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.


BDS Interview February 27th 2005

Worldly Remains has a short new interview with Joe Bouchard of 'Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith' in which he talks about Blue Oyster Cult, BDS and his other musical projects.

Singer/Garric in Europe February 24th 2005

E.S.P. -  the Eric Singer Project, will be in Europe for a few shows in April/May and on this tour will feature current Alice Cooper Bassist Chuck Garric in their ranks making two ex-Cooper men. The band is completed by John Corabi (Motley Crue) and Ex-Kiss axeman Bruce Kulick, and together they will play a selection of Kiss, Crue and Cooper songs.
Dates so far are:
April 28th - The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark
April 29th - Plato - Helmond, The Netherlands
April 30th - Stadthalle - Babenhausen (bei Frankfurt), Germany
May 2nd - Bikini - Barcelona, Spain
(more dates to follow)

Ryan Roxie News February 23rd 2005

Ryan has just mailed out his latest Newsletter and you can read it below. Included is a little news on the new Alice Cooper Album!

Greetings to The R77 Street Teamers and AC Camp Worldwide,

I am the Mole!

"Life has a way of changing Life the way you planned it...." Isn't that a quote from Forest Gump or the last fortune cookie you opened up? Nahh.......it's a line taken from a new Roxie77 song and couldn't be more apropos to what's going on in my world at the moment....and possible yours too.

I sit here writing to you all from Orlando, Florida....days before me and the family embark on one of the most unconventional "experiments" in my life. Yes, "The Move" that I spoke of in the last installment of the Mole Reports is about ready to take place, and I couldn't be more terrifyingly excited about the outcome. But maybe it's not so much about the final result as it is more about enjoying the moments that lead up to the outcome, let me explain.....

Since the last time we've met on the 'ol computer screen the top 5 things that have taken place in my small rectangle of a world. We have:

1. Witnessed one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history with the Indian Ocean Tsunami tragedy. Blink, and a quarter-million peoples lives are lost and countless others forever changed. One of the best suggestions that I have heard is to mark your calendars one year or even two years from now because that's when the people of these affected countries are really gonna need our financial help. There are many good organizations doing great things to help the situation and if you search them out on the Internet and are able to contribute even just a little, the right organization doing the right thing will find you.

2. Lost lord knows how many more men and women fighting in a war that was once based on W.M.D's and now seemingly more about someone else's democracy. I'm not gonna sit here and spew my political views, you know me better then that. But I can only hope that the troops now serving overseas can come back to their own lives in the U.S. as soon as possible. There is this misconception that if you are not backing this war in Iraq, you are not backing the troops. Simply not true. In-fact, it's the contrary. I know how brave, courageous, and dedicated our troops our to this country (a hell of a lot braver then my generation that was lucky enough never to have been sent to war) because I've talked to them and heard their stories. I can only hope you can do the same and seek out a solider and hear their take. Their words paint a different landscape (both better and worse) of what's really going on there rather then what we are spoon fed daily through the media. And I'm not suggesting a cut and run policy, rather a realistic time line to send our armed forces home that will show the world that our country doesn't want to be the "occupiers" we have been labeled....whoops, there I go spewing my political views.... sorry, damn, move on.... to lighter things.....

3. Seen the New England Patriots legitimately become the "dynasty" team they rightfully deserve to be called.....For those of you outside the U.S., I'm talkin' football.....the one NOT played with the round ball kind of football....And for all the face painting chowder head R77'ers up in the North East still walking around shirtless and drunk in sub-degree weather, just remember who you have to thank for starting your cute little "dynasty"....That's right, the beloved Oakland Raiders and a little 'ol play a couple of years back called the "tuck rule snowball miracle"...... but I'm not bitter....I'm not bitter.......yes, I'm BITTER!!

