Dennis Dunaway in New Jersey

Dennis Dunaway will be at 'Rock The Farm' in Farmington, NJ tomorrow (Saturday) signing books, and he will also be jumping up with Frankenstein 3000 for a few songs. The event is hosted by Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine of 'That Metal Show' and will also feature Carmine Appice and David Bryan of Bon Jovi amongst many other. All proceeds from the festival benefit CFC Loud n Clear Foundation, an organization that "promotes positive life choices by aiding drug recovery efforts and inspiring a healthy, positive lifestyle".

Nita Strauss has posted a new blog entry and video telling the story of her surprise meeting one of her guitar idols, Jason Becker. This is a must read/watch! If you don`t know who Jason Becker is you should watch 'Not Dead Yet - The Jason Becker Story' which I can`t recommend highly enough.

The Florida Times-Union has a short interview with Alice talking about the band and the 'Hollywood Vampires' album.

Chuck Garric was interviewed on Gator FM recently and you can hear his interview here.

Michigan Rock And Roll Legends has a long article about Steve Hunter's career to date.

SolidRock have announced this years 'Proof is in the Pudding' contest and signups are open until September 14th. The contest searches for talented young bands in the local area. 

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Posted on 28 Aug 2015 by Si
New Vampires

Rolling Stone have posted audio of  'My Generation' as played by the Hollywood Vampires. 'Nights With Alice Cooper' featured this song on Monday and so far the show has aired around half the forthcoming album. Other songs played so far have been 'School's Out', 'I Got A Line On You', 'My Dead Drunk Friends', 'Itchycoo Park' (all available on Spotify and iTunes),  'Whole Lotta Love', 'Cold Turkey' 'Jeepster'  and 'Raise The Dead' leaving only five songs yet to hear. 'Manic Depression' is the next one due to be played on the show.
Alice has been talking to Mojo Magazine about the album while Joe Perry has commented at WFJA.

Guitar International have an article and photos about the 'Fox and Friends' live show in New York last week. Also don`t forget to keep up with Ryan Roxie's Video Blog which also has an episode from the show.

The Cutting Room Floor have posted their audio interview with Kane Roberts from earlier this week, and have an interview with Ken Mary coming sometime soon.

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Posted on 26 Aug 2015 by Si
Dennis Dunaway Joins Alice Cooper in Connecticut

Dennis Dunaway joined Alice on stage on Sunday in Connecticut for 'School's Out' and posted a cool photo of the pair backstage. Dennis is still doing lots of press for his book including many interviews for the UK press to be published over the next couple of months. The latest interview is 'Movie Moments' which you can listen to here. Dennis appears around 1.12 into the recording.

Damon Johnson and Ricky Warwick return to the UK for a string of acoustic shows in September. The full tour is as follows:
Sept 9th - Sunderland, The Arizona
Sept 10th - London, The Underworld
Sept 11th - Cardiff, Fuel
Sept 12th - Sheffield, Local Authority
Sept 13th - Birmingham, The Oobleck
Sept 15th - York, The Duchess
Sept 16th - Edinburgh, Bannermans
Sept 17th - Glasgow, Audio
Sept 18th - Aberdeen, The Moorings
Sept 19th - Chester, The Live Room
Sept 20th - Bolton, The Railway
Sept 21st - Leicester, The Musician
Sept 22nd - Evesham, The Iron Road
Sept 23rd - Norwich, The Brickmakers
Sept 24th - Sutton In Asfield, The Diamonds
Sept 26th - Ballymena, The Diamond
Sept 27th - Dublin, On The Roxx

Steve Hunter has written article for Guitar Player magazine recalling recording with Alice Cooper on the 'Billion Dollar Babies' album in 1973 which you can check out here.

In the latest episode of 'One on One with Mitch Lafon' Mitch talks to guitarist Bob Kulick who briefly played with Alice. The co-host is Allan Schwartzberg who also talks about working with Alice Cooper, claiming to play on five tracks on 'Billion Dollar Babies' although he seems confused about what albums he plays on (he is credited on 'Lace and Whiskey' and 'Goes To Hell'.).

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Posted on 18 Aug 2015 by Si
Fox and Friends

Alice and the band performed live on 'Fox and Friends' this morning and you can already replay the whole thing at Fox News by clicking 'replay' and going to around 1 hour 10 mins into the stream. Songs performed were 'No More Mr Nice Guy', 'I'm Eighteen', 'Under My Wheels', 'Poison', 'School's Out' and 'Elected'.
UPDATE: They have now removed most of the show and only the after show section is still there.

In other news Alice is featured in the 'Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff' game which currently has a limited "event" going on until September 18th. Check out Gamespot for more info.

