Below are the complete SickthingsUK news archives going back to 2004 when I first added news to the front page.
NOTE: The further back you go, the less likely it is that links and images will work, because the original sites no longer have the articles.

Alice In Indiana 29 Mar 2009

According to the official Blue Oyster Cult site, Alice Cooper will be playing the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, IN on August 9th.
(Thanks NotSoPerfrect)

Alice is listed as featuring on a new DVD of performances from Sweden's Rockweekend 2008. Info on how to get it can be found here but they don't seem to mention how much Alice is on the release.

Dick Wagner is a guest on 'Metal Lessons Radio' this week. Where to hear it and times can be found on Blabbermouth.

The James Randi talks about his time touring with Alice in 1973 around 6 minutes into this video at YouTube.
(Thanks Adam)

The latest issue of '22nd Century' Rock Magazine features a 3 page article about the history of Dash Cooper's band 'Runaway Phoenix' written by former bassist and founding member Jimmy Baldwin. You can purchase the magazine from their website. There's also a quick recap of the 2008 Pudding near the end of the magazine.

Out On The Town 24 Mar 2009

While we all wait for more Alice Cooper tour dates to appear, here's some news on the band:

Chuck Garric is out and about with Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters. They have the following shows booked opening for the legendary Willie Nelson:
5th April - Kingston, ON - Kingston Memorial Arena
7th April - Ottawa, ON - Civic Center Theatre
8th April - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
9th April - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
10th April - Montreal, QC - Palace de Arts
11th April - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
14th April - Stamford, CT - Palace Theatre
15th April - Torrington, CT - Warner Theatre
16th April - New Bedford. MA - Zeiterion Theatre
17th April - Amhurst, MA - Mullins Center (U Mass at Amhurst)
The Boxmasters will also perform two songs from their album 'Modbilly' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!', Tuesday, April 21st on ABC.

As well as all the Damon Johnson stuff I covered below, he's also out on the road and has the following shows coming up:
Damon will perform with Whiskey Falls at the Sticks Country Festival in Auburn, Alabama on April 17th at 5pm AND with his band The Welfare at the War Eagle Supper Club at 11.30 the SAME NIGHT!
The following day, April 18th, The Welfare play the Iron Horse Cafe in Birmingham, Alabama, and lastly (for now) Whiskey Falls play at Camp Del Corazon, in Los Angeles, CA on April 25th for the annual fundraising event for Camp Del Corazon and the Kid’s Heart Association.

Returning drummer Jimmy Degrasso will be in Europe with 'Hail!', an all-star covers band also featuring guitarist Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth), and bassist David Ellefson (F5, Megadeth). Dates are:
April 26th - Athens, Greece - Kytarro
April 28th - Budapest, Hungary  -Venue TBA
April 29th - Zagreb, Croatia - Boogaloo
April 30th - Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
May 1st - Vienna, Austria - Maifet
Blabbermouth have more info and videos.

Joe Bouchard has posted three videos from the Blue Coupe show in NYC last November. Check them out here.

Ryan Roxie performs a guest guitar solo on "Only The Best Die Young" by Swedish band Bai Bang. The track is on their new album "Are You Ready" which is out April 24th.

James Hetfield of Metallica mentioned Alice Cooper in an MTV interview recently when asked about his bands induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, including Alice in his list of bands he thinks should already be in the Hall.

And finally something ACTUALLY about Alice himself!! Check out this video of a Disco Alice!

Alice in Jackson 19 Mar 2009

Alice has been announced as headlining the Jackson County Fair, Jackson, MI on August 11th. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10AM.

Alice In Spain 17 Mar 2009

Alice will apparently be headlining the final day of the Azkena Rock Festival in Recinto Mendizabala (Vitoria-Gasteiz) in Spain in May 16th. Also on the bill are Molly Hatchet, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Toy Dolls, The Soundtrack of our Lives, Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue, Woven Hand, Jonny Kaplan & The Lazy Stars, The New Christs, Dan Auerbach, and Reverendo Parker.
Tickets are on sale now for 45 Euros.
(Thanks Manuel).

Check out a cool little interview with Alice at last weekends Monstermania, courtesy of Chris and YouTube, during which Alice comments on the new show.



Alice In Wisconsin 17 Mar 2009

Alice has been announced as headlining the Wisconsin Valley Fair at Marathon Park, Wausau, WI on August 6th.

He's Back! 16 Mar 2009

It's now confirmed that Damon Johnson will be returning as the "new" Alice Cooper guitarist, replacing Jason Hook who has moved on to play with 'Five Finger Death Punch'. Damon says "The country boy is comin' home! (And Whiskey Falls is alive and well)." And if Alice and Whiskey Falls isn't enough, Damon also has another new project about to release an EP of new material soon. The band is called 'Motorbelly', and you can check them out at their MySpace page.

Alice will be part of the '2nd Annual Rock & Roll Supergroup Benefit Concert' taking place on April 26th at the Berklee Performance Centre in Boston, MA. He replaces a previously announced Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) who can't make it. The show also features Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers), Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Ace Frehley, Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis (Alice / Guns 'n Roses), Barry Goudreau (formerly of Boston), Ricky Byrd (formerly of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), Damon Johnson (Alice etc), James Montgomery, and many others. Tickets go on sale March 21st via Ticketmaster and the venue box office.

Mick Mashbir was interviewed by Guitar World, for their retrospective article on the 'Billion Dollar Babies' album. In the final article they didn`t actually use very much of Mick's input but you can read the whole interview at his Myspace page.

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