The Yorkshire Pudding

Monday night saw Alice playing a special show in aid of SolidRock at the 'Tavern and Wine Store' in Phoenix, AZ and AZCentral have a report. The show featured 'British invasion' band covers that the original band (as the Earwigs/Spiders) used to play back in the 60s, along with a few of his own songs. The setlist was: All Day and All of the Night / Back in the USSR / Drive My Car / A Hard Day's Night / You Can’t Do That / The Last Time / It's All Over Now / No Particular Place to Go / Heart Full of Soul / Train Kept A-Rollin' / You Really Got Me / Hey Bulldog / Summertime Blues / Under My Wheels / I'm Eighteen / I Never Cry / School's Out/Another Brick in the Wall / Brown Sugar / Route 66. The show was a very exclusive one, dubbed 'The Yorkshire Pudding', with extemely expensive tickets and featured Nils Lofgren and Roger Cline joining Alice and local backing band 'The Saucy Jacks' for 'School's Out' and 'Route 66' respectively. All money raised goes to help SolidRock.

Dennis Dunaway is still out and about promoting his book with two special apperances coming up next week. On Oct 6th he will be joined Michael Bruce and Neal Smith in Dallas, at the Good Records (don`t miss this one if you are in the area!), and on Oct 8th he and Michael will be at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma to host a songwriting 'Masterclass' at 1pm. During these appearances Dennis tells stories, answers questions, and more often then not he and his guests play a few songs at the end. Most events are free. Check out DennisDunaway.com for more upcoming appearances including the Chiller Theatre in New Jersey where Dennis will be raiding his vaults to mount a 'Snake! Museum', showing off incredible items from the history of Alice Cooper.

Alice will make an appearance at the FestForward conferance between November 22nd and 24th in Santa Barbara, CA to present an award to manager Shep Gordon. This is an industry event but tickets do seem to be available.

Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair have new articles about the Hollywood Vampires, and the album is 'album of the month' in French magazine 'Rock and Folk'. French magazine 'Hard Rock' also has a 4 page feature (not online) on early 80s albums including an interview with Dada drummer Richard Kolinka.

CNS News has a new interview with Alice talking about religion.

Glide Magazine has a new interview with Nita Strauss.

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Posted on 30 Sep 2015 by Si
Vampires In Rio 2

First of all an apology. The link I posted yesterday for the Rock In Rio live stream turned out to need a Brazillian location to watch, but all was not lost as AOL also broadcast the show worldwide an hour later. I updated the news story but it was maybe too late for some people. However even if you missed the show last night the kind people at Rock In Rio have posted the whole thing for you to watch now! Check out the video below! What a show it was. From the fireworks at the start to the closing 'Brown Sugar' the band were on fire! Lzzy Hale (Of Halestorm) joined the band for 'Whole Lotta Love',  Zak Starkey for 'I'm A Boy' and Andreas Kisser (From Brazillian band Sepultura) joined for 'School's Out'. Sure, there were mistakes but the energy was the thing and they had it in spades.
There's a couple of other Vampires related articles to mention as well. The Evening Standard has a sort piece on Depp the musician, while The Daily Mail have a lovely video of Alice, Johnny and Joe helping to hand ot hearing aids to people in Rio yesterday.

Away from the Vampires Nita Strauss has been performing guitar clinics in New Mexico and you can check out an interview with her at Blabbermouth.

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Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by Si
Vampires In Rio

The Hollywood Vampires perform at 'Rock In Rio' tomorrow night and there is a chance their performance will be webcast. AOL has been broadcasting performances from the festival including many of the big names. The Vampires are due on stage at around 9pm tomorrow evening Rio time.
Check out this VERY cool 3D video clip from the Roxy shows at hollywoodvampires.com, also Loudwire and OC Weekly have reviews of the second Roxy show.

The Sydney Morning Herald has an unusual marriage proposal which involves Alice, and he shares some golfing stories with CBS Sports.

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Posted on 23 Sep 2015 by Si
Fake Pudding Tickets

A message from Alice Cooper's SolidRock:
"Buyer Beware! We have announced several times there is NO Christmas Pudding this year due to Alice's tour schedule. Apparently someone has opted to sell fake tickets to this year's Pudding so please share this ticket link and let people know this is a SCAM."

