Paranoiac Personality Single Due June 9th.

According to a post on Blabbermouth 'Paranoiac Personality', the first single from new album 'Paranormal', will be officiialy released on Friday June 9th. That suggests that Alice will be playing the single on 'Nights With Alice Cooper' the same day or possibly just before. The article also suggests that just two songs with the original band made the album, but this could be an error as previous press has stated it will be three songs (with other material on the bonus disc).

Blabbermouth also has live footage from Nita Strauss's new band 'We Start Wars' at their live debut in West Hollywood ,CA last week.

Sonoma News has an article about Tom Silberkleit, who claims to hold the rights to the 1975 'Welcome To My Nightmare' Wembley concert film on which his father was a producer. Tom will be at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA on June the 1st for a screening of his 35mm copy of the film, with a Q&A afterwards.

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Posted on 31 May 2017 by Si
Paranormal Single Named As 'Paranoic Personality'

'Nights With Alice Cooper' has announced that the first single from 'Paranormal' will debut on the show sometime in July. The song is called 'Paranoic Personality'! In all likelyhood Alice will play all the album in the run up to the July 28th release date, as he did for 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' and the Hollywood Vampire's album.

In the 'strange collectables' catagory this week we have a framed napkin 'kissed' and autographed by Alice, Dennis, Neal and Michael being auctioned for charity by Manic Panic on behalf of 'Cancerland'.

Entertainment Weekly has a clip from the 'Hired Gun' movie showing Alice chatting about the importance of hiring the best musicians which also includes clips of Nita and Jason Hook.

Kane Roberts ha announced that Alice popped into the studio recently to record a duet for Kane's forthcoming new album. He has a gofundme campaign going to finance a video for the album and you can help out here. He's half way to his goal already!

Alice is at MegaCon 2017 in Orlando this weekend with a host of other stars including Meat Loaf and Tim Curry. The event is on until tomorrow at the Orange Country Convention Center.

Tucson.com has a couple of quotes from Alice.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 by Si
Beasto Tour Europe

If you're in LA tonight you might like to head down to the 'Lucky Strike Live' tonight. It's the launch party for ex-Alice guitarist and current Five Finger Death Punch star Jason Hook's 'Hired Gun' movie and will feature not just Jason but Chuck Garric, Callico Cooper and Chris Latham of Beasto Blanco, backed up by Glen Sobel and Nita Strauss!! Here's the blub: "Join your fellow rock n’ roll aficionados for a special one-time musical event as we celebrate the release of the new Hired Gun Documentary—featuring a blockbuster lineup of players from the film! Experience a night full of surprises with 7 featured acts of musical greatness—channeled through our world-class Bose Soundmatch System—plus tons of exclusive & limited-edition giveaways from top-tier music brands (including an autographed guitar, signed drum heads and more), and a select quantity of raffle tickets for the Hired Gun Movie Premiere on June 29th!" Not to be missed if you can get there and it's free!!

Beasto Blanco have also announced a series of European shows for December. They play the following dates:
8th December - Ameprage, Grenoble, France (with Bloodlost)
9th December - Rathaussaal, Telfs, Austria (with Bloodlost)
10th December - Bluesiana, Velden Am Worthersee, Austria (with Bloodlost)
11th December - Rock Cafe, Bratislava, Slovakia (with Bloodlost)
12th December - Rock Klub Nova Chmelnice, Prague, Czech Republic (with Bloodlost)
13th December - 7we Live Club, Mannheim, Germany (with Bloodlost)
14th December - Hall Of Fame, Wetzikon, Switzerland (with Bloodlost)
15th December - Manoir Pub, St. Maurice, Switzerland (with Bloodlost)
16th December - Ton Sur Ton, La Chaux De Fonds, Switzerland (with Silverdust and Bloodlost)
18th December - Bannermans, Edinburgh, Scotland
21st December - Bryggarsalen, Stockholm, Sweden (with Northern Ladies)
22nd December - Hard Rock Cafe, Oslo, Norway

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Posted on 24 May 2017 by Si
Manchester

Alice Cooper has posted the following on facebook about the horrific events last night in Manchester: "My heart goes out to the people of Manchester and all of the UK. Manchester is one of the heart and soul cities of the UK, and having been there many, many times over the past 40+ years, I've gotten to know the city and the people there pretty well. I cannot pretend to know or even imagine the pain of the parents, brothers, sisters and other family members and friends of the innocent victims of this, these mostly young music fans having just enjoyed the concert. But I know that the people there will stand together and stay strong."
Alice has of course played the Manchester Arena several times, and is due to return there on November 15th.

