The Official Announcement
With perfect timing (ie minutes after I last updated) here is the official statement about Orianthi joining the band:

Guitarist Orianthi to Join Alice Cooper on No More Mr. Nice Guy World Tour

Alice Cooper announced today that eminent guitar prodigy Orianthi will join his band, replacing departing guitarist Damon Johnson, for the next leg of his 2011 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" world tour starting September 22, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Currently in progress, the tour hits ninety plus cities, covering five continents, including Europe and North America twice over.

At the young age of 26, Orianthi has already experienced what most aspiring musicians only dream of. She's opened for her hero, Steve Vai; backed Carrie Underwood; traded solos with Carlos Santana; shared the stage with the King of Pop (Michael Jackson) and accompanied Alice during his live performance of "School's Out" on the 2010 season finale of American Idol.

"It's very difficult to find someone to match the talents of Damon Johnson," commented Cooper, "but not only did we find someone who is more than up to the challenge…she also looks WAY better."

Orianthi will join world-renowned guitarist Steve Hunter (toured and recorded with Cooper and Lou Reed) and Tommy Henriksen (co-wrote and played on Cooper's upcoming release); drummer Glen Sobel and Alice's longtime bassist Chuck Garric round out the band.

"I'm super excited to go on tour with Alice," said Orianthi. "It's a huge honor to be able to get on stage and jam with an icon."

Orianthi will debut with the band for a performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Friday September 9, 2011 on NBC. 

In addition to the worldwide "No More Mr. Nice Guy Tour," Cooper is busy promoting Welcome 2 My Nightmare (the long-awaited sequel to his 1975 classic album "Welcome to My Nightmare"). The new album will be released worldwide on September 13, 2011 through Universal Music Enterprises and through Sony Music in Australia & New Zealand.
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Posted on 31 Aug 2011 by Si
Alice On Leno
Alice Cooper will be appearing on the 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on September 9th.

While it's still not really official, it's seems that the rumours the other day are correct and Orianthi will be the new Alice Cooper guitarist. When asked on her facebook page she responded "Thanks, It'll be a blast!!" The official announcement is expected soon.

Scoop have an article about Alice's upcoming show at in Auckland next month. Openners will be 'Head Like A Hole' and 'Syndicate'. Gimme have a competition to win Meet And Greet tickets  for one of the Down Under shows.

Fox10 have a video interview with Alice. HLN in Belgium also have a short video interview.

WFMU review the Morristown show with photos.

Art On Air have posted a long Neal Smith interview from 2006 on their site which you can listen to now.

The Lockport Union-Sun has a shot article with Alice and Damon golfing in Lockport, NY.
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Posted on 31 Aug 2011 by Si
Is This Damon's Replacement?
Damon JohnsonWhile currently unconfirmed, according to Brave Words' Mitch Lafon Damon Johnson's replacement will be Orianthi Panagaris, most famous for working with Michael Jackson before his death. Alice fans may be familiar with her from her guest appearance with Coop playing 'School's Out' on 'American Idol'. Whether this is a permanent replacement or, as has been suggested, it is only for the remainder of this tour, is also unknown. Orianthi is currently in Nashville recording.
More info *if* and when this is confirmed.
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Posted on 28 Aug 2011 by Si
Goodbye Damon?
Damon JohnsonIt is looking increasingly likely that  Damon Johnson has left the Alice Cooper band, playing his final show last night. There have been rumours he would be leaving for some weeks but last night Damon tweeted "The legendary Pine Knob amphitheater in Detroit tonight. My last show with Alice. Gonna be grand!" He followed this after the show with "I love you, Alice Cooper. And Chuck, Tommy, Steve, and Glen. And Keri, Jimmy, Eric, Ryan, and Tommy C. With all my heart."
It's well known Damon is reactivating his band Brother Cane next year and there are also rumours he will be joining his all time favourite band Thin Lizzy, but in recent interviews Damon has been avoiding direct questions on his future with Alice.
When asked by Brave Words recently about his future with Alice he replied "If I could run my own business and have some success with that; I just think that’s everyone’s goal in life. It’s to work for yourself and your friends. I’ve been working with my friends in the Alice Cooper band for five of the last seven years, but at the end of the day it’s Alice’s vision, his career, and his show. I’ve had so much fun doing that, but Alice is fully aware of my abilities and skills as a songwriter and a singer in my own right. I just have that itch now and I want to give it a shot.”
If true (and it certainly seems that way) then I'm sure we all wish him every success with whatever he chooses to do in the future. He will be solely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of seeing or meeting him at shows. Naturally STUK will continue to bring you news about anything Damon is involved in.

