Alice in Milwaukee

Alice Cooper will be at Guitar Center in Milwaukee on Monday July 1st from 5-6pm for a "meet and greet".

Blue Coupe have released a cool video "trailer" for 'Hallow's Grave', the song featuring Alice from their new album 'Million Miles More'. Check it out here.

Ryan Roxie is interviewed by Outsiders Podcast which you can watch here while OnMilwaukee interview Chuck Garric..

Steve Hunter plays the blues in a couple of live clips from his 'Manhattan Blues Project' launch show. Check them out here and here.

ReviewSTL review the St Louis show while the Kansas City Star reviews the Bonner Springs show.

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Posted on 28 Jun 2013 by Si
New Interviews

Dennis Dunaway will be Serge's guest on 'Rock Revele' tomorow at 6pm Canadian Eastern Time on www.CFOU.ca. Classic Rock Revisited has a review or the new Blue Coupe album. You could also check out my review of the album here.

The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame have a new video interview with Alice.

Phoenix New Times has an interview with Steve Hunter.

Fox2Now have a video news report about the snakes Alice is using in the USA this tour.

KramerTunes have completed its series of blogs following Alice Cooper albums bringing it up to date.

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Posted on 26 Jun 2013 by Si
Alice guests at Toronto Horror Expo

Alice Cooper has been announced as a guest at this years 'Fan Expo Canada' which runs between August 22nd and 25th at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. No details about which days Alice will appear have been announced.

Damon Johnson has returned to the band for the next week to allow Tommy Henriksen to return home to spend some time with his wife and newborn baby. Tommy will be back on the road in a week or so.

Mitch Lafon has posted a new interview with Ryan Roxie which you can watch on YouTube.

In appriciation of fans buying copies of the new excellent Blue Coupe album 'Million Miles More' the band have posted their entire debut album 'Tornado On The Tracks' on YouTube for you to check out. You can listen here.

An Alice Cooper signed guitar, which was taken to the top of Mount Everest in a charity climb of the mountain, is now available to bid on in an Ebay auction with proceeds going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Show reviews have appeared at Times Online, Loudwire, Leigh Valley Music, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Posted on 25 Jun 2013 by Si
Alice Opens Art Exhibition and 'Alice Cooper Day' in Minnesota

 “We, along with a hand full of others, over the years, through our art, like music itself…left images for the world that will live on forever.”

“The music from those days is the soundtrack to so many, many lives and the images associated with those songs and images have become an important part of ourselves.”

– Ernie Cefalu, Pacific Eye and Ear Creative Director, and, Owner of the world’s largest, original, Rock & Roll album cover art collection

Amazingly, more than 40 years later, these sentiments from legendary creative director and iconic graphic designer, Ernie Cefalu, still ring true - perhaps louder than ever. Even more incredible, on July 15th at Gallery 13 in Minneapolis, 50 major pieces from Ernie’s private collection are kicking off their tour! It’s a sight you have to see to believe.

Ovation Framing has teamed up with Ernie, who created the original Rolling Stones’ lips and tongue logo and the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ graphics and packaging, to offer a trip through time by experiencing an “Original Album Cover Art and Design Process” exhibition, featuring over 50 major collection pieces of original artwork from the Grammy® nominated Pacific Eye and Ear, the #1 album cover design firm from the 1970s and 1980s. The artwork is rare. The craftsmanship exceptional. The mastery of the era’s methods and materials simply astonishing and inspiring.

The extensive collection, the only one of its kind, has never been exhibited before. It has rested, well protected and stored away for 40+ years, consisting of over 300 signed originals. This extraordinary exhibition captures and freezes in time the vinyl LP and album cover art’s “Golden Age” (1970-1985), including many Drew Struzan masterpieces and classic artwork from the other great award winning Pacific Eye & Ear artists including Bill Garland, Carl Ramsey, Joe Garnett, Ingred Haenke, Joe Petagno, and the master of the logo and lettering, PE&E founder Ernie Cefalu himself.