Alice and Tommy Henriksen turned up with Ken Hensley (ex-Uriah Heep) in Krasnodar, Russia on May 20th as part of the 'Stairway To Heaven' charity concert. From the video it appears to be Hensley's show until about an hour in when first Tommy, and then Alice (in full make up and costume), appear on stage and preceed to take the band through 'Under My Wheels', 'No More Mr Nice Guy', 'Be My Lover', 'I'm Eighteen' and 'School's Out'. It all sounded really good and well rehearsed as well!

Meanwhile, Nita Strauss was at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH playing the US national anthem. The event didn`t go quite to plan though, as just as she was about to take the stage the venue was evacuated due to an incoming storm. "I was literally on the Rock on the Range stage with my guitar in my hands, ready to play the National Anthem with the Marine color guard... and they shut the whole place down for a storm". Obviously someone heard that Hurricane Nita was in town and was taking no chances! Lucky the storm passed without incident and Nita got her chance!

Dennis Dunaway has posted a report of the Nashville shows from his perspective, which you can read at DennisDunaway.com. Steel Notes Magazine has part two of their epic interview with Dennis online now here.

Roxie 77 will be playing a show next Saturday May 27th at midnight at the 'International Pop Overthrow Stockholm. More details here.

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Posted on 23 May 2017 by Si
Chris Cornell R.I.P.

Most of you will probably have already sen the sad news yesterday that Chris Cornell, frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, as well as co-writer/performer on 'The Last Temptation', passed away unexpectedly in his hotel room shortly after leaving the stage in Detroit. I only saw Cornell live once at a rainy Hyde Park festival show with Aerosmith, where during his hour long set he wiped the floor with the headliners with ease. Such a great lose to music. Alice posted the following late last night:
"‘Chris Cornell, in our circle, was known as “The Voice” because he had the best voice in rock and roll. I was lucky enough to write and record two songs with him. His death comes as a total shock to all of us. 'Black Hole Sun' will live on as a classic, and his is a true legacy of rock and roll."
Nita Strauss posted the following: "Superunknown was one the first albums I had as a kid that really had an impact on the way I thought about my life. Shortly after I started listening to this, I got my first guitar and everything changed. Soundgarden was one of those bands that I kept missing, being out of town... I was going to see them for the first time tomorrow. What a huge, huge loss this is for the music world... Let's all celebrate Chris Cornell's amazing voice today by listening to all the music he made that did so much for all of us. #RIP"
Chuck Garric: "We are so saddened by the sudden death of Chris Cornell. Such an amazing talent, beautiful voice and poet! His words, music and concerts spoke to us. LOUD/LOVE."

GratefulWeb have a review of the Nashville shows with some great photos of the original band on stage together. MusicCityNashville also has a report. ColumbusUnderground has photos and words on the Columbus Show.

Eddie Trunks interview with Alice from last week has now appeared on YouTube and you can hear it here. There's also a short interview at Long Island Weekly.

Nita Strauss talks to AXS about her new band 'We Start Wars'

TeamRock has an interview with Alice talking about some of the famous names he's wroked with over the years. This is reprinted from an very old issue of the magazine.

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Posted on 19 May 2017 by Si
Reunion Day 2

The 'Music Biz 2017' show last night was reportedly an even better performance then Sunday's show, and longer! After receiving their award from Bob Ezrin the band stormed through 'I'm Eighteen', 'Under My Wheels', 'Billion Dollar Babies', 'No More Mr Nice Guy', 'Muscle Of Love' and 'School's Out'. You can check out some videos, including Bob's speech, on the STUK facebook page courtesy of Andrew Clark.

Alice appears to have regular column in the new 'Planet Rock' magazine that has just launched in the UK. The column is called 'Nights Out With Alice Cooper' and in the first installment Alice talks about John Lennon.

PopularCultureCast has a review from the Columbia show.

Lastly, Calico Cooper has just posted a brilliant video to mark Chuck Garric's birthday! It's a spoof of Beasto Blanco's 'I Rise' video featuring a lot of familiar faces! Check it out below.

