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London Album Launch 30 Jun 2017

Very Big ChairLast night was the official 'Paranormal' album launch which took place at the 'hidden masonic lodge' in the  Andaz Hotel, London, which was a cool setting for the event, and has an interesting back story. The very plush hotel is built on the site of the old Bedlam hospital for the insane and was only discovered relatively recently during construction work, having been forgotten about for years. You can read a little history and see some pics here to give you an idea. Chairs were arranged in the center of the room with press folders for everyone including a welcome letter, a sheet of European tour dates, and a signed photo of the album cover.


The evening began with a brief intro from our hosts from earMusic before they proceeded to play selected tracks from the forthcoming 'Paranormal' record. The sound system wasn't great to be honest, and while good enough to get a feel for some of the songs it wouldn't really be fair to completely judge things from just this single playback. Also bare in mind these are my personal first impressions and not meant to be a proper review of the record.
They began with the title track, 'Paranormal', which brings to mind early 'The Who'. It sounded a little disjointed on first listen but I'm sure when we get to hear it properly it will all come together better. Next up was 'Dead Flies' which has a Hendrix feel/groove along the lines of maybe 'Fire' or 'Crosstown Traffic'. "It's all Lies, We're Dead Flies". They then skipped ahead to 'Fallen In Love (And I Can't Get Up) which has Billy Gibbons all over it, sounding not unlike Alice singing on a real ZZ Top track, with that familiar blues swagger. I also think I heard a few old song references including 'Billion Dollar Babies' and Desperado' in the lyrics.
By now it was becoming clear what Alice meant when a few months back he referred to the album having a "70s feel". He didn`t really mean an Alice Cooper 70s feel, but more a general 70s rock feel, and I think comparing it to 'Killer' was a bit of a red herring!
'Private Public Breakdown' was next up and has more of an 80s big rock feel to it. Kiss (around the 'Lick It Up' period) was my first thoughts. 'Holy Water' though has another change of pace, with an almost jazzy groove (more 'Blue Turk' then 'Last Man On Earth') including horns, and what felt like a LOT of lyrics which could have had a duel meaning, both telling a story and having some religious undertones as well, but as with all these songs it really would need to be heard properly to fairly judge. This was probably the one that sounded most interesting up to that point, and I wrote "best???" in my hastily scribbled notes. That was until they followed it up with 'The Sound Of A'. This sounds like the real winner on the album. Very Pink Floydian and maybe the longest track on the album, allowing the song to build naturally which is something I think has too often been missing on recent material. This could be a future classic and I can't wait to hear it properly.
Finally, we got to hear one of the two new original Alice Cooper band songs, 'Genuine American Girl', which I think Alice later mentioned was a Neal Smith song. It starts with Neal laying down a drum beat before heading off into a kinda Beach Boys/Surf groove. If you are hoping for something that actually sounds like 70s Alice Cooper this isn't really it, but it's a cool number if not a classic. There's some nice duel guitar playing which I think I heard is Michael Bruce and Nick Didkovsky of the 'Pretties For You NYC band. There's also a nice Mae West quote in there somewhere.
So that was the end of the playback. All in all most of the songs sounded promising with a couple of obvious stand outs, but as I say, I don't really feel I could call it based on just this first hearing. I'm looking forward to hearing everything properly.

Playback over, it was time for Alice to make his appearance at the back of the room, making his way down to the front while marvelling at the decor, and promptly tripping up, landing face first on the stone floor! At first I thought he was joking around but no it was for real. Luckily he seemed okay and made his way to the large 'throne' at the front of the room. Amusingly, if you look at the photos you'll see some latin writing above the chair which we were told actually translates as 'Very Big Chair'! Who said secret societies didn't have a sense of humour!
There followed a brief Q and A with Alice, most of which to be honest readers here will have heard before, but Alice is always a great interview so it's easy to just enjoy it. They covered a little background on the album recording, the guests, and the November UK shows with Dennis, Michael and Neal, confirming the basic setup will be the same as the recent Nashville reunion. Alice also took a few minutes out, unprompted, to mention the sadly missed Glen Buxton, praising him as a truly unique talent and character who he still misses to this day. The affection for his fallen friend was clear even after all these years.
A mention that the interviewer had been with Pink Floyds' David Gilmour earlier in the day (can I have his job!!) who had told him to say "hi" to Alice saying they went "way back" prompted the old Pink Floyd stories about the band with Syd Barrett staying with the original band for a few days back in the late sixties. All very cool.
After a few more questions from the assembled audience of radio and magazine journos everything wrapped up with photos and autographs for those who wanted them before Alice and Sheryl headed off, hand in hand, to the next interview or event he was probably late for!
All in all it was a very enjoyable evening, and I extend my thanks to Toby for the invite, and the lovely people at earMusic for being such friendly hosts and making me feel so welcome at their event. Now I just need the real album even more!