4. Started to record the new Alice Cooper record!! Yes, and as usual, you can count on the Mole to bring you the inside scoop on the making of Alice's 408th record (has there really been that many?)..... So, ya liked the "band" concept of the Eyes?? Sure ya did, we'll this new record is taking the band sound to a new level (high or low depends on your musical tastes I guess)..... I'm really excited about the songs on this one because I feel they represent the whole spectrum of all the different styles Alice has shown through his career. There are songs on this one that recall the early psychedelic side, the straight ahead theatrical classic AC rock demigod sound, and even some that even dance around with (or sound I say mosh) the newer, heavier, dare I say it eightiesh facet of the man you have come to love as the Coop.....Only thing missing?.... No songs about golf....not just yet, I should say!

5. "__________________" Fill in the blank to what's been going on in your world as well, cause what's going on in your life is just as important as the Moles, because the Mole cares, he really cares.....(and you thought the Mole never brown-nosed! Ha! How do ya think we got such a big emailing list?!?)

With all that's happening on the front side of 2005, isn't the later half of the year gonna be boring and mundane.......what the heck ya mean?! what the heck ya mean?!....Come summertime, it's time to tour, tour, tour.......and don't think that I haven't been keeping an eye out on some new countries and cities that we haven't played yet (can you say Iceland?? Bjork, Bjork...here we come!...and there she goes...).....as well as all the "usual suspect" places that never disappoint......So keep an Eye out for the AC summer camp tour as it rolls on into your head-space and plays music from the future....!! Soooo Pauly Shore just now...who??

For all of you " R77 street teamers" out there that have ordered the Roxie 77 debut CD" Peace, Love & Armageddon" on the www.roxie77.com website or where ever else fine music is sold, we thank you from the bottom of our empty pockets...! ha! Seriously, you guys have been such a great source of inspiration that we might have to start recording another album as soon as this next AC tour wraps up....As soon as I can figure out the rehearsal schedule (the guys live in L.A., I'll be living in Sweden....maybe we'll have to call rehearsals in N.Y.C!!).....Because of your kind adoration of the 'ol R77 at the past Coop shows (i.e.. all the "wonka shirts" and Mole signs), there are some promoters out there that would like to see Roxie77 come around and play a mini big rock show....as soon as we get stuffed finalized, you KNOW I'll be typing away begging and graveling for your street team support....

So away we go......Thank you L.A. for being a constant reminder that anything is possible in this life.....where else can a middle class kid who comes from the suburbs, meet the girl of his dreams who comes from half way around the world, then lands a job playing guitar for one of his rock n' roll idols, which then affords him the opportunity to move to Europe and raise his family the best way he can .....?? Only in Los Angeles, baby....I might have cursed you once or twice (depending on just how much attitude or traffic you threw my way) but guess what? You treated me right L.A.....and I will forever be grateful to you....You turned "the boy into the man" but because of the good times and "second chances" you've given me, I've still remained the boy to much of the extent....Ahhhh....gettin' all sappy are ya?...Don't say it, Don't say it!....Damn, I'm gonna say it....Damn you Randy Newman!!! "I Love L.A!!!............

But I think I'm gonna love Stockholm too....

Until we meet again, on the road or in the wonderful world of cyberspace....

Peace, Love and The SI Swimsuit Issue.....

- the Mole a.k.a. Roxie

Site Maintenaince February 20th 2005

Over the next few days you may notice certain changes or broken links on this site. Yes, it's that time again. I'm bored with the design so I'm re-doing it! Please bare with me, the basic work will be over pretty quickly, followed by a period of tweaking anything that doesn't work. The message board will be the last thing to change once everything else is done. Visitors are invited to let me know if something isn't working in case I miss it. Cheers.

New Dover CD February 20th 2005

Eric Dover's band Sextus have a new Promo CD out immeniently, featuring four tracks from the forthcoming full album (now due at the end of March). It's available to pre-order by emailing promo@sextus.com for just $6 plus $4 s/h for US orders, $7 for all international orders. Quantities are limited. More info will appear on sextus.com.

