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.


Dr Cooper on Video September 30th 2004

Grand Canyon University, after promising it for months, have finally put video of Alice`s honorary doctorate presentation online. You can find it on their site here. There are two versions, one for broadband and one for slow connections.

Alice on Muchmoremusic Canada September 25th 2004
The "Story Of Alice Cooper" show, which has been repeated endless on Scuzz in the UK recently, makes a repeat showing on its original home on the Muchmoremusic Channel in Canada. It will be at 10:00AM ET on Saturday (1:00 PT Westcoast) and 2:00PM ET on Sunday (5:00 PT Westcoast) for those who missed it the first time. It's well worth catching.<br />(thanks Zoogirl)<br />
Christmas Pudding show September 24th 2004

Tickets appear to be on sale for the annual 'Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding' show at Dodge Theatre in Phoenix on December 18th. Alice and the band are due to appear as usual, along with Weird Al Yankovic and others to be announced. Get all the info here.

Dali Hologram on display September 22nd 2004

I`ve just received some details about a new exhibition about Salvadore Dali which will have the Famous Alice Cooper Hologram on display.
The exhibition is at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice from 12 September 2004 to 16 January 2005 and is open from 10am to 7pm every day, except 24, 25 and 31 December 2004 and 1 January 2005. The website is here.
After this the show moves to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in February, and it is hoped the hologram will travel as well, though that`s not 100% certain at present. In addition to the Alice hologram is a drawing Dali describes as a preliminary study for the hologram, though there is no apparent relationship between the two works.

The Mole Speaks September 22nd 2004

Ryan Roxie has posted out a message that references some of the strange events that happened on the US tour:

Greetings To Mole-Mongers & The AC faithful world-wide!

I am the Mole! And I swear to God, if we had just hired a camera crew to travel with us on this past 2nd leg of the Eyes of Alice Cooper Tour 2004 we would most definitely have had the #1 rated reality T.V. show in America (and possibly the world!) So much drama and bizarre events have taken place in these past months that I would have titled the show: the "lives" of Alice Cooper.

But being that there wasn't even a video camera (that WE know of) within 50 ft. of the following episodes, you will just have to trust the 'ol Moles shaky recounting of these listed events as the gospel truth. Not withstanding the Moles insatiable desire for writers embellishment, the following situations definitely, maybe, really, possibly occurred exactly how they are described below:

Top 5 things to come out of the Bizzaro World of the Alice Cooper Camp, but not making the CNN ticker..... except for the snake incident:

1. The Ebola "Eye" Virus hits the tour: what started looking like a simple case of someone using the opening bands eye liner and protracting a simple eye irritation turns out to almost blind the entire band and crew! Eric Dover and Cali were the two that the eye fungus hit first and hardest......causing them to perform shows with large "Jackie-O" type glasses and even some shows Mr. Dover performing with an Eye-patch (and those of you who saw those shows thought that Eric was just trying to revive a Prince Purple Rain-era outfit.....well, maybe he was!) The Captain Morgan look was fun, the real threat of spreading the crippling eye fungus disease was not....luckily (except for Cali or Dover) it didn't spread beyond the two (and all their friends back home that merely looked at them!) So once again.....the AC camp dodges a bullet and doesn't have to change the name of the tour to "The bleeding virus fungus laden Eye's of Alice Cooper Tour 2004".....how would that fit on a arquee anyway!

2. One Week.....Three Busses: when you are on the road, the tour bus is your home....well guess what, we moved houses 3 times in 1 week! We are not entirely sure that management changed busses and drivers in search of the perfect ride or in search of the perfect right fielder for the AC softball team currently known as the Nightmares.....what we DO know is that following a heroic win where our former driver was awarded the MVP of the game, a change was made. And immediately following the change the Nightmares lost their next game.....could this be worse then the Cubbie Curse?.....only time will tell! Also, regarding fun little bus necdotes, on a recent bus drive from Market C to Market F we were forced to pull over to the side of the road while just 500 yds. ahead of us, we witnessed a traveling "meth-lab" truck burn to the ground....trust me, I couldn't make this up if I tried!

3. The Return of Teddy Zig-Zag: As if changing busses wasn't hard enough....changing band members too?? With over 2 1/2 weeks left with the 2nd Leg, who could the Alice Cooper camp rely on to finish up the dates? The immediate thought was to find another guitarist, but wait......isn't there someone ALREADY in the organization that hasn't made an appearance on The EYE's tour yet, but HAS performed on the album....you got it, the answer is soooooo simple: Teddy Zig-Zag!! Coming in with just 48 hrs. of time to prepare himself for the big rock show, Zig-Zag showed amazing grace and courage getting thrown into the ring of fire......congrats Teddy....."heeeeeee's baaaaaaaack! The Man Behind the Spanish Wrestlers Mask!" For those of you that came to the 2 transition shows with just 1 guitar, or as I like to refer to them as the "Led Cooper" or "Alice Van Halen" line-up, you witnessed a little AC history......the first time that the big rock show was performed with a 4-piece line up.....kudos to the Alice Cooper road crew of technicians and sound/lighting designers that really stepped up and helped turn a potentially sucky situation into a nice shot of adrenaline right into the butt of the band! (ambiguously gay comment.....I know)

