ Greasy Luck
Nov. 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Nov. 21 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Nov. 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Baazar
Nov. 24 - Kent, OH @ Outpost Concert Spot
Nov. 25 - Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
Nov. 27 - Berwyn, IL @ Wire
Nov. 28 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's
Nov. 29 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Nov. 30 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Dec. 01 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
Dec. 02 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Dec. 04 - Seattle, WA @ Club Sur Rocks
Dec. 05 - Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
Dec. 06 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Dec. 07 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Dec. 08 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
Dec. 11 - Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Dec. 12 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Dec. 13 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec. 14 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
Dec. 15 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Dec. 16 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
Dec. 17 - Margate, FL @ O'Malley's
Dec. 18 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
Dec. 19 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
Dec. 20 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
Dec. 21 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents

Finally in this Nita-heavy news post the lady got the chance to meet her idol Steve Vai last night as part of Vai's 'Big Mama Jama Jamathon' in Los Angeles. The event runs over three days and consists of 52 hours of continuous music which Vai is directing. All proceeds go towards raising funds for 'Extraordinary Families', "a leading nonprofit foster family, adoption agency in the Los Angeles area, dedicated to improving the daily lives of children and youths in foster care". It appears the whole event is being streamed live at https://www.jamathon.org/ and as I'm typing this Vai himself has just joined in. Presumably video of Nita's appearance will appear somewhere shortly. Other musicians taking part include Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), Al Di Meola, Herman Lee (Dragonforce), Orianthi, Lee Ritenour, Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) and a host of others.

In other news you may remember the recently released Alice Cooper pinball game, 'Nightmare Castle' which looks really cool if you have the cash for it. Well, a limited edition version has been released to raise funds for Alice's Solid Rock Teen Center. This version will be autographed by Alice and will come with a special "personalised package of collectable Alice Cooper memorabilia". You can get all the details at Alicecooperpinball.com.

Lastly another reminder that the competition to win tickets and travel to the Grand Rapids, MI show on October 29th is still running until October 11th. Again proceeds go to Solid Rock and you can enter as many times as you can afford, with the proceeds going to Alice's charity! The prize includes flights to Grand Rapids, VIP tickets, the chance to throw out balloons during the show and a personal meeting with Alice before the show. All the details can be found at Omaze.

Billboard in Times Square 24 Sep 2018

There's been a paranormal appearance in New York's Times Square this week via an advert for the 'Paranormal' album appearing on the NASDAQ video billboard, just as 100+ world leaders converge on the city for a United Nations conference.

Elsewhere this week Alice turns up briefly in the new video by The Struts called 'Primadonna Like Me'. You can see Alice around 1.27 into the video in a clip shot in Las Vegas recently.

Congratulations to Dennis Dunaway, and thank you to everyone who supported his 'Cold Cold Coffin' kickstarter campaign. The target was reached and surpassed so filming can go ahead shortly, with a release date aimed at being "before May" next year, although I wouldn`t be surprised if it's before that, as everyone involved has been itching to get going. More news as I get it. Anyone who pledged should get regular updates and exclusive behind the scenes info as the project moves forward.

Ultimate Classic Rock have a new interview with Alice talking about current projects and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 10 years on, coinciding with the release of the original induction performance on DVD.

Director John Carpenter has recently been talking about a possible TV series based on the 'Prince Of Darkness' film, which famously featured Alice. At the moment it seems to be just talk, but don't be surprised to see Alice make a cameo appearance should it happen. Pure speculation of course, but it seems to good an opportunity to miss if the show ever happens.