Alice in Gaiman Book February 17th 2005

This one I almost missed, but thanks to ProvidencePhoenix.com here it is. 'Hanging Out with the Dream King: Conversations with Neil Gaiman and His Collaborators' by Joseph McCabe is a book about comics legend and Alice Cooper collaborator Neil Gaimen and apparently features an interview with Alice (plus presumably some background info) about "The Last Temptation" comic book.
It's out now and available from Amazon.co.uk. I've not seen a copy yet so can't varify how much Alice content there may be.

No More Dirty Diamonds? February 16th 2005

According to Alice on his radio show the album is now NOT called 'Dirty Diamonds.' That will be the album after this one. As of now, the new album is untitled. Also Alice is still in LA recording.
(Thanks Psychopat)

Classic Rock February 14th 2005

This months Classic Rock magazine has a small pic of Alice and a tour dates listing, plus the first advert I've seen for the tour taking up half a page. Unfortunatly it doesn't give many clues as to what sort of show we'll be getting, although it still features the 'Eyes..' logo.

Dali in Philly February 11th 2005

PhillyBurbs.com report that a Dali exibition will be opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Wednesday and one of the featured exhibits will be the 'First Cylindric Chronohologram Portrait of Alice Cooper's Brain', The hologram Dali created featuring Alice.
Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
More info here.

US Tour February 11th 2005

No specific show dates I'm afraid however Celebrity Access has a small item advertising the availability of a touring package featuring Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick between Aug. 19th and Oct. 1st.
Quote:
Alice Cooper: Packaged with Cheap Trick. The show will feature full sets from both artists and a special mini set with Cheap Trick backing Alice. The fee for the package is a minimum of $100,000 inclusive of production. We are open to playing arenas, sheds, theaters, minor league ballparks, fairs, festivals and private events within this time period.
Sounds like a great bill to me!!

Alice Cancels Appearance February 9th 2005

A few weeks ago it was reported that Alice Cooper and his wife Sheryl would be appearing as guest this month at a "Power Couples" luncheon organised by Pro Choice group WISH. This has been canceled after they were informed of the groups agenda, which doesn't agree with the Coopers views.
You can read a little about it here.

Dutch Magazine February 5th 2005

Thanks To Steef for spotting that there`s a page on Alice in Dutch magazine "Hebbez!". Alice is mentioned on the cover (with pic) and has a one page article with a couple of 'Eyes' promo pics. It's the February 2005 issue you want.

Alice's Driving Tips February 5th 2005

AZCentral has an article about how Alice spent part of his birthday on Friday, promoting online vehicle registration and urging drivers not to run red lights. He filmed a TV spot to be aired on local TV.

Short Alice Mention February 2nd 2005

Pioneer Press has a short piece in which Alice confirms the title of the new album and appears to suggest it will be out in June.
They mention the info in part of another article at the Miami Herald but actually simply quote most of it. Also they mention Jon Bon Jovi being there but I think this is in error as it was actually Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres that organised the event.

Tommy Clufetos Exclusive! February 1st 2005

In the latest of our occasional interviews with Alice Cooper musicians, SickthingsUK (Devon and I) have been granted an email chat with current Alice Cooper Drummer and all round cool guy Tommy Clufetos, and you can read the results in the interviews section. It's a very cool chat in which Tommy comments on working with Alice, working with Ted Nugent, and why he's called 'Tommy The Torso!!'
Hopefully more exclusive chats are on the way!

Dirty Diamonds?? February 1st 2005

Last night on his radio show Alice announced the the title for the new album would be "Dirty Diamonds". Of course he could change his mind before it's actually released so I'd suggest considering this a 'working title' for the moment.
He also mentioned that the forthcoming tour would take in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, possibly South America, Iceland and even Monte Carlo at some posh casino with a dress code!!
(thanks Psychopat)

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