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.


Vampires In Rome November 30th 2017

The Hollywood Vampires will play 'Rock In Rome' on July 8th next year. Tickets appear to go on sale today.

The Michael Bruce Group and Dash Cooper's CO-OP will both perform at the 'Cooperstown Farewell Festival' on December 2nd at The Pressroom, in Phoenix. The festival features a host of bands who played Cooperstown over the years before it unexpectedly closed recently.

AZCentral has a new interview with Alice promoting this years Pudding show.

Alice was apparently on French TV yesterday and you may be able to watch it here but I'm geo-locked so can't!

The new issue of Classic Rock Magazine features 'Genuine American Girl' on it's free "Best Of The Year" CD. You can also vote for the same song as "Coolest Song Of The Year' on 'Little Steven's Underground Garage' radio show.

It appears Nita Strauss will be returning to the 'Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp' next year along with headline guests Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Zakk Wylde (Ozzy/Black Label Society). The event runs between April 19-22nd, 2018 in Hollywood, CA.

Montrose/Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar is 70 and part of his birthday celebrations is a short video with his celebrity friends sending him amusing birthday wishes, beginning with Shep Gordon and Alice!

Beasto Blanco Release Live Album November 26th 2017

Beasto Blanco, featuring Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper, have announced the release of their first live album entitled 'Live From Berlin' which will be released on January 19th 2018. The album features songs from both their studio albums including their re-working of 'Feed My Frankenstein'. You can pre-order the album in various formats and packages now at ratpakrecords.com. The full track listing is as follows: Il Nostro Spirito/Beasto Blanco, Freak, Motorqueen/Drum Solo, Grind, Machine Girl, Death Rattle, Honey, Feed My Frankenstein, Sadhana/Breakdown.

Noisey have a review and photos from the recent Wembley show, with some rather glaring errors, but it's a review from a non-fan who took her mother to her first AC show so maybe mistakes are understandable. A little research wouldn`t have hurt though!

The Andy Warhol museum have posted a video of Alice doing a screen test at their site.

Before leaving the UK Dennis Dunaway signed over 450 copies of his 'Snakes, Guillotines, Electric Chairs' book which should be appearing at bookshops around the country so keep your eyes open. It's also possible you may be able to order a signed copy if you ask at your local store.

Casinopedia has a video of the Alice slot machine including Alice playing it.

Vampires Add Italian Show November 23rd 2017

The Hollywood Vampires have added a show in Italy on July 7th at the Lucca Summer Festival. Tickets appear to be on sale now.

Alice has released a short video remembering AC/DC legend Malcolm Young which you can see here.

The UK press has had quite a bit of coverage about the forthcoming 'Urban Legends' show on Sky Arts. I mentioned the show some months back when it was announced UK comic and AC fan Noel Fielding would be playing Alice in the show which tells a version of the story of Alice meeting Dali. There still seems to be no air date, but photos of Fielding as Alice have been released, and this seems to be what has caused the flood of coverage as Fielding is currently co-hosting top rated show 'The Great Britsh Bake Off', and so everything he does is being reported. You can see the photos here, which include David Suchet as Dali.

Ryan Roxie posted the following on the recent passing of David Cassidy:
"When I say 'Keith' was a major influence growing up, most people assume it was Keith Richards. And although I have stolen many of Sir Richards clothing choices & guitar riffs over the years, the TRUE hero of my childhood was none other then 'Keith Partridge' a.k.a. the late great David Cassidy.
He's probably one of the main reasons I still get to drive around the world on a bus (albeit not a multi-colored school bus) and play in a band with family (yes, I consider this AC Band & Crew my extended family as we have spent more time together this year than with our own families back home!
I met David once back in the '90's, and I shook his hand and we exchanged a brief hello...that was enough for me. It was a crowded night club and he was about to go onstage and do what he had always done, entertain. All was good....I had shaken the hand of the man who had passed the 'torch of rock n roll' onto me. He had no idea the amount of inspiration he gave us adolescent rock n' rollers growing up in the '70's...but in the back of his mind, I think he did.
So on this Thanksgiving day 2017, I thank YOU, David Cassidy....and instead of getting bummed and sad about your passing, I will echo your sentiments and continue to try and make the world just a bit more positive then it was the day before....'C'mon, Get Happy' Cheers, 77"

Alice was mentioned on Dutch TV NTR last week and you can watch it here starting around 2.02 into the show. The interesting bit is that it apparently mentions that Alice will be interviewed for the show 'Top 2000 a Go Go' which will air at the end of December, so I suppose this is more of a heads up for that show.

Ruta66 has a review from the UK tour in Spanish with photos.

The Times has a review of the Wembley show for subscribers.

UK betting site 'Betsafe' appear to have a new Alice Cooper themed slots game available. You can only see and play the game by signing up, but they have a review, with photos, that you can see here explaining the game play.

Doro Joins Alice in Germany November 19th 2017

Last night in Krefeld, Germany Alice and the band were joined on stage by German metal queen Doro Pesch for 'School's Out'. AC guitarist Tommy Henriksen wrote, recorded and toured with Doro for a few years back in the late 80s. You can watch video here. (Photo by Jan Fleuren)
Also at Krefeld Nita Strauss paid tribute to Malcolm Young of AC/DC, who sadly passed away yesterday, by starting her solo before 'Poison' with the riff from 'Thunderstruck'.

The latest edition of French magazine 'Rock & Folk' has an 8 page article about Alice Cooper and the reunion shows.

The Daily Mail in the UK has an article about Alice and the UK shows with a few mistakes (They didn`t play 'Elected', the name didn`t come from a TV show etc, and I doubt ANY Alice fan will be surprised to learn he plays golf, goes to church or is married...).