Five Days To Go 18 Sep 2018

There's just five days to go in Denis Dunaway's 'Cold Cold Coffin' kickstarter campaign and we're almost there. Dennis has been adding amazing incentives throughout the campaign and the newest addition could be the best value of all, and side-steps the issue fo the large postage costs outside the USA!
You can now pledge just $20 (approx £15) and get get access to digital downloads of all the exclusive new songs so far only offered on limited edition 7" vinyl. This includes six downloads: 'Cold Cold Coffin (Rock Cinema - the finished mini-movie when released)', 'Cold Cold Coffin (Arena Version)', 'Cold Cold Coffin (Original Demo)', 'When Your Friend Comes Around', 'Sound Of A (Demo Version'), and 'Fireball (Demo Version)', the later two being Dennis original versions for songs recorded by Alice on 'Paranormal' last year. And that's not all... Dennis has also thrown in his amazing solo album 'Bones From The Yard', making a total of 18 songs. If you don't already have the album it's one of the best records Dennis has ever done, and includes 'Subway', which formed the basis for 'A Runaway Train' from Alice's 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album. It's a classic record from start to finish. So eighteen tracks for £20 (£15) is a bargain and you wil be helping Dennis reach his goal. Also check out video messages posted including new vids from Cindy Smith Dunaway, producer Sean Quinn, and Dennis' daughter Renee.
I know we've been banging on about this campaign for a few weeks now, and I'm sure a few people are getting fed up with hearing it, but this is IMPORTANT. Dennis is IMPORTANT. He co-created everything Alice Cooper is about, from the songs, to the image, the theatrics, everything. Is $20 too much to ask, especially when you have a value for money option? £15 is just a few pints, a couple of packets of cigarette's, a takeaway pizza.. it really isn't that much to ask and if you've been scared off by the overseas postage fees (like I was), or the high prices of some of the rare items up for grabs, this is your chance to get involved AND get some great music in return. Please, please get involved and help Dennis reach his goal. We have just five days now and are so close.
All the info you need you can find at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dennisdunaway/cold-cold-coffin-rock-cinema/, and if you have previously pledged a small amount, you can easily upgrade to the download package by logging into the Kickstarter site. Other new incentives recently added include two more checks (the last two in existence I believe) featuring the autographs of ALL the original Alice Cooper band members including Glen, a poster of The Spiders at the VIP club, and original ultra-rare 70s t-shirts. Check out the site for more info.

In other news Alice and the Hollywood Vampire's popped up in Japan over the weekend for a private show on September 15th, and there were also Vampire's popup shops in Shibuya, Osaka and Tokyo selling Vampires merchandise which will also be available online shortly. This all came as a bit of a surprise, as it seemed the Vampires were done for the year when teh tour ended, but being a private corporate show presumably explains the lack of announcements about teh visit to Japan. Various videos and photos from the visit have been posted to the official facebook page.

Kerrang magazine have posted a review of the New York show which is worth checking out. I think they hit the nail on the head with a great review highlighting just why Alice Cooper is still the greatest show on earth, with some great photos as well.

Ultimate Classic Rock have a new article looking back at the promotion of 'Trash' in 1989, when Alice used a real garbage truck to promote the album.
 

Fifty Years Book Sample Pages 11 Sep 2018

Copies of the Deluxe limited (500 copies) edition of Martin Popoff's 'Welcome To My Nightmare - Fifty Years Of Alice Cooper' are now shipping and it's a very nicely put together package. The heavy A4 sized hardback book comes in a black presentation box and includes four card photo prints, three taken at Milton Keynes in 2006 and one on the 'Special Forces' tour at Hammersmith. The 240 page book itself runs through Alice Cooper history via important dates and quotes from various people that were involved in the events covered, including the original band and other musicians, producers, backstage crew, and friends. As with most books about Alice Cooper around 2/3rds of the text concentrates on the 1970s, with the last 100 or so pages covering the following 40 years, but at least they are mentioned! I haven't had a chance to read through it yet but it's all very nicely present with lots of photos and images. Certainly well worth getting while you can. You can still order a copy of this deluxe limited edition version, as well as the normal paperback version, at WymerUK, who have kindly sent me some sample pages for you to check out here.

