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.


Blue Coupe Update July 31st 2012

Dennis Dunaway appeared at the "OurLand" festival in New York yesterday both with Blue Coupe and reading an extract from his forthcoming book. You can watch a video of the reading on YouTube.
Blue Coupe themselves have a new song available entitled "More Cowbell (Gotta Fever)" available from today at CDBaby. The song was recorded live this past January and is a taster for the forthcoming new album which the band are currrently finishing.
Blue Coupe will also be out and about during August playing the following shows:
August 3rd - Route 33 Rhythm And Brews, Wapakoneta, OH (with American Dog)
August 4th - Motor City Music Factory, Detroit, MI
August 9th - Clayton Opera House, Clayton, NY
August 10th - The Rockpile, Toronto, ON
August 11th - This Ain't Hollywood, Hamilton, ON
August 18th - Mont Clare Summer Jam, St. Michael's Park, Mont Claire, PA
August 25th - Providence Firefighters Hall, Providence, RI
August 26th - Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
Check out bluecoupeband.com for more info on all these shows.
In January 2013 the band will be travelling to Europe with one show so far confirmed in the UK at the "The Great British Rock and Blues Festival" at Butlins in Skegness on January 25th. They are looking to add further dates in Europe around that time so if you can help email Dominique at dom_the_prod@hotmail.com with details.

Band Interviews July 30th 2012

According to Brave Words Alice's next album will be a covers album, and the "Seven Deadly" project with Alan Menkin could finally see the light of day soon. No specific source for this information is named.
Mitch Lafon of Brave Words also has a video interview with Ryan, Tommy and Orianthi posted to YouTube.

Drumline speak to Glen Sobel in a new video interview which you can watch here.

Suikerrock have posted photos of Alice's performance here.

Interviews July 28th 2012

Mitch Lafon of Bravewords interviews Chuck Garric about his new band Beasto Blanco.

Andrew Mon Hughes' interview with author Dave Thompson is now available to 'listen again' at Mixcloud.

Examiner.com has some of the concept art for the new 'Alice Cooper Goes To Hell In 3D' attraction at Universal.

Universal Studios Announcement July 25th 2012

The Halloween haunted houses at Universal studios, mentioned by Alice in his webchat on monday, have now been officially announced and you can read all about them at Bloody Disgusting as well as see a video announcing the events.

Dennis Dunaway and Blue Coupe will be appearing at the Joe Hurley Our Land Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York City on July 29th. Blue Coupe will be performing 'The Hands That Build America' and 'School's Out' while Dennis will also be reading an except from his forthcoming book! One not to be missed if you are in the arena. Admission is free. Pulitzer Prize winner William Kennedy will also be reading.

Bloodstock have announced that Orianthi will be doing a solo set at the festival on the Jagermiester stage. No time or day has been announced yet but hopefully it will be the same day Alice is headlining! 

Nuvo have a review and photos from the Klipsch Music Center show.

The Belfast Telegraph have a short interview with Alice.

Web Chat July 24th 2012

If you couldn`t take part in yesterdays uStream web chat you can still see what happened here. Alice appears around nine and a half minutes into the video. Amongst other things Alice mentioned that last years Universal Studios haunted house wil be returning again this year at both Universal Studios in Hollywood and Universal Orlando. This years theme will be 'Alice Cooper Goes To Hell In 3D." He also mentioned that the new sets for the next show, which is expected to begin in October, are currently under construction by Distortions Unlimited, the same company that created the FrankenAlice for the current show.

Dave Thompson, author of the controversial new Alice Cooper biography 'Welcome To My Nightmare' will be Andrew Mon Hughes' guest on M�n FM's Classic Rock Show tonight between 8pm and 10pm. You can listen online and it will be available to "listen again" shortly afterwards. They will also have a copy of the book to give away.