4. The Rise & Fall & Rise of the AC Nightmares: As many of you know, or may not know, the Alice Cooper Organization has put together a softball team comprising of Band, Crew and Management with sublime and horrific results.....the amalgamation of these three ingredients have created a synergy that can only be compared to popcorn, raisenettes, and a bad 80's movie.....actually, the team has had some really exciting and well played games and its over all record now stands at 4 wins--1loss......but man was that loss ugly!.....for more play by play on each of the games go check out:
Like we said before, the Nightmares will take on any Radio Station, Convalescent Home, or Hooters Restaurant that feel they have the (soft)
balls to take us on!

5. Snake bites off more then she can chew: the world infamous boa that graces Alice's shoulders night after night during "Sick Things" apparently wanted just a little bit more to eat after her weekly fill of filthy rodent....don't we all? But an electric heating pad? The sight of an electric cord coming out of a snakes mouth is scary enough.....the fact that the cord was still plugged in is even more surreal! The Luck of Alice Cooper must be passed onto his snake, because just like a bizarre after school special, the Snake went into Emergency surgery, survived, and is recovering nicely in a nice Snake hospice. The Snake shall hopefully live happily ever after....... filthy rodents and electric blankets beware!

Soooooo.....there ya go, a little update to keep ya'll in the loop of what's REALLY going on in the Life and Crimes of the Alice Cooper Camp.....and for those of you that know the Mole as the official spokes-animal of Roxie 77, then you must be getting pretty excited about the Official release of the R77 debut CD: Peace, Love & Armageddon.....it's just upon us, and in a matter of days or weeks (not years I promise!) we will be posting up info on exactly when, where, how & why to pick up the new disc either through the Internet, or through your favorite Mom & Pop multi-national corporate record shop...... so c'mon by the site and help celebrate Armageddon..... it's finally here!!!... ironic, no?!?

And as we get ready for this Third and final leg of the 2004 Eye's of Alice Cooper big rock show, remember: We see you out there at the shows! We appreciate your enthusiasm, support and amazing energy you give us. Don't be afraid to say hello and have us sign your breasts (unless you have a hairy chest, in that case the sharpie is ruined!)..... and by all means, let the Mole know when you are going to come out to a show..... 'cause even though he does live underground, he's always willing to come up for air...... Breath, Breath, Breath!!!!!

Peace, Love, and the upcoming NFL 2004 Regular Season!

Enjoy the noise....

- the Mole

www.roxie77.com

Baseball Live and Ryan Interview September 21st 2004

Streetsofportland.com are hoping to stream The Nightmares' baseball game from Portland once it has finished. It's supposed to be happening around 4pm Portland time. They also have a Ryan Roxie interview sometime tomorrow on 'SOP Radio', Unfortunatly their site doesn`t have any info about this that I can find and their streaming is setup for broadband users only so that counts me out! Sorry for the vagueness but that`s about all I know.

UPDATE: The Nightmares won 19-14. Alice was not there.

Alice`s Cheap Trick September 20th 2004

Alice appeared as expected at the Roseland Ballroom in New York on Saturday. He guested with Cheap Trick doing a version of "I'm Eighteen". Not sure if that's the only track he did as so far I only have one review to go on. Cheap Trick are a great band. Lets hope a recording of this turns up somewhere.

Alice and Arnie September 19th 2004

There's a new interview over at Asbury Park Press. In it Alice mentions the new album will be done in November with Mudrock returning to produce, and there's a cool road story about Schwarzenegger. Worth a read.

Monster Dog reissue September 19th 2004

Thanks to WeirdKat for spotting that the immortal "Monster Dog" is set for a reissue in the USA on VHS. Amazon.com are listing it for a October 26th release, just in time for Halloween. There's not much detail on the page but you can pre-order it from the USA here. Hopefully it`ll get a UK releases as well. A DVD would be nice!

