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.


Live Album Released Today 31 Aug 2018

Today sees the release of the new Alice Cooper live album - 'A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia, Paris' - which includes the full show from the last night of the 2017 tour. There's no major surprises, it's exactly what you would expect with all the hits and a few lesser known songs, but it sounds great and the band shines.
More of a surprise was the inclusion last night in St Pauls of 'Grim Facts', a song not played live for decades! It apparently replaced 'Be My Lover' in the set and will hopefully remain in the show for a while. You can check out footage on YouTube.

Celebrity Access have an excellent in depth interview with Alice manager Toby Mamis which delves into his career including lots of Alice Cooper stuff.

The Metro in the UK has a new Alice interview promoting the new live album. There's also new inteviews at TwinCities.com, another at UpRoxx, a short peice in Billboard, a show review in the Edmonton Journal (with photos here), and another review with Exclaim!. The Estevan Mercury has had several pieces about the recent show including a review, Discover Estevan also has some photos, while TBNewswatch has some photos from Thunder Bay.

Nita Strauss will be appearing at the UK Guitar Show on September 30th during a break in the US tour. The event takes place at London's Olympia but it's a trade show, not a normal gig, so bare that in mind if you want to go. Tickets are available now here. Nita is expected to be on stage around 3pm on the main stage.

Michael Bruce and 'Texas Chainsaw Ballet' will be performing at El Rancho Disc Golf Course in La Jara, CO, on September 2nd as part of a Labor Day Weekend event and according to Alamosa News he will be recording the show for a possible live album. I have no idea what "disc golf" is, but it seems to involving throwing discs into nets.

A new DVD is due on September 21st featuring the original band's performance at the 'Hall Of Fame' induction in 2011. The 2xDVD or 2xBlu-Ray set is called "Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert: Encore" and also features Rush, Heart, and Slash joining Ronnie Wood for an all-star jam in 2012. It appears it will feature the full Alice Cooper set which included 'I'm Eighteen', 'Under My Wheels' and 'School's Out', with Steve Hunter standing in for Glen, and Rob Zombie joining in for 'School's Out'.

See Alice For Halloween 25 Aug 2018

Omaze, in association with Alice's Solid Rock, have launched a competition to win VIP tickets and travel to see Alice in Grand Rapids, MI on October 29th for Halloween. You can pledge money to Solid Rock for multiple entry tickets, but if you check out the link at the bottom you can also enter for free from almost anywhere in the world (some countries are excluded because of local laws). Proceeds go to Solid Rock. You can see Alice's announcement on twitter.

Digital Journal, The Inquisitr, Star Phoenix, and The Estevan Mercury all have new short interviews with Alice.
Las Vegas Weekly have a few photos from the Vegas show, while California Rocker has some excellent photos and a show review, spoiled by the reviewers claim to have seen Alice open for Frank Zappa in Fullerton, CA in 1972, which never happened (the poster he includes is a fake).

CBC in Canada have an article about the infamous Toronto Riot in 1980 with photos and video.

October 16th sees another trio of Rhino Alice Cooper vinyl reissues. This time it will be 'Goes To Hell' on orange vinyl, 'Lace and Whiskey' on brown vinyl and 'From The Inside' on green vinyl.

At one point last week the forthcoming 'Paranormal Evening' live album apparently hit #1 on the Amazon 'hard rock and metal' chart in France! It's currently #4. The album was recorded in France, so that could have something to do with it.

'Cold Cold Coffin' Kickstarter 17 Aug 2018

Dennis Dunaway has launched a new Kickstarter campaign revolving around a new song entitled 'Cold Cold Coffin', taken from his forthcoming solo album and also featuring Nick Didkovsky on guitar and Russ Wilson on drums. The campaign seeks funds to produce a "Rock Cinema" film based on the song's lyrics, and starring Calico Cooper, which is being put together with Peter Perenyi (Director of Photography) and Brian Cichocki (Director). Shooting should begin in October with the finished film released no later then May next year.
The Kickstarter campaign page includes all sorts of incentives from digital downloads of the finished project to original Alice Cooper Memorabilia including 1972 tour programmes, 1973 'Alice Cooper' B$B magazines and original Spider's business cards from 1966!!
Check out the page at http://kck.st/2vTSiyb for the full list, and a sneak preview clip of 'Cold Cold Coffin'.
 

Aretha Franklin and Jill Janus 17 Aug 2018

Sadly yesterday also saw the loss of two very different singers. Firstly legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin passed away, which has rightfully been covered extensively in the press. While not directly Alice Cooper related, the 'Queen of Soul' was one of the most important artists of all time, influencing every singer, regardless of genre, for decades.
Less well reported is the passing of Nita Struass' 'Starbreakers' band mate and 'Huntress' lead singer Jill Janus who sadly took her own life on Tuesday  She was 43. Blabbermouth have a statement from Nita paying tribute to her friend. Our condolences go out to the families, friends and fans of both artists.
Nita Strauss is featured on the front cover of the new American Music Supplies catalog and it looks like you can sign up to get a free copy here, although probably only in the United States. There's a small image of the cover at the bottom of the page.

