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.


XM Greatest Hits Repeat May 30th 2005

Thanks to Ryan for the following:
XM Radio will be replaying Alice Cooper's 'Then Again Live' show from back in November on XM Ch 200 at 2 AM Eastern Standard Time tonight (technically Tuesday morning). For anyone not familiar with this performance, it is Alice and his current band playing the entire Greatest Hits album in front of a live audience at XM studios.

Holiday Treats May 30th 2005

A little bonus today as there doesn't seem to be a lot of news so far. My good friend Pete (Dean of Men) brought over a copy of the Zane Lowe Gonzo MTV2 appearance last night which I couldn't watch when it aired. So I've put it up now for all to see. Some nice album mentions in there. Click here to watch or download on dialups.

Next Week On Nights... May 28th 2005

Wednesday: David Coverdale
Thursday: Dr Lynn Kitei (UFO Film Maker)

The Kumars May 27th 2005

As forewarned Alice appeared on "The Kumars At No. 42" this evening on BBC1 in an appearance filmed in London a couple of weeks ago. Also on the show was comedy legend Ronnie Corbett who overseas fans may recall from the SkyPlus advert the pair did together last year.
The show is a weird sort of sitcom crossed with an interview show and something of an aquired taste, but Alice came off well despite having to tell the chicken story yet again.
For the benefit of overseas fans you can watch the Alice segment of the show, available for a short time only, by clicking here. Dial-up users would be advised to right click and "save as" but be warned it's a 10meg file this time as the clip is about 13 minutes in total.

Classic Rock May 27th 2005

The new edition of Classic Rock has a short piece on Alice under the title "Alice In Warning Land: Cooper Employs Shock Tactics." Below is a quote about the new show:
Alice Cooper has a word of warning for anyone attending his November UK shows. "If I were in the first 20 rows, I wouldn't wear my best clothes," he told Classic Rock recently. "The show does have a tendency to spill into the audience a bit..."
Cooper, who releases a new album 'Dirty Diamonds' in July will be supported by Twisted Sister, and he promises "a lot of fun" as well as a production that will keep changing - the staging, the costumes, the lights, the attitude, the mood - it gradually travels into "the bigger theatrical world of Alice - the psychodrama".

Ticket Tidbits and Sweden Golf May 27th 2005

It seems the confusion over where Alice will be playing on September 2nd has resolved itself. Fanfire are now also listing the Madison, WI show with packages going on sale later today.

The Las Vegas show on the 17th of October will go on sale this saturday at 12pm from Ticketmaster. No mention of Cheap Trick on this one so far.

Also: Maria emails to say that Swedish Golfing magazine 'Svensk Golf' is advertising an article on Alice in their next issue. The advert features a photo of Alice and the text: "There was a time when hardrocker Alice Cooper rather hung out with "Jack Daniels" than his family. When he woke up after hard partynights he threw up blood and cleaned his mout with whiskey. The lifestyle was almost killing him. Today Cooper plays golf six days/week. This summer also in Sweden."

Also: New West Want You
I should have maybe included this a few days ago but New West Records, Alice's new North American label are looking for people to join their 'Street Team'. They want YOU to help promote the new album and be part of making it a success. All the details are at the New West Street Team Site. Benefits seem to include special merchandise and possibly even show tickets. Many people complained that Spitfire didn't do enough. Now US fans can help in making 'Dirty Diamonds' a success!
There is already a forum open on the New West site for fans to chat and street team members have a special area as well accessable once you join up.

Also don't forget Alice's appearance on 'The Kumars" tonight on BBC1 at 9.30pm (check for regional variations).

All Good Publicity May 26th 2005

Thanks to Maggie for spotting that Alice performed at a special party for the Los Angeles Premier of 'Rock School' on the 24th. Also in attendance were Jon Anderson of Yes and Ex-Police drummer Stuart Copeland. Alice appears to have performed 'School's Out' at the party with the Rock School students. Photos of the event are available both at Wireimage and GettyImage.
The album is now available through Amazon. It features Alice and the Students performing a new version of 'School's Out' as well as appearances by Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Ann Wilson (Heart), Jon Anderson (Yes), Dave Mustaine(Megadeth) and Billy Idol. It can be bought from AmazonUS or AmazonUK now.

Also: Another minor story doing the round today. This one comes from something said on the Late Late Show a couple of nights ago (video below) and refers to the Keith Richards Blood storey. Contact Music have it as follows: ALICE COOPER has an idea for a great horror movie - about what happens with rock peer KEITH RICHARDS' used blood.