In other news MassLive have posted photos and a review from the Northampton show. The Buffalo show is reviewed by Buffalo News and Buffalo Rising.

According to Blabbermouth Alice Cooper will be the guest on US radio show Rockline on September 7th.

Best Buy in the USA now have their own version of 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' which features four bonus tracks including 'Poison (Live From Download)' which was previously exclusive to the Classic Rock Fan Pack. AC.com have now posted a guide to the various formats the album will be available in. It now seems to be due as early as September 12th according to AmazonUK.

Ultimate Classic Rock chat with Alice about the new album.
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Posted on 28 Aug 2011 by Si
Alice At Home
I should preface this news item by saying that, to be honest, when I first saw it I hadn't a clue what it was all about, and nor had anyone I asked! But thanks to some helpful forum members who are probably much younger then I am it's now a little clearer.
Sony have announced that following a scheduled maintenance today of their 'Playstation Home', players will be be greeted by "a horde of unwelcomed zombies shuffling about. The AAA store gets Alice Cooper and his album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare'."
What this apparently means in English is that 'Playstation Home', an online virtual world where players can make homes and avatars and decorate them with things bought from a store,  will now feature "a whole host of incredible new items stamped with [Alices'] own unique and darkly warped twist including mind-blowing stage props and one-of-a-kind outfits from his latest tour." They even have a picture of a 'virtual Alice' outside their virtual store!
So if you have a Playstation make sure you go and check it out!

Universal Music are now taking pre-orders for the 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' 7" picture disc and the double blood red vinyl version of 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', both of which are due to ship 13th September.

Dick Wagner is now thankfully home safe after his recent surgery and has been posting regularly on his Facebook Group.

Damon Johnson has added a second solo show on Sunday, September 11th at Birmingham, AL 'Sweet Bones Alabama' club.

In more normal news Detroit News has an interview with Alice promoting the Clarkson show on Saturday and you can also win tickets for the show, or the show the previous evening at the same venue by Ke$ha who, of course, guest stars on the new album! Military personnel also have the chance to get free tickets for the show as part of a local 'Seats For Soldiers' program.

Projo.com interviews Blue Coupe who play at the Roots Cafe in Providence on Saturday.

Serge at CFOU radio is again supporting the extended Cooper family with a Rick Tedesco special on August 29th at 8pm (ET) marking the rcent release of Ricks' 'A Light In The Attic' album. You can listen online at www.cfou.ca.
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Posted on 25 Aug 2011 by Si
Radio Show Online
Rather surprisingly the 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' Radio Special airing in September that I mentioned a few hours ago is now online at UltimateClassicRock. Amongst lots of old and new songs Alice talks about the album and his career to date. Spoiler Warning: If you do NOT want to hear the new material until the album is released you probably won't want to listen to this as it includes even more songs in full!

Billboard has a new interview with Alice in which he takes about the album, tour and the next show. The Morning Sun also has an interview which is duplicated at the Royal Oak Daily Tribune.
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Posted on 24 Aug 2011 by Si
Nightmare Radio Show
According to Top22 KLOSs' Gary Moore will be hosting a 52 minute 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' radio special which will air in the USA starting around September 5th (Labor Day weekend in the States). The show features Alice talking about why he made the album, the Alice character, the special guests on the album and more.

iTunes is now listing the 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album with new, longer samples of each track including the exclusive 'Bad Situation'.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reviews the Scranton show.

Alice appears briefly in the trailer to a new movie about 80s band Quiet Riot called 'Well now you're here there's no way back'.

In band news, guitarist Tommy Henriksen seems to be feeling a little forgotten, that he gets "no respect!!!". Having been left off the "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" press release just adds insult to injury. Tommy has co-written and played all over the new album and rips it up on stage every night for your (and his) enjoyment as do all the guys, so make sure you give him a shout if you see him out on the road and let him know we appricate him. [This message is posted with tongue firmly in cheek].

