Snakes In Los Angeles

Dennis and Cindy Dunaway will be at the 'Manic Panic Style Asylum' on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles this Saturday (30th July) between 4pm and 6pm signing cpoies of "Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!" and probably anything else you want to put in front of him!

Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots joined the Hollywood Vampires for 'School's Out' at the final Vampires show in Pasa Robles on Monday. You can check out footage via YouTube.

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Posted on 28 Jul 2016 by Si
Joe Perry Returns

According to a Twitter post from The Hollywood Vampires, Joe Perry will return to the stage for tomorrows show in Rohnert Park, CA. Perry was forced to leave the stage in Coney Island, NY eleven days ago due to "a combination of dehydration and exhaustion" and missed the next five shows to rest up. Since then the band have had Joe's amp and hat on stage and shown photos on the video screen, wishing him a quick recovery. He returns with four shows in just four days before the tour ends in Pasa Robles on Monday. The San Francisco Chronicle has a short interview with Alice promoting tomorrows show.

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Posted on 21 Jul 2016 by Si
New Show - Waukegan, IL

Alice Cooper will play the Genesee Theatre in WaukeganIL on Spetember 22nd. Pre-sale tickets go on sale July 19th.

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Posted on 18 Jul 2016 by Si
Vampires At Gala

The Hollywood Vampires were at the Starkey hearing Foundation Gala in St. Pauls, MN last night and performed at the event which is expected to raise up to $9million towards their aim of outfiting children in poorer countries with free hearing aids. The Vampires tour has been supporting the charity and the band have been making personal appearances around the world to help raise the charities profile.

While nothing much else has turned up about the situation with Joe Perry, it appears from some reports that Joe is now back home resting after his recent hospital stay. It's still hoped Joe will make a return before the end of the tour but with only five shows to go this is looking encreasingly unlikely.

There's been more Vampire reviews from the tour including the Daily Tribune, and KNAC (with photos).

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Posted on 18 Jul 2016 by Si
The Full Press Release - Alice For President

THE WHOLE WORLD'S GOING CRAZY!

LOOKING FOR A BETTER CANDIDATE? A BETTER PLATFORM?

LOOK NO FURTHER

GET ALICE COOPER 'ELECTED'

ALICE COOPER RUNS FOR U.S. PRESIDENT AND U.K. PRIME MINISTER

“A TROUBLED MAN FOR TROUBLED TIMES”

July 12, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA -- Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric - the mudslinging – the media frenzy.  Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career.  Alice Cooper wants to be "Elected".

His classic 1972 hit is once again an anthem for modern times and when it all boils down to it – a long flowing mane of (real) hair beats Bernie/The Donald/Hillary/Boris styles hands down and his American accent and people's policies are way easier for the British to understand than any of Theresa May's (although it might not be just the accent).  

But it’s not all about debonair good looks, long flowing locks and a wicked accent -- Alice Cooper has a platform that every voter can get behind. He is asking his fellow Americans, his British friends and all those around the world who are disillusioned with their leaders, to join "The Wild Party."

Alice Cooper has spent countless nights on the road; many troubled hours worrying about the course of our great nations. Not afraid of controversy or springing into action, Alice Cooper plans to channel every ounce of energy (in between his Alice Cooper and Hollywood Vampire concerts, his syndicated radio show "Nights With Alice Cooper”, and his daily round of golf, of course) towards solving the world’s problems. He is tackling the everyday concerns discussed among his fellow woman and man - the ordinary, decent hard working (and rocking) people he meets and entertains every day while performing nearly 100 concerts a year around the world.
So, if you’re looking for a candidate with a platform that matters, vote Alice Cooper, the man with the plan to tackle the hot button, contentious and provocative issues on the minds of the real America and Britain:
⦁    Getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC
⦁    A snake in every pot
⦁    No more pencils, no more books
⦁    Adding Lemmy to Mt Rushmore
⦁    Rename Big Ben "Big Lemmy"
⦁    Groucho Marx on the $50 bill
⦁    Peter Sellers on the £20 note
⦁    Cupholders required for every airplane seat
⦁    Ban on talking during movies in movie theatres
⦁    Ban on taking selfies, except on a designated National Selfie Day

