Two Down, Four To Go

Just a quick catchup while we all recover from the last couple of days. Most people probably know by now that Michael Monroe and his guitarist Steve Conte joined Alice and the gang last night for an extemely energetic 'School's Out'. Michael's opening sets were excellent, especially in Swindon, and a special round of applause for Michael's 'mic cord wrangler' who must have had the hardest job of all untangling the lead every 30 seconds!
The setlist for the UK shows was tweeked to include a couple of different covers from the Hollywood Vampires album namely 'Cold Turkey' and 'Manic Depression' with the 'Five To One' intro added to 'Break On Through' as well. At both shows everyone was on fire including great audience reactions. There's four more to go with Crue of course, but they won`t beat these two.
Oh, and welcome to the UK Miss Nita Strauss!! It's taken a while but I hope you found us worthy!

Anyway, onto some press: Today's Telegraph has a half page interview with Alice. The Western Morning News has a review of the Plymouth show. Flood Magazine has a short interview with Alice.

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Posted on 31 Oct 2015 by Si
Beasto Blanco Tour Update

A quick reminder before I leave for the UK shows. Beasto Blanco, featuring Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper, have lined up a series of European shows for November. The dates have changed slightly since I originally posted them so the new dates and advert are below. The current list is as follows:
Nov. 19th - Revolver Club, Oslo, Norway
Nov. 20h - Buenkulturhus. Mandal, Norway
Nov. 21st - Tribute Club, Sandnes, Norway
Nov. 24th - Fuorionda Club, Cura Carpignano, Italy
Nov. 25th - 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

Nita Strauss was interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine recently and you can read the article here.

Dennis Dunaway has two more appearances coming up. The first is on Halloween (Oct 31st) at the Louisiana Book Festival, followed by the Miami Book Fair on November 22nd.

 

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Posted on 28 Oct 2015 by Si
Glen Sobel - Private 1-1 Drum Lessons in London
Glen SobelHey SickThings!
 
Glen Sobel - Alice's drummer, is offering the rare opportunity to have a private 1-1 drum lesson with him whilst in London! 
 
He has been Alice's go to guy for almost five years now - he keeps the rest of the band in perfect time; but it's not only Alice he has worked with in his hugely successful career.
 
Glen has recently worked with big names such as Motley Crue, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (both of Aerosmith), Jonny Depp, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson's guitarist), Sixx:AM, Tony MacAlpine and of course, The Hollywood Vampires.
 
So get in touch now for more information. There aren't many spots, there is a huge demand for these sessions. Don't miss out!
 
Contact seanktobin@gmail.com for more information.
 
See you at the rock show!
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Posted on 28 Oct 2015 by Si
Chiller

Note: There was a server issue last yesterday that lost the most recent news update so this is a repost of that information.

As previously mentioned Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce were at the Chiller Expo this weekend and you can check out footage from their performance here. The band were joined by Ingo Geirdal from Icelandic band Dimma (check them out, they're amazing) and Nick Divkovsky who is the brains behind the 'Pretties For You' show coming up in early November.
There's also been a press for Dennis's book and the Chiller show including and interviews at Gruemonkey and NorthJersey.com.

Nita Strauss has booked a few guitar clinics in the UK while she's here, starting tonight in Romford, Essex at 'PMT'. She continues at 'Guitar Guitar' in Epsom, Surrey tomorrow (Oct 27th) with three more apearances at 'JG Windows' in Newcastle (Nov 2nd), 'PMT' in Manchester (Nov 3rd) and 'Guitar Guitar' in Birmingham (Nov 4th). These last three will be afternoon 2PM appearances, before the Alice Cooper shows in the evening.

Alice is also featured on this weeks cover of Kerrang! magazine being interviewed by Andy Biersack of American band 'Black Veil Brides'. The Plymouth Herald also has an interview with Alice. Meanwhile Glen Sobel been chatting to Thatsmygig about the importance of social media.

 

 

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Posted on 28 Oct 2015 by Si
New Interviews

Dennis Dunaway is still out and about promoting ''Snakes...' and you can check out his latest interviews at Q104.3 (video and audio) and WFMU (audio). Below you can see the new poster for Chiller Expo in New Jersey this weekend which will feature Dennis, Michael Bruce, and Neal Smith along with Richie Scarlet, Ace Frehley and a HUGE array of other musicians, actors, artists and just about everything you could want from such an event!

The Newcastle Chronicle has a new interview with Alice promoting the forthcoming UK shows.

Anyone who watched the footage from the 'Good Records' show should have seen the film cameras recording everything that happened. According to the Dallas Observer there is a good chance of a documentary about the event turning up soon.

Getintothis has a retrospective celebrating the 40th aniversary of 'Welcome To My Nightmare' which is well worth reading.

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Posted on 20 Oct 2015 by Si
Today's Press

Billboard has a report and photos from the TJ Martell Foundation's gala in New York City with a few words from Alice.

Nita Strauss has posted video from her recent guitar clinic in Bogita, Columbia over at YouTube. There's also short interview with Nita at MyRecordJournal

Ryan Roxie also has a new Vblog up from the Toledo show and is featured in an excellent new interview with Mitch Lafon with Ryan talking about everything from Candy to life with the Alice Cooper band and playing at the Dallas reunion.