The works on display span the 15+ years Ernie and his team collaborated creating artwork for the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Jefferson Airplane, The Bee Gees, Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat and more. There’s a fabulous exhibit highlighting many of the 11 album packages Ernie created for Alice Cooper over 40 years, including 'Welcome to My Nightmare', 'School's Out,' 'Billion Dollar Babies', ‘Greatest Hits’, ‘From The Inside’, ‘Muscle of Love’ and the recent ‘Old School' box set. Plus, a new exhibit featuring Burton Cummings’ artwork exclusives.

The size, scope, and overall quality of the artifacts uniquely illustrating the creative process from ‘concept to production’ is remarkable. The collection compellingly demonstrates and captures the rarified skills, amazing talents, and exceptional artistry of the young Pacific Eye and Ear (PE&E) artisans - in the midst of the time they were creating the fine art of Rock ‘n Roll and American pop culture.

The exhibition provides a unique walk back in time and magnificent experience. Once you’ve seen and connected with these original works of art, including the artists and processes that brought them to be - you’ll leave in awe with a deep understanding and true appreciation of the scope, skill, and sheer enormous talent that was Pacific Eye and Ear. And you’ll never be the same.

The art tells the story of a band of originals and the profound artistic impact they had on our Rock ‘n Roll culture, that thanks to Ernie and Ovation still lives on today. In tandem with the exhibit, Ernie and Ovation have also announced their plan to virtually extend the experience, enabling attendees, enthusiasts, aficionados, and fans to never be disconnected from their love of album art again with the launch of PacificEyeandEar.com.

The private, invitation-only, World Premiere Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Reception for ‘The Fine Art of Rock’ exhibition will be held on July 15, 2013. The event features a presentation of the mayor’s formal proclamation of ‘Alice Cooper Day’ to special guest, rock icon Alice Cooper by city council members Lisa Goodman and Steve Reich, and the Aquatennial royalty.

At 3pm, after the city’s proclamation and welcome remarks, Alice Cooper, Ernie Cefalu and the assembled dignitaries will cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the exhibition. Alice Cooper, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame 2011 Inductee, is on his 2013 ‘Raise The Dead' tour, performing 2 sold-out shows, July 14 and July 15, at the historic State Theatre.

"The Fine Art of Rock: Original Album Artwork from the 70s and 80s". The exhibition starts in Minneapolis, MN at Gallery13 and will be open to the public from July 16-27, 2013. Exhibition hours are: Tue - Sat Noon-7pm. Gallery 13 is located at 811 LaSalle Ave. Minneapolis, MN.
The exhibition is presented by Ernie, Ovation and PacificEyeandEar.com. PacificEyeandEar.com management is in the process of scheduling, site scouting and discussing sponsorship opportunities and arrangements. Sponsors interested in participating in this historic tour, please contact John Borowicz.

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Posted on 21 Jun 2013 by Si
Keri Kelli Opens Second Bar

Aces And Ales in Las Vegas, co-owned by Keri Kelli, is opening it's second bar called 'Aces and Ales Tenaya' today at 5pm. Situated at 2801 N Tenaya Way in Vegas the new bar will host 50 tap beers, 150 bottled beers, 37 flat screens as well as patio and lounge  areas. For more info check out acesandales.com.

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Posted on 21 Jun 2013 by Si
Interviews and Orianthi Video

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, their Staff Blog, and the St Louis Post-Dispatch have new interviews with Alice.

Speaker Creatures has a long audio interview with Steve Hunter.

Orianthi has a new video for 'Heaven In This Hell' which features Glen and Tommy as well. Check it out on YouTube.

From AC.com:
If you're in AZ then you don't want to miss this cool event happening this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Zia Records at 18th Avenue and Camelback in Phoenix! Come celebrate the release of two new CDs of archival Arizona music, "The Mascot Records/Jack Curtis Story," featuring music from producer/songwriter/nightclub owner Jack Curtis' Mascot label, including Alice Cooper's 60s garage band The Spiders, and the "Condello Comedy Album Plus," a mostly unreleased collection of comedy music and outtakes from the music director of the beloved "Wallace and Ladmo Show, as well as unreleased tracks, demos, and sides cut for Lee Hazlewood's LHI Records and Takoma Records, the label founded by roots guitarist John Fahey.
Lovingly assembled by Arizona music historian John P. Dixon with help from a host of Phoenix music greats, both collections feature rare garage rock, pop, psychedelic novelty tunes, soul and R&B from Phoenix's musical past.
The best part is we will be holding a raffle for some cool Alice stuff with the proceeds benefitting Alice Cooper's Solid Rock and the Rock Teen Center!