These "troubled times" call for a "troubled mind" indeed.  These "troubled times" call for Alice Cooper.
Said Alice, "Why NOT me? I have t shirts to sell."

www.votealicecooper.com
www.aliceforpresident.com

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Posted on 15 Jul 2016 by Si
Alice Cooper for President/Prime Minister

WelI, guess we now know why 'Elected' turned up as a new Alice Cooper single on Spotify and Deezer a couple of days ago. It's official, Alice is campaigning to become both President of the USA and Prime Minister of the UK (despite there not actually being an election here)!
The press release says: "Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric – the mudslinging – the media frenzy. Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career. Alice Cooper wants to be elected.
But it’s not all about debonair good looks, long flowing locks and a wicked accent – Alice Cooper has a platform that every voter can get behind. He is asking his fellow Americans, his British friends and all those around the world who are disillusioned with their leaders, to join The Wild Party.
Alice Cooper is tackling the everyday concerns discussed among his fellow woman and man - the ordinary, decent hard working (and rocking) people he meets and entertains every day while performing nearly 100 concerts a year around the world. s, stating that Alice wants "a snake in every pot, no more pencils, no more books" and "cupholders for every airplane seat". These troubled times call for a troubled mind indeed. These troubled times call for Alice Cooper. Why not me? I have t-shirts to sell."
There's also a list of things Alice promises if elected including getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC, renaming 'Big Ben' to 'Big Lemmy' and a ban on talking during movies... things I think we can all support!
Check out aliceforprimeminister.com and aliceforpresident.com for campaign packs with posters, stickers and t-shirts plus a cool facebook header which you can add your own face to!

Newsweek have a chat with Alice about the current show and working with Dennis, Neal and Michael while High Plains Reader have a short interview with Alice promoting the Fargo show on Monday.

There's also a new 'Ask Alice' video where he explains why Alice rarely talks to the crowd during shows with a bonus cartoon at the end!

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Posted on 14 Jul 2016 by Si
New Shows - Akron, OH and Albany, NY

Alice Cooper will play two addition shows as part of the 'Spend The Night With Alice Cooper' tour. They are Sept. 23rd in Akron, OH at the Civic Theatre, and Sept. 28th in Albany, NY at the Palace Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10AM EST.

For those who didn`t see the updates added yesterday there hasn`t really been any news on Joe Perry situation beyond the fact that he is in a stable condition and it's hoped he will return to the stage soon. It has been suggested in some places that Joe suffered cardiac arrest on stage on Sunday, but this hasn`t been confirmed anywhere official at all, so until more information is released it's probably best not to speculate. All we know for sure is that he wasn`t feeling well before the show and had to be rushed to hospital after just one song.
All Hollywood Vampires shows will go ahead as planned, obviously without Joe until such time as he's fit enough to return.

Spotify and Deezer both seem to have a "new" Alice Cooper single streaming. It's 'Elected' with the subtitle "Alice Cooper For Prime Minister 2016". I haven`t had time to compare this version of the song to see if it's the original, the 'Alice Does Alice' version or a new mix, but the cover image of a Union Flag and "Vote Alice Cooper for Prime Minster" is a little strange as (so far) there isn't going to be an election in the UK this year... so you can`t vote for Alice. Maybe I'm missing something...
UPDATE: Check out www.aliceforprimeminister.com and www.aliceforpresident.com.

The Oakland Press has published an interview with Joe and ALice, obviously done before Sunday's events.

Eternal Terror has a review of the Stonefree festival last month while Live In Limbo also has a review with some great photos.

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Posted on 12 Jul 2016 by Si
Joe Perry Collapses in Coney Island

