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News Catch Up2019-05-24 11:30:57

Shock Opera have posted video of the Q&A that followed the world premiere of 'Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper' in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago. The picture quality isn't great, but you can follow what's going on and hear what is being said, and how often do you get to see Alice, Neal, Dennis and Michael interviewed together!

AZCentral have a review of the recent Hollywood Vampires show in Phoenix.

Blue Coupe will be playing at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH on July 11th. Tickets are on sale now.

CBC in Canada have posted a long interview with producer Bob Ezrin talking about his career.

Nita Strauss can be heard on a new single by Duane Morano called 'Manhattan Nights' You can check out the video here.
Kerrang! has a new interview with Nita and she will also be a judge on the 'Young Guitarist of the Year' competition and Music Radar has all the details on how to enter.

Vampires Press and DD Update2019-05-17 08:47:54
The Hollywood Vampires are over half way through their short tour and various reviews and articles have started to appear. PE.com has a few words with Jo Perry, SF Weekly review the San Francisco show, although the reviewer clearly went to the show intending to trash it. They have some photos too. The Denver post have photos from the Denver show, as does Westword. 303Magazine review the Fillmore show and Glide Magazine have more photos.
UPDATE: Just after I posted this EarMusic released a new video for 'The Boogieman Surprise'. See below.

Dennis Dunaway has posted part 2 of his Astroturf Film Festival blog post which you can check out here. This one covers the Detroit festival.
Blue Coupe will be playing with Mott The Hoople's Ian Hunter at The City Winery in New York City on May 31st. The event is already sold out but you can sign up for a waiting list in case any more tickets become available.
There's also a new interview with Dennis at 'The College Crowd Hates Me' which covers a lot of ground including the story behind 'Black Juju'.
Finally for DD news the 'Cold Cold Coffin' mini-movie has been accepted into the 'Indie Horror Film Festival' in Illinois and will be screened on July 13th. Dennis is hoping for other festival screenings to follow soon. For those who took part in the Pledge campaign to make the film, your pledge items have started to ship so watch your mail box!

Nita Strauss has released a new video for 'Mariana Trench' which features live and backstage footage from her last solo tour. You can check it out here. Nita also joined US band Evanescence on stage at the Epicenter Festival in North Carolina last week, footage of which you can see at Ultimate Guitar along with a few words from Nita.
Nita is out on her solo tour right now.

Special Guests At The Greek2019-05-12 09:05:52

Last night saw the Hollywood Vampires hit the famous Greek Theater in Los Angeles and perhaps unsurprisingly they had a couple of special guests. Marilyn Manson joined them onstage briefly at the end of 'I'm Eighteen', and Steven Tyler turned up to sing 'Train Kept A Rollin''.

Vampires Tour Begins2019-05-11 13:19:44

Last night was the opening show on the Hollywood Vampire's mini-tour at The Joint in Las Vegas. Not much information has surfaced just yet however it appears the set list was similar to last years shows but with several of that shows cover songs replaced by songs from the new album 'Rise'. A short rehearsal video posted to social media did show a full set list sheet, however I don't yet know if that was a final list used last night. Also on the Hollywood Vampires facebook page they posted a very short clip of a second song from the album.
Of course there's been some interview action promoting the tour. Alice was on KTNV Channel 13 yesterday morning talking about the show, while AZCentral has an interview with Alice and Joe Perry talked to CV Weekly. More coverage will certainly follow.
UPDATE: Setlist confirmed with photos at Ultimate Classic Rock. Check out Alice playing guitar on 'Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory'.

Nita Strauss has launched a new project called the 'Body Shred Challenge', a fitness challenge aimed at musicians and music fans. The promo blurb goes "Body Shred is a unique, 3 month fitness challenge that pairs a love of music with passion for getting healthier in your body and mind! Participants will have the chance to win prize packages valued at over $2,500 while becoming a part of a fun, supportive world wide community. Along with this challenge, participants will have access to an exclusive Facebook group for challenge members to inspire and encourage each other as well as Facebook Live workouts and Q&A with Nita and some surprise guests, and weekly challenge emails from Nita with recipes, workout ideas and more!"
You can find more details at NitaStrauss.com with links to join the challenge.

95.9 KRFF interviewed Chuck and Calico the other day after the Bismark show with Halestorm, and you can listen to the chat on Soundcloud now.
Calico was also on DV Radio's 'Contraband' for an hour long interview and you can listen to that one here.