Phew, well with all that written up I should also mention Alice's was up and about again first thing this morning, appearing on 'The Chris Evans Breakfast Show' again on BBC Radio 2, this time in person along with various other guests including Steve Winwood who plays a few songs live in the studio. This interview was much more disjointed then yesterdays ones, being that Alice was just one of four or more guests on air at the same time, but you can listen again now on the Radio 2 site.

Chris Moyles Show This Morning 29 Jun 2017

Alice appeared on 'The Chris Moyles Show' on London's 'Radio X' early this morning for a long 45 minute interview which, while covering a lot of the normal stories, was a cut above the norm. Moyles had done his research and the result is well worth listening to, which you can do now here. Alice appears around 1.45 into the show. The interview was also broadcast live on facebook.
Alice later appeared on Planet Rock, which I missed as I was listening to the Moyles interview! The replay should appear here shortly or is on facebook.
Alice is due to be on the 'Chris Evans Breakfast Show' on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow morning.

Alice's webchat with The Guardian yesterday is also now available.

Ryan Roxie is featured in the new 'Rock Brigade' podcast which you can listen to here. Amongst other things Ryan chats about playing with the original band.

Nita Strauss talks to 'Tigs Metal Box' about her involvement in Jason Hook's 'Hired Guns' movie which is having special screenings across the US tonight, so check your local listings. The movie features quite a few Alice Cooper related musicians as well as Alice himself.

Steve Hunter is on the move again and is selling off some of his old gear. You can check out what's up for grabs here including amps, pedals, a mixing desk and guitars!

Shep Gordon is to receive the Woodstock Film Festival's 'Trailblazer' award for his work in the film industry at the Woodstock Film Festival takes place in October.

Small Stuff 27 Jun 2017

A reminder that Alice is set to re-appear on the 'Chris Evans Breakfast Show' on BBC Radio 2 on the 30th June. The last appearance featured the world premiere of 'Paranoiac Personality' so maybe they will play another new track, probably with Evans talking over it again...

The Guardian is taking question to ask Alice in the form of a webchat set to take place tomorrow at 4.15pm. You can leave your questions in the comments section.

The 'Rocker Dad' podcast has a new interview with Dennis Dunaway on his life and book.

Alice's intrerview in 'What's Up' mentioned last week is now available to read online here.

New Press 23 Jun 2017

The new issue of 'Classic Rock' in Germany has a 10 page feature on 'Paranormal' and Alice Cooper front cover. This isn`t in the UK version of the mag.
'What's Up' magazine also has Alice on the cover and a short interview.

Gruemonkey asks Dennis Dunaway to pick and comment on his favourite songs.

The Sydney Morning Herald has Alice look back at the 1977 Australian Tour.

The Los Angeles Times has an article about the June 11th charity show which saw Alice and Tommy Henriksen backed by local band 'Flashback Heart Attack' for a short set.

The Daily Emerald has some cool photos from the Oregon show. Pacific Northwest Inlander has a review of the Airway Heights show.

New Show - Belgium 16 Jun 2017

Alice Cooper has added a show in Belgium on December 5th at Brielpoort in Deinze.

New Video - Alice Talks about 'Paranoiac Personality' 16 Jun 2017

There's a new official video clip out with Alice briefly talking about the ideas behind 'Paranoiac Personality'. It's titled 'Alice Cooper Track By Track Interview' which suggests we'll get other videos featuring clips of other album tracks as we get closer to the release date.

New short interview, photos or reviews have appeared at the Salt Lake Tribune (photos), Westword (review/photos), TripleM 104.9 (audio interview), Lemonwire (single review), and The Register-Guard (interview).

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