Goldmine magazine have an article online highlighting the bands induction into the 'Hall Of Fame' with words form the band.

Gig Scene is a new subscription site that "intends to become the online home of long-form music videos and concerts, with a model far more beneficial to musicians and artists than the likes of Spotify, Youtube, etc.". From Saturday August 27th they will be streaming the 'Live At Montreux 2005' DVD if you wish don't already have it and wish to check it out.

Some older visitors may remember the great band 'Sadness Killed The Superman' who backed Michael Bruce on the UK shows a few years back. Well Jason has emailed me to say he and guitarist Craig are currently gigging around with a cool Guns 'n' Roses tribute band called 'Guns and Roses' and they feature 'The Garden' in their show including the Alice Cooper parts. These guys are great musicians so check them out if you get the chance.
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Posted on 24 Aug 2011 by Si
Fox News
Alice turned up on Fox News yesterday and you can watch the interview now at video.foxnews.com.

The Examiner in New York has a review of the Bergen show.

NME has a few words from Alice about the Rolling Stones influence on 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' which I think are taken from a previously posted interview.
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Posted on 23 Aug 2011 by Si
New Video At Planet Rock
Planet Rock have just posted the world premier of the new video to 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' which you can watch now at their site. It features footage from live shows including Download and the 100 Club show with Johnny Depp. Planet Rock is UK only but the US can see the video at Noisecreep. Everyone else can try here.

The following update was posted Facebook earlier today after his surgery at the weekend: "Dick Wagner made it well through surgery, and he's safe and sound and resting in his room. His surgeon was pleased with the results! He needs quiet the first 24 hours, but we will keep you posted. Thanks for the LOVE. It truly means the world to Dick. More updates tomorrow. xxx"

MLive interviews Alice again today for the Clarkston show.
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Posted on 22 Aug 2011 by Si
Single Now Available
The new Alice Cooper single featuring "I'll Bite Your Face Off" and "Caffeine" is now available on AmazonUK. The single version of "I'll Bite Your Face Off" is a special edited version of the album version.
According to the UK Daily Mirror there is also a new video for the single which features Johnny Depp. Time will tell if this is true as The Mirror isn`t know for it's accuracy.

Alice's appearance on UK show 'Top Gear' is due to premier in the USA tonight on BBC America at 9PM.

GoLackawanna have an interview with Alice.
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Posted on 22 Aug 2011 by Si
New Show - Switzerland
According to TicketCorner.ch Alice Cooper has added a Swiss show on October 16th in Basel at the St. Jakobshalle. Tickets appear to be on sale now.
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Posted on 21 Aug 2011 by Si
More Album Samples
Amazon.de have posted short samples from every track featured on the forthcoming 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album.

Solid Rock have announced that this years Xmas Pudding show will take place on the 17th December at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.

The new issue of Metal Hammer in the UK features a four page retrospective on Alice Cooper including a short "icon" piece by Kiss' Gene Simmons.

According to WYNC Alice will be appearing on the Leonard Lopate Show on Monday 22nd at 12pm local time.
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Posted on 21 Aug 2011 by Si
Wagner Comeback Shows Delayed
Dick Wagner solo show at the Magic Bag has been rescheduled for November 11th while the Saginaw show on September 17th is on hold. Dick has just posted the following to facebook:
"Greetings, I’m sitting in a hospital room in Scottsdale, awaiting surgery on Sunday. I’ve had to postpone my tour dates till November. The Magic Bag is rebooked for Nov 11. Surgery is for some bleeding in my brain, caused by a fall & banging my head on the edge of my pool. I thought nothing of it, but my doctor ordered a CT scan just in case. He found swelling/slow bleeding that needs to be relieved before I can fly to Michigan. My doctor is Dr Zabramsky, the man who saved Brett Michael’s life. He’s also one of Gabrielle Giffords’ team. I’m in great hands. I’m feeling fine. Don’t worry. I’ll update you next week. We’re rebooking White’s Bar & all dates. My love to you all"
Naturally our best wishes go out to Dick for a speedy recooperation.

In other Dick Wagner news Mitch Lafon recently interviewed the man for BraveWords and chatted about his forthcoming book, the new Coop album and his involvement.