Backstage Auctions have announced their 2019 'Rock Gods And Metal Monsters' auction and this year it features various Alice related lots which, for a change, are very affordable including tour posters and programmes. The auction runs from today until May 19th.

More Awards For Astroturf2019-05-07 19:38:54

'Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper' has won two more awards at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. It's won awards for 'Documentary under 60 minutes' and 'Editing'. Congratulations to all involved.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland have announced an 'Alice Cooper Fan Day' on July 14th. The Rock Hall will be airing special screenings of the 2011 Alice Cooper Induction ceremony footage in it's Foster Theater. The raw footage features special performances and the induction speech given by Rob Zombie. There's also unlimited free play on the Alice Cooper pinball machine in the 'Part of The Machine: Rock & Pinball' exhibit, and 10% off Alice Cooper related merchandise in their store.

AAA.com has a new interview with Alice about cars, but be warned their site is a little silly, as it demands your zip code and then takes you away from the page you want to actually read. If you enter '12345' and then hit your 'back' button and intrupt the page loading, then you should be able to read it...

Audio Ink have a new interview with Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper about Beasto Blanco's new album 'We Are' and the current tour.

TheSeeker.ca have a new interview with Damon Johnson including chat about his time with Alice. Damon is booked to play a solo show in London on August 6th at the 02 in Islington. Tickets are on sale now. Check out DamonJohnson.com for a full list of other shows Damon has coming up.

Alice and Neal Smith Perform Together2019-05-02 09:14:29

AZCentral have posted a review of last weekends 'Rock & Roll Golf Classic' jam show which included Neal Smith joining Alice for a final 'I'm Eighteen' and 'School's Out' at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, AZ. The show also included Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Mickey Dolenz and Robby Krieger (The Doors) with whom Alice performed Doors classics 'People Are Strange', 'Break On Through' and 'Light My Fire'. Alice performed his own short set of course including 'No More Mr Nice Guy', 'Be My Lover', 'Lost In America' and 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' as well as 'Rock and Roll All Nite' by Kiss before being joined by Neal for the finale. All proceeds from the annual charity event go to 'The Rock'.

'Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper' will be screened at the North East Mountain Film Festival which runs between June 14th and 16th in Dillard House, GA. Exact details of when the film will be shown should be announced soon.
In other Astroturf news Dennis Dunaway has posted a new blog recalling the events at the Phoenix Fim Festival.

'The Well' have posted part two of their Alice interview which you can listen to here.

R.I.P. David Winters2019-04-25 23:09:33

British-born choreographer, actor, producer, screenwriter and director David Winters has passed away at 80. Winters, who played A-rab in the original 'West Side Story' film as well as working with Elvis (on 'Viva Las Vegas'), and The Monkees,  had a long friendship with Alice and Sheryl Cooper, and directed the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' concert film in 1975. You can read more background about Winters here. Alice posted the following to social media earlier today:

“David Winters realized what we were trying to do in 1975 with with our rock production of "Welcome To My Nightmare." He saw the potential of merging hard rock Alice Cooper with theater. We chose him as director/choreographer because he portrayed A-rab in the classic film "West Side Story." That film was a huge influence on us as a band. But most of all, David selected an 18 year old ballerina out of hundreds of top notch auditioning LA dancers to dance on the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' concert tour.  That dancer (Sheryl) and I are still happily married after 43 years. I could not have found a more kindred spirit than David."- Alice Cooper

Ultimate Classic Rock have a new interview with Alice talking about the new Hollywood Vampires album, the next show, a new solo album and other stuff.

There's also a new interview at AZCentral promoting this weekends Alice Cooper Golf event (which also features Neal Smith) and 'The Rock' teen center. It also mentions the upcoming albums.

If you are on the fence about getting tickets for any of the forthcoming US shows Live Nation have announced its fifth annual 'National Concert Week', set for May 1st to 7th. This offers fans the chance to purchase $20 tickets (all-in, including fees) for over 2000 different shows, and the offer apparently includes the Alice Cooper/Halestorm shows.

Fan footage of Alice's full Q&A session from the FanX event in Salt Lake city is now up on YouTube.

The University Of Buffalo has a new interview with Shep Gordon about his career with a few interesting stories.

