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Alice Cooper Band Play Dallas 12 Oct 2018

The Alice Cooper Band (Tommy, Chuck, Ryan and Glen) will play a 'Pre-Show Party' at the 'Double Wide' in Dallas on Monday October 15th. Tickets are availabe now from Prekindle.com.

 

Full Astroturf Reunion Performance To Be Released 10 Oct 2018

This years Record Store Day on November 23rd will see the release on 'Good Records' of a special limited edition (3000) vinyl album featuring the original Alice Cooper band (with Ryan Roxie) recorded live at Good Records on October 6th 2015. This will be the full performance from the legendary night and will include a double sided 24”x36” poster, a 11”x11” 16 page booklet/program, 6 trading cards, each b-side of LP will feature a different member at random, there will be 10 different color variants at random in "mofi" sleeves and each silver foil board gatefold jacket will be stamped and numbered. Tracks list will be as follows: 1. Caught In A Dream 2. Be My Lover 3. I'm Eighteen 4. Is It My Body 5. No More Mr Nice Guy 6. Under My Wheels 7. School's Out 8. Elected.
Record Store Day releases are only available in limited numbers and generally only from small independent shops, so get to know you rlocal shop now and see if they can reserve you a copy.

There's new interviews with Alice at the News & Observer and Chattanooga Times. Syracuse.com has photos and a review from the current tour.

Classic Rock has the story behind 'Elected' in a new article here.

Dennis Dunaway is featured at Hemmings.com talking cars and the early days of Alice Cooper.

Nita Strauss is to be honoured at next years 'She Rocks' awards at the annual NAMM music show. The award goes to "women who stand out as role models in the music industry" and the the 7th annual live awards event will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.

Beasto Blanco (with Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper) will be joining Megadeth and others on the first Megacruise in October next year.

Last week Damon Johnson shocked everyone by announcing he would be leaving Black Star Riders, the band he co-formed after Thin Lizzy called it a day, to concentrate on his solo career. Ramzine have an new interview with Damon talking about his decision, his new solo album 'Memoirs Of An Upraising' (out November 9th) and the future.

New Roxie Single and Video 04 Oct 2018

Ryan Roxie releases a new digital single from his excellent 'Imagine Your Reality' solo album tomorrow. The track is a stunning cover of Coldplay's 'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face', the closing track and possibly the highlight of the album. Roxie takes the rather insipid original and reinvents it as epic classic rock, destroying the Coldplay version completely. You can check out the new lyric video at YouTube or below, or on Spotify or iTunes.

The Hollywood Vampires will apparently be headlining this years 'Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding' show on December 8th at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. More performers will be announced over the coming weeks but tickets for the show will go on sale October 8th. This will be the 17th annual Pudding show, and as always will raise fund for Alice's 'Solid Rock' teen center. AZBigMedia has a few quotes from Alice as part of the show announcement. There's still no official release date for the second Vampire's studio album or the live album Alice has been talking about recently.

Syracuse.com have a new interview with Alice promoting the forthcoming show there. There's also an audio interview with ZackAttack from early September up on Soundcloud which I may have missed earlier.

Neal Smith Releases 'KillSmith Halloween' 02 Oct 2018

Neal Smith has released a new compilation album marking 10 years of his 'KillSmith' solo project. It comes on CD and digital download and can be ordered directly from Neal at NealSmithRocks.com. The full press release with all the details runs as follows:

"This year marks the 10th anniversary of legendary Alice Cooper drummer & RnR Hall of Fame Inductee Neal Smith's first “KillSmith” solo CD. To celebrate, Neal has created a new 12 song compilation CD called “Neal Smith-KillSmith Halloween,” the best of KillSmith. It has 11 previously released KillSmith songs and features one brand new song called “Strychnine.”

"2018 not only marks the golden 50th anniversary of the original Alice Cooper Group, but it also marks the 10th anniversary of my “KillSmith” solo project. Since my last solo album “KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire,” I have been wanting to put together a compilation CD of my scariest and best “KillSmith” songs. I have chosen 11 of my songs plus a brand new bonus track called "Strychnine,” it's a killer! Get your downloads or CD's today! Happy Halloween to all of my sick things around the world! Play my “KillSmith Halloween” loud and let it scare the “HELL” out of you!" - Neal Smith

Neal Smith is best known worldwide for his innovative drumming and outrageous stage antics with the original Alice Cooper Group. His solid drumming is the hallmark sound behind such classic 1970's Alice Cooper hits as “School's Out,” “I'm Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Neal is also a prolific songwriter, who helped pen many of the groups best known songs. Alice Cooper was the first band to introduce theatrics to the rock and roll stage, the group has sold over 25 million records worldwide. Neal has six gold and five platinum records to his credit and has performed before millions on extensive grand world tours from the late 1970's to the present. Smith's trademark drum style can be heard on additional albums, including the Billion Dollar Babies Band “Battle Axe,” The Plasmatics “Beyond The Valley Of 1984,” Buck Dharma “Flat Out,” Deadringer “Electrocution Of The Heart,” Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith “Back From Hell” and “BDS Live In Paris,” Cinematik “Cinematik” and “One Full Moon Away.” And Neal's most recent critically acclaimed solo project KillSmith. Neal's KillSmith CD's “Sexual Savior,” “KillSmith Two” and  “KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire,” garnered praise from fans and critics worldwide.