Planet Rock didn't broadcast tonights 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' song premiers' on 'Nights With Alice Cooper' in the UK. They say: "Due to differing release dates between the US and Europe of Welcome 2 My Nightmare, Planet Rock will be broadcasting an album release special on September 10th at 7pm. You will hear more of the album on that programme than you would if you were listening to the one going out tonight in the US. Alice sat down with DR and discussed each of the tracks. It will be worth the wait. But apologies if you were expecting it tonight."

The Examiner has posted photos from the Columbus show on Wednesday.
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Posted on 19 Aug 2011 by Si
New Single Preview

I'll Bite Your Face Off

AmazonUK have posted the cover and short soundclips from the first single to be released from 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare'. The songs are 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' and 'Caffeine'.

Alice will interviewed in the September issue (#307) of horror magazine Fangoria which will also feature a Cooper front cover.
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Posted on 18 Aug 2011 by Si
New Show - Austria
A new show has appeared on oeticket.com in Unterpremstätten near Graz in Austria for October 17th. Tickets appear to be on sale now.
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Posted on 18 Aug 2011 by Si
New Songs Debut
Alice will be talking about and previewing songs, incuding first single  'I'll Bite Your Face Off',  from the forthcoming 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album on tomorrows' 'Nights With Alice Cooper' radio show.

Glen Sobel is interviewed in the latest issue of UK 'Drummer Magazine'. He was also interviewed by Rhythm Magazine in the UK which is a more in depth interview and should be published soon.

Alice will appear on "Whistle Test 40" on 24th August on BBC Radio Two at 22:00 to celebrate the anniversary of "The Old Grey Whistle Test".

Charleston Gazette , Weekender, and Ashbury Park Press have new interviews with Alice. Guitar International has a review and photos from the New Jersey show. WickedLocal review the Foxwoods show. Reading Eagle review their local show. Parsippany Patch have photos from the Morristown show.

Echo has an article on Blue Coupe while The Spec interviews Dennis Dunaway.
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Posted on 18 Aug 2011 by Si
Glen Sobel Clinic
Glen Sobel will be conducting a drum clinic on Wednesday August 17 at Columbus Pro Percussion in Columbus, Ohio. The event will take place from 6:30 pm to 8pm and you can meet and chat with Glen in person. Columbus Pro Percussion is located at: 5052 N. High Street, Columbus, OH.

BraveWords have posted the first review of the new 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album which they love!

AC.com has posted pics from the Foxwoods Meet And Greet and also have a competion to win the new 'Back on Black' coloured vinyl reissues of 'Brutal Planet', 'Dragontown' 'Eyes...' and 'Dirty Diamond'. Click here to enter.

Short interviews/articles to check out include Philly.com, The Record, Gibson.com, MLive (Grand Rapids Review), Projo.com, Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh review), MorristownGreen.com (Audio Interview), CentralJersey.com, and the Times-Tribune.

Blue Coupe have now released their second video, for 'Waiting For My Ship', which you can check out on YouTube.

French magazine 'Rock And Folk' have a 6 pages article about the Alice Cooper band this month and a special focus on Dennis Dunaway.

Mick Mashbir has sneaked out a new solo song entitled 'De La Vina' which you can check out at his site or CDBaby.
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Posted on 15 Aug 2011 by Si
Catching Up From The Road
Revolver Magazine is asking for questions to ask Alice in it's November/December issue.

Utimate Classic Rock catches up with Alice for a few words on the golf course in Ohio as well as a review of the Akron show.

Lots of short chats with Alice appearing over the last couple of days:
The Pittsburgh Tribune has an interview for the Pitsburgh show as does the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reading Eagle talks to Alice as well for the Reading show. NorthJersey.com talks about the Englewood show. The Norwich Bulletin covers the Foxwoods show. ColumbusAlive have Alice for the LC Pavillion show.

Rolling Stone also has a few words with Alice about the forthcoming album, with a photo of him onstage with Foo Fighters. SeattlePI also has a piece about the new album.

Hellbound has a review of the 'Old School' box set.

