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.


New Interview July 30th 2004

The New Jersey Express Times has a new interview with Alice here in which he discusses many of the usual things but with a emphesis on religion.

A Real Mr Nice Guy July 29th 2004

Thanks to Hunter for spotting that Citizen Online have a short interview up here which seems to have taken place during a visit to a local radio station WNHI.

Alice for Miller Celebration July 29th 2004

According to PRNewswire Alice will be appearing at one of the Miller "50 Years Of Rock And Roll" shows on 17th and/or 18th September at the Roselands Ball Room in New York City.
This seems to be a follow-on from the Miller Beer Company putting famous music names, including Alice, on their beer cans this month.

Alice in NME Special July 27th 2004
The latest edition in the NME Originals series is a Glam special due next week on July 27th. The series draws heavily on the NME archives, and this particular issue covers "the glory years of Glam Rock" between 1970 and 1975 and features Alice.
Alice and Bart Get It On July 27th 2004

September 24th (US) will see the release of a "Bart Simpsons Tree House Of Horror" issue 10. Why should this be of interest to us? Well, obviously because Alice is featured both on the cover and inside that`s why! Released by Bongo Comics, here`s the details:
"Join Bongo and it's special guest writers - Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons, and Rob Zombie - as they take you on a heavy metal, Halloween-inspired rock'n'roll odyssey of head banging, heart pounding, tongue-wagging, dead-raising, nightmare-welcoming frights and frivolity guaranteed to blow your mind. And it doesn't get any better than when extra special guest writer, Pat Boone himself, gets into a metal mood and tells a twisted tale of dastardly demons and righteous redemption. The four Monsters of Rock are joined by sidemen Bill Morrison, C. Scott Morse. Tone Rodriguez, Ty Templeton, and Chris Yambar for the Halloween jam of the century! Treat yourself a terrific time of Treehouse-inspired terror and rock the night away! Heavy Metal comes to Springfield this September"
(Thanks To Andy Michael)

Another Toronto Review July 27th 2004

Seem to have missed mentioning this one earlier in the week. The Toronto Sun has a review of the Toronto show here (thanks Stephen)

Kiss Talk Alice July 25th 2004

Thanks to Brett for the following:
On the new VH1 program, "When Kiss Ruled the World," the band actually gives Alice a very generous nod and speak of how in awe of him they were when they first saw him in concert. That opens the door for the "4 Alice Coopers" story.
Probably the most complimentary acknowledgement of Alice from Kiss that I have seen in a long time. The Beat Club footage is shown for a few seconds.

Another Review July 24th 2004

Here's a review of last nights show at the London Free Press. It appears the US show is slightly different to the European ones with Calico now dressed as Uma Thurman from 'Kill Bill' for a sword fight. 'Elected' has now been added to the setlist at the expense of the BP medley. Unsurprising as its an election year.

X-rated Vids on C4 July 24th 2004

There's an article in The Guardian about tomorrow nights "X-Rated: The Music Videos They Tried To Ban" that's on Channel 4 at 10pm that features a quote from the show by Alice.

Another Toronto Review July 24th 2004

A rather amusing review has turned up on Chart Attack in Canada. While generally positive there are some laughs to have from some of the comments. Especially where the writer says how much better this years band were to last years "tubby, balding 40-something's". The fact that with the exception of the drummer it's the same band seems to have escaped him!!

Nights With Alice Cooper Update July 23rd 2004

AC.com has updated with a few more statins carrying Alice`s radio show which runs monday-friday nights. Here's the complete list:

WNHI - 93.3 Boston (Manchester), NH
WGMO - 95.3 Minneapolois - St. Paul, Wisconsin
KDKB - 95.3 Phoenix, AZ
KTUN - 101.5 Denver, CO
WWUZ - 96.9 Richmond-Petersburg, VA
WVNA - 105.5 Huntsville, AL
WIBA - 101.5 Madison, WI
WAOR - 95.3 South Bend, IN
KURK - 92.9 Reno, NV
KKBX - 101.9 Fargo, ND
KZEL - 96.1 Eugene, OR
KARX - 95.7 Amarillo, TX
WRQR - 104.5 Wilmington, NC
WMTD - 102.3 Bluefield-Beckley-Oakland, WV
WRCK - 107.3 Utica, NY
KYJT - 100.9 Yurna-El Centro, AZ
KZMZ - 96.9 Alexandria, LA
WIMK - 93.1 Marquette, MI
WUPK - 94.1 Marquette, MI
KIKX - 104.7 Twin Falls, ID

