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.


Dennis Dunaway in New Jersey 28 Aug 2015

Dennis Dunaway will be at 'Rock The Farm' in Farmington, NJ tomorrow (Saturday) signing books, and he will also be jumping up with Frankenstein 3000 for a few songs. The event is hosted by Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine of 'That Metal Show' and will also feature Carmine Appice and David Bryan of Bon Jovi amongst many other. All proceeds from the festival benefit CFC Loud n Clear Foundation, an organization that "promotes positive life choices by aiding drug recovery efforts and inspiring a healthy, positive lifestyle".

Nita Strauss has posted a new blog entry and video telling the story of her surprise meeting one of her guitar idols, Jason Becker. This is a must read/watch! If you don`t know who Jason Becker is you should watch 'Not Dead Yet - The Jason Becker Story' which I can`t recommend highly enough.

The Florida Times-Union has a short interview with Alice talking about the band and the 'Hollywood Vampires' album.

Chuck Garric was interviewed on Gator FM recently and you can hear his interview here.

Michigan Rock And Roll Legends has a long article about Steve Hunter's career to date.

SolidRock have announced this years 'Proof is in the Pudding' contest and signups are open until September 14th. The contest searches for talented young bands in the local area. 

New Vampires 26 Aug 2015

Rolling Stone have posted audio of  'My Generation' as played by the Hollywood Vampires. 'Nights With Alice Cooper' featured this song on Monday and so far the show has aired around half the forthcoming album. Other songs played so far have been 'School's Out', 'I Got A Line On You', 'My Dead Drunk Friends', 'Itchycoo Park' (all available on Spotify and iTunes),  'Whole Lotta Love', 'Cold Turkey' 'Jeepster'  and 'Raise The Dead' leaving only five songs yet to hear. 'Manic Depression' is the next one due to be played on the show.
Alice has been talking to Mojo Magazine about the album while Joe Perry has commented at WFJA.

Guitar International have an article and photos about the 'Fox and Friends' live show in New York last week. Also don`t forget to keep up with Ryan Roxie's Video Blog which also has an episode from the show.

The Cutting Room Floor have posted their audio interview with Kane Roberts from earlier this week, and have an interview with Ken Mary coming sometime soon.

Dennis Dunaway Joins Alice Cooper in Connecticut 18 Aug 2015

Dennis Dunaway joined Alice on stage on Sunday in Connecticut for 'School's Out' and posted a cool photo of the pair backstage. Dennis is still doing lots of press for his book including many interviews for the UK press to be published over the next couple of months. The latest interview is 'Movie Moments' which you can listen to here. Dennis appears around 1.12 into the recording.

Damon Johnson and Ricky Warwick return to the UK for a string of acoustic shows in September. The full tour is as follows:
Sept 9th - Sunderland, The Arizona
Sept 10th - London, The Underworld
Sept 11th - Cardiff, Fuel
Sept 12th - Sheffield, Local Authority
Sept 13th - Birmingham, The Oobleck
Sept 15th - York, The Duchess
Sept 16th - Edinburgh, Bannermans
Sept 17th - Glasgow, Audio
Sept 18th - Aberdeen, The Moorings
Sept 19th - Chester, The Live Room
Sept 20th - Bolton, The Railway
Sept 21st - Leicester, The Musician
Sept 22nd - Evesham, The Iron Road
Sept 23rd - Norwich, The Brickmakers
Sept 24th - Sutton In Asfield, The Diamonds
Sept 26th - Ballymena, The Diamond
Sept 27th - Dublin, On The Roxx

Steve Hunter has written article for Guitar Player magazine recalling recording with Alice Cooper on the 'Billion Dollar Babies' album in 1973 which you can check out here.

In the latest episode of 'One on One with Mitch Lafon' Mitch talks to guitarist Bob Kulick who briefly played with Alice. The co-host is Allan Schwartzberg who also talks about working with Alice Cooper, claiming to play on five tracks on 'Billion Dollar Babies' although he seems confused about what albums he plays on (he is credited on 'Lace and Whiskey' and 'Goes To Hell'.).

Fox and Friends 14 Aug 2015

Alice and the band performed live on 'Fox and Friends' this morning and you can already replay the whole thing at Fox News by clicking 'replay' and going to around 1 hour 10 mins into the stream. Songs performed were 'No More Mr Nice Guy', 'I'm Eighteen', 'Under My Wheels', 'Poison', 'School's Out' and 'Elected'.
UPDATE: They have now removed most of the show and only the after show section is still there.

In other news Alice is featured in the 'Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff' game which currently has a limited "event" going on until September 18th. Check out Gamespot for more info.

Hollywood Vampires Play Hollywood 12 Aug 2015

According to Associated Press the Hollywood Vampires will perform two shows at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA on Sept 16th and 17th. The Roxy is very small, so this is sure to sell out almost instantly when tickets go on sale Friday.
UPDATE: Former Guns 'n' Roses rhythm section Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum as well as Tommy Henriksen and Bruce Witkin (Piano/Guitar) will join Alice, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry the band for these show, and presumably the Rio show as well.
Here's the full press release:
LOS ANGELES, CA: In 1972, on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar.  It was a gathering place for rock stars living in or passing through L.A.  “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the Vampires.  “I would walk in on a typical night,” Alice says, “and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon—who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur—Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”
Now, returning to where it once began, the Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry) have announced today two shows at the notorious Sunset Strip music venue, The Roxy.  This will mark the Hollywood Vampires only U.S. appearances on September 16 and 17, and will surely be the most sought after ticket in town. Joining the Hollywood Vampires live will be Matt Sorum on drums, Duff McKagan on bass, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, and Bruce Witkin on piano and guitar. Tickets are on sale on August 14 for the September 16th show at http://ticketf.ly/1EdJvSI and September 17th show at http://ticketf.ly/1W5TvIT.
Additionally on September 24, in what will be their only international appearance, the band will head to Brazil for “Rock in Rio.” Before that show, the band will partner with Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization that has provided more than 1.8 million free hearing aids to people in need in more than 100 countries, to offer and fit hearing aids to more than 150 people in need.   After the hearing aid fittings, the Hollywood Vampires and Starkey Hearing Foundation will bring a number of individuals to the show so they can hear music for the first time in their lives.
“Hearing connects us to life, our families and to the world around us,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “It’s a precious gift, and we are excited to work with the Hollywood Vampires to introduce so many to the world of sound and help them hear music for the first time.”
Three years ago, Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking).  An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Hollywood Vampires live again with the release of the Hollywood Vampires new album.  Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and with producer Bob Ezrin, the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires.  The new album is set to be released on September 11 and all artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.

Free Show In New York 12 Aug 2015

Alice Cooper will be performing live on Friday August 14th in New York City as part of 'Fox and Friends All-American Summer Concert' Series. The performance is free and will take place at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY between 6AM and 9AM ET. 'Fox and Friends' is a US breakfast TV show so parts of the performance will be aired live.

Also New York related Alice talks to the Village Voice about the 'Hollywood Vampires'.

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