SickthingsUK: Nights With Alice Cooper

In January 2004 Alice started his own late night radio show, called "Nights With Alice Cooper" which original was aired from Phoenix station KDKB. It runs Monday to Friday for 5 hours a night, even when Alice is on tour where the show is pre-recorded by bassist Chuck Garric. The show is NOT live, despite what Alice sometimes suggests on air. It's normally recorded at least a week in advance, with occassional updates added later if something important happens that needs commenting on.

During the show Alice originally took pre-recorded phone calls, answered questions and generally adds various bits to a show while playing an assortment of classic rock standards. He makes a big deal about the fact he can play what he wants on the show, but the reality is that he does seem to play many of the same songs over and over again, many being the same songs that American classic rock stations play endlessly anyway. He must have some say on the playlist though as some rare records do get played to go with a funny story Alice may have.

When a new Alice Cooper album is due for release Alice normally plays almost every new track in the run up to the release date, often with brief comments about the songs.

The show seems to be recorded in hour long segments, which affliate stations can and do play in different orders. Alice's cmments to the start and end of each section are in such a way as to allow each hour to be played at any point. For example if one station starts the show at 7pm with hour one, a different station starting at 9pm will often start with hour three and loop around (hours 3,4,5, then hours 1 and 2). Some stations also only play a shorter version of the show (Planet Rock in the UK for example only played 3-4 hours, others only three).

The stations also can add or subtract songs from the playlist to fit their station. Normally there are several parts of each hour where three songs are played together. Alice only talks specifically about the first and last songs (if mentionng them at all), allowing the middle song to be cut or changed. All told, when you remove the songs and advert breaks from the show, Alice is only on air for around 20-25 mins spread out across the 5 hour show, and over the years that time has sometimes been as little as 15 minutes. As Alice isn't actually listening to the songs in the show, he can probably record a week of shows in just a couple of hours, perfect for killing time while on tour.

Alice often mentions the band or other people who happen to around when he's recording. Most often, obviously, it's asides or in jokes to Chuck (who is recording the show on the road) but at other times he will talk to other band members who happen to be in the room or on the bus while he's recording the show, often with very funny results. Calico Cooper has also performed comedy skits with her dad on air.

Alice also interviews a variety of people on the show including many other rock stars and celebrities. All the original band have made appearances on the show more then once, as have many members of his current and older touring bands, and member sof bands he may be touring with at the time.

In the UK 'Nights With Alice Cooper' airs on DAB (digital) radio station 'Planet Rock', who seem to play three hours of the show in the late evening, and a further section of the show (or a repeat?) starting at 4AM in the morning. However 'Planet Rock' often cut out the more interesting material such as the special interviews or announcements, much to the annoyance of anyone listing out for them. This is partically bad when a new album is about to be released. Alice normally plays every song from the new record in the run up to the release date, but Planet Rock often cuts them out. Luckily you can normally find a live US feed for the show online and hear them there, or use the official 'Nights With Alice Coooper; app, which runs the latest show on a loop.

The show also has a website at Nights With Alice Cooper which launched in October 2004. The site hasa list of radio stations that air the show, although it's often outof date. It's worth checking out though, as in the past they have published news before it's supposed to have been officially announced!