Toronto Review July 23rd 2004

The Toronto Star has a review of the Molson Ampitheatre show here. They seemed impressed!

Staples article July 22nd 2004

There`s been quite a lot of small press mentions about the new Staples advert featuring Alice (mirroring what happened last year in the UK when he appeared in the Sky+ advert). Here's a slightly different one reporting that Alice was visiting Staples in Toronto today.

UK TV Saturday July 21st 2004
Alice is on channel 4 (UK) on Saturday night the show is called x-rated: the pop videos they tried to ban. Theres also a small pic of Alice in this weeks edition of 'New' magazine. (Thanks Hywel).
First Pitch July 21st 2004

For those that can see it, SportsCenter on ESPN shows brief footage of Alice throwing out the first pitch of the Twins/Tigers game tonight. Then more brief footage of him in the stands (finishing an autograph ?). This appears half-way through the program. (Thanks to Damienalice)

Wise Words From Roxie July 20th 2004

Ryan Roxie has updated his blog today which you can find here. Good news is that the Roxie77 is getting an official release soon. This is a really great album and highly recommended if you didn't get one of the initial limited run last year. 7 months on and it's still a regular play here. Grab it when you can!

Alice's Watches July 20th 2004

Wanna own an Alice Cooper Watch? No, not just any old knockoff from Ebay but one of Alice's personal watches! Its well known that Alice collects watches and it appears he's parting with part of his collection and you can buy them online. Check out Nightrider Jewellery for all the info. You also get a autographed Certificate of Authenticity and a pic of Alice wearing the watch. Beware though as these aren't cheap.

New Interview July 20th 2004

There`s a new interview in the North West Indiana Times dated 16th July 2004.

North West Indiana Times - 16th July 2004
Alice Cooper re-energized

Aged, but still hip rocker to appear tonight at Star Plaza

BY TOM LOUNGES
Times Correspondent

The archetype for all theatrical rock artists, Alice Cooper long ago set the bar high for the likes of Marilyn Manson, Slipknot and other mask-wearing wannabes, even beating KISS into grease paint by nearly four years.

And he still is going strong.

Cooper rang up The Times long distance from Switzerland recently to chat about his return engagement to Star Plaza Theatre, his new radio show, his latest accolades and album "The Eyes Of Alice Cooper," which has re-energized both his spirit and his fan base.

"Yeah ... Doctor Alice is in," laughed the rock icon, referring to his recent honorary doctorate degree bestowed by Grand Canyon University, a liberal arts school in Phoenix.

"When you think about it, even if a kid went to school to study being an entertainer for 12 or 14 years, I've still got three times the experience that he or she does. So I should be a doctor for logging in all the road time and the millions of miles. (It's like) I've been interning for the last 35 years," he laughed.

Cooper may speak light of his degree, but he is deeply appreciative to the university, along with those who also made it possible for him to get his recent "Star" on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

His star is well won. Twenty-five years ago, he donated $27,777 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to fix the "O" in the landmark "Hollywood" sign, in memory of his good friend Groucho Marx.

Cooper also spearheaded a 1978 campaign to restore the entire sign, which by the late 1970s, had fallen into a sad state of disrepair.

"These kinds of things usually come to an entertainer at about this point in their career, when they've been at it for decades and are getting older," he said of his recent honors.

"In a way, that is good, because it is kinda cool that your kids are there to see you get your doctorate and to share these kinds of things with you. I think you can appreciate this kind of stuff a lot more than ... if it happened earlier."

Though older than most rockers on the road today, Cooper is not ready to rest on his laurels.

