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.


The Official Announcement 31 Aug 2011

With perfect timing (ie minutes after I last updated) here is the official statement about Orianthi joining the band:

Guitarist Orianthi to Join Alice Cooper on No More Mr. Nice Guy World Tour

Alice Cooper announced today that eminent guitar prodigy Orianthi will join his band, replacing departing guitarist Damon Johnson, for the next leg of his 2011 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" world tour starting September 22, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Currently in progress, the tour hits ninety plus cities, covering five continents, including Europe and North America twice over.

At the young age of 26, Orianthi has already experienced what most aspiring musicians only dream of. She's opened for her hero, Steve Vai; backed Carrie Underwood; traded solos with Carlos Santana; shared the stage with the King of Pop (Michael Jackson) and accompanied Alice during his live performance of "School's Out" on the 2010 season finale of American Idol.

"It's very difficult to find someone to match the talents of Damon Johnson," commented Cooper, "but not only did we find someone who is more than up to the challenge…she also looks WAY better."

Orianthi will join world-renowned guitarist Steve Hunter (toured and recorded with Cooper and Lou Reed) and Tommy Henriksen (co-wrote and played on Cooper's upcoming release); drummer Glen Sobel and Alice's longtime bassist Chuck Garric round out the band.

"I'm super excited to go on tour with Alice," said Orianthi. "It's a huge honor to be able to get on stage and jam with an icon."

Orianthi will debut with the band for a performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Friday September 9, 2011 on NBC. 

In addition to the worldwide "No More Mr. Nice Guy Tour," Cooper is busy promoting Welcome 2 My Nightmare (the long-awaited sequel to his 1975 classic album "Welcome to My Nightmare"). The new album will be released worldwide on September 13, 2011 through Universal Music Enterprises and through Sony Music in Australia & New Zealand.

Alice On Leno 31 Aug 2011

Alice Cooper will be appearing on the 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on September 9th.

While it's still not really official, it's seems that the rumours the other day are correct and Orianthi will be the new Alice Cooper guitarist. When asked on her facebook page she responded "Thanks, It'll be a blast!!" The official announcement is expected soon.

Scoop have an article about Alice's upcoming show at in Auckland next month. Openners will be 'Head Like A Hole' and 'Syndicate'. Gimme have a competition to win Meet And Greet tickets  for one of the Down Under shows.

Fox10 have a video interview with Alice. HLN in Belgium also have a short video interview.

WFMU review the Morristown show with photos.

Art On Air have posted a long Neal Smith interview from 2006 on their site which you can listen to now.

The Lockport Union-Sun has a shot article with Alice and Damon golfing in Lockport, NY.

Is This Damon's Replacement? 28 Aug 2011

OrianthiWhile currently unconfirmed, according to Brave Words' Mitch Lafon Damon Johnson's replacement will be Orianthi Panagaris, most famous for working with Michael Jackson before his death. Alice fans may be familiar with her from her guest appearance with Coop playing 'School's Out' on 'American Idol'. Whether this is a permanent replacement or, as has been suggested, it is only for the remainder of this tour, is also unknown. Orianthi is currently in Nashville recording.
More info *if* and when this is confirmed.

Goodbye Damon? 28 Aug 2011

Damon JohnsonIt is looking increasingly likely that  Damon Johnson has left the Alice Cooper band, playing his final show last night. There have been rumours he would be leaving for some weeks but last night Damon tweeted "The legendary Pine Knob amphitheater in Detroit tonight. My last show with Alice. Gonna be grand!" He followed this after the show with "I love you, Alice Cooper. And Chuck, Tommy, Steve, and Glen. And Keri, Jimmy, Eric, Ryan, and Tommy C. With all my heart."
It's well known Damon is reactivating his band Brother Cane next year and there are also rumours he will be joining his all time favourite band Thin Lizzy, but in recent interviews Damon has been avoiding direct questions on his future with Alice.
When asked by Brave Words recently about his future with Alice he replied "If I could run my own business and have some success with that; I just think that’s everyone’s goal in life. It’s to work for yourself and your friends. I’ve been working with my friends in the Alice Cooper band for five of the last seven years, but at the end of the day it’s Alice’s vision, his career, and his show. I’ve had so much fun doing that, but Alice is fully aware of my abilities and skills as a songwriter and a singer in my own right. I just have that itch now and I want to give it a shot.”
If true (and it certainly seems that way) then I'm sure we all wish him every success with whatever he chooses to do in the future. He will be solely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of seeing or meeting him at shows. Naturally STUK will continue to bring you news about anything Damon is involved in.

In other news MassLive have posted photos and a review from the Northampton show. The Buffalo show is reviewed by Buffalo News and Buffalo Rising.

According to Blabbermouth Alice Cooper will be the guest on US radio show Rockline on September 7th.

Best Buy in the USA now have their own version of 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' which features four bonus tracks including 'Poison (Live From Download)' which was previously exclusive to the Classic Rock Fan Pack. AC.com have now posted a guide to the various formats the album will be available in. It now seems to be due as early as September 12th according to AmazonUK.

Ultimate Classic Rock chat with Alice about the new album.

Alice At Home 25 Aug 2011

I should preface this news item by saying that, to be honest, when I first saw it I hadn't a clue what it was all about, and nor had anyone I asked! But thanks to some helpful forum members who are probably much younger then I am it's now a little clearer.
Sony have announced that following a scheduled maintenance today of their 'Playstation Home', players will be be greeted by "a horde of unwelcomed zombies shuffling about. The AAA store gets Alice Cooper and his album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare'."
What this apparently means in English is that 'Playstation Home', an online virtual world where players can make homes and avatars and decorate them with things bought from a store,  will now feature "a whole host of incredible new items stamped with  own unique and darkly warped twist including mind-blowing stage props and one-of-a-kind outfits from his latest tour." They even have a picture of a 'virtual Alice' outside their virtual store!
So if you have a Playstation make sure you go and check it out!

Universal Music are now taking pre-orders for the 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' 7" picture disc and the double blood red vinyl version of 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', both of which are due to ship 13th September.

Dick Wagner is now thankfully home safe after his recent surgery and has been posting regularly on his Facebook Group.

Damon Johnson has added a second solo show on Sunday, September 11th at Birmingham, AL 'Sweet Bones Alabama' club.

In more normal news Detroit News has an interview with Alice promoting the Clarkson show on Saturday and you can also win tickets for the show, or the show the previous evening at the same venue by Ke$ha who, of course, guest stars on the new album! Military personnel also have the chance to get free tickets for the show as part of a local 'Seats For Soldiers' program.

Projo.com interviews Blue Coupe who play at the Roots Cafe in Providence on Saturday.

Serge at CFOU radio is again supporting the extended Cooper family with a Rick Tedesco special on August 29th at 8pm (ET) marking the rcent release of Ricks' 'A Light In The Attic' album. You can listen online at www.cfou.ca.

Radio Show Online 24 Aug 2011

Rather surprisingly the 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' Radio Special airing in September that I mentioned a few hours ago is now online at UltimateClassicRock. Amongst lots of old and new songs Alice talks about the album and his career to date. Spoiler Warning: If you do NOT want to hear the new material until the album is released you probably won't want to listen to this as it includes even more songs in full!

Billboard has a new interview with Alice in which he takes about the album, tour and the next show. The Morning Sun also has an interview which is duplicated at the Royal Oak Daily Tribune.

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