See Alice Cook.. Live!2019-04-24 17:03:48

Alice will be a guest at the BottleRock festival in Napa Valley, CA which runs between May 24th and 26th. However he won't be performing at the festival... rather, it appears he will be a guest on the 'Culinary Stage' which seems to be a bunch of chef's and celebrities cooking while people watch... Limited tickets are available now.

Calico Cooper posted a message on facebook reporting that her stage baseball bat, 'Suzanne' was stolen at the Denver Beasto Blanco show on April 23rd. Here's the full message. If you can help let her know.

Dear Denver-
We have a thief among us. Last night my bat was stolen from the show. We have a pretty good idea of the guy who took it, but we want to give them the chance to do the right thing before we take further action.
My bat “Suzanne” has been with Beasto since we started. It’s been the same Bat in all the videos, stage shows, and photos. It means a lot to me.
We all Make mistakes. We all drink a little too much and make a bad call, but here’s your chance to make it right before it gets worse. Please return the bat, no questions asked by us, to MUDHEN MERCH, 7190 W Sunset Blvd. #1093, Los Angeles, CA. 90046.
To the rest of the fans that came last night, thank you for an amazing show, for being a spectacular crowd, and if you see you know who with Suzanne, do what you need to do.

The new issue of Goldmine Magazine has a 6 page feature on Alice Cooper including interviews with Neal, Michael and Dennis separately answering the same questions including their thoughts on the original band split, the early days and the recent get togethers. It's a good feature and worth checking out. It's the June issue you want with 'The Zombies' on the cover (with Alice Cooper listed a the bottom).

Glen Sobel and the Goon Squad (Glen, Chuck, Tommy and Ryan) will play a 'pre-show' at Sub Alpine Club in Turtle Creek, PA on July 18th (the night before the Pittsburgh show). Tickets are on sale now from "Sub Alpine Club, Attic Records, Dave's Music Mine, Record Connection (Niles, OH), Anthony Lamonde and the Borstal Boys and Lily V. Sixx" or by phone on 330-219-0016. 'The Borstal Boys' open and you can see the flyer below.

Dennis Dunaway will be a guest at the 'School of Rock' event at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY (Nr. Woodstock) on July 3rd. Dennis will be speaking and sitting in with the young musicians during an Alice Cooper set. This looks like it's a private event. Also, if you're going to the Foxwoods Alice Cooper show on July 4th you might want to keep your eyes open for Dennis and Cindy!

When Blue Coupe play Sweden Rock on June 8th they will have a special guest sitting in... Ryan Roxie!

Geeks Of Doom have posted an article about Alice's recent appearance at the Philly Comic-com with a few photos, and speaking of the recent comic convention appearances 'Lucifer' star Tom Ellis posted the photos of himself with Alice at FanX, stating "So it turns out @alicecooper is not only a lovely man he’s also a big #lucifan I am beyond happy." There is also an article about the FanX appearance at the HeraldExtra, but they won't let you read it if you live in Europe..

 

Astroturf Film Wins Second Award2019-04-19 23:50:12

Following the screening at the Dallas International Film Festival this week 'Live From The Astroturf' won the 'Audience Award for Documentary', the second award the film has won after the 'Best Documentary Short' award in Phoenix. Dennis and Cindy Dunaway, Chris Penn and director Steve Gaddis were again on hand to accept the award. More festival screening are hopefully on the way.
Dennis and Chris were also on local radio station Lone Star 92.5 promoting the film and you can see video from that on Facebook.

A reminder that Alice will be at the FanX Comic Convention in Salt Lake City this Friday and Saturday to sign autographs and take part in a Q&A. You can get more details here.

'The Well' has part 1 of a new golf related interview with Alice and while it's starts with golf there is other stuff in there as well.

'Rise' Album due June 21st2019-04-18 01:21:24

Good to their word EarMusic have release details of the new Hollywood Vampires album 'Rise' which will be released on June 21st. The video for the first single can be seen below, with the full album press release undeneath.

The Hollywood Vampires – return with new music from their explosive second album, “Rise.” Rock and roll royalty Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp and shock rock icon Alice Cooper join forces once again for the unmissable rock album of 2019.

Seconds into the opening track “I Want My Now,” it’s clear this supergroup has created something special – the chemistry between the individuals is unmistakable when they come together on stage or in the recording studio. Forget the star-studded lineup’s individual reputations, “Rise” is some of the purest, unapologetic and most enjoyable rock and roll of the year, made by masters of the craft and true fans of the form.