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Posted on 21 Jun 2013 by Si
Small Stuff Again

Alice has been chatting to the press again with two new interviews at MLive.com Here and Here

WFMZ have a short video report with footage from the Reading show.

The Times-Picayune also has a short article with three facts we all knew.

If you want to see what the band and crew get up to on their days off you can check these photos from the 'Grillmasters of Madness BBQ'!

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Posted on 20 Jun 2013 by Si
Small Stuff

One I missed as I didn't hear about it. Alice appeared on NPR show "Wait, Wait, Dn't Tell Me' last month. Part of the show can be heard via their podcast here.

Alice Cooper has written a foreword for the forthcoming autobiography by Dave Ellefson, bassist for Megadeth which is due on October 29th.

Solid Rock have posted the following announcement: "It's time for the girls to rock! Join us on Friday, June 28th from 6 to 8p.m. for another great FREE teen concert at The Rock Teen Center featuring The Girls of Rock! Live bands including Carmel Richards, Joy Standley and Krystal Waters from the band "The Waters." Special guest speaker Sam Sloan makes this a night you don't want to miss! And for just a buck you can get pizza and a drink! Bring your friends and watch the girls rock the stage!"

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Posted on 18 Jun 2013 by Si
Small Stuff

New Alice interviews can be read at Daily Local News, InForum, and the Washington Post,  while there are show reviews at Cleveland.com, Buffalo News and Scene

Maximum Ink have a review of the new Blue Coupe album 'Million Miles More'.

Today sees the release of the debut single from Ryan Roxie and Casablanca, previewing their forthcoming second album 'Riding A Black Swan' which is due out later this year. Entitled 'Hail The Liberation' you can hear it now on Spotify and iTunes.

Steve Hunter will be Alice's guest on 'Nights With Alice Cooper' Thursday June 20th talking about his 'Manhattan Blues Project' album and his history with Alice.

Neal Smith has announced that 'The Fish Factory' will be distributing his KillSmith albums in Spain. Neal is currently working on new music for an unspecified project.

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Posted on 15 Jun 2013 by Si
Two New Interviews

Cleveland Scene and Art Voice have new interviews with Alice today.

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Posted on 13 Jun 2013 by Si
It's A Boy!

Huge congratulations to Sandra and Tommy Henriksen on the birth of their son!  Finn Cooper Henriksen arrived safely (albeit a bit early!) on June 11th. Mother and baby are doing well and our love and best wishes go to them at this special time.

Damon Johnson takes time out from Black Star Riders to play 5 Brother Cane shows in July/August. They are:
July 17th, Battle Creek, MI at Planet Rock
July 18th, New Buffalo, MI at Four Winds Casino
July 20th, Dayton, OH at McGuffy's
August 3rd Birmingham, AL at WorkPlay Theater

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Posted on 12 Jun 2013 by Si
New Show - Lynn, MA

According to this article at ItemLive Alice Cooper will be performing at the Lynn Auditorium in Lynn, MA on October 17th. Ticketing information will follow.

Tuscon Weekly have posted some nice photos from the AVA show including an excellent shot of Alice and Manson on stage together.

El Paso Times has a show review.

Kamer Tunes continues their 'history of Alice Cooper' articles with part 6 covering 'The Last Temptation' to 'Brutally Live'. Make sure you check out the previous articles while you're there.

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Posted on 11 Jun 2013 by Si
Orianthi US Solo Shows

Orianthi will be playing two solo shows during the current US dates. She will be playing at Webster Hall in New York on July 17th (the night before the band play the Beacon Theatre) and also the Mexacali Live in Teaneck, NJ on July 21st ( the night after the band play Atlantic City). .