Reports are coming in that guitarist Joe Perry was forced to leave the stage at last nights Hollywood Vampires show in Coney Island to receive medical treatment. As of writing no cause has been released, however a representative for Joe, Sujata Murthy, stated “Joe Perry is stable and resting.”
From what I can get from reports that are still coming in, it appears Joe started the show but only got as far as the second song, a cover of Spirit's 'I Got A Line On You.' First he was forced to sit on on the front of the drum riser, clearly in distress,  before leaving the stage to get help.  According to reports he was quickly rushed to Coney Island Hospital, before being transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
The show continued without Perry, with Alice stating from the stage "If you notice one of our brothers is not onstage with us, he was very sick before the show’.”
After the show the official Joe Perry Twitter channel posted "Thanks to all of the fans reaching out and asking about Joe. He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care" while the Hollywood Vampire's feed posted "Joe Perry is stable and resting. His brother Vampires and fans wish him a speedy recovery".  The Alice Cooper feed posted "Thanks to everyone asking about our brother @Joe Perry. He is stable right now, with family & is under the best care."
(Photo (c) Kyler Clark)
Obviously this is an ongoing story so I will try and update as and when new information is released.
It goes without saying everybody in the SickthingsUK community wishes Joe all our very best wishes for a quick recovery and return to the stage.
It seems likely the tour will continue, with Joe returning if and when he is well enough to do so, but this will likely be confirmed in the coming hours or days.

Here's some links to news reports that have appeared so far which have some eye witness acounts from Coney Island: PageSix and the New York Times have quotes from fans at the show, while there is footage from the show apearing on YouTube including this short clip of Joe Leaving the stage. Video shows Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople joined the band on stage for covers of  Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" and Mott's "All The Young Dudes".

UPDATE: The Hollywood Vampire's appearance on the Colbert Show tonight has been canceled. Blink 182 are now listed as playing the show.
TMZ have just posted video of Alice saying that Joe is "stable" and that the rest of the Vampires tour is currently "up in the air".

UPDATE: The Alice Cooper Twitter account has confirmed the rest of the tour will be going ahead as planned.

UPDATE: Tom Hamilton, bassist with Aerosmith just posted the following message: "Thankfully, Joe seems to better then we all first feared. Here's hoping he's back on stage soon doing what he loves to do."

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Posted on 11 Jul 2016 by Si
Hollywood Vampires On Colbert

The Hollywood Vampires will perform on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' this coming Monday, July 11th (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT), on CBS.
The Milwaukee Record have a review of the Summerfest show.

Dennis Dunaway appears on 'One On One with Steve Adubato' which you can watch here.

The first Alice Cooper record 'Pretties For You' was performed live in NYC in Nov 2015 by a band assembled by Nick Didkovsky (Doctor Nerve, Vomit Fist). In attendance were Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, and Cindy Smith Dunaway and the place was packed with people from all over the world. Dennis also joined the band for a few encores including the rare tune 'Nobody Likes Me', and Cindy contributed with a custom designed PFY shirt she made for Nick.  A DVD of this special performance is now available at http://www.didkovsky.com/pfy/ and is well worth checking out. You can see a trailer here and check out a few reviews via Metallbibliotekarierna, SteveHoffman.tv and Stashdauber.

Below you can check out the new video from Damon Johnson. The track 'Nobody Usin'' is taken from Damons excellent new EP 'Echo' which is out now.

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Posted on 08 Jul 2016 by Si
New Show - Indiana, PA

Alice Cooper will be playing the Kovalchick Complex Ed Fry Arena in Indiana, PA on September 24th. Tickets go on sale Friday July 8th at 10AM EST.

The Sales Blog has a great story about a recent Alice meet and greet and what to expect. Well worth reading. 

The Boston Herald has a story about a fan who got to meet Alice, Joe and Johnny despite a horific accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down before the show. Quote: "Because Amanda was unable to attend the concert on her own, her hometown donated an ambulance to transport her to Foxwoods for the show. When she arrived, Amanda was greeted by Depp, Cooper and Perry, who visited with her in the ambulance, then escorted her to the side of the stage, where she and her family watched the show."

More Hollywood Vampires stories: OnMilwaukee have a lengthy review of the Vampires' Harris Pavillion show on Tuesday with some photos and Joe Perry has been talking to the Toronto Sun about the band and the Aerosmith final tour.

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Posted on 06 Jul 2016 by Si
Small Stuff

Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp are amongst the celebrity guests at this years 'Starkey Hearing Foundation' gala at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. MN on July 17th. The Hollywood Vampires have been supporting the Starkey Hearing Foundation during their current tour.

Joe Perry talks about the Vampires with the Metro, Atlantic City.com, and Guitar World

'The Rock' teen center in Phoaenix has been expanded to include a new art studio and the Phoenix Business Journal has some photos.

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Posted on 01 Jul 2016 by Si
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