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Five Days To Go 18 Sep 2018

There's just five days to go in Denis Dunaway's 'Cold Cold Coffin' kickstarter campaign and we're almost there. Dennis has been adding amazing incentives throughout the campaign and the newest addition could be the best value of all, and side-steps the issue fo the large postage costs outside the USA!
You can now pledge just $20 (approx £15) and get get access to digital downloads of all the exclusive new songs so far only offered on limited edition 7" vinyl. This includes six downloads: 'Cold Cold Coffin (Rock Cinema - the finished mini-movie when released)', 'Cold Cold Coffin (Arena Version)', 'Cold Cold Coffin (Original Demo)', 'When Your Friend Comes Around', 'Sound Of A (Demo Version'), and 'Fireball (Demo Version)', the later two being Dennis original versions for songs recorded by Alice on 'Paranormal' last year. And that's not all... Dennis has also thrown in his amazing solo album 'Bones From The Yard', making a total of 18 songs. If you don't already have the album it's one of the best records Dennis has ever done, and includes 'Subway', which formed the basis for 'A Runaway Train' from Alice's 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album. It's a classic record from start to finish. So eighteen tracks for £20 (£15) is a bargain and you wil be helping Dennis reach his goal. Also check out video messages posted including new vids from Cindy Smith Dunaway, producer Sean Quinn, and Dennis' daughter Renee.
I know we've been banging on about this campaign for a few weeks now, and I'm sure a few people are getting fed up with hearing it, but this is IMPORTANT. Dennis is IMPORTANT. He co-created everything Alice Cooper is about, from the songs, to the image, the theatrics, everything. Is $20 too much to ask, especially when you have a value for money option? £15 is just a few pints, a couple of packets of cigarette's, a takeaway pizza.. it really isn't that much to ask and if you've been scared off by the overseas postage fees (like I was), or the high prices of some of the rare items up for grabs, this is your chance to get involved AND get some great music in return. Please, please get involved and help Dennis reach his goal. We have just five days now and are so close.
All the info you need you can find at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dennisdunaway/cold-cold-coffin-rock-cinema/, and if you have previously pledged a small amount, you can easily upgrade to the download package by logging into the Kickstarter site. Other new incentives recently added include two more checks (the last two in existence I believe) featuring the autographs of ALL the original Alice Cooper band members including Glen, a poster of The Spiders at the VIP club, and original ultra-rare 70s t-shirts. Check out the site for more info.

In other news Alice and the Hollywood Vampire's popped up in Japan over the weekend for a private show on September 15th, and there were also Vampire's popup shops in Shibuya, Osaka and Tokyo selling Vampires merchandise which will also be available online shortly. This all came as a bit of a surprise, as it seemed the Vampires were done for the year when teh tour ended, but being a private corporate show presumably explains the lack of announcements about teh visit to Japan. Various videos and photos from the visit have been posted to the official facebook page.

Kerrang magazine have posted a review of the New York show which is worth checking out. I think they hit the nail on the head with a great review highlighting just why Alice Cooper is still the greatest show on earth, with some great photos as well.

Ultimate Classic Rock have a new article looking back at the promotion of 'Trash' in 1989, when Alice used a real garbage truck to promote the album.
 

Fifty Years Book Sample Pages 11 Sep 2018

Copies of the Deluxe limited (500 copies) edition of Martin Popoff's 'Welcome To My Nightmare - Fifty Years Of Alice Cooper' are now shipping and it's a very nicely put together package. The heavy A4 sized hardback book comes in a black presentation box and includes four card photo prints, three taken at Milton Keynes in 2006 and one on the 'Special Forces' tour at Hammersmith. The 240 page book itself runs through Alice Cooper history via important dates and quotes from various people that were involved in the events covered, including the original band and other musicians, producers, backstage crew, and friends. As with most books about Alice Cooper around 2/3rds of the text concentrates on the 1970s, with the last 100 or so pages covering the following 40 years, but at least they are mentioned! I haven't had a chance to read through it yet but it's all very nicely present with lots of photos and images. Certainly well worth getting while you can. You can still order a copy of this deluxe limited edition version, as well as the normal paperback version, at WymerUK, who have kindly sent me some sample pages for you to check out here.