Phoenix New Times has a new interview with Alice.

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Posted on 08 Jun 2013 by Si
News and Interviews

Alice has recorded an interview (not a commentary as has been mentioned) to go with Scream Factory's blue-ray release of the classic John Carpenter movie 'Prince Of Darkness'. It will also have new cover art which you can see here. More details about this release to follow.

Many people have probably seen or heard the news story currently circulating about Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, who apparently attempted suicide, and connecting it to the suggestion she was upset after she wasn`t allowed to go to the Alice Cooper/Marilyn Manson show in LA. I wasn`t going to cover this as it's not really an Alice Cooper story, but yesterday a journalist asked Alice about it and this is what he said: “I don’t think the concert was the thing. She’s under a lot pressure right now with this trial. She’s 15 years old. I have two girls, and I know what 15-year-old girls are like. Everything is important. I think she’s just very emotional right now. It’s always going to between what you can do and what you can’t do.”

Cleveland.com and the El Paso Times have new interviews with Alice.

Back To The Hard Rock has a short interview with Ryan Roxie while Chuck Garric has been chatting in length to Legendary Rock Interviews.

Dick Wagner has been named an "Artist Ambassador" for 'Guitar's For Vets', a non-profit organisation providing guitars and lessons to injured military veterans.

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Posted on 07 Jun 2013 by Si
Interviews, Movie News and Steve Hunter Show

New interviews with Alice can be found at Montgomery Media, Cleveland.com (a golf interview), LA Weekly, and VVN,

Show reviews can be seen at Reverb, and Salt Lake Tribune,

Mercury News has photos from Red Rocks.

Blabbermouth reports that the forthcoming Alice Cooper documentary movie, now entitled "Super Duper Alice Cooper", is scheduled to shown at the Toronto International Film Festival which runs from September 5th to 15th. The film is a 97-minute retrospective on Alice Cooper from Canadian documentarians Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of production company Banger Films ("Metal: A Headbangers Journey", "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage") and writer/director Reginald Harkema.

Steve Hunter has announced that he will be holding an 'informal release party' for his excellent new album "The Manhatten Blues Project" on June 25th at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix. You'll get to hear the album (or buy it of you don't already have it) and have Steve autograph it for you. The show will feature the Chuck Hall Band.

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Posted on 05 Jun 2013 by Si
Small Stuff

More press for the new tour is appearing.

Rolling Stone has a video interview with Alice about his role as a 'therapist" for 'Quitter's Anonymous', who also have a signed guitar up for grabs,  as well as the forthcoming covers album and his favorite guitarists.
Check out the press release for 'Quitter's Anonymous' explaining what it's all about and Alice's involvement. Basically it's a project by Fretlight Guitars who have created software to help people learn to play guitar quickly and easily!

Yahoo! Entertainment have a short interview as does Denver Westword who also have a review of the Red Rocks show.

Also congratulations to Damon Johnson and Black Star Riders for entering the UK album charts at #25!

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Posted on 04 Jun 2013 by Si
Masters Of Madness Tour Begins

Last night was the opening night on the Alice Cooper/Marilyn Manson 'Master's Of Madness' Tour down in New Mexico and it started with a bang when not only did Manson join the band for 'I'm Eighteen', but Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick joined them for 'School's Out'! The RealAliceCooper twitter fed has a some pics while there's some fan filmed footage of 'School's Out' now up on YouTube.

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Posted on 02 Jun 2013 by Si
Short Interviews

There's two new short interviews today as the new tour promotion gets into full swing. The first is at the Salt Lake Tribune while the second is at the Pasadena Star-News.

Black Star RIders featuring Damon Johnson and Jimmy DeGrasso have posted a few videos of Damon and Ricky talking about and performing songs from their amazing debut album 'All Hell Breaks Loose'. Check them out on the band's YouTube channel.  BSR played the first show in Milton Keynes last night with a mix of the new BRS material and a selection of Lizzy classics.

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Posted on 01 Jun 2013 by Si
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