The Detroit, Michigan rock icon says he's amazed the likes of Richards and IGGY POP are still alive after years spent abusing their bodies, and suggests filmmakers should work on a concept about how they preserve their bodies.
Cooper, real name VINCE FURNIER, says, "Iggy shouldn't be alive at all... He's like an old baseball glove... and Keith Richards should have been dead years ago. Nobody can live through that.
"Of course, he gets new blood every year; he has a 15-year-old Swedish girl's blood in him right now. But there's a great horror movie there somewhere because where does his old blood go...? They have to drain it and dump it somewhere. I love that idea."

Dirty Diamonds (For Real) May 25th 2005

The image above is confirmed as the REAL cover for 'Dirty Diamonds'. (Thanks Andrew, Timur)
The full track list appears to be:

  1. Woman Of Mass Distraction
  2. You Make Me Wanna
  3. Perfect
  4. Dirty Diamonds
  5. Pretty Ballerina
  6. Sunset Babies (All Have Rabies)
  7. Zombie Dance
  8. The Saga Of Jesse Jane
  9. Six Hour
  10. Steal That Car
  11. Run Down The Devil
  12. Your Own Worst Enemy

In addition there appear to be two bonus tracks, 'The Sharpest Pain' and 'Stand', although where they will appear is unconfirmed. 'Stand' is the title of the track previously released on the 'Unity' Olympics album earlier this year which featured rapper Xhibit. It's listed on the UK promo that has appeared.
Currently release dates are set as July 4th for Europe and August 2nd for North America although of course this could change.

The Late Late Show May 25th 2005

As previously reported Alice appeared on the 'The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusson' last night. It was an interview, not a performance, and he was on for 8-10 minutes. I haven't seen it yet, being in the UK, but it appears to have gone well although the host asked some of the same old questions yet again. No sign of 'Rock School' as predicted on the shows site and only passing reference to 'Dirty Diamonds'.
(thanks damiennalice and Devon)
Update: Watch here. Dial up users are recommended to right click and "save as" rather then watching online.
(thanks Jeff)

New Finland Show May 24th 2005

August 5th 2005 -Oulu, Finland, Club Teatria

Dirty Diamonds May 23rd 2005

Note: Not final cover design, this is a "rough mock up" using old photo of Alice that has appeared on Amazon.de apparently by mistake. Actual cover will have new Alice Cooper pic on it. Apologies for any confusion yesterday.

More Small Bits May 21st 2005

Blue22pr have a mp3 format interview clip relating to the current Passiton.org charity auctions.

UK:
Radio 6 The Bruce Dickinson Show
Saturday - June 11th
9pm-midnight

USA: CBS - The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (with 'Rock School')
Tuesday - May 24, 2005 (but after midnight)
12:35/11:35c

Dirty Diamonds is Coming! May 21st 2005

Last night Alice previewed another new track from the forthcoming album 'Dirty Diamonds' on 'Nights With Alice Cooper'. The track is called 'Pretty Ballerina' and is in fact a cover of a Left Banke track from 1967. As usual a poll has been set up on the forum for you to say what you think of it if you heard it.
The US release of 'Dirty Diamonds' has been confirmed as August 2nd on New West Records. A Press release has been issued with lots of details about the album.

Alice Cooper
Dirty Diamonds
Release date: August 2, 2005

After 30 albums and some of the most famous rock songs ever recorded, you'd think Alice Cooper's demons would've been conquered by now, or maybe locked in a cage and fed undercooked meat. But the man who changed the course of rock music in the '70s with bloody guillotines, sparking electric chairs, slimy boa constrictors, and a little blood and eyeliner still has more to slay in 2005. Alice Cooper is master at re-inventing himself, shedding his skin like one of his snakes to become everything from a mascara'd grave robber to a leather-wrapped street hooligan, a film noir detective, insane asylum honor student, and nihilistic dada-ist. 2003's Eyes of Alice Cooper saw another of these shape-shifts, grinding musical gears with back-to-basics garage rock. Wrapping his famous sneer/snarl around a fistful of power chords, Alice 'lean and mean' pumped the adrenaline to toxic levels. With the release of Dirty Diamonds, Coop is back in even finer form, promising more thrills, chills and doctor bills.

"Dirty Diamonds sounds like Eyes of Alice Cooper with more polish on it," says Alice. "On Eyes I wouldn't allow the band to do overdubs. We did everything in the studio: write, record it and put it to bed. I don't want a Queen album or a Def Leppard album that's perfectly recorded. They're terrific, you can't knock those albums, but that's not the sound I'm looking for. I'd much rather have the sound of an early Stones album." And that's exactly what Dirty Diamonds is "a nod to the British Invasion past while acknowledging the Nu-rock White Stripes/Jet present. Guitars and solos are strip-searched of effects, giving sharp bite to songs like 'Woman of Mass Distraction,' a smoker's cough sheen to 'Your Own Worst Enemy' and testosterone feistiness of 'Steal That Car.' "This whole album takes you in a lot of different directions," he says, "yet it still really sounds like an Alice album." His roadmap this time takes you through glam-trash ['Dirty Diamonds'], last call blues ['Six Hours'], all-purpose punk ['Steal That Car'], country & western ['Saga of Jesse Jane'], New Orleans, swampy mugginess ['Zombie Dance'], and undiluted south-of-the-belt-buckle, Stones hard rock ['Sunset Babies (All Got Rabies')].