Dennis Dunaway was on 'That Thing with Rich Appel' over the weekend and you can check out the full show here (the one you want is the latest 9/8/18 upload lasting 2:59.48).  Dennis appears a few times during the show.
Don't forget there's only 12 days to go to pledge to Dennis' 'Cold, Cold Coffin' video kickstarter project. Lots of amazing stuff to entice you to pledge, just wish I had the more money! If everyone chipped in just a few dollars to pre-order the finished film it would all help reach the target. It would be a huge shame if this didn't happen. Dennis also sends out regular updates on the project, and over the weekend he and the crew were out at a cold, cold castle, measuring up for sets and lighting in preparation for shooting the mini-film. Check it out here and donate if you can. Remember, this is Dennis Dunaway, founder member of Alice Cooper. The guy behind 'Black Juju', 'Under My Wheels' 'School Out', and all the classic songs Alice has built his career on. Surely there are more then 224 people (as of writing, thank you all) who can chip in a few dollars/pounds to help him out. Remeber you will only be charged if the campaign reaches it's target.

Digital Journal have a review of the Beacon Theatre show.

Guitar World have posted the latest Nita Strauss guitar tutorial. This one is on 'combining rhythm and lead playing'. You can find links to all of Nita's articles on one page here.

Live In New York 07 Sep 2018

Alice Cooper played at the Beacon Theater in New York last night, and they transmitted the closing 'School's Out' live on facebook, which you can see here. Worth checking out not just because it's great to see the band on stage but also for a surprise cameo from 'Waynes World's' Mike Myers, who turned up on stage to do the 'We're Not Worthy' bow!

And speaking of surprises Alice also turned up at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Sept 4th. The new venue had it's grand opening/first concert featuring 'The Violent Femmes' opening for 'The Killers', and the latter band received a very special video introduction from Alice, based around a 'Waynes World' theme, it being Milwaukee. You can check out the video at The Killer's facebook page here.

In other news ASX have a short review of the Ohio show, and Long Island Weekly have a short interview promoting the new live album.

Nita Strauss apparently makes a guest appearance on the new 'Metal Allegiance' album 'Volume II - Power Drunk Majesty'. The band features David Ellefson of Megadeth, Alex Skolnick of Testament, ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, and Mark Menghi and also features a guest appearance from Joe Satriani.

Dennis Dunaway Cold Cold Coffin Interview 03 Sep 2018

The Music Room have a new interview with Dennis Dunaway talking about his 'Cold, Cold Coffin' KIckstarter campaign and some of the new incentives now available, which include original Spider's business cards, Glen Buxton Memorial books, and a full sized coffin that will be used during the production. There's around 20 days left on the fundraiser and they are about half way to the goal. You can pledge everything from $1 upwards for all sorts of goodies. Check it out at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dennisdunaway/cold-cold-coffin-rock-cinema and get involved. Dennis is also sending out updates to everyone who pledges.
The finished mini-movie will feature Calico Cooper in the lead role.

 

Live Album Released Today 31 Aug 2018

Today sees the release of the new Alice Cooper live album - 'A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia, Paris' - which includes the full show from the last night of the 2017 tour. There's no major surprises, it's exactly what you would expect with all the hits and a few lesser known songs, but it sounds great and the band shines.
More of a surprise was the inclusion last night in St Pauls of 'Grim Facts', a song not played live for decades! It apparently replaced 'Be My Lover' in the set and will hopefully remain in the show for a while. You can check out footage on YouTube.

Celebrity Access have an excellent in depth interview with Alice manager Toby Mamis which delves into his career including lots of Alice Cooper stuff.

The Metro in the UK has a new Alice interview promoting the new live album. There's also new inteviews at TwinCities.com, another at UpRoxx, a short peice in Billboard, a show review in the Edmonton Journal (with photos here), and another review with Exclaim!. The Estevan Mercury has had several pieces about the recent show including a review, Discover Estevan also has some photos, while TBNewswatch has some photos from Thunder Bay.

Nita Strauss will be appearing at the UK Guitar Show on September 30th during a break in the US tour. The event takes place at London's Olympia but it's a trade show, not a normal gig, so bare that in mind if you want to go. Tickets are available now here. Nita is expected to be on stage around 3pm on the main stage.

Michael Bruce and 'Texas Chainsaw Ballet' will be performing at El Rancho Disc Golf Course in La Jara, CO, on September 2nd as part of a Labor Day Weekend event and according to Alamosa News he will be recording the show for a possible live album. I have no idea what "disc golf" is, but it seems to involving throwing discs into nets.