The new Arizona Alice Cooper lottery scratch cards have proven very popular with the organisers apparently being inundated with requests from fans around the world asking how to get copies! Much to their credit they were sending out voided ticket sets free of charge to anyone who asked, but unsurprisingly have now run out. In response to the requests a special commemorative print is being organised which will be available from Alice Cooper's 'Solid Rock' website in a few weeks. These will feature three of each design with proceeds going directly to the charity. So keep an eye out here for further announcements. Remember the actual scratch cards themselves should be available in AZ shops right up until Halloween so you still have plenty of  time to find real ones.

Ultimate Classic Rock have a new interview with Alice and Dennis Dunaway at the Cleveland Hall Of Fame with comments on the forthcoming second 'Hollywood Vampires' album, Glen Buxton, and Dennis' new projects including his forthcoming solo album which will be crowdfunded. A full announcement on that should come soon.

The new issue of 'Classic Rock' Magazine in the UK has a review of the forthcoming live album. They aren't that impressed considering it doesn't featuring the original band performances from the UK tour, or anything from 'Paranormal' - which is odd as it should include the single 'Paranoaic Personality'. The most annoying part of the short review though is where they state fans don't care about Alice's current band of session musicians! What rubbish. The reviewer Ian Fortnam should do his research, and read the track listing!

Dennis Dunaway has just been inducted into the Music Museum of New England and they are looking to fans to post their memories of DD encounters of general tributes to add to their page. You can check out the Museum site here.
Dennis also wrote a foreword to Rockin' Reggie's new biography 'Still Got A Song In Me' which is out now via Hero press. Reggie was a close friend of the original Cooper band and co-wrote and and played on 'Billion Dollar Babies' so expect lots of Alice Cooper mentions.
And lastly for Dennis at the moment, the new paperback edition of 'Snakes, Guillotines, Electric Chairs' featuring an introduction from Alice himself is out now and should be available to order through Amazon and your local book store.

Alice Sells LA Home 13 Aug 2018

According to the Los Angeles Times Alice is selling his "in-town retreat", a duplex in Echo Park that he uses when in town to write or record. It's on the market for $1.299 million.. so the ultimate collectable for the fan who has to have anything? Unfortunately the LA Times still hasn't been updated to allow access to anyone in Europe.

Last night in Los Angeles Orianthi dropped by to join Alice and the band for 'School's Out'. You can check out video on YouTube.

The Alice Cooper band will be playing a 'pre-show jam' in Pittsburgh on October 25th at the Smiling Moose.

A new book, entitled "Rock Gets Religion: The Battle for the Soul of the Devil's Music" by Mark Joseph is out now, and features an introduction by Alice.

The Colorado Springs Independent has a short interview with Alice talking about the original band, and the Hollywood Vampires. The Everett Herald also has a short interview.

The Carmichael Times has a short article ahead of the August 15th show. Shepherd Express promotes the Wisconsin show.

There's two new Ryan Roxie interviews promoting 'Imagine Your Reality'. The first is a TV show on News Center Maine during which Ryan play's an acoustic version of 'This Year', while the other is a short interview with Eddie Trunk. KFH Radio also have something on Ryan, but as they are another site that has blocked Europe from seeing anything I can't tell you what it actually is!

Guitar World has the new Nita Strauss tutorial in which she teaches you how to play part of  'The World Needs Guts'.

WDET seem to have a show talking about Alice Cooper's influence on punk rock. There's a three minute clip on their site which appears to be part of a longer show.

Damon Johnson's new solo album will be called 'Memoirs Of An Uprising' and is due November 9th. The album was partially funded by pledgemusic with various buying options. Damon and his Black Star Riders bandmate Ricky Warwick will be back in the UK in October for acoustic dates whihc you can check out here.

Band Go Solo In Vegas 07 Aug 2018

The Alice Cooper band (Tommy, Chuck, Ryan and Glen) will play a special "pre-show jam" at Count Vamp'd in Las Vegas on August 9th. Doors open at 9pm and the show is free. Over 21s only.

Nita Strauss is back on the Alice Cooper tour after missing the first two shows due to personal commitments. She's also set up a series of Guitar Center clinics on her days off during the tour. She'll appear at the local 'Guitar Center' in the following towns/cities:
August 7th - Colorado Springs, CO
August 9th - Las Vegas, NV
September 3rd - Cinncinatti, OH
September 5th - New York, NY
October 7th - Raleigh, NC
October 15th - Arlington, TX
October 18th - Memphis, TN
October 22nd - Des moines, IA
October 25th  - Pittsburgh, PA
October 28th - Grand Rapids. MI

On Milwaukee has a brief chat with Alice about Hollywood Vampires and song writing.

New Roxie Single - Me Generation 02 Aug 2018

Ryan Roxie has released a new single/lyric video from the excellent 'Imagine Your Reality' album. The song is 'Me Generation' and you can check out the video here or listen on Spotify. The song is produced by Tommy Henriksen and features Glen Sobel on drums.

In another interview from the AZ lottery ticket launch Alice mentions he has four albums on the way. The first to be released is the 'Paranormal Evening' live album on August 31st. This will apparently be followed by the new Hollywood Vampires studio album, and a Vampires live album recorded in Montreux. Lastly there is a new Alice Cooper studio album, but presumably that won't be released until next year at the earliest.

Check out this new interview with Dennis Dunaway from WFMU. It's around an hour long and features Dennis talking about the history of the band, with song clips and special effects!

PsychoBabbleTV have a new interview with Beasto Blanco with some live footage from the recent tour.

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