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.
A little halloween treat before STUK takes a trip across the pond to see Alice at Foxwoods on tuesday. Mitch Lafon has come up with the goods yet again. Firstly we present a new interview with the Platinum God, Neal Smith who chatted for nearly two hours about the past and present including the band split, The Billion