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.
As some people may have spotted, STUK moved servers over the last few days. Everything is now on a new server with the exception of the message board which is working just fine where it's always been so I've left it there for now. Oh and there's also now a login box at the top right of the news page that will allow you to easily log into the board from the front page.
I've tried to check everything and it all seems to be working, however if you do enounter any problems I'd be greatful for a quick email to point them out. There's likely to be something I've missed somewhere. One word of advice though, some problems could be simply related to you having an old version of a file (especially the menu file) in your browser cache, so if you do find links not working try clearing your browser cache and reloading the page, often that will fix everything.
And in a small bit of Alice Cooper news: Check out the Bloodrayne movie site for a short clip from a video to "Mankind" which briefly features Alice at the beginning.
As reported a few weeks ago on STUK, Alice has recorded a new song for the forthcoming film 'Bloodrayne', which is based on the successful computer game. You can find out more about the movie which opens in the USA on January 6th, here. The new song is called 'Mankind' and you can hear AND download it NOW courtesy of New West Records by clicking here. A verrrry nice Xmas present from New West Records to Alice Cooper fans!
In other small news Dick Wagner has posted a couple of pics and some words about his appearance with Alice at the Xmas Pudding show here. And Wireimage have posted some pics from the show here and the VIP Party here.
(Thanks Devon, Steef)
Fresh from playing with Alice at the Xmas Pudding show last weekend Damon Johnson and his band The Welfare will be playing two shows over Xmas. The dates are Friday, December. 23st at Barking Kudu in Birmingham, Alabama and Saturday December 31st at Cheers Guntersville, AL.
Damon's other band 'Slave To The System' have their debut album released through Spitfire Records on February 21, 2006. Check out Slavetothesystem.com.
The following shows now appear to be confirmed with ticket packages once again available from Fanfire and normal tickets available from venues (see tour list on right for links). Most are now on sale.
01-May-06 ST. JOHN'S Mile One Stadium - St. John's, NF
03-May-06 HALIFAX Metro Centre - Halifax, NS
04-May-06 ST. JOHN Harbour Station - St. John, NB
06-May-06 OTTAWA Ottawa Civic Centre - Ottawa, ON
07-May-06 HAMILTON Place Theatre - Hamilton, ON
09-May-06 KITCHENER Centre In The Square - Kitchener, ON
10-May-06 OSHAWA Oshawa Civic Centre - Oshawa, ON
11-May-06 BARRIE Molson Centre - Barrie, ON
13-May-06 THUNDER BAY Thunder Bay Community Auditorium - Thunder Bay, ON
16-May-06 BRANDON Keystone Centre - Brandon, MB
17-May-06 WINNIPEG Winnipeg Concert Hall - Winnipeg, MB
More Alice Cooper shows that appeared on Ticketmaster today:
Thursday May 5th 2006 at Oshawa Civic Auditorium, Oshawa. On sale 21st December
Tuesday May 16th 2006 at Brandon Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB. On sale 22nd December. Update: Saturday May 6th at Ottawa Civic Hall, OT.
Also: Check out this video clip of Alice at Saturdays Xmas Pudding show with Dick Wagner on guitar!
Shaun has asked me to remind everybody to go check out Ryan Roxie's MySpace page where you can become a Roxie friend and get updates about R77 happenings!
And lastly if you are still looking for a late Xmas present then click the banner above and check out the new(ish) German photo book. I've put a review of it in the reviews section (link in left menu) but it's well worth grabbing with that left over Xmas money (and STUK makes a commission if you buy via the banner link!!).
It appears Alice will be playing shows in Canada this coming May. Ticketmaster are listing a show in Barrie, ON on 11th May (on sale Tuesday 20th Dec at 10am), there are adverts (stating it will be a new show) for Thunder Bay on May 13th at the Community Auditorium (On Sale Tomorrow here), and Brave Words have a news story quoting a member of Helix as saying they have been confirmed as support band at more shows including "St. John's, NF May 1st and two days later we'll be in Halifax, followed by St. John, N.B".
Note: This is all officially unconfirmed as yet. I'll add updates as I find out more.
(Thanks Zoogirl, Katrina, Devon)
UPDATE: Hamilton Place Theater on 7th May 2006. On Sale 20th December at Ticketmaster. UPDATE: Winnipeg Centennial Music Hall, MB on 17th May, on sale 21st December at Ticketmaster.
Ryan Roxie's Big Rock Show episode #6..."From Dirty Diamonds to Dirty Diapers" is now online and features part 2 of Ryan's exclusive interview with Alice Cooper. Plus a brand new unreleased Roxie77 song!!! You can download it now from here.
