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Roxie UK Shows Announced 13 Nov 2018

Ryan Roxie will be playing three UK shows in February next year to promote his excellent 'Imagine Your Reality' album. They are:
Friday February 22nd - Esquires, Bedford
Saturday February 23rd - The Asylum, Birmingham
Sunday February 24th - Cancer On The Rocks Festival, Nantwich
Tickets for the shows are available now, as are VIP upgrades which you can get at www.roxievip.blogspot.com and include a special three song set before the doors open amongst other things. Ryan will also be making an appearance at 'The Guitar Show' at New Bingley Hall in Birmingham on the Saturday, but this will be a guitar clinic kinda thing, not a proper show.

Hollywood Vampire Joe Perry was rushed to hospital Saturday night after he appeared on stage with Billy Joel at Madison Square Gardens in New York. “Following a guest performance during Billy Joel’s show last night at Madison Square Garden, Joe Perry experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital,” a statement reads. "This morning Perry remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive. Perry is expected to return to the road later this month."

The Dallas Observer has an article about Chris Penn and the forthcoming 'Astroturf' live album, due out on November 32rd.

Dennis Dunaway is interviewed by 'Heavy Demons Radio' in Italy, which you can listen to in English on YouTube.

Nita Strauss has released a new 'Road To Chaos' video which you can check out here. It follows Nita on the recent clinic tour, with Alice, and training backstage.

 

Stan Lee 13 Nov 2018

By now most people will have seen the news that yesterday we lost comics legend Stan Lee at the age of 95. Lee was more then just a writer of comics, more then just a faceless publisher. He was 'The Man'... 'Mr Comics'... and his early work co-creating Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and many others changed comics, and eventually the world of entertainment itself. The stories he helped create, and possibly more importantly the way he chose to tell those stories, have effected generations of fans from youngsters just learning to read for themselves - me, age eight, when my father bought me my first Marvel book to keep me quiet while waiting at an airport -  to adults, still me, who still read comics for the simple escapism and enjoyment of the fantastic, the strange, the bizarre, the super... and the limitless options the format provides for storytelling.

Lee, along with his many colaborators, brought to the comics world the sense that these mighty heroes were not perfect. They had normal every day problems with school, home, family, love and loss like everyone else. Peter Parker could be out saving the world one minute, and getting in trouble with school bully the next - and it was often their none-super stories that were the most engaging. You tuned in next month as often to see where their relationships with each other would go as for the villain of the month. His stories showed that things didn't always go the way you planned, but trying to do the right thing was more important then anything - 'With great power comes great responsibility'. Something our "leaders" today could learn much from.

By the time Marvel published 'Marvel Premier 50' Stan had long moved from being a writer to simply being 'Stan Lee', the most famous face in the comics industry. He appeared on TV, in magazines, and every convention going, always promoting himself, and the company with his larger then life character, and such was the respect for him that even decades after he ceased to be directly related to Marvel, directors and producers still reached out to him to make cameos in all the big blockbusting marvel movies, something he appeared to relish.

While his passing is not that unexpected, it still leaves a hole that can never be filled. There will only ever be one Stan 'The Man' Lee. Excelsior!

Alice Cooper posted the following:
"Apart from being a hero in the comic world, Stan was so much fun to be around.  He had a regal air about him.  He was gracious to his fans too - he knew who he was to people and seemed to love every minute of it.  Of course MY absolute favorite thing about Stan Lee is that when Marvel drew me for my comic book, he made sure I had great abs. Thanks for that Stan!"

Catching Up 10 Nov 2018

I've been MIA for the last week in hospital for medical treatment, and would still be classified as 'walking wounded', but I'm finally in front of a screen so here's what's coming up and what's been happening the last week or so. Apologies for any repeated info.

Alice Cooper has been announced as performing at the Riverside Open Air Festival in Aarburg, Switzerland on August 31st 2019. This is the first 2019 show to turn up so expect lots more in the near future.

