STUK has been stateside for the last week so there's a little catching up to do on the news front.
Alice has been talking about the forthcoming abum, 'Along Came A Spider' and here's what he had to say:
'..the album is based on a fictional serial killer named Spider, who wraps his victims in a silk web. "Every song is sort of a letter to the police," he explains. "They think they're investigating it from the outside, but he's actually woven them into the whole thing." Cooper has international tour dates booked from July through October. For the "Along Came A Spider Tour," which will most likely begin in 2009, Cooper says he plans to model each show after an old radio drama, like "The Shadow." "Nobody has ever done that, in the format of a '40s radio cliffhanger kind of thing," he notes. "I want people actually playing detectives between the songs."
The album is apparently "75% done" and is currently aimed at a August release date.It's being co-produced by Greg Hampton and Danny Saber in Los Angeles.
You can read the full article here.
The Manchester Evening News has an article mentioning a golf feud between Alice and pop star Lloyd Cole.
Alice is interviewed on a new DVD called 'Radio Revolution' which you can get here. The film is a feature length documentary that investigates the international social, political and musical impact of radio stations CKLW during the 1960s and 70s.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has been added to the bill at the fourth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert honoring Alice and Slash on May 9th, 2008, at The Music Box @ Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA. He will perform with Kamp Freddy (Billy Morrison, Chris Chaney, Donovan Leitch, Matt Sorum and Slash) along with Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick). The evening will also feature a special performance by Blind Melon, and a very special performance by Alice and Slash.
The Dennis Dunaway Project, who are currently hard at work on new material, will be playing The Haunt in Yonkers on May 30th. A new song will be unveiled. Dennis along with Al Bouchard (of Blue Oyster Cult) will also be playing a special engagement in Paris with members of 'American Dog' on June 14th. More info here. More European appearances are hoped to be announced shortly.
Keri Kelli's new CD with 'Saints Of The Underground' is out now and can be ordered from AmazonUK and AmazonUS. The album, entitled 'Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner' also features Jani Lane (ex-Warrent) on vocals Robbie Crane (Ratt).and Bobby Blotzer (Ratt).
Jason Hook has been busy recently and is hard at work on a new solo album. Some working titles include "Domestic Violins" and "Cheers To My Sobriety". He's hoping to have ot finished in time for the Alice tour this summer. There's also a video clip of Jason working on his first album 'Safety Dunce' over on Youtube. MVD Music Video Distributors has picked up a 2 disc 'Safety Dunce' CD/Video package which should now be avaialble worldwide. You can get it from AmazonUS or AmazonUK. Jason has also signed a sponsership deal with Marshall Amplification, and there's some new merchandise available here.
An audio sample from the Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) and Tobias Sammet (Avantasia) "Elected" cover mentioned previously is available here.