Alice played at the Xmas Pudding show last night. The short setlist was 18 / Be My Lover / No More Mr Nice Guy / School's Out / Go Go Rudolph (Chuck Berry). More when I get it.
Nuts4Chic has an interview with Alice that I don't think I've mentioned before.
Dick Wagner, legendary co-writer and guitarist on 'Welcome To My Nightmare' and the other late 70s classic Alice albums will be taking the lead guitar role (Ryan Roxie is home in Sweden) when Alice performs at the annual Xmas pudding show this saturday. Says Wagner: "I have been asked by Mr. Cooper to take on the lead guitar duties on Saturday in place of his normal guy. It's been many a year, but I look forward to the challenge."
Dick, who recently moved to Phoenix and has a new album available through his website also mentions on his site that he will be writing with Alice and when asked said that the collaboration will be the "Real deal".
And while we're talking about Mr. Wagner... Happy Birthday Dick!!!
As forewarned Alice narrated "Biff! Zap! Pow!" tonight on BBC Radio 2. The hour long show about the history of comic book superheroes featured linking chat from Alice and should be available to hear again soon at the BBC website.
The United Stations (producers of 'Nights With Alice Cooper') site has posted a new 'demo' MP3 from October.
A group of Brazillian fans are trying to get a local festival to book an appearance by Alice Cooper next year as its been a long time since he made it down there. There is a vote happening at livenlouder.com and they ask if fans could help them out by voting for Alice (who is losing at the moment apparently!!). The site is available in English.
And lastly for now a bit of an oddity. Check out the music used for the animation here.
This months Classic Rock Magazine (UK) features a full page review and photos of the recent Brighton show and also in the critics top 50 albums of the year, 'Dirty Diamonds' comes in at 31.
The Edmonton Sun has a review of the "Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper" DVD.
Dick Wagner has released a new CD called 'Home At Last' via his website at WagnerMusic. A double CD, you can only purchase it as downloads from the site via Paypal. On payment you receive a password that allows you to access the MP3 files for a limited time to download them so a fast connection is pretty essential if you want to get it.
The Christmas double edition of the 'Radio Times'(UK) has one tiny Alice picture and a quote from the interview he did with them earlier this year.
As previously forewarned the current issue of 'Terrorizer' UK Magazine does has a live review and large pic form the UK Tour.
Radio Two has an show called "BIFF! ZAP! POW!" airing Tuesday 13th December at 20:30-21:30 which appears to be narrated by Alice. In it Alice "tells the incredible true story of the timeless, indestructible caped crusaders, born in the early years of the twentieth century and now at the peak of their powers."
You can listen online.
The Dennis Dunaway Project (DDP) will be playing a show in January at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT in aid of the Katrina Relief fund. Keep an eye on DennisDunaway.com for announcements.
'Sweden Rock Magazine' has a list of the 10 worst moment in hardrock history. In 5th or 6th place is the 1968 show when they emptied the place very fast.
Legendary Alice Cooper producer/Songwriter Bob Ezrin will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame on March 2nd, 2006 as part of the Canadian Music Industry Awards. KNAC report says "Ezrin is a legendary record producer who first attained fame in the 1970's producing classic albums for Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel and Kiss. He is noted as an innovator and technical ground-breaker having been one of the earliest adopters of multi-machine recording and computer sequencing, sampling and editing. He has continued to produce music, film, TV and theatrical productions into the late 90's and 00's, working with such artists as Jane's Addiction, The Darkness, Deftones and Nine Inch Nails. Ezrin was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the Juno Awards in April 2004."
The 10th Annual Alice Cooper Golf Tournament has a Disco theme under the title "Get Down With Disco Alice" and will take place on April 23rd-25th 2006 with the 24th being a dinner + entertainment with Alice in attendence in aid of the Solid Rock Foundation. Details will appear here in due time.
It's still all pretty quiet but here are a few things worth mentioning:
Classic Rock Photos have posted some pics from the recent Union (With Chuck Garric) shows. They also have some older Alice Cooper pics (which I've mentioned before) on their site if you look around.
There is apparently a picture of Alice, Ryan and Chuck on page 2 of this weeks issue of Kerrang.
Think I may have mentioned this but the current Hit Parader magazine (US) has a 'Top 100 Guitarists' list and along with it they did a bunch of smaller Top 10 lists, and Glen Buxton (r.i.p.) came in at number 10 on the 'All-Time Top 10 Guitarists of the 60's' list.
(Thanks Devon B)
Radio station US97 (KXUS?) is doing a charity auction. One of the auction items is for the winner to do an interview with Alice that will be aired on the station.