The Record has an article about Dennis Dunaway and Blue Coupe promoting their show at the Starlight Club, Waterloo on August 18th.
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Posted on 11 Aug 2011 by Si
Soundwave Cancelled
Rumours have been circulating that the Australian Soundwave festival shows have been cancelled. Alice Cooper has posted the following statement on facebook: "We are seeing the same rumors, though we haven’t heard anything from anyone official. We will reach out and see if there is any truth to this. Either way, I’m told that worst case scenario if the Soundwave shows were to be cancelled, we would likely continue with our own Australian shows and probably fill in other performances in place of the Soundwave shows. That guy deleted his posts about it, so perhaps he was wrong. Will post when we know something."
Since then it appears the festival organisers have confirmed the cancellation with a statement on their website however they do say that there will still be various 'mini-festivals' featuring bands set to play the festivals which will be announced in the next week.

NYDailyNews has a short article/interview running up to the Foxwoods show.

Ross Halfin has posted some of the new promo photos taken for the forthcoming 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album.
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Posted on 09 Aug 2011 by Si
Update From The Road
InForum has a short interview with Alice ahead of the Moorhead show. Wicked Local also has an interview promoing the Foxwoods show, while The Republic has one for Akron.

UK band 'The Treatment' have been added to the bill for Alice's UK dates in October. They join the previously announced 'New York Dolls' on most dates.

You can now see the final cover of the Classic Rock Fan Pack on Amazon.

Blue Coupe have posted a teaser trailer for their new video for 'Waiting For My Ship'.
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Posted on 06 Aug 2011 by Si
Horror Nights
Universal Studios Hollywood have announced that their 2011 'Halloween Horror Nights' event will feature "Alice Cooper inviting guests inside his twisted head. The haunted maze will be based on Cooper’s 1975 concept album “Welcome to My Nightmare” and his new sequel, “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” featuring some of his own crazy creations." Halloween Horror Nights 2011 will debut at Universal Studios Hollywood in California on September 23. Check out the link for a cool promo video.

Night Of The Vinyl Dead are releasing a limited edition vinyl version of 'Dragontown'. The special release will feature "a parchment stickered cover including 2 exclusive luxurious inner sleeves made of a special rough red paper with gold-branded dragons. One sleeve carries the LP in black vinyl while the other houses 4 glossy pin-ups and 1 lyrics sheet."

Lastly STUK is taking a trip Stateside to catch a couple of shows and, as usual, internet access may be limited at times. This means news updates here could be sporadic. As always you can check the forums for news as infomation is likely to turn up there first.
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Posted on 02 Aug 2011 by Si
More Nightmare News

Box set


Lots of new info is reported today on Blabbermouth so I'll try and relate the new stuff here. Click the link for the full report and some words from Alice:
'I'll Bite Your Face Off' will be released in the UK as a limited edition 7" picture vinyl on Spetember 12th with an exclusive live version of the track on the b'side, as well as a digital download which will feature album track 'Caffine' as the b'side.
We already know the track list for the UK Classic Rock Fan Pack which features exclusive track 'Under The Bed' and a live version of 'Poison' from the Download festival, but the article reveals that the bonus track on the standard UK edition of the album will be the cover of the Animals' 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place', as mentioned by Alice at the 100 Club show.
There will also be a deluxe UK edition of the album with 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place', 'No More Mr Nice Guy (Live At Download)' and 'The Black Widow (Live At Download)' as the bonus tracks.
If that isn`t all, in the USA Universal will release a 2xLP blood-red vinyl set with another exclusive track 'Flatline'. A deluxe digipack feature exclusive 'Ticket To Hell' plus 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place', 'No More Mr Nice Guy (Live At Download)' and 'The Black Widow (Live At Download)'. A standard edition with just 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place', and an iTunes exclusive version with yet another exclusive track entitled 'A Bad Situation'.
Co-writers on the various songs include producer Bob Ezrin, Tommy Henriksen, Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce, Chuck Garric, Ke$ha (on 'What Baby Wants'), Keith Nelson (Buckcherry), Desmond Child, Dick Wagner ('Something To Remember Me By'), and film composer Jeremy Rubolino.
The UK Classic Rock Fan Pack is now available to pre-order on AmazonUK.
As always, more when we get it.

In addition the list of shows for this year now adds two new dates in Asia:
October 5th - Singapore, Malaysia - Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre
October 7th - Jakata, Indonesia - Venue to be confirmed
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Posted on 01 Aug 2011 by Si
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