Rumours have been circulating for a few days now that Ryan Roxie is leaving the Alice Cooper band but I wanted to wait for something official before posting the sad news. So here we go:
"After much thought and deliberation, guitarist Ryan Roxie has decided to forgo his six-string gunslinger duties for Alice Cooper to concentrate on becoming a Shoe Cobbler.....namely, Swedish Clogs. Although Mr. Roxie has no interest in shoes, his fasination with wood is unparalled...... But seriously, Roxie is taking time to be with his family and would really like to be able to play for the Godfather of Shock Rock again in the future. The Alice Cooper Rock Show will remain to be one of the most fun and entertaining shows out there mainly for one reason: ALICE COOPER! Roxie is just happy that he's had the opportunity to play for the Man in Black (black eye make-up that is) on and off for the past 10 years. He'd also like to wish Alice, the Band, and the die-hard fans good golf, great poker, and the best rock n roll tour imaginable in 2006......."
J.J. King-press secretary for Mr. Roxie
So there it is. This does NOT mean it's definitly the end for the Alice and Roxie show. My understanding is that after all these years it's just time for a father and husband to take a break and to spend some quality time with his family, something I'm sure fans can understand, and that next year Roxie will hopefully return to take his rightful place stage left. It certainly won't be the same without him.
Obviously STUK will continue to cover all Roxie related news and everyone here wishes him all the best, and we just hope this will allow him enough time to complete a new Roxie77 album!!
So who will replace the irreplacable? Current favourite for the job is Keri Kelli, who played with Ryan in Slash's Snakepit and Dad's Porno Mag and had stints with Ratt, Warrant, Skid Row, Adler's Appetite, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Tuff amongst others, as well as being a well known face on the L.A. scene. Check out Keri at www.kerikelli.com.
More when I get it.