Tour Wind Up and Video Chat July 22nd 2012

The Iron Maiden/Alice Cooper tour has come to an end but there are a few last reviews/photos to catch up on at Oakland Press, Examiner.com, PJStar, and IndyStar,
The Indianapolis show had to be delayed due to severe weather as fans were asked to stay in their cars for safety, but when it started at 8.30pm everything went as normal.

Alice will be taking part in a video chat on Monday at 9.30am eastern in the USA when he'll be answering fans questions live as they type them. It's a 'Nights With Alice Cooper' thing and you can check it out at Ustream or on the show's facebook page.

Neal Smith is interviewed by "Road Dog" on YouTube in two parts.

Dick Wagner will be signing hardback copies of his book 'Not Only Women Bleed' at the following locations:
July 25th Harmonie Park Studios, Detroit, MI (5pm-8pm)
July 26th Motor City Guitars, Pontiac, MI (6pm-9pm)
July 28th Callahans Music Hall, Auburn Hills, MI (concert 8pm)

Detroit Tigers July 19th 2012

The MLB have a short video of Alice at the Detroit Tigers game on Tuesday throwing out the first pitch.

Dennis Dunaway jammed with the band during soundcheck yesterday and there's a photo posted to Twitter. His band Blue Coupe opened up the show.

Alice is interviewed in the current issue of 'Horrorhound' magazine which you can get here.

Dash Cooper emailed the following:
"Hello from all of your friends at Precise Corporate Staging! We hope you are having a great month of July! July is a very special month for us. Not only is it our 12th Anniversary in business, but The Parnelli Awards are here again! For those of you who are unfamiliar with these awards, they are a prestigious award given out every year to the best of the best in the industries of Sound and Lighting by FOH and PLSN. This year, we are up for both awards and were hoping you will vote for us to win them both! Voting is very simple. Just click the links below, select Precise Corporate Staging, and submit your vote. Better yet, you may vote as many times as you like! We would appreciate your vote(s) immensely and would also love it if you would spread the word to your friends and family!
Sound Voting: http://www.fohonline.com/hometown-hero-vote.php
Lighting Voting: http://www.plsn.com/hometown-heroes-vote.html
For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, we have been providing sound and lighting equipment for Alice’s tours for the past seven years and have been sponsors of his charity Solid Rock, as well. If you would like to learn more about us, please visit our brand new website at www.PCStaging.com
Thank you so much for your time!"

Dragon*Con July 17th 2012

According to a post on Twitter Alice Cooper will be at the  Dragon*Con convention in Atlanta, Georgia again this year. The event happens between August 31st and September 3rd.

The Montreal Gazette has photos from the Bell Center show.

The world is mourning the passing of two legends yesterday. Firstly Jon Lord, legendary keyboardist and founder of Deep Purple passed away yesterday morning from a fatal pulmonary embolism after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Lord's influence of rock music was immesurable. The official Alice Cooper twitter posted the following: "Heartbroken after hearing Jon Lord has passed away. Our thoughts go out to Jon's family, friends, and Deep Purple". Damon Johnson also tweeted "Love & respect to the legendary Jon Lord. Condolences to his family. His mark in contemporary music is long and permanent. R.I.P."

It was also announced that legendary bassist Bob Babbitt also passed away yesterday. Babbitt performed on 'Alice Cooper Goes To Hell' and 'Lace And Whiskey' as well as hundreds of other recordings during his career including classic motown hits from Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as well as Elton John, Phil Collins, Bette Midler and a wealth of others. Dick Wagner posted on facebook: "The loss of Bob Babbitt left me in a state of grief all day today. Babbitt was a very close friend of mine, and will be missed so very much. Babbitt was going to join my band for this Maestro of Rock tour I am on, but I knew after our last conversation that he could not be able to join me. His health had really left him unable to really communicate. Bob Babbitt was my friend for many years. I hope he is really in a better place now."
Steve Hunter also paid tribute: The music world lost one of the premiere bass players of all time today...Bob Babbitt. I had the great pleasure of playing with him on a couple of Alice Cooper albums back in the day. And I spoke with him on the phone when I was still in Nashville a couple of months ago. He will be sorely missed. He was all about feel and in a league by himself. Do yourself a favor and Google him . You will be amazed at the classic stuff he has been a part of. And he was a damned cool guy too. Love you Bob. RIP"

New Show - Germany July 14th 2012

According to the Jahrhunderthalle site Alice will be playing Frankfurt, Germany on November 3rd. Tickets go on sale July 16th.

