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.


Fiat Advert and More Rhino Vinyl reissues. 28 Jun 2018

Alice is featured in two new commercials for Fiat Chrysler which you can see below. While most of the advert is the same they have alternate endings.

According to Music Universe Rhino is releasing three more vinyl reissues on July 17th. This time 'Da Da', 'Flush The Fashion' and 'Zipper Catches Skin' will get the treatment on 140g vinyl. There's 4,500 for 'Da Da', 5,200 of 'Flush The Fashion' both on "mixed colour vinyl"  and 4,600 smoke (clear with swirls) vinyl of 'Zipper Catches Skin'.
They're up for pre-order on AmazonUK so presumably will be on AmazonUS soon.

Paranormal Night In Paris 26 Jun 2018

According to AmazonUK and AmazonUS August 31st will see earMusic release of a new live album recorded last year at the Paris Olympia. The tracklisting lists the full show, although the other information says the CD and Vinyl are on a single disc. Presumably this is a mistake as it simply wouldn't fit. The vinyl and CD appear to have different covers.Track listing is as follows:
Brutal Planet / No More Mr Nice Guy / Under My Wheels / Department Of Youth / Pain / Billion Dollar Babies / The World Needs Guts / Woman Of Mass Distraction / Poison / Halo Of Flies / Feed My Frankenstein / Cold Ethyl / Only Women Bleed / Paranoiac Personality / Ballad Of Dwight Fry / Killer-I Love The Dead / I'm Eighteen / School's Out.
'Ballad Of Dwight Fry' is already available as a download.
The Paris show was also filmed, but so far there's no listing for a DVD.
 

The rock world lost another star this week, Pantera/Hell Yeah drummer Vinnie Paul. Alice posted the following message soon after the news broke:
"Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans."

Sand Mountain Reporter seem to have a new interview with Damon Johnson. Unfortunatly they are yet another US site simply blocking anyone in Europe from reading what they post.
 

There's a few new Hollywood Vampires reviews to list including RockShot Mag, The Times (paywalled), The Scotsman (also paywalled), Far Out Magazine, and The Independent.
After the Wembley show the band were presented with plaques commemorating their first headline show.

Streaming Vampires 23 Jun 2018

The Hollywood Vampires played Hellfest in France yesterday and the show was streamed live. Unfortunatly I didn't know until after the event but you can currently watch the full show on YouTube.
It also looked like tomorrow's show from the Graspop festival *may* be streamed as well. If it is you should be able to tune in live at the official festival site.
The UK shows have generated a few more reviews including Devilgatemedia , The Daily Mail [Hellfest and Glasgow] ,  The Telegraph , and The List . Sadly many other "reviews" don't mention anything beyond how Johnny D looks, what he's wearing etc.

The Vampires also turned up at the annual Kerrang! awards on Thursday where guitarist Joe Perry was presented with the 'Inspiration' award by Johnny Depp.

As mentioned a few weeks ago journalist/author Martin Popoff has a new book on the way called 'Welcome To My Nightmare: Fifty Years Of Alice Cooper'. The book is due to be released on July 20th and there's a limited edition deluxe hardcover version available directly from the publishers Wymer Publishing.
Wymer have been kind enough to offer STUK a copy as a competition prize and you can enter shortly via our facebook page. All you have to do is post a fun caption to the photograph you'll find there and the funniest will win a copy of the book. You can enter as many times as you like, but please keep it clean!
I'll post the photo up shortly on the SickthingsUK facebook group page which you can find here.

Chuck and Calico of Beasto Blanco have been talking to Matapaloz in a new interview you can check out on their facebook page.

 

Vampires UK Tour 21 Jun 2018

The UK leg of the Hollywood Vampire's tour concluded last night at Wembley and seems to have been a success. No guest stars last night, although Jimmy Page was backstage before the show (as was Jeff Beck in Manchester I believe). The setlist was the same as normal with highlights including 'Baba O'Riley', 'People Who Died' and 'Heroes' the latter both sung by Depp. The new material also sounds promising. Probably the most amusing part of the show came at the end when most of the huge number of balloons that dropped from the roof seemed to end up on stage, leaving little room for the band to move around (see photo on left)!
Nights With Alice Cooper have posted a short video of Alice and Joe Perry talking about the band.