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Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Si
Hollywood Vampires Play Hollywood

According to Associated Press the Hollywood Vampires will perform two shows at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA on Sept 16th and 17th. The Roxy is very small, so this is sure to sell out almost instantly when tickets go on sale Friday.
UPDATE: Former Guns 'n' Roses rhythm section Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum as well as Tommy Henriksen and Bruce Witkin (Piano/Guitar) will join Alice, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry the band for these show, and presumably the Rio show as well.
Here's the full press release:
LOS ANGELES, CA: In 1972, on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar.  It was a gathering place for rock stars living in or passing through L.A.  “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the Vampires.  “I would walk in on a typical night,” Alice says, “and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon—who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur—Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”
Now, returning to where it once began, the Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry) have announced today two shows at the notorious Sunset Strip music venue, The Roxy.  This will mark the Hollywood Vampires only U.S. appearances on September 16 and 17, and will surely be the most sought after ticket in town. Joining the Hollywood Vampires live will be Matt Sorum on drums, Duff McKagan on bass, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, and Bruce Witkin on piano and guitar. Tickets are on sale on August 14 for the September 16th show at http://ticketf.ly/1EdJvSI and September 17th show at http://ticketf.ly/1W5TvIT.
Additionally on September 24, in what will be their only international appearance, the band will head to Brazil for “Rock in Rio.” Before that show, the band will partner with Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization that has provided more than 1.8 million free hearing aids to people in need in more than 100 countries, to offer and fit hearing aids to more than 150 people in need.   After the hearing aid fittings, the Hollywood Vampires and Starkey Hearing Foundation will bring a number of individuals to the show so they can hear music for the first time in their lives.
“Hearing connects us to life, our families and to the world around us,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “It’s a precious gift, and we are excited to work with the Hollywood Vampires to introduce so many to the world of sound and help them hear music for the first time.”
Three years ago, Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking).  An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Hollywood Vampires live again with the release of the Hollywood Vampires new album.  Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and with producer Bob Ezrin, the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires.  The new album is set to be released on September 11 and all artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.

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Posted on 12 Aug 2015 by Si
Free Show In New York

Alice Cooper will be performing live on Friday August 14th in New York City as part of 'Fox and Friends All-American Summer Concert' Series. The performance is free and will take place at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY between 6AM and 9AM ET. 'Fox and Friends' is a US breakfast TV show so parts of the performance will be aired live.

Also New York related Alice talks to the Village Voice about the 'Hollywood Vampires'.

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Posted on 12 Aug 2015 by Si
New Show - Quebec

Alice Cooper and Motley Crue will be playing Le Centre Videotron in Quebec, QC, Canada on October 20th. Tickets go on sale Thursday.

Digital Spy has a new interview with Alice talking about the forthcoming 'Hollywood Vampires' album.

Dennis Dunaway picks his top ten Alice Cooper songs for Classic Rock.

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Posted on 11 Aug 2015 by Si
More Vampires News

A little more 'Hollywood Vampires' news this morning.
Mitch Lafon reports that the Japanese version of the album will feature The Who's 'I'm A Boy' as a bonus track.
There is a new PledgeMusic campaign page that allows you to pre-order a copy of the album and get access to 'exclusive behind-the-scenes content'.  Unfortunately this currently only seems to be available to people in the US. The page also lists a vinyl version of the album coming on October 17th.
Last night on 'Nights With Alice Cooper' Alice suggested there may be a couple of 'intimate' 'Hollywood Vampires' shows in Los Angeles with an announcement August 12th.

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Posted on 06 Aug 2015 by Si
Vampires Tracks Released

Three songs from the forthcoming 'Hollywood Vampires' album have turned up on both Spotify and iTunes today. They are 'I Got A Line On You', 'School's Out/Another Brick In The Wall' and 'My Dead Drunk Friends'. Alice played 'School's Out/Another Brick In The Wall' on 'Nights With Alice Cooper' last night and the track features guest Brian Johnson from AC/DC as well as Johnnny Depp, Joe Perry, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith.
UPDATE: Rolling Stone have posted an article with the full musician listings and a short video of footage from the recording sessions. The album features Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and  Tommy Henriksen on every track, with appearances by Glen Sobel, Bob Ezrin, Joe Perry, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, Zak Starkey, Kip Winger, Orianthi, Joe Walsh (Eagles), Perry Farrell (Jane's Adiction), Robby Kreiger (The Doors), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Brian Johnson (AC/DC), Paul McCartney, Bruce Watkins, Abe Laboriel Jr and Slash.
All proceeds from the album will go to the MusiCares charity.

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Posted on 05 Aug 2015 by Si
Vampires Track Listing

Thanks to AlongCameASpider27 for posting what appears to be the track listing for the 'Hollywood Vampires' album. It goes as follows:
1. The Last Vampire (Original song)
2. Raise the Dead (Original Song)
3. My Generation (The Who)
4. Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
5. I Got A Line On You (Spirit)
6. Five To One/Break On Through (The Doors)
7. One/Jump Into The Fire (Harry Nilsson)
8. Come And Get It (Paul McCartney)
9. Jeepster (T-Rex)
10. Cold Turkey (John Lennon)
11. Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix)
12. Itchycoo Park (Small Faces)
13. School's Out/Another Brick In The Wall (Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd)
14. My Dead Drunk Friends (Original Song)

Also the Rapid City Journal has a few words with Alice.

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Posted on 02 Aug 2015 by Si
Vampires Date Announced

Hollywood Vampires

The long awaited 'Hollywood Vampires' album finally has a release date via Universal Music, and it's September 11th. The project has an official website at hollywoodvampires.com as well as a facebook page. The band, featuring Alice, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, are currently scheduled to make their live debut at the Rock in Rio festival on September 24th with rumours of a few other shows around that time.
The album is available to pre-order now on AmazonUK and has been added to AmazonUS although be careful as there may be special editions announced that aren`t listed yet.

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Posted on 01 Aug 2015 by Si
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