And there's no shortage of razor-tongued, phrase twisting-like his famous black eyes, another Alice plot device. In 'Run Down The Devil,' when he catches Satan ('the ultimate road kill') in his headlights, he promises to 'take him to the Mercury grill' and 'kick his future up his past.' He even punk's Chihuahua-toting Paris Hilton types in 'Sunset Babies' with the line, 'I'd buy her a diamond collar, if she'd only throw me a bone.' "The art of the lyric is something I spend all my time on," says Alice. "I love the idea that a song will throw a lyrical curve at you or at least make you go, that's an Alice lyric. I learned to write lyrics from listening to Chuck Berry who is maybe the best rock lyricist. I always said an Alice lyric should always be a cut above everyone else when it comes to clever. If I can make myself laugh, then I know it's a good lyric." A prime example comes in the form of a country western ballad, 'The Saga of Jesse Jane,' whose cross-dressing main character finds himself jailed in a Texas town "in my sister's wedding gown." The song asks, "Are you just a normal guy who dresses like a butterfly?" "I say we should release that to country & western radio and not tell anybody who it's from. I tried to make it sound like Johnny Cash. I can hear this playing in a truck stop jukebox. The idea that it has clever lyrics shouldn't take away from the fact that the song is actually a catchy number."

Of the many standout tracks, Alice professes fondness for the song, 'Perfect.' While its middle-finger guitar riff and lyrical swagger points a straight line back to 'Love It To Death' and 'Be My Lover,' Alice says it has more in common with Meet The Beatles. "I just absolutely pride myself on that song. Wouldn't it be great to be able to write 'I Saw Her Standing There' or 'You're Gonna Lose That Girl'? Any three-minute Beatles song. I finally wrote something I feel could've been a Beatles song at one point, even if it was a Beatles song they would've thrown away.

One of the album's more deceptive tracks is 'Pretty Ballerina,' a dark ballad imbued with Alice's eerie softer voice, veiled in classic Cooper unease. "That was originally written by a band called The Left Banke who had a hit with 'Walk Away Renee,'" says Alice. "'Pretty Ballerina' was their second hit. I heard it when I was a kid in 1965-66. It's just such a great curveball; it sounds a little bit like 'Only Women Bleed.' It has that delicacy and darkness, even though when you listen to it it's just a love song. The way it was written really appeals to that darker romantic side of me."

Writing and recording Dirty Diamonds with Alice is his band, long-time guitarist Ryan Roxie, recent addition guitarist Damon Johnson (best known for his band Brother Cane), bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Tommy Clufetos. Unlike Alice's 2003 album The Eyes of Alice Cooper, which featured the band and only the band with virtually no overdubs, Dirty Diamonds has a more arranged and produced feel to it, and features additional contributions by a host of highly regarded LA musicians and writers, including guitarist Rick Boston (Rickie Lee Jones), bassist Mike Elizondo (Eminem, 50 Cent) and keyboardist Teddy Zigzag (who has worked with everyone from Guns N Roses to Carole King).

"I really look at Dirty Diamonds as an Alice gem. There are no fillers. Pick any song you think might be a single and I'm happy with that song representing the album. That to me is quality. Every track has got to be a great song, which is something I learned from Bob Ezrin." (producer of the Alice Cooper platinum classics Love It To Death , School's Out, Billion-Dollar Babies, and Welcome To My Nightmare, as well as Pink Floyd and Kiss). Co-produced by Steve Lindsey (who has worked with everyone from Leonard Cohen to Elton John) and Rick Boston, the minimalist 'set it and forget it' approach captures Alice Cooper in all his timeless black humor and raw wound glory. "With Steve we were able to write it, record it and move on to the next song," says Alice. "He's one of those guys who has the same kind of music pedigree as Ezrin. We were on the same page as far as the kind of music we were talking about." The only song that indulges mapped-out production is the title track, with a movie soundtrack horn section that recalls the West Side Story spin of 'Gutter Cats Vs. The Jets'. "Almost everything through Alice Cooper has had a cinematic sound to it. Think of 'Dirty Diamonds' as being a James Bond movie. That's something that Alice does that nobody else does," he says.

'Dirty Diamonds' is pure Alice Cooper. He's still and forever rock's reigning shock rock icon. "I always treated Alice as a dignified criminal, like Hannibal Lecter," he says. "Lecter would never lower himself to use bad language. Alice was always too much of an elegant gentleman; He wouldn't swear, but he'd slit your throat."