Reviews of the UK shows have shown up in Express and Star, Manchester Evening News, Daily Mail, The Guardian, and The List.
 

Vampires In Birmingham 17 Jun 2018

The long awaited Hollywood Vampires UK tour began last night in Birmingham with special guest Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople joining the band again for 'All The Young Dudes' towards the end of the show. Other than that the band played the same setlist as other shows.
Since the tour began there have been an endless stream of news stories in the press, yet virtually none have had anythng to do with the music or the actual shows (which is why I haven't bothered listing them all), instead concentrating only on what Johnny Depp is wearing, his health, and occasionally the hefty price of the VIP tickets. Finally 'Birmingham Live' have actually reviewed the show, and you can read their thoughts here.

Alice has been talking to the press promoting the UK shows including The Guardian., and The Times.

Music Madness has posted a new interview with Beasto Blanco pair Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper promoting the forthcoming US shows. In it they report a new Beasto album is almost done! Calico is also interviewed by Sportskeeda.

Note: Just wanted to mention a couple of other things.
Firstly in the last couple of weeks EU privacy laws have changed. It's not really a big deal, but many US news sites have rather stoopidly now blocked access to anyone from Europe instead of making a few minor changes on their site, making it somewhat harder to see some American news stories. Hopefully they will sort themselves out soon.
Secondly, you will notice I've started adding the links as text under the news items. This is to allow the links to go through to facebook. The previous app I used to auto post things has been discontinued and the new one seems to lose normal text links, so for the moment this will have to do. Once the post has appeared on facebook I can remove the addition text here.

Alice Artist Needs Help 12 Jun 2018

Artist Airic Brumitt, who designed Alice Cooper's stage props, costumes, and more for 20 years, including the famous Alice/Skull design, is in poor health and urgently needs help with medical bills! His friend Hugh Gallagher has organized a GoFundMe campaign to raise fund for his friend so if you can please go look and help. Here's a little more background info about Airic:

"I am a musician and an artist. I did artwork for Alice Cooper for 20 plus years. It took pure dedication and lots of hard work for me to make that happen. It was not handed to me. I designed the Alice Cooper half skull and designed stage sets and props, including the Dirty Diamonds “Angel of Death” guillotine. I designed and oversaw the fabrication of and painted stage clothes for Alice and band members. I consulted during photo and video shoots. I contributed with tour book photography and was an all around graphic artist for Alice. That credit shows up in a few tour books, CDs/LPs and even a 1975 concert DVD from Rhino. My art was requested to be displayed in the Tommy Hilfinger “Rockstyle” show at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York from Fall of 1999 though Spring of 2000. My art currently hangs in the Hardrock in New York. I also have mentions and artwork in a few books; the 2nd Kisstory book and the Kiss Tour magazine. The Treasures of the Hardrock Cafe book as well."

Ryan Roxie will be on 'The Music Shindig' tomorrow evening between 6pm and 9pm UK time. Host Dino Bedrocker will be playing new Roxie songs and Cooper classics and you can listen in here.
There's another new interview with Roxie on 'Hard Rock with Jay Conroy' which you can check out here.

Alice appeared in a new A&E documentary called 'David Cassidy: The Last Session' which aired on June 9th and is presumably now available to watch on demand if you have access to the US channel.

Piggy D has posted the soundtrack music he recently wrote for the Alice Cooper 'Nightmare Castle' pinball game over on YouTube. The music is accompanied by animated images from the game and is pretty cool!

The new issue of UK magazine 'Uncut' has three pages on Alice Cooper talking about writing and recording 'I'm Eighteen'.

Nita Strauss will be making a few personal appearances this month. They include June 18th in San Diego at Guitar Workshop Plus, June 22nd/23rd at Sweetwater Gearfest, and on June 28th she'll be in Pittsburgh "for a very special performance".
Nita turned up at the Ubisoft press conference earlier today at the E3 Games convention in Los Angeles playing with one of her other bands 'Critical Hit'. Footage will likely turn up on YouTube shortly.