Dennis Dunaway is still on the road promoting his 'Snakes...' book and you can read a new interview at Downtown. There's footage from his Nashville appearance here and here and Rolling Stone have posted a new article about the Dallas happening. Dennis will be on WFMU today at 1pm EST. Next up with be the Chiller Expo on October 23rd where Dennis will be displaying a collection of Alice Cooper treasures!

A reminder for anyone in the New York area that Nick Didkovsky is staging a special evening of entertainment on November 8th at The Stone in NYC. Nick and his fellow musicians will be performing 'Pretties For You' from start to finish. Months of practice have been going on to make this a special night, and who knows who might turn up at the show! Check out the link above for a rehearsal clip!

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Posted on 16 Oct 2015 by Si
Glen Sobel Plays Show With Crue

Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was unable to play at last nights show in Buffalo, NY due to the sudden onset of tendinitis. But the show must go on so the band called upon Alice Cooper drummer Glen Sobel to stand in. Glen posted the following to facebook:
"It's been an insane day of prep and making cheat sheets. I can't describe what an honor it's been to rock tonight with Vince [Neil], Mick [Mars], Nikki [Sixx] and Tommy, who was handling some of the electronics and cueing me through the in-ear monitors from side stage. No, I did not do the 'Crüecifly' drum solo. But I played with the guys for the finale of 'Home Sweet Home' on the hydraulic stage by front of house. It's one of those things… Had I known when I was a kid this would happen one day… You get the picture. Here's to hoping Tommy Lee's wrist heals up quickly. I'm familiar with the experience of playing though pain while being on tour. It isn't fun."
Today is a day off so hopefully Lee will recover in time for tomorrow's show in Bridgeport.

Nita Strauss is featured on a new 'No Guitar Is Safe' podcast talking about her career, playing with Alice and replacing Orianthi.

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Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by Si
Catching Up

Classic Rock magazine this month has the Hollywood Vampires on the front cover and a 8 page feature inside while Rock Cellar has an interview with Alice and Joe Perry.

Alice has been added to the bill for the 'T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala' on October 15th in New York City. The charity event also includes performances by Foreigner, REO Speedwagon and Train frontman Pat Monahan.

Consequence of Sound has an interview with Bob Ezrin talking about the first time he saw Alice Cooper amongst other things.

Tommy Henriksen has another new video from his 'Tommy Tommy Tommy' album. This time its for 'Ima Alien' and you can check it out below.

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Posted on 12 Oct 2015 by Si
Original Band Join Current Band in Dallas!

The title says it all. I suppose it shouldn`t be a complete surprise after the 'Good Records' show on Tuesday, but last night in Dallas, TX Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce joined the current band on stage for 'School's Out' at the American Airlines Center. Glen stepped aside for Neal at the kit, while Chuck left bass duties to Dennis and instead sang backup and added some cool harp (as he had the previous night). And it sounded fantastic! Check it out below or for another view here.

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Posted on 08 Oct 2015 by Si
The Original Alice Cooper Play Live!

Well, last night in Dallas was truly a special night. If you hadn`t worked it out in advance Alice joined his old friends Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce on stage at Good Records last night, helped out by Ryan Roxie, for set of Alice Cooper classics including 'Caught In A Dream' (before Alice and Ryan join them), 'Be My Lover', 'I'm Eighteen', 'Is It My Body', 'No More Mr Nice Guy', 'School's Out',  'Under My Wheels', and 'Elected'. As of writing you can check out footage of the event via Periscope (here, here, here and here) but these links don`t last long so be quick! I'm sure more footage will turn up during the rest of the day.
Well done to Christopher Todd and his staff for putting in so much effort to make this even special for everyone who could attend.
(Photo by Kendall Brenton)

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Posted on 07 Oct 2015 by Si
Congratulations Calico and Jed

Congratulations to Callico Cooper and her new hubby Jed Williams who were married just a few days ago in Hawaii. Natually the whole Cooper family were in attendance and you can check out photos from the happy event on facebook as well as video of Alice dancing with the beautiful bride.

The big event for today is Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce appearing in Dallas at Good Records to promote the 'Snakes, Guillotines, Electric Chairs' book.  Reports are that store manager Christopher Penn and his staff have pulled out all the stops for this event and it promises to be a very special night. Don't miss this one if you are in the area.

Tommy Henriksen has released a new video from his excellent 'Tommy Tommy Tommy' album for the song 'We Let It Rock' which you can check out on YouTube.

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Posted on 06 Oct 2015 by Si
Exclusive Ken Mary Interview

Ken Mary was the powerhouse drummer behind 'The Nightmare Returns' tour, and the 'Raise Your Fist and Yell' album and tour in the late eighties. SickthingsUK had the opportunity to ask Ken a few questions about his time with Alice as well as his long career, his studio, and his latest project 'The Drumming Hall Of Fame', the results of which you can read now.

 

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Posted on 02 Oct 2015 by Si
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