A new DVD is due on September 21st featuring the original band's performance at the 'Hall Of Fame' induction in 2011. The 2xDVD or 2xBlu-Ray set is called "Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert: Encore" and also features Rush, Heart, and Slash joining Ronnie Wood for an all-star jam in 2012. It appears it will feature the full Alice Cooper set which included 'I'm Eighteen', 'Under My Wheels' and 'School's Out', with Steve Hunter standing in for Glen, and Rob Zombie joining in for 'School's Out'.

See Alice For Halloween 25 Aug 2018

Omaze, in association with Alice's Solid Rock, have launched a competition to win VIP tickets and travel to see Alice in Grand Rapids, MI on October 29th for Halloween. You can pledge money to Solid Rock for multiple entry tickets, but if you check out the link at the bottom you can also enter for free from almost anywhere in the world (some countries are excluded because of local laws). Proceeds go to Solid Rock. You can see Alice's announcement on twitter.

Digital Journal, The Inquisitr, Star Phoenix, and The Estevan Mercury all have new short interviews with Alice.
Las Vegas Weekly have a few photos from the Vegas show, while California Rocker has some excellent photos and a show review, spoiled by the reviewers claim to have seen Alice open for Frank Zappa in Fullerton, CA in 1972, which never happened (the poster he includes is a fake).

CBC in Canada have an article about the infamous Toronto Riot in 1980 with photos and video.

October 16th sees another trio of Rhino Alice Cooper vinyl reissues. This time it will be 'Goes To Hell' on orange vinyl, 'Lace and Whiskey' on brown vinyl and 'From The Inside' on green vinyl.

At one point last week the forthcoming 'Paranormal Evening' live album apparently hit #1 on the Amazon 'hard rock and metal' chart in France! It's currently #4. The album was recorded in France, so that could have something to do with it.

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Tour Dates 2018
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3rd Aug - Wisconson State Fair, West Allis, WI Info

5th Aug - Washington Pavillion, Sioux Falls, SD Info

6th Aug - Kauffman Center, Kansas City, MO Info

8th Aug - Pikes' Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO Info

10th Aug - Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas, NV Info

11th Aug - Pechanga Resort, Ternecula, CA Info

12th Aug - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA Info

14th Aug - City National Civic, San Jose, CA Info

15th Aug - Rancheria Casino, Jackson, CA Info

18th Aug - Kettlehouse Amphitheater, Bonner, MT Info

19th Aug - Angel Of The Winds Arena, Everett, WA Info

20th Aug - Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC Info

22nd Aug - Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB Info

23rd Aug - Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB Info

25th Aug - Sasktel Centre, Saskatoon, SK Info

26th Aug - Affinity Place, Estevan, SK Info

28th Aug - Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB Info

29th Aug - Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay, ON Info

30th Aug - Ordway Center, St. Pauls, MN Info

1st Sept - Foellinger Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN Info

2nd Sept - Rose Music Center, Huber Heights, OH Info

4th Sept - Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH Info

6th Sept - Beacon Theatre, New York, NY Info

7th Sept - York Fair Grandstand, York, NY Info

8th Sept - Tropicana Showroom, Atlantic City, NJ Info

4th Oct - Palace Theater, Albany, NY Info

5th Oct - Palace Theater, Waterbury, CT Info

5th Oct - Palace Theater, Waterbury, CT Info

6th Oct - The Oncenter, Syracuse, NY Info

8th Oct - Duke Energy Center, Raleigh, NC Info

9th Oct - Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC Info

10th Oct - Cobb Energy Centre, Atlanta, GA Info

12th Oct - S and S Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN Info

13th Oct - Beau Rivage, Biloxi, MS Info

14th Oct - White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX Info

16th Oct - The Pavillion at Toyota Factory, Irving, TX Info

17th Oct - Hartman Arena, Park City, KS Info

19th Oct - Orpheum Theater, Memphis, TN Info

20th Oct - Stifel Theatre, St Louis, MO Info

21st Oct - Paramount Theater, Cedar Rapids, IA Info

23rd Oct - Civic Center, Des Moines, IA Info

24th Oct - Coronado Arts Center, Rockford, IL Info

26th Oct - Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA Info

27th Oct - W.D. Packard Music Hall, Warren, OH Info

29th Oct - DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids, MI Info


More To Come!

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