"When you have these things happen, you have to make sure you don't start thinking 'This must be the end of my career, because I'm getting all these accolades now,'" he said. "I'm not even thinking about retiring!"

Cooper is so unwilling to retire, that he has taken on a new job, that of classic rock disc jockey for the United Stations Radio Network, an independent leader in original network radio programming. Cooper's show "originates from a toxic waste dump" in Arizona and is beamed via satellite to USRN affiliates.

"I'd done just about every type of entertainment possible during some point in my career, except radio," said Cooper, of why jockeying songs appealed to him.

"I agreed to do this show as long as they let me create radio theater with a cast of characters like 'Inga' the 90-year-old stripper and 'Fletcher' the rat catcher, voiced by Billy Bob Thornton. I get to play whatever I want ... Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen ... but I also play The Stooges, Frank Zappa and things that radio audiences today don't normally get to hear."

Of everything this past year, Cooper is enthused about "The Eyes of Alice Cooper", which has been likened to Cooper's groundbreaking 1972 album, "Love It to Death."

"I didn't want to make a perfect-sounding record. I wanted a dirty, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll record with all the warts and that is what we got," he said.

Along with the vintage sound re-created by recording and performing with circa-1972 stage gear, Cooper has brought back a lot of props from his heyday.

The original "Love It To Death" tour backdrop hangs behind him again on stage, while his once trademark snake again slithers around his neck for the first time in years.

Cooper appreciates that fans have embraced his new music. "I'm seeing nearly as many people in the audience singing along on the new songs as on the old ones," he crowed. "Looking out and seeing that makes me feel great!"

Competition Winners July 19th 2004

Jollyjon and I have been through all the entries for the Setlists competition and I'll let Jollyjon make the announcements in his own unique style:

It was a difficult choice blah blah blah but by and large setlists with direction and lighting went through to the shortlist and for fevered discussions in the top field. It's fair to say that we're 'Dada' bias and 'My Stars' / 'Blue Turk' will always get extra credit.

Our nominations for the "Never gonna happen awards" (but still amusing) are :-

- 10 minute breaks mid show
- Sheep falling from ceilings (honorable mention though)
- Huge 5ft joints
- Schools Out as opening track

OK

In reverse order :-

3rd place: Denise Firman & Rob Upton (a tie)

2nd place: Alex Bergdahl
Great great song selection. Maybe just a little too out there. I'd pay good money to see this show WITH THEATRICS. Not for the casual fan I'm afraid. Alice would see the potential and write a great new theatrical show to go with. Yes 'Dada' into 'Former Lee Warmer' yes! yes! yes! 'My stars' yes! yes! If only you'd said full theatrical show!

1st place: Simon Keen
Unique new show well thought out. Love the idea of distinct acts to a show. The design of this show tops the list whilst the setlist we feel is 2nd to Mr Bergdahl's. That said a master stroke putting in 'I Love America'. We NEED to hear that live. Wonder how much a Hummel weighs? May need to scale down vehicle wise in smaller intimate venues? Camper Van might have got on the Dublin stage or maybe a foldout concetina cardboard limo (nah maybe not) Can you imagine the front row at Hammersmith when 'Slick Black Limo' kicks in! Great stuff.

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I`d like to add that JJ and I agreed on the winners seperately. both putting together a short list which, when compared, almost exactly matched. This made the final results easier to decide. I'd like to thank everyone who took part. It was great reading all the lists and there were some very good ideas in there. You can see all the entries here and there`s a topic open in on the message board if you wnt to leave comments.
So finally, if the winners (that`s Denise, Alex and Simon. I have Robs)could email me their snail mail addresses I'll get the prizes in the post over the next week or so. Simon gets the CD's, posters and stuff. The runners up will get a package of posters, flyers and assorted bits and pieces. Thanks to EVERYONE who took part. Hopefully we'll do it again some time.

More about THAT snake July 19th 2004

Yes. Lady Macbeth is in the news again. Click here for more about Sickthing Bill Crowe`s travels with the Coop from Scotsman.com.

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