So today's the day the full Good Records performance by the original Alice Cooper band is finally released to mark 'Record Store Day 2018'. The limited edition vinyl comes in a fancy gatefold sleeve and is supposedly only available from independent record stores, although some copies are already showing up on Ebay etc, which kinda defeats the object of Record Store day which is to get people into real shops. There's a cool little video of Alice himself opening up a copy of the album up on YouTube.
Congrats to Chris Penn and his team for getting this thing finally released, and good luck to everyone in getting your copy. It's sure to be instantly collectable (and expensive)!
Other then the Astrotuff release it's been relatively quiet news-wise this week but there are a few things to pass on.
Hollywood Vampire Joe Perry is out of hospital and resting at home. He's canceled all dates on his solo tour in December, and a statement says he will be resting up for the rest of the year but would be back in action next year.
Dennis Dunaway is interviewed Fidelity High about Van Morrisons 'Astral Weeks' album. Dennis daughter Chelsea is selling prints of her 2017 Chiller Theater poster of the original Alice Cooper band. They are 17x11 and you can see the design and buy a copy here.
Alice, Sheryl and Calico were all on Fox 10 TV last week promoting the Christmas Puddng show and you should be able to see the clip on facebook. The Hollywood Vampires are set to play the show this year, although after Joe Perry's announcement it's possible he will have to skip it. Time will tell. The Pudding show is on December 8th on Phoenix and AZ Big Media also have a short interview with Alice about the show.
As usual Nita Strauss has been busy promoting her new solo album and tour. She appears on the Metal Sucks podcast, and is interviewed by LA Weekly, and chats with wrestler Becky Lynch in a new video posted by her record company on YouTube.
Lastly something that isn't news, but more of a personal plee to some of the various musician I cover here. Please, please try and find ways to making your product pre-sales and merchandise ship from both the US AND somewhere in Europe. Many fans in Europe want to support your projects and order things, but in many cases recently the cost of postage and then probable custom charges when the package arrives here are just making it too expensive.
For example I ordered Nita's album on vinyl and CD via the bundle on NitaStrauss.com. The cost of the bundle was perfectly fair and I was happy to support her in her project, but the postage and customs charges added another $36 on the $60 order! If I had ordered the same things via the KIckstarter campaign the postage would have been even more!
I understand such additional costs are out of your hands directly, however some of your bandmates have had no problems arranging shipping from Europe and thus avoiding such extra costs, which lets face it is just money down the drain. After all we could just not pre-order at all, and simply buy it from Amazon later on. But we WANT to support you and be part of the project but it's becoming increasingly expensive to do so due to these other fees and charges. It was the same situation with Dennis' 'Cold Cold Coffin' campaign, and Damon Johnson's recent releases. The postage charges in some cases were more then the cost of the item, and likely we would be hit by customs on top of that as well. I await with dread the postage and custom changes on my Astroturf album package!!!
This isn't a complaint aimed at you guys, and I'm only using Nita's campaign as an example. It's simple a request that you consider this when arranging your pre-sales and deals, to see if there is any way to avoid these hefty charges, which don't benefit either yourself or your fans, many of whom have limited disposable income. Thank you for listening.