“KillSmith Halloween” Track List

Evil Voodoo Moon
Death By The Numbers
How Do You Bleed
Cemetery Of The Damned
Squeeze Like A Python
The KillSmith Overture
Thrill Thrill Thill Shoot To Kill
Die For The Night
Pandemonium
Strychnine (New Song)
Dynasty Of Darkness
Monsters In The Attic

It's All About Nita 29 Sep 2018

Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss has announced full details of her forthcoming solo album, 'Controlled Chaos' and a two month US tour to promote the record.
The instrumental album, which was financed via a highly successful kickstarter campaign, will be released on November 16th through Sumarian Records and there are now various pre-order bundles available through NitaStrauss.com. Nita has also released a preview video for 'Our Most Desperate Hours' which you can also see at YouTube. The self-produced album features the following tracks:
01. Prepare For War
02. Alegria
03. Our Most Desperate Hour
04. Mariana Trench
05. Here With You
06. The Stillness At The End
07. The Quest
08. Hope Grows
09. Lion Among Wolves
10. Pandemonium 2.0
11. The Show Must Go On

Blabbermouth have the full press release including words from Nita. You can also check out a new video interview with Nita over at MetalInjection.

To promote the album Nita will hit the road in the US during November and December on a co-headline tour with Angel Vivaldi. Again Blabbermouth have the press release.This would suggest there will either be no more Alice Cooper shows this year after the currently announced dates, or that if there are, Nita will not be part of them. The full list of dates is as follows with tickets on sale now and VIP upgrades also available.
Nov. 19 - New Bedford, MA @ Greasy Luck
Nov. 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Nov. 21 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Nov. 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Baazar
Nov. 24 - Kent, OH @ Outpost Concert Spot
Nov. 25 - Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
Nov. 27 - Berwyn, IL @ Wire
Nov. 28 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's
Nov. 29 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Nov. 30 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Dec. 01 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
Dec. 02 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Dec. 04 - Seattle, WA @ Club Sur Rocks
Dec. 05 - Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
Dec. 06 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Dec. 07 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Dec. 08 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
Dec. 11 - Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Dec. 12 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Dec. 13 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec. 14 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
Dec. 15 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Dec. 16 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
Dec. 17 - Margate, FL @ O'Malley's
Dec. 18 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
Dec. 19 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
Dec. 20 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
Dec. 21 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents

Finally in this Nita-heavy news post the lady got the chance to meet her idol Steve Vai last night as part of Vai's 'Big Mama Jama Jamathon' in Los Angeles. The event runs over three days and consists of 52 hours of continuous music which Vai is directing. All proceeds go towards raising funds for 'Extraordinary Families', "a leading nonprofit foster family, adoption agency in the Los Angeles area, dedicated to improving the daily lives of children and youths in foster care". It appears the whole event is being streamed live at https://www.jamathon.org/ and as I'm typing this Vai himself has just joined in. Presumably video of Nita's appearance will appear somewhere shortly. Other musicians taking part include Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), Al Di Meola, Herman Lee (Dragonforce), Orianthi, Lee Ritenour, Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) and a host of others.

In other news you may remember the recently released Alice Cooper pinball game, 'Nightmare Castle' which looks really cool if you have the cash for it. Well, a limited edition version has been released to raise funds for Alice's Solid Rock Teen Center. This version will be autographed by Alice and will come with a special "personalised package of collectable Alice Cooper memorabilia". You can get all the details at Alicecooperpinball.com.

Lastly another reminder that the competition to win tickets and travel to the Grand Rapids, MI show on October 29th is still running until October 11th. Again proceeds go to Solid Rock and you can enter as many times as you can afford, with the proceeds going to Alice's charity! The prize includes flights to Grand Rapids, VIP tickets, the chance to throw out balloons during the show and a personal meeting with Alice before the show. All the details can be found at Omaze.

Billboard in Times Square 24 Sep 2018

There's been a paranormal appearance in New York's Times Square this week via an advert for the 'Paranormal' album appearing on the NASDAQ video billboard, just as 100+ world leaders converge on the city for a United Nations conference.

Elsewhere this week Alice turns up briefly in the new video by The Struts called 'Primadonna Like Me'. You can see Alice around 1.27 into the video in a clip shot in Las Vegas recently.

Congratulations to Dennis Dunaway, and thank you to everyone who supported his 'Cold Cold Coffin' kickstarter campaign. The target was reached and surpassed so filming can go ahead shortly, with a release date aimed at being "before May" next year, although I wouldn`t be surprised if it's before that, as everyone involved has been itching to get going. More news as I get it. Anyone who pledged should get regular updates and exclusive behind the scenes info as the project moves forward.

Ultimate Classic Rock have a new interview with Alice talking about current projects and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 10 years on, coinciding with the release of the original induction performance on DVD.

Director John Carpenter has recently been talking about a possible TV series based on the 'Prince Of Darkness' film, which famously featured Alice. At the moment it seems to be just talk, but don't be surprised to see Alice make a cameo appearance should it happen. Pure speculation of course, but it seems to good an opportunity to miss if the show ever happens.

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Tour Dates 2018
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4th Oct - Palace Theater, Albany, NY Info

5th Oct - Palace Theater, Waterbury, CTInfo

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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