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Posted on 21 Sep 2015 by Si
Hollywood Vampires Second Night

As expected there has been endless coverage of the Roxy shows over the last two days. The second show saw Marilyn Manson join the band for 'Eighteen' as well as the return of Tom Morello, Perry Farell and Kesha. You can check out some coverage of the shows at the following sites: Daily Mail, Entertainment Weekly, NME, Relix, Rapid News, and Bild (German),  as well as HollywoodVampires.com which has a ton of photos and links.
Now the shows are done it can`t hurt to list the setlist for the two nights which was as follows: Raise The Dead, My Generation, I Got A Line On You, Cold Turkey, 5 to 1/Break On Through, Manic Depression, One/Jump Into The Fire, Seven And Seven Is, Whole Lotta Love, Jeepster, I'm A Boy, School's Out/Another Brick In The Wall, and  My Dead Drunk Friends (partial)/Billion Dollar Babies/Train Kept A Rollin', with Brown Sugar/Honky Tonk Woman as the encore on the Wednesday show and Eighteen and Brown Sugar on Thursday. There's one more Vampires show scheduled for next week at 'Rock In Rio'.
In related news it looks like the 'Hollywood Vampires' album will chart well in both the US and UK. At the time of writing it's at #17 in the US and #23 in the UK!

Dennis Dunaway will be bringing 'Doctor Dreary's Snakes! Museum' to the annual Chiller Theatre Expo this year which takes place between October 23rd and 25th at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey. Dennnis is raiding his attic and cupboards for all sorts of cool Alice Cooper related memorabilia, much of which probably hasn`t been see in public for over 40 years! A few years ago I was luckly enough to get a glimpse of some of the things Dennis has, and can safely say this promises to be well worth checking out if you can get there. Also check out the very cool poster for the event.

Glen Sobel will be at Drummerfest 2015 at Milwaukee music superstore 'Cascio Interstate Music' on October 24th. 

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Posted on 18 Sep 2015 by Si
Peter And The Wolf In Hollywood and Vampires Live

Peter and the Wolf In HollywoodNovember 13th sees the release of a unusual Alice Cooper project which I doubt anyone could have foreseen. 'Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood' is a new version of Prokofiev's classic piece 'Peter and the Wolf' with narration by Alice Cooper himself! This new version of the classic tale has been updated to take place in modern day Los Angeles (the original story was set in Russia) and will be released as a download, CD and an iPad interactive childrens app.  Alice says "I first heard this back in Detroit, when I was six or seven years old. My mom put the record on and I was instantly transported to another world, and it has been huge fun for me to do something new after nearly 50 years in the business. I love the fact that it’s moved on, and that Peter has come to Los Angeles to meet his grandfather, who turns out to be an old hippie! That gives the story a fresh dynamic. And I like that he’s not in the least bit terrified by the wolf, when everybody else is freaking out.”
You can check out the trailer for the album below. More details can be found here.

Continuing on a classical note ClassicFM sat Alice down to listen to three clips from classical works and filmed his reactions. You can see the results here. Alice will be a guest on the station for 'Charlotte Green's Culture Club' this Sunday at 3pm.

Back to Rock and Roll, The Hollywood Vampires of course took the stage in Los Angeles last night for their first show. I haven`t seen too much about it yet (it's early here) but Orianthi posted a photo from the show which you can see here and there's much more on the Vampires Twitter feed. It appears that the band were joined by Perry Farrell, Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, and Ke$ha during the show. The setlist included most of the album plus 'Seven and Seven Is', 'Train Kept a Rollin', 'Brown Sugar' and Honky Tonk Woman'. The band play a second show tonight.
UPDATE: Yahoo.com has a review with details and video.

Alice appeared on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' on Tuesday night and you can catch a couple of clips from it now courtesy of BraveWords. You may be able to see the full show here depending on your location.

There's been quite a bit of Hollywood Vampires promotion in the last few days so here's some highlights: Interviews at WZLX (text), Radio.com (video), WAAF (audio), WKLH (audio), Diamonds On The Avenue (video) and The Guardian (text).

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Posted on 17 Sep 2015 by Si
Late Late Show

US TV listings are showing Alice as a guest on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' on Tuesday. The show airs just after midnight ET.

TripleM Sydney and NPR Music have short audio interviews with Alice promoting the 'Hollywood Vampires' album. The Daily Beast also has a new interview and Billboard has a few words as well. You can also check out Rolling Stone's' short review of the album.