Dennis Dunaway is hosting a 'Live Launch' for his 'Cold Cold Coffin' film TODAY (G.B's Birthday)  from The Carriage House Studios, between 7PM and Midnight EST. The full event is planned to be webcast live for a cost of $5, and will feature the world premier of the 'Cold Cold Coffin'  rock cinema film.

A few new interviews/articles to cover: Park Point Globe has a show review, Kerrang has a short article on Alice's favourite Hallwoeen Costume, Metal Hammer has I think seven pages on Alice in the latest newstand edition, which is guest eddited by Rob Zombie, including the #1 Horror song for 'He's Back' and a long article.

Nita Strauss and Alice are on the front cover of the new holiday issue of Guitar World magazine. Speaking of Nita I recieved confirmation my copy of her new album has shipped (the CD at least, no sign of the vinyl yet) so that should be arriving with people Imminently.

Blue Coupe will be playing at the Electric Ballroom in New Jersey with Monster Magnet, Frankenstein 3000 and the Ribeye Brothers on December 30th. Tickets are available now.

Kane Roberts has released a video for new song 'Forever Out Of Place' and released a few more details about his new solo album. Alice Cooper appears on 'Beginning Of The End' along with Kip Winger who also appears on a few other tracks, with Ken Mary and Paul Taylor also popping up on the record. "The New Normal" is due on January 25th, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Nita On WWE Again 30 Oct 2018

Nita Strauss popped up at WWE Evolution 2018 a couple of days ago. It was the first ever all women pay-per-view wrestling event and to mark the occasion they had Nita and Lzzy Hale from Halestorm open the show. There a short video you can check out here. According to the comments Orianthi was also there.
Nita will also finish her Guitar Center dates with an appearance at the Hollywood Guitar Center in California on November 2nd.

A reminder that Dennis Dunaway will be signing at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, NJ tonight from 7pm. There will also be a Q&A, and music with guests Tish and Snooky.

Apparently Alice was on Amazon Music's 'Today In Music' yesterday talking about Halloween songs, which could be accessed if you had one of those Amazon Echo gizmos.

Kane Roberts has confirmed Nita Strauss is on the first track, 'King Of The World', on his forthcoming new album which is due in January  and should also including Alice going by previous comments.

This months 'Metal Hammer' magazine in the UK has 7 pages on Alice this month including the story behind 'He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)' which they have chosen as their #1 horror song for Halloween. The issue you want has Rob Zombie on the cover.

New Nita Solo Track 25 Oct 2018

Nita Strauss has released a new video for 'Pandemonium 2.0' from her forthcoming 'Controlled Chaos' solo album which is due on November 16th. You can still pre-order copies in various packages from NitaStrauss.com Nita has also posted a short video featuring footage from her jam with Steve Vai and a little footage from the London Music show. KNAC have a new interview with Nita and there's video of her appearance on SiriusXM on YouTube.

Alice will be appearing at the Louisville Supercon which takes place between November 30th and December 2nd at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The Des Moines Register has a review and photos from the Civic Center show.

Rock Titan have posted a great new interview with Calico Cooper talking about her career, her father, and Beasto Blanco.

Alice's personal assistant Kyler Clark has an exhibition of his Alice Cooper photographs called 'Feeding His Frankenstein' taking place at Found Object Records in Nashville, TN. It appears the exhibition will begin on October 31st with a 'soft opening' before the official launch event on November 10th between 6pm and 9pm. Limited edition prints will be available at the event.

Kane Roberts has announced his new solo album will be called 'The New Normal', to be released on January 25th, and has released the cover image to facebook, with more information promised later today. Previous posts over the last few months suggest that both Alice Cooper and Nita Strauss may be on the album. The album tracklisting is as follows:
1. King Of The World - 2. Wonderful - 3. Beginning Of The End - 4. Who We Are - 5. Forever out Of Place - 6. Leave This World Behind - 7. The Lion's Share - 8. Leave Me In The Dark - 9. Above And Beyond - 10. Wrong

Sideshow Toys are releasing a new Alice Cooper figure. The sixth scale action figure features two costumes with an asortment of extras, and will retail at a hefty $219. Pre-orders begin Today.