Dennis Dunaway was on 'That Thing with Rich Appel' over the weekend and you can check out the full show here (the one you want is the latest 9/8/18 upload lasting 2:59.48).  Dennis appears a few times during the show.
Don't forget there's only 12 days to go to pledge to Dennis' 'Cold, Cold Coffin' video kickstarter project. Lots of amazing stuff to entice you to pledge, just wish I had the more money! If everyone chipped in just a few dollars to pre-order the finished film it would all help reach the target. It would be a huge shame if this didn't happen. Dennis also sends out regular updates on the project, and over the weekend he and the crew were out at a cold, cold castle, measuring up for sets and lighting in preparation for shooting the mini-film. Check it out here and donate if you can. Remember, this is Dennis Dunaway, founder member of Alice Cooper. The guy behind 'Black Juju', 'Under My Wheels' 'School Out', and all the classic songs Alice has built his career on. Surely there are more then 224 people (as of writing, thank you all) who can chip in a few dollars/pounds to help him out. Remeber you will only be charged if the campaign reaches it's target.

Digital Journal have a review of the Beacon Theatre show.

Guitar World have posted the latest Nita Strauss guitar tutorial. This one is on 'combining rhythm and lead playing'. You can find links to all of Nita's articles on one page here.

Live In New York 07 Sep 2018

Alice Cooper played at the Beacon Theater in New York last night, and they transmitted the closing 'School's Out' live on facebook, which you can see here. Worth checking out not just because it's great to see the band on stage but also for a surprise cameo from 'Waynes World's' Mike Myers, who turned up on stage to do the 'We're Not Worthy' bow!

And speaking of surprises Alice also turned up at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Sept 4th. The new venue had it's grand opening/first concert featuring 'The Violent Femmes' opening for 'The Killers', and the latter band received a very special video introduction from Alice, based around a 'Waynes World' theme, it being Milwaukee. You can check out the video at The Killer's facebook page here.

In other news ASX have a short review of the Ohio show, and Long Island Weekly have a short interview promoting the new live album.

Nita Strauss apparently makes a guest appearance on the new 'Metal Allegiance' album 'Volume II - Power Drunk Majesty'. The band features David Ellefson of Megadeth, Alex Skolnick of Testament, ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, and Mark Menghi and also features a guest appearance from Joe Satriani.

Dennis Dunaway Cold Cold Coffin Interview 03 Sep 2018

The Music Room have a new interview with Dennis Dunaway talking about his 'Cold, Cold Coffin' KIckstarter campaign and some of the new incentives now available, which include original Spider's business cards, Glen Buxton Memorial books, and a full sized coffin that will be used during the production. There's around 20 days left on the fundraiser and they are about half way to the goal. You can pledge everything from $1 upwards for all sorts of goodies. Check it out at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dennisdunaway/cold-cold-coffin-rock-cinema and get involved. Dennis is also sending out updates to everyone who pledges.
The finished mini-movie will feature Calico Cooper in the lead role.

 

Live Album Released Today 31 Aug 2018

Today sees the release of the new Alice Cooper live album - 'A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia, Paris' - which includes the full show from the last night of the 2017 tour. There's no major surprises, it's exactly what you would expect with all the hits and a few lesser known songs, but it sounds great and the band shines.
More of a surprise was the inclusion last night in St Pauls of 'Grim Facts', a song not played live for decades! It apparently replaced 'Be My Lover' in the set and will hopefully remain in the show for a while. You can check out footage on YouTube.

Celebrity Access have an excellent in depth interview with Alice manager Toby Mamis which delves into his career including lots of Alice Cooper stuff.

The Metro in the UK has a new Alice interview promoting the new live album. There's also new inteviews at TwinCities.com, another at UpRoxx, a short peice in Billboard, a show review in the Edmonton Journal (with photos here), and another review with Exclaim!. The Estevan Mercury has had several pieces about the recent show including a review, Discover Estevan also has some photos, while TBNewswatch has some photos from Thunder Bay.