AL.com has a new interview with ex-Alice guitarist/songwriter Eric Dover talking about his career including his time with Alice.

Dash Cooper has been talking to RadioactiveMike Z about his band CO-OP, their new album, and his dad Alice, and you can listen to the conversation via Soundcloud.

Roxie Tours USA 05 Jun 2018

Ryan Roxie will be on the road in July promoting his 'Imagine Your Reality' album as part of the 'Planet Axe' tour in the USA with fellow guitarists Brandon Gibbs (Devil City Angels) and Joel Kosche (Collective Soul). Ryan's band for these shows will include Kosche along with Robbie Miller on bass and Kenny Bailey on drums. The dates are as follows:
July 18th - The Nick - Birmingham, AL
July 19th -  37 Main - Buford, GA
July 20th - Private Event - Somerset, KY
July 21st - MVP Bar - Cincinnati, OH
July 22nd -  Firehouse BBQ & Blues - Richmond, IN
July 25th - Tailgators - Cedar Rapids, IA
July 26th - Rascals Live Music Venue - Moline, IL
July 27th - Psycho Silo Saloon - Langley, IL
July 28th - Stone Toad Bar & Grill - Menasha, WI

Ryan will also be on Spire Radio Wednesday June 13th between 6pm and 9pm UK time (1-3 EST) on 'The Music Shindig' with Dino Bedrocker. The show will feature an interview with Roxie, music from 'Imagine Your Reality' as well as Cooper classics. You can also check out video of Ryan's "takeover" on Bandit radio here.

Nita Strauss has been talking to Pure Grain Audio about her forthcoming solo album, and she's also writing regular columns for  Guitar World magazine the latest of which you can read here.

Damon Johnson will be back in the UK with Black Star Riders bandmate Ricky Warwick for a series of acoustic shows under the 'Sonic Acoustic Attack' banner. The pair will perform material by Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty, Alice Cooper and Brother Cane, with the shows also featuring "spoken word segments". The dates are:
Sep 25: Stoke, Eleven
Sep 26: Blackpool, Waterloo Music Bar
Sep 27: Kendal, Bootleggers
Sep 28: Grimsby, Yardbirds
Sep 29: Norwich, Waterfront Studio
Sep 30: Chester, Live Rooms
Oct 01: Bilston, Robin 2
Oct 02: London, Dingwalls
Oct 03: Evesham, The Iron Road
Oct 04: Nuneaton, The Queen’s Hall
Oct 05: Sheffield, The Foundry
Oct 07: Bournemouth, Zephyr
Oct 09: Manchester, Night People
Oct 10: Newcastle, Cluny 2
Oct 11: Belfast, The Limelight 2
Oct 12: Glasgow, Audio
Oct 13: Dundee, Church
Oct 14: Edinburgh, Bannerman’s Bar

Alice is still out on the road with the Holywood Vampires, but nearly all the press revolves around Johnny Depp - how he looks and what he's wearing - and so are of limited interest. One particularly silly news story revolves around the VIP experiences refering to it in rather sordid terms. The article tries to suggest this is Depp's idea as a way to meet and pick up women, which is ridiculous. There's no mention of what the VIP packages are or how they work. Gutter journalism at it's best. I've no intention of reporting and linking to such clickbait unless it has direct Alice content, and so far there's been very little of that.

Want to see Alice Cooper for $18? That's the current offer at AliceCooper.com where between June 4th and June 10th you can buy tickets to some of the US shows for just $18! Use the password "schoolsout". There's even a little video to promote the offer. Does all this suggest the US shows aren't selling as well as usual? Whatever the reason it means there's no excuse for missing out on this tour if it comes near you!

Alice has been speaking to Lazer 103 in a new audio interview which you can lisen to on Soundcloud.

Louder Sound have an article focusing on 'Welcome To My Nightmare'.

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