 

 

UK Tour Ends and News Catch Up November 17th 2017

The UK tour is over and it's time to catch up on everything that's happened over the last week or so, but first... well.. it was good wasn`t it! First the stunning Dublin shows, and then the five historic mainland shows with Neal, Dennis and Michael on stage with Alice again in the UK. I hope everyone who could get to the shows had as much fun as I did! As always there are a few thank you's: To Alice, Neal, Dennis, Michael, Ryan, Tommy, Chuck, Glen, Nita and Sheryl for putting on the best shows on the planet. To the Alice Cooper crew who work so hard to put on the show everynight. To Bujie, for what must at times have been super-human patience. To Kyler Clark for being an all round cool dude. To all the Sickthings from around the UK and the world, especially the 'Nation of Ovine', who I was able to spend time with (there is never enough). And finally the indisputable 'Man of the Year' Toby Mamis for his friendship and help above and beyond. Safe travels onwards and I hope we'll see you all again soon!

So, lets get to the news:

The Hollywood Vampires will play Samsung Hall in Zurich, Switzerland on July 3rd. Tickets are on sale now. The band will also perform at Hellfest in France which takes place between June 22nd and 24th, and there are strong rumours they *may* be at Download this year but that hasn`t been confirmed.

There's new interviews from The Scotish Sun, Dublin Nova, BBC 6 Music, and KJZZ.

Dublin Live has a report on what Alice got up to off stage in Ireland (yes, it's golf related).

Live reviews and photos come from: The Telegraph, Yorkshire Evening Post, Rockshot, The Scotsman, Birmingham Mail, Express and Star, Manchester Evening News, Lancashire Telegraph, Financial Times, and The Sun.

On his one day off in the UK Alice travelled back down to London for the opening of a multimedia art installation called 'The Adoration Trilogy: Searching for Apollo.' It’s a collaboration between The Who‘s Roger Daltrey and photographer Alistair Morrison, and it was unveiled at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. A whole host of music legends were there including Daltrey, John Paul Jones, Peter Frampton, Donovban, Carl Palmer, Paul Weller, Bill Wyman, Tom Jones and Peter Gabriel. Reports and photos can be seen at Best Classic Bands, Daily Mail, and Rock107.

Penny Black Music interviews Steve Hunter about his new (and excellent) solo album 'Before The Lights Go Out'.

Finally this last one actually appeared just before the tour began but is too good not to mention. Fast forward to about the 17 minute mark for the cutest Alice Cooper review you will ever hear by 8 year old Chloe O'Donovan.

Vampires In Russia November 10th 2017

Two new Hollywood Vampires shows have just been announced. They are:
May 28th: Moscow, Russia - Olympisky
May 30th: St. Petersburg, Russia - Ice Palace
Tickets go on sale November 13th at 9AM CET.

Two new interviews with Alice: One in the Irish Times, and a second KJZZ The Show.

Drummer Whitey Glan R.I.P. November 8th 2017

Legendary 'Welcome To My Nightmare' drummer Pentti “Whitey” Glan passed away yesterday, November 7th. Whitney first started playing back in 1965 with 'The Rogues' who became 'Mandala' shortly afterwards and toured Canada with their a hit single 'Loveitis'. In the mid-70s he was chosen by Bob Ezrin to back Lou Reed, which led to being part of the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' band on both album and tour. He became an in demand session player, appearing on maybe 100s of records including Bette Midler's 'The Rose' (with other members of the 'Nightmare' band) and Van Morrisons 'Moondance', but he always stayed in touch with the Alice Cooper organisation, visiting them at shows when they were in the area. Glan was diagnosed with lung cancer last October. All our sympathies to his family and friends.
UPDATE: Alice has posted the following statement: "I picked Whitey Glan for the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour because he was simply the best drummer around, not knowing he could drink me under a table! Everybody who worked with Whitey was his best friend. He was certainly one of rock's premier drummers, but he was under-rated and under-publicized.  Canada is less one world class musician now".

 

Late Stuff November 7th 2017

A few new items before I leave for Dublin...

The 'Live From The Astroturf' single has won an award for the best .45 single packaging at the 'Alex Awards' which are awarded for 'achievement in vinyl packaging'. Well done Chris Penn and Good Records.

Alice Cooper has been nominated for induction into the 'Songwriters Hall of Fame' along with Tom Waits, N.W.A. and Mariah Carey!

CANADIAN Superfan Paul Brenton is heading to the UK for the tour and will be writing reports for Canadian magazine 'Music Express'. The first introduction articles are up already, but watch for more instalments.

Vampires In Prague November 6th 2017

The Hollywood Vampires will be special guests to 'Ozzy Osbourne and friends' on June 13th at the Prague Rocks 2018 festival in the Czech Republic. Tickets go on sale November 9th with a LiveNation presale two days before.

Nita Strauss was a guest on Nikki Sixx's 'Sixx Sense' show a couple of days ago for a long interview and you can listen in via YouTube.

Dennis Dunaway is interviewed by 'Noize In The Attic' which you can hear here. Dennis appears about 15 minutes into the podcast.

Ruta66 have a review of the 'Paranormal' album in Spanish.

Watch out for the Christmas edition of 'Family Guy' this year as it features one of the last recordings by the late Carrie Fisher AND will  feature 'School's Out'.

Note: There may not be many more updates for the next week or so as the UK dates are coming up so I'll be away from home. Keep an eye on the forums and facebook as news will probably appear there before I can post it. Also don't forget that the times on many tickets for the UK tour are wrong. The doors should open around 6pm and The Tubes are set to start at 7pm.

Alice on Kimmel November 1st 2017

Alice's appearance last night on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' included a short interview with guest host Dave Grohl and a performance of 'The Ballad Of Dwight Fry', including the guillotine, with the Foo Fighters!. You can see the interview here and the performance here.

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