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Posted on 14 Sep 2015 by Si
The Vampires Are Here

It's September 11th and the 'Hollywood Vampires' album is finally here. It's been a long time coming! The full album is now up on Spotify to hear, but remember that all proceeds from sales go to charity so go buy a copy! As a new teaser The Guardian has a clip of Johnny Depp laying down guitar for 'My Dear Drunk Friends'. Watch for more UK coverage coming up in the Telegraph and the Mail On Sunday.
Meanwhile stateside the band were spotted recording a performance for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on the roof top of the studio. Depp was on the show last night promoting his new movie 'Black Mass' and the album was mentioned, but it doesn`t appear the footage was shown. There is a suggestion it will be seen on tonights show.
Today's Vampires Q&A on Periscope/Twitter will apparently take place at 2.15 pacific time which appears to be 9.15 UK time.

There's a new(ish) Dennis Dunaway interview to listen to on Soundcloud taken from 'Radio Mark'.

Damon Johnson and Ricky Warwick brought their acoustic show to London last night bringing the house down with a mix of Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders songs along with covers and even a couple of Alice Cooper classics. Last night they were also joined for three songs by Lizzy legend Scott Gorham! The duo have another 16 shows on this UK tour and you should definitly catch them if they are in your area. You can find the remaining dates below:

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Posted on 11 Sep 2015 by Si
Hollywood Vampires Q & A Friday

Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry will be answering questions about the Hollywood Vampires via Twitter and Periscope this Friday. No specific time is given. You can leave questions now.

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Posted on 09 Sep 2015 by Si
Vampires Interviews

Pre-publicity for the 'Hollywood Vampires' album is hotting up with an article in the Independent (UK), and audio interviews at 'The Dinner Party' and Studio360. The album is released Friday worldwide.

There's a show review and photos over at NOLA.com.

For those who haven`t noticed ex-Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe is to be the special guest at the Plymouth and Swindon headline shows. Monroe is an old friend who often guests with Alice in his native Finland.

BleedingCool has a preview of the forthcoming Dynamite comics series 'Alice Cooper vs Chaos!" with step-by-step cover art. The first issue comes with four different covers.

GuitCast has a new interview with Nita Strauss talking about her plans for a solo album and working with Alice Cooper. Nita appears around 47 minutes into the pocast.

Alice Cooper's SolidRock is hosting a cocktail party on September 28th at the 'Tavern and Wine Store' in Phoenix. Alice will be present and will perform an exclusive set of covers with local band 'The Saucy Jacks', but don`t expect to be snapping up tickets for this one (which range between $750 and a colossal $25,000) as it's a very exclusive benefit show raising funds for Solid Rock.

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Posted on 07 Sep 2015 by Si
Beasto Blanco European Dates

Beasto Blanco, featuring Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper, have lined up a series of European shows for November. The tour advert is below but there are more dates yet to be announced. The current list is as follows:
Nov. 19th - Revolver Club, Oslo, Norway
Nov. 20h - Buenkulturhus. Mandal, Norway
Nov. 21st - Tribute Club, Sandnes, Norway
Nov. 23rd - Bannermann's, Edinburgh, Scotland
Nov. 26th - Hall Of Fame, Wetikon, Switzerland
Nov. 27th - Manoir Pub, St Maurice, Switzerland
Nov. 28th - Societ Hall, Moutiers, Switzerland
Nov. 29th - Fabrick Club, Isle of Sardegnia, Italy
The band also have some new shirts available which you can check out here.

The Huffington Post has a video interview with Alice and Joe Perry talking 'Hollywood Vampires'.
The new issue of Goldmine Magazine (US) has a front cover featuring Alice and Joe Perry and a feature on the 'Hollywood Vampires' inside.
There's also a long article on the 'Hollywood Vampires' over at Rolling Stone.
Finally NME have posted audio of 'Whole Lotta Love' from the forthcoming album.

The Henley Times has an article by an unnamed writer wh mentions Alice has recorded two songs for a "rock symphonic remake of the Pink Floyd album 'Wish You Were Here'". One of the tracks is 'Welcome To The Machine'.

Dennis Dunaway was recently interviewed for 'The Strange Brew' and you can listen to the chat here, and also MetalHeadRadio which you can listen to here.

Steve Hunter has posted a video of him recording the amazing solo to Tommy Henrikson's 'Mr Finn', the closing track on his 'Tommy Tommy Tommy' solo album.

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Posted on 03 Sep 2015 by Si
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