New Astroturf Video 18 Oct 2018

Good Records have released  a new promo video for the 'Live From The Astroturf' Record Store Day album which is due on November November 23rd. The track is 'Under My Wheels' and the video features footage from the show featuring the original Alice Cooper band. You can also see the video below.

December 14th sees the release of "MTV Unplugged 2 – Live vom Atlantik" by German star Udo Lindenberg. As the name suggests it's an acoustic live album and DVD, but of interest to us is a guest appearance by Alice himself on a cover of 'No More Mr Nice Guy'. You can check out a short video clip from the show here.

Houston Press has a short interview with Alice, while Glide Magazine has photos from the Atlanta show. Forbes magazine have a longer interview.

The Alice Cooper Band (Tommy, Chuck. Ryan and Glen) will play another special club show on October 25th at the Smiling Morse in Pittsburgh. Doors open at 10pm and support comes from 'Borstal Boys'. If you are wondering why Nita isn't playing at these band only shows it's simply because she's already booked doing guitar clinics so can't make them.

Speaking of Nita, there's a new interview with the lady from the Palace Theater in Albany courtesy of Q103 up on YouTube.

Ryan Roxie will also be making an appearance at Record Connection in Niles, OH on October 27th between 1 and 3pm for a meet and greet.

Dennis Dunaway, who will begin shooting his 'Cold Cold Coffin' film next week, will be signing and chatting at Little City Books in Hoboken, New Jersey on October 30th at 7pm. He's hoping to be back in Europe with Blue Coupe next summer for a major festival and hopefully a few more intimate shows. Let's hope the UK is included.

Chuck Garric, Chris Latham and Calico Cooper of Beasto Blanco will again be at this years 'Bowl For Ronnie', the charity bowling event set up for Ronnie James Dio's 'Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund'. The even takes place at PINZ Bowling in Studio City, CA and tickets are available now.

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31st Aug - Riverside Open Air Festival, Aarburg, CH Info


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Nov 19th - Greasy Luck Brewpub, New Bedford, MA Info

Nov 20th - Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA Info

Nov 21st - Dingbats, Clifton, NJ Info

Nov 23rd - Brooklyn Bazaar, Brooklyn, NY Info

Nov 24th - Outpost Concert Club, Kent, OH Info

Nov 25th - The Loving Touch, Ferndale, MI Info

Nov 27th - Wire, Berwyn, IL Info

Nov 28th - Gabe's, Iowa City, IA Info

Nov 29th - The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO Info

Nov 30th - Marquis Theater, Denver, CO Info

Dec 1st - Club X, Salt Lake City, UT Info

Dec 2nd - The Shredder, Boise, ID Info

Dec 5th - Paris Theatre, Portland, OR Info

Dec 7th - Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA Info

Dec 8th - Pub Rock Live, Scottsdale, AZ Info

Dec 9th - 1720, Los Angeles, CA Info

Dec 11th - Come and Take It Live, Austin, TX Info

Dec 12th - Scout Bar, Houston, TX Info

Dec 13th - Trees, Dallas, TX Info

Dec 14th - Hi Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN Info

Dec 15th - Purgatory Stage at Masquerade, Atlanta, GA Info

Dec 16th - Haven Lounge, Winter Park, FL Info

Dec 17th - O'Malley's Sports Bar, Margate, FL Info

Dec 18th - Crowbar, Tampa, FL Info

Dec 19th - Ground Zero, Spartanburg, SC Info

Dec 20th - Canal Club, Richmond, VA Info

Nov 21st - House Of Independents, Ashbury Park, NJ Info

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