Nita Strauss will be appearing at the UK Guitar Show on September 30th during a break in the US tour. The event takes place at London's Olympia but it's a trade show, not a normal gig, so bare that in mind if you want to go. Tickets are available now here. Nita is expected to be on stage around 3pm on the main stage.

Michael Bruce and 'Texas Chainsaw Ballet' will be performing at El Rancho Disc Golf Course in La Jara, CO, on September 2nd as part of a Labor Day Weekend event and according to Alamosa News he will be recording the show for a possible live album. I have no idea what "disc golf" is, but it seems to involving throwing discs into nets.

A new DVD is due on September 21st featuring the original band's performance at the 'Hall Of Fame' induction in 2011. The 2xDVD or 2xBlu-Ray set is called "Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert: Encore" and also features Rush, Heart, and Slash joining Ronnie Wood for an all-star jam in 2012. It appears it will feature the full Alice Cooper set which included 'I'm Eighteen', 'Under My Wheels' and 'School's Out', with Steve Hunter standing in for Glen, and Rob Zombie joining in for 'School's Out'.

See Alice For Halloween 25 Aug 2018

Omaze, in association with Alice's Solid Rock, have launched a competition to win VIP tickets and travel to see Alice in Grand Rapids, MI on October 29th for Halloween. You can pledge money to Solid Rock for multiple entry tickets, but if you check out the link at the bottom you can also enter for free from almost anywhere in the world (some countries are excluded because of local laws). Proceeds go to Solid Rock. You can see Alice's announcement on twitter.

Digital Journal, The Inquisitr, Star Phoenix, and The Estevan Mercury all have new short interviews with Alice.
Las Vegas Weekly have a few photos from the Vegas show, while California Rocker has some excellent photos and a show review, spoiled by the reviewers claim to have seen Alice open for Frank Zappa in Fullerton, CA in 1972, which never happened (the poster he includes is a fake).

CBC in Canada have an article about the infamous Toronto Riot in 1980 with photos and video.

October 16th sees another trio of Rhino Alice Cooper vinyl reissues. This time it will be 'Goes To Hell' on orange vinyl, 'Lace and Whiskey' on brown vinyl and 'From The Inside' on green vinyl.

At one point last week the forthcoming 'Paranormal Evening' live album apparently hit #1 on the Amazon 'hard rock and metal' chart in France! It's currently #4. The album was recorded in France, so that could have something to do with it.

'Cold Cold Coffin' Kickstarter 17 Aug 2018

Dennis Dunaway has launched a new Kickstarter campaign revolving around a new song entitled 'Cold Cold Coffin', taken from his forthcoming solo album and also featuring Nick Didkovsky on guitar and Russ Wilson on drums. The campaign seeks funds to produce a "Rock Cinema" film based on the song's lyrics, and starring Calico Cooper, which is being put together with Peter Perenyi (Director of Photography) and Brian Cichocki (Director). Shooting should begin in October with the finished film released no later then May next year.
The Kickstarter campaign page includes all sorts of incentives from digital downloads of the finished project to original Alice Cooper Memorabilia including 1972 tour programmes, 1973 'Alice Cooper' B$B magazines and original Spider's business cards from 1966!!
Check out the page at http://kck.st/2vTSiyb for the full list, and a sneak preview clip of 'Cold Cold Coffin'.
 

Aretha Franklin and Jill Janus 17 Aug 2018

Sadly yesterday also saw the loss of two very different singers. Firstly legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin passed away, which has rightfully been covered extensively in the press. While not directly Alice Cooper related, the 'Queen of Soul' was one of the most important artists of all time, influencing every singer, regardless of genre, for decades.
Less well reported is the passing of Nita Struass' 'Starbreakers' band mate and 'Huntress' lead singer Jill Janus who sadly took her own life on Tuesday  She was 43. Blabbermouth have a statement from Nita paying tribute to her friend. Our condolences go out to the families, friends and fans of both artists.
Nita Strauss is featured on the front cover of the new American Music Supplies catalog and it looks like you can sign up to get a free copy here, although probably only in the United States. There's a small image of the cover at the bottom of the page.