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Posted on 16 May 2017 by Si
Nashville Reunion

So the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived. A black curtain dropped to reveal a giant 'Billion Dollar Babies' backdrop behind Michael, Neal and Dennis on stage together again for their own mini-set at the end of the normal Alice show. Neal had a second kit set up on a riser behind Michael on the left, with Dennis and Roxie (standing in for Glen again) on the right, and after a brief intro launched into their first hit single, 'I'm Eighteen' with Alice appearing at the back of the stage next to Neal. 'Billion Dollar Babies' followed, then 'No More Mr Nice Guy' and 'Muscle Of Love' before they were rejoined by Chuck, Nita, Tommy and Glen for the climatic 'School's Out' with balloon's, confetti and explosions to bring the show to a close. They sounded fantastic going by the videos and seemed to be having a great time! Let's hope it happens again soon!

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Posted on 15 May 2017 by Si
Snakes, Guillotones Goodie bags in Nashville!

In honour of the mini-reunion tomorrow in Nashville local book and record stores will have limited copies of Dennis Dunaway's book 'Snakes, Guillotines, Electric Chairs' with an extra special bonus 'Snakes Sack' full of collectable goodies, so if you're going to the show make sure you look around and grab a copy!

Amazon have started to add pages for the new 'Paranormal' album which is due July 28th. No real details there yet but you can pre-order with the following through these SickthingsUK links:
AmazonUK: Standard CD, 2xVinyl, and  Deluxe Box Set
AmazonUS: Standard CD, 2xVinyl. The box set isn`t up on AmazonUS yet.

There's also a couple of short interviews/articles to check out at DO615 and 102.9 The Hog.

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Posted on 14 May 2017 by Si
More Paranormal Info

According to an article at Planet Rock 'Paranormal' will be released on a 2CD Digipak, 2LP, Limited Box Set and Digital formats. The 12 track main album will come with a bonus 'mini-album' featuring three tracks by the original band (Alice, Dennis, Neal and Michael) plus "carefully selected live recordings". 'Paranormal' was produced by Bob Ezrin of course.
No more details yet as to what the differences may be. The article also mentions Deep Purple's Roger Glover can be added to the guest list that already included Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Larry Mullens Jr (U2). Alice has also mentioned two song titles: "I've Fallen In Love & I Can't Get Up" and "I Wanna Be A Genuine American Girl".

New short interviews have appeared at Shreveport Times, and Tulsa World.

'Just Listen To This' has an article about their favourite Alice Cooper songs, with some unusual choices.

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Posted on 11 May 2017 by Si
RETSAF

Alice Cooper joined Eddie Trunk yesterday in Tulsa for a chat. It should be online somewhere soon, I'll add a link if I find it. TulsaWorld has a short piece about the interview.  He also called into Q96FM to talk about 'Billion Dollar Babies' and spoke to the Durant Daily Democrat.

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Posted on 06 May 2017 by Si
Paranormal?

Alice was on 'The Mad Rock Morning Show' on Mad Rock 102.5 a couple of days ago and you can listen to the interview here. During the show he talked about various things including the new album, which he said will be called 'Paranormal'!
After a little searching I found the following that appears to be from a new Australian interview with 'May The Rock Be With You'.
"Well I’ve got a new album coming out in July and it’s called ‘Paranormal’ and it’s Bob Ezrin and I, Bob is producing. Larry Mullen is playing drums on it from U2, that’s a whole different thing, Billy Gibbons plays on one of the songs, from ZZ Top, and then it’s really all stuff that Bob and I just decided we’re going to do an album of stuff that we like. So it goes all over the place but it’s still a guitar rock album, we decided no story-line in this one, the songs all have a story but there’s no connecting sort of string that connects the songs all together. So that’s why we called it ‘Paranormal’ it’s sort of other than normal for us."

The current Alice Cooper band had a surprise guest at their club show on Monday at 'The Nick' in Birmingham, AL and it wasn't the one you maybe could have expected. Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen joined the band for a few songs in what by all reports was a storming show. You can check out video on Youtube.

Scott Friedlander has posted lots of excellent photos from last weeks 'Pretties For You In NYC' show with Dennis Dunaway.

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Posted on 03 May 2017 by Si
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