More Ticket Packages May 20th 2005

Available today at 10amPT/1pmET from Fanfire:
August 23 - Toronto, ON - Docks Concert Theatre - Second Toronto Show
August 28 - Farmingville, NY - Brookhaven Amphitheatre
August 30 - Syracuse, NY - NY State Fair
October 17 - Las Vegas - The Joint

Next Week On Nights... May 20th 2005

Tuesday: Comedian Richard Belzer
Wednesday: Actor Bill Pullman
Thursday: Write/Director Paul Schrader
Friday: Tesla on Offbeat News

More Shows and Ticket Packages May 18th 2005

New Shows:
August 23rd - second night in Toronto at The Docks
October 24th - Lethbridge AB, at Enmax Centre (AC.com lists Emax Arena but that doesn't seem to exist).
October 16th - Las Vegas at The Joint.

Also, just to add to the confusion this year, AC.com as of writing have shows in both Loveland. CO AND Huron, SD listed for September 4th on the main page. One is listed announcing the package deal, and one in the "new dates".

Fanfire have also announced more ticket packages for the rich people out there. Packages for Cincinnatti, Loveland, Vancouver, Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge and Calgary go on sale May 19th.

Vancouver May 18th 2005

Classic 101 are showing a date for Vancouver on October 19 at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets's on sale this Thursday.

Canadian Shows May 17th 2005

New Show Dates:
October 21st '05 Calgary, AB, Canada - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Presale begin 18th May at 10am
October 22nd '05 Edmonton AB, Canada - The Winspear. On sale Friday.
October 23rd '05 Red Deer, AB, Canada - Enmax Centrium. On sale 19th May at 10am.
(thanks Steve, Essay)

UPDATE: The Edmonton Sun has confirmation of the Edmonton show in a short article today.

Also: Thanks to 'Mister Shivers' for this report on todays Alice Appearance on Phoenix TV.

Alice appeared on local NBC channel 12 in Phoenix on the Arizona midday program. This was broke into various segments with Alice over the course of the show. Kind of like he was guest host, but kept disappearing for some segments. He did a brief sit down interview (nothing of major interest really). The second segment was a cooking segment with Alice and and supposedly Sheryl. My guy at the news station said they both were appearing, but Sheryl wasn't on camera that I saw. The segment was called "cookin' with kids". They served cottage cheese with gravy, pancakes and sauerkraut, Ice cream with BBQ CHIPS and bologna with vinegar. Alice served up his recommended favorite, peanut butter with Dill pickles. There were some strange combinations that were borderline weird. Short segments really, Alice did make a fat kid eat something gross at the end.

Next segment was with Alice and Sheryl doing some cooking. Actually all Alice did was pour some Almonds in a pan and crack jokes. Sheryl had kids dressed as bumble bees bring out the ingredients for the segment. Alice just kind of hung out and talked about how they met and how he is a romantic and likes shopping for Sheryl and taking her out on dates. He then gave relationship advice. Alice said Calico just finished a movie and was going out on tour with him. He also mentioned he likes to run around the house dressed as Zorro while Sheryl wears dance outfits. The bumble bees sang going into commercial break.

Next up was Sheryls Destiny Dancers doing a routine to the Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams". Interesting program which was really the local Alice more so than the entertainer. I will check with my guy at the station and see if he will send the segments over via computer.

Mister Shivers

Chicken Feed May 17th 2005

In what seems to be a very quiet day news-wise there's little to report. As expected several more sources have taken up both the "Alice Begs for Bond Role" and "Michael Jackson" non-stories from yesterday. About the only thing I've seen of any note is a story in the Arizona Central, which is actually just a recipe for 'Chicken Salad with Grapes and Carmelized Almonds'.

Today's Tidbits May 16th 2005

A few sources are running a story about Alice wanting to be the next James Bond adversary. Nothing new really as he's been saying similar things for about 20 years, but it was deemed interesting enough to get mentions in The Daily Mail newspaper today and online at ContactMusic. Others will probably follow.
Another story doing the rounds today is related to Alice's comments on Michael Jackson. Basically the quote goes "He can't possibly go to any jail that exists right now. My idea was that they build him a fantasy jail like Captain Hook's ship because he's so into this Peter Pan thing." Again it seems that's interesting enough to be reported in several places including The Times and the New York Times!

Also: Marketwire are running a press release from EagleRock announcing that EagleRock will be releasing titles on "the hot new Universal Media Disc (UMD) format, and release selected catalog titles worldwide on UMD for play on the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) game device." None of that means much to me but you can check the link for more info. It also appears that their site has some 1 minute mp4 samples from their old Alice Cooper releases. I couldn't find them but JollyJon found 'School's Out' from 'Brutally Live' on there for anyone that hasn't heard it. However apparently this one is the full song and 28meg so dialup beware!

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