Unlike their 2015 debut record, the new album “Rise” consists mainly of original material, written by the band. There are however, in the spirit of the Vampires’ original mission, three covers of songs originally written and recorded by some fellow rockers who died far too young: an intimate and intense version of David Bowie’s “Heroes”,  beautifully performed by Johnny Depp; the late Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died,” and Johnny Thunder’s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” sung by Joe Perry. Raucous rock anthems like “The Boogieman Surprise” and “Who’s Laughing Now” (the first single from the new album), capture the natural, raw, celebratory attitude of Hollywood Vampires displayed in their rowdy shows around the world.  But the album shows off their range as well with tracks like “We Gotta Rise” – a tongue-in-cheek politics song in the the tradition of Alice’s “Elected” – to the psychedelic gothic epic of “Mr. Spider.

“‘Rise’ is not only a totally different animal than the first Vampires album, it is unique to anything I’ve ever been a part of.  I approached it very differently than I usually do when working on an album.  Each of us; Joe, Johnny, Tommy and myself have written songs on this album.  What is different though is that I didn’t try to change any songs to be more “Alice-like.”  Because each of us has different influences, the sound of this album is very cool.  I think that with this album, we are establishing what the Vampires’ sound really is, whereas with the first album we were more tipping our hats to our fallen rock n roll brothers.” – Alice Cooper

“’Rise’ came from pure creative energy, which is just like playing live with the Vampires. The record showcases everyone doing what they do best without anyone looking over our shoulders. There was no pressure or deadlines, allowing us to write and record an album that is one of the freest and most honest sounding records I’ve been part of. I can’t wait to perform some of these tunes live for our fans.” – Joe Perry

earMUSIC, the global independent rock label of Edel Germany GmbH, is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Hollywood Vampires. Following the release of Alice Cooper’s 2017 studio album “Paranormal” on earMUSIC, his best chart-performing work in decades, the label is proud to welcome the band to their family.

Produced by Tommy Henriksen and the Hollywood Vampires, “Rise” will be released on June 21st, 2019 on earMUSIC as CD Digipak, 2LP+Download (various color vinyl) and Digital.

TRACK LIST

  1. I Want My Now
  2. Good People Are Hard To Find
  3. Who’s Laughing Now
  4. How The Glass Fell
  5. The Boogieman Surprise
  6. Welcome To Bushwackers (feat. Jeff Beck & John Waters)
  7. The Wrong Bandage
  8. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
  9. Git From Round Me
  10. Heroes
  11. A Pitiful Beauty
  12. New Threat
  13. Mr. Spider
  14. We Gotta Rise
  15. People Who Died
  16. Congratulations
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Tour Dates 2019
(Subject To Change)


Alice Cooper:

4th July - Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CT Info

6th July - Express Live!, Columbus, OH Info

7th July - Civic Center, Peoria, IL Info

9th July - Five Flags Center, Dubuque, IA Info

10th July - The Sylvee, Madison, WI Info

11th July - Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN Info

13th July - Roxodus Festival, Edenvale, Ontario Info

14th July - Jacobs Pavillion, Cleveland, OH Info

Alice Cooper/Halestorm 2019
Alice Cooper/Halestorm:

17th July - PPL Center, Allentown, PA Info

19th July - KeyBank Pavillion, Pittsburgh, PA Info

20th July - DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI Info

21st July - Hollywood Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL Info

23rd July - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH Info

25th July - Hollywood Amphitheatre, St Louis, MO Info

26th July - Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO Info

28th July - Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK Info

29th July - H-E-B Center, Cedar Park, TX Info

31st July - Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving, TX Info

1st Aug - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX Info

3rd Aug - Thompson Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN Info

4th Aug - The Opry House, Nashville, TN Info

7th Aug - Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY Info

8th Aug - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY Info

10th Aug - Maine Savings Pavilion, Portland, ME Info

11th Aug - Bank of NH Pavilion, Gilford, NH Info

13th Aug - Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA Info

15th Aug - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ Info

16th Aug - BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ Info

Ol' Black Eyes Is Back
Europe:

31st Aug - Riverside Open Air Festival, Aarburg, CH Info

3rd Sept - Le Dome, Marseille, FR Info

5th Sept - Arkea Arena, Bordeaux, FR Info

7th Sept - Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid, ES Info

8th Sept - Sant Jordi Club, Barcelona, ES Info

10th Sept - Pala Alpitour, Turin, IT Info

11th Sept - Sap Arena, Mannheim, DE Info

13th Sept - Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, DE Info

15th Sept - Incheba Expo Arena, Bratislava, SK Info

16th Sept - Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, AU Info

18th Sept - Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, DE Info

20th Sept - La Seine Musicale, Paris, FR Info

21st Sept - Forest National, Brussels, BE Info

23rd Sept - Barclaycard Arena Hamburg, DE Info

25th Sept - Royal Arena Copenhagen, DK Info

27th Sept - Hovet Stockholm, SE Info

28th Sept - Partille Arena Gothenburg, SE Info

30th Sept - Leipzig Arena Leipzig, DE Info

1st October - Olympiahalle Munich, DE Info

2nd October - 013 Tilburg, NL Info

4th October - Manchester Arena Manchester, UK Info

5th October - Teca Aberdeen, UK Info

7th October - First Direct Arena Leeds, UK Info

8th October - Brighton Centre Brighton, UK Info

10th October - The 02 London, UK Info

11th October - Resorts World Arena Birmingham, UK Info

12th October - Motopoint Arena Cardiff, UK Info

Rock Meets Classic 2020
Rock Meets Classic 2020:

3rd March - Dreilanderhalle, Passau, DE Info

5th March - BigBOX Allgau, Kempten, DE Info

6th March - Hallenstadion, Zurich, CH Info

7th March - Arena Nurnberger, Nurnberg, DE Info

8th March - Olympiahalle, Munich, DE Info

10th March - Tempodrom, Berlin, DE Info

11th March - Brose Arena, Bamberg, DE Info

13th March - S. Oliver Arena, Wurzburg, DE Info

15th March - Jahrhunderhalle, Frankfurt, DE Info

17th March - Ratiopharm Arena, Neu-Ulm, DE Info

19th March - MHPArena, Ludwigsburg, DE Info

20th March - Messe Halle 1, Dresden, DE Info


More To Come!

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*with Halestorm

May 15th - Mtelus, Montreal, QC *Info

May 16th - La Source, Quebec City, QC Info

May 17th - Knitting Factory, New York City, NY Info

May 19th - Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ Info

May 20th - Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA Info

May 22nd - Hi Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN Info

May 23rd - Fubar, St. Louis, MO Info

May 25th - Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK Info

May 26th - Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX Info

May 27th - Come And Take It, Austin, TX Info

May 28th - Warehouse, Houston, TX Info

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May 14th - Amos' Southend, Charlotte, NC Info

May 15th - The Firmament, Greenville, SC Info

May 16th - The Cone Denim Center, Greensboro, NC Info

May 17th - Veterans Amphitheater, Virgina Beach, VA Info

May 18th - Ram's Head, Annapolis, MD Info

May 19th - The Iridium, New York, NY Info

May 21st - Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, NJ Info

May 22nd - Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA Info

May 24th - Token Lounge, Westland, MI Info

May 25th - Club At The Clyde, Fort Wayne, IN Info

May 26th - Everston Rocks, Everston, IL Info

May 29th - Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI Info

May 30th - The Stache, Grand Rapids, MI Info

May 31st - Zanzabar, Louisville, KY Info

June 1st - The Winchester, Lakewood, OH Info

June 2nd - Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY Info

June 4th - Greasy Luck Brewpub, New Bedford, MA Info

June 5th - Palace Theater, Stafford, CT Info

June 6th - Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA Info

June 7th - Harrisburg Arts, Harrisburg, PA Info

June 8th - Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY Info

June 9th - Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY Info

June 11th - Canal Club, Richmond, VA Info

June 12th - Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA Info

June 13th - The Basement, Nashville, TN Info

June 14th - Rockhouse Live, Memphis, TN Info

June 15th - The Parish, New Orleans, LA Info

June 17th - Varsity Theater, Baton Rouge, LA Info

June 19th - Come And Take It, Austin, TX Info

June 20th - Trees, Dallas, TX Info

June 21st - The Rock Box, San Antonio, TX Info

June 22nd - Warehouse Live, Houston, TX Info

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May 31st - City Winery, New York, NY Info

June 8th - Sweden Rock, Solvesborg, SE Info

July 11th - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH Info

July 21st - South Bay Music Festival, Patchogue, NY Info

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