Alice was interviewed on Montreal's CHOM-FM and you can listen to the podcast here.

More show reviews/photos can be seen at the Toronto Sun and the Montreal Gazette.

Cleveland.com has a article/interview with Blue Coupe.

More Press July 12th 2012

Alice turned up at Montreal's 'Just For Laughs' comedy festival yesterday at Club Soda to see comic Bobby Slayton's 'The Nasty Show' and the Montreal Gazette has a photo.They also have a show review.

PJStar has a new interview with Alice.

Powerline have a review of the Bethlehem show.

There's an amusing video interview with Alice from Bonaroo 365 here.

Interviews And Press July 11th 2012

MusicRadar have a lengthy new interview with Glen Sobel about his current injury, playing with Alice, and lots of other stuff.

Gibson.com has an interview with Damon Johnson, mainly about Thin Lizzy but with a few Alice mentions as well.

The Ottawa Sun has an interview with Alice and golfing photos as well as a show review.

Female First has a short interview.

The Ottawa Citizen has photos from Bluesfest and reviews here and here, while CTV News has a short video report.

Revolver has a review and videos from Newark.

I think we mentioned 'Jimmy At The Prom' a few weeks back. This Milwaukee band have a new EP out entitled 'Escape', produced by Chuck Garric, which you can check out at the bands website here.

Roxie Interview July 7th 2012

There's a new three part interview with Ryan Roxie up on YouTube by Jacky BamBam of WMMR Philadelphia. Click the links for part one, two and three.

Scots Alice Cooper tribute Gallus Cooper have been nominated in the 2nd Scottish New Music Awards under the best tribute act catagory. You can vote for them now here.

Metro Canada has a short interview with Alice.

Blue Coupe will be playing at St Michaels in Mont Clare, PA on August 18th.

More Beasto Blanco July 4th 2012

Beasto Blanco now have a band website at beastoblanco.com, and have posted a couple more clips to their YouTube channel. Go see what Chuck and his partner in crime Chris Latham have come up with, with a little help from Tommy, Calico, and Glen!
Chuck's also been talking to onMilwaukee.com about the new project and Alice-related stuff.

Alice was on the 'McNeil and Spiegel Show' on CBS Chicago today and you can listen to the interview here.

Brave Words have posted some great photos from the Jones Beach show.

Brooklyn Vegan has photos from the New Jersey show while NJ.com has a short review.

The New York Times has a few amusing words with Alice at a local coffee shop.

Small Stuff July 3rd 2012

Show reviews and/or photos can be seen at Examiner.comBoston Phoenix, Ultimate Classic Rock, and Leigh Valley Live.

For the rich fans out there Solid Rock has a limited edition print available for just $5000. $2500 of that goes directly to Solid Rock.

Metro Times has a reminder of the Dick Wagner appearances and shows this month promoting his book "Not Only Women Bleed". They are:
July 13th The Cherry Festival, Traverse City, MI 7:30pm
July 14th Horizon Books, Book Signing, Traverse City MI 12 noon to 2pm
July 14th White’s Bar 75th Anniversary Celebration Concert, Saginaw MI
July 25th Book Signing UDetroit, Harmonie Park Studios 6pm
July 26th Motor City Guitar, Book Signing, Pontiac MI 6:30pm
July 28th Callahan’s Music Hall, Auburn Hills MI 8PM

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