Greatest Hits Live on XM September 18th 2004

Thanks to Ryan Foster for spotting this. This is obviously related to the XM show reported a few weeks ago. Obviously that wasn't transmitted live as originally thought (the info was somewhat vague on this point). If ANYONE can actually revieve XM digital radio I'd appricaite it if they could contact me. XM radio can be found here.
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XM is proud to present a New Exclusive Music Series: Then...Again...Live!
Imagine taking one of the most classic albums of all time, and asking the original artist to reinterpret it live-in sequence, before an audience of fans-from today's vantage point, and with the benefit of 21st century technology...
Well, XM dreamed it - and did it - with stunning recreations of albums that are musical touchstones to entire generations of fans including Cheap Trick's At Budokan, The Allman Brothers' Eat A Peach, Jethro Tull's Aqualung, and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Pronounced Leh'-Nerd Skin'-Nerd.
Each episode features the LIVE performance of a legendary album, inter-cut with the artist's personal observations on the landmark work.
Alice Cooper - Greatest Hits
November 21 @ 8PM ET
The father of all shock rockers proves the depth and diversity of his theatrical, pop-skewed hard rock on this multi-platinum compilation that showcases unforgettable anthems, raucous rockers and potent ballads alike in a seamless onslaught of hits.
XM Live - XM 200

Dennis Dunaway/Joe Bouchard news September 18th 2004

Joe Bouchard posted some news through to the BDS list. Here's the gist of it:
Joe Bouchard & Friends, featuring Dennis Dunaway, will be playing at Ale Mary's Pub in Millbrook NY on Saturday Sept 25. Performing with the Friends will be Dave Wonsey on Djembe and mini-kit. Patty G will also sit in for a set.
Dennis Dunaway has a great new project in the works. Patty got to do percussion overdubs Wednesday night and all I can say is it was a lot of fun and the music is great. No word as to when it might be released, but the songs will delight the fans for sure.

New Guitarist? September 16th 2004

Apparently Alice was on WMGK on Monday in a short interview during which he spoke about the political comment, the Staples advert, and announced that there's a new guitarist duputising for Eric Dover when the tour resumes. The name he said is uncertain but believed to be Kevin Johnson. Obviously Eric's not going to be back in time for the tour to resume.

UPDATE: The new guy is Damon Johnson, previously with Brother Kane. He will fill in for 6 weeks. Check him out here.

VH-1 US September 15th 2004

Quick note about some upcoming VH-1 Alice soundbite appearances for US readers:
24th September The Greatest: 25 Greatest Rock Star Cameos
27th September The Greatest: 100 Greatest Shocking Moments in Rock & Roll
1st October The Greatest: 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock
Mostly repeats of course but there they are in case you missed them before.
(Thanks Andy)

Alice in Rolling Stone But Snubbed again from the Hall of Shame September 15th 2004

Alice is featured in the current issue of Rolling Stone in a list of "50 greatest portraits". The pic included is the Annie Liebowitz shot used on the cover of an old issue of RS as well as on the recent Miller beer can (coincidence?).

In other news, the yawn inducing saga of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Shame rolls on with the release of the 2005 nominees list and yet again Alice has been snubbed (12th year now?). The hall, in their infinte stupidity, are now saying artists including U2, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Randy Newman, the O'Jays, the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Wanda Jackson, the J Geils Band, Conway Twitty and Percy Sledge have had more influence on rock and roll history then the likes of Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath etc.
I don't need to say how obviously stoopid this is as it's become a broken record. Some of these acts aren`t even rock and roll acts and show the hall is now really scraping the bottom of the barrel. While some are certainly worthy of inclusion (but not before Alice and co.), others nominations are just ludicrous when compared to some of the acts that are still missing from the hall.

Alice is Greatest Act From Phoenix: OFFICIAL! September 11th 2004

According to a poll run by the Arizona Republic Alice is officially the greatest act to emerge from the Phoenix area. As if there was any doubt! Shame they list him as a 70s star though. They should know better.
Good to see The Tubes in there as well. One of my other fav. bands (and with connections to Alice) who will be back in the UK in December and aren't to be missed.

Chrity Ticket/Passes Auction September 11th 2004

Two tickets for Alice Cooper's concert at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York on Sunday, September 26, 2004, are up for auction on Ebay. The tickets also include passes to meet Alice after the show. The auction ends Monday, September 20, 2004 at 1:08 p.m. PDT.

The auction was sanctioned by Alice Cooper and all proceeds go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Sweet Relief was founded in 1994 by Victoria Williams to provide assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. For more information on the organization, visit www.sweetrelief.org.

Press September 8th 2004

It's been rather quiet the last couple of weeks, other then the endless repeating of the political comments anyway, but here are a couple more press mentions, The first is an article about the Staples advert. It seems a journalist at 'Pieces of Flair' has finally realised that Alice DOES say 'School Is Out Forever' in School's Out! Check it out here.
Next is a couple related to the political comments but worth a read anyway at Terminal City and The Chattanoogan.

News reports September 4th 2004

A couple of press items worth a quick look.
First is about a new cook book that appears to feature a recipe by Alice at Contactmusic.
Second is an interesting update on the snake/heating pad story by the people who hired Alice the snake in the first place here.
And next there's article that shows there is a least one journalist who seems to understand what Alice was talking in "that" interview. Check it out here.

Toronto Review September 1st 2004

Thanks to Celtic Bob for pointing out his cool review and pic from the Toronto show. Take a look here.

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