The new Arizona Alice Cooper lottery scratch cards have proven very popular with the organisers apparently being inundated with requests from fans around the world asking how to get copies! Much to their credit they were sending out voided ticket sets free of charge to anyone who asked, but unsurprisingly have now run out. In response to the requests a special commemorative print is being organised which will be available from Alice Cooper's 'Solid Rock' website in a few weeks. These will feature three of each design with proceeds going directly to the charity. So keep an eye out here for further announcements. Remember the actual scratch cards themselves should be available in AZ shops right up until Halloween so you still have plenty of  time to find real ones.

Ultimate Classic Rock have a new interview with Alice and Dennis Dunaway at the Cleveland Hall Of Fame with comments on the forthcoming second 'Hollywood Vampires' album, Glen Buxton, and Dennis' new projects including his forthcoming solo album which will be crowdfunded. A full announcement on that should come soon.

The new issue of 'Classic Rock' Magazine in the UK has a review of the forthcoming live album. They aren't that impressed considering it doesn't featuring the original band performances from the UK tour, or anything from 'Paranormal' - which is odd as it should include the single 'Paranoaic Personality'. The most annoying part of the short review though is where they state fans don't care about Alice's current band of session musicians! What rubbish. The reviewer Ian Fortnam should do his research, and read the track listing!

Dennis Dunaway has just been inducted into the Music Museum of New England and they are looking to fans to post their memories of DD encounters of general tributes to add to their page. You can check out the Museum site here.
Dennis also wrote a foreword to Rockin' Reggie's new biography 'Still Got A Song In Me' which is out now via Hero press. Reggie was a close friend of the original Cooper band and co-wrote and and played on 'Billion Dollar Babies' so expect lots of Alice Cooper mentions.
And lastly for Dennis at the moment, the new paperback edition of 'Snakes, Guillotines, Electric Chairs' featuring an introduction from Alice himself is out now and should be available to order through Amazon and your local book store.

Alice Sells LA Home 13 Aug 2018

According to the Los Angeles Times Alice is selling his "in-town retreat", a duplex in Echo Park that he uses when in town to write or record. It's on the market for $1.299 million.. so the ultimate collectable for the fan who has to have anything? Unfortunately the LA Times still hasn't been updated to allow access to anyone in Europe.

Last night in Los Angeles Orianthi dropped by to join Alice and the band for 'School's Out'. You can check out video on YouTube.

The Alice Cooper band will be playing a 'pre-show jam' in Pittsburgh on October 25th at the Smiling Moose.

A new book, entitled "Rock Gets Religion: The Battle for the Soul of the Devil's Music" by Mark Joseph is out now, and features an introduction by Alice.

The Colorado Springs Independent has a short interview with Alice talking about the original band, and the Hollywood Vampires. The Everett Herald also has a short interview.

The Carmichael Times has a short article ahead of the August 15th show. Shepherd Express promotes the Wisconsin show.

There's two new Ryan Roxie interviews promoting 'Imagine Your Reality'. The first is a TV show on News Center Maine during which Ryan play's an acoustic version of 'This Year', while the other is a short interview with Eddie Trunk. KFH Radio also have something on Ryan, but as they are another site that has blocked Europe from seeing anything I can't tell you what it actually is!

Guitar World has the new Nita Strauss tutorial in which she teaches you how to play part of  'The World Needs Guts'.

WDET seem to have a show talking about Alice Cooper's influence on punk rock. There's a three minute clip on their site which appears to be part of a longer show.

Damon Johnson's new solo album will be called 'Memoirs Of An Uprising' and is due November 9th. The album was partially funded by pledgemusic with various buying options. Damon and his Black Star Riders bandmate Ricky Warwick will be back in the UK in October for acoustic dates whihc you can check out here.

Band Go Solo In Vegas 07 Aug 2018

The Alice Cooper band (Tommy, Chuck, Ryan and Glen) will play a special "pre-show jam" at Count Vamp'd in Las Vegas on August 9th. Doors open at 9pm and the show is free. Over 21s only.

Nita Strauss is back on the Alice Cooper tour after missing the first two shows due to personal commitments. She's also set up a series of Guitar Center clinics on her days off during the tour. She'll appear at the local 'Guitar Center' in the following towns/cities:
August 7th - Colorado Springs, CO
August 9th - Las Vegas, NV
September 3rd - Cinncinatti, OH
September 5th - New York, NY
October 7th - Raleigh, NC
October 15th - Arlington, TX
October 18th - Memphis, TN
October 22nd - Des moines, IA
October 25th  - Pittsburgh, PA
October 28th - Grand Rapids. MI

On Milwaukee has a brief chat with Alice about Hollywood Vampires and song writing.

New Roxie Single - Me Generation 02 Aug 2018

Ryan Roxie has released a new single/lyric video from the excellent 'Imagine Your Reality' album. The song is 'Me Generation' and you can check out the video here or listen on Spotify. The song is produced by Tommy Henriksen and features Glen Sobel on drums.

In another interview from the AZ lottery ticket launch Alice mentions he has four albums on the way. The first to be released is the 'Paranormal Evening' live album on August 31st. This will apparently be followed by the new Hollywood Vampires studio album, and a Vampires live album recorded in Montreux. Lastly there is a new Alice Cooper studio album, but presumably that won't be released until next year at the earliest.

Check out this new interview with Dennis Dunaway from WFMU. It's around an hour long and features Dennis talking about the history of the band, with song clips and special effects!

PsychoBabbleTV have a new interview with Beasto Blanco with some live footage from the recent tour.

DD on the Radio Tonight 29 Jul 2018

Dennis Dunaway will be on WRAT, NJ tonight at 8PM local time co-hosting 'Electric Ballroom'. Topics will include Dennis' book, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his upcoming solo album, and Blue Coupe! You can listen to the show live here.

EarMusic have released another track from 'A Paranormal Evening' to listen to. This time it's 'Ballad Of Dwight Fry and you can stream it via YouTube.

Fox10 News have another interview with Alice from the lottery ticket launch which you can check out here.

Splice Magazine have photos from the Beasto Blanco show in Cleveland.
 

Alice Cooper Lottery Tickets 26 Jul 2018

The Arizona State Lottery have announced that there will be three new Alice Cooper scratch cards released on August 7th. The $5 cards give you a chance to win up to $50,000, and if you lose you can enter a your card for a chance to win VIP Chirstmas Pudding tickets or other Cooper merchandise. Alice says "I used to say you know you’ve made it if you’re a joke from Bob Hope on the Christmas Special (and I was).... if you were an answer on “Jeopardy”.... or if your head was on a Pez dispenser, because Pez dispensers put you up there with Captain Hook and Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. And now being on a Lotto ticket."
AZFamily have a video with Alice announcing the new cards filmed at 'The Rock' teen center.

The Hollywood Vampires have posted an 'end of tour' behind the scenes video which you can check out on YouTube.

Nita Strauss has announced she won't be able to play the first two shows when the tour restarts in August due to her sister's wedding. She'll be back on August 6th in Kansas City.

Dennis Dunaway's book 'Snakes, Guillotines, Electric Chairs' is being released in a new paperback edition on August 14th which will feature an introduction from Alice. The new edition will have the same cover as the original, but with an added mention of Alice's introduction.

Speaking of books, Martin Popoff's "Fifty Years Of Alice Cooper' will apparently be delayed. Popoff posted that they are behind in the production process and implies the delay could be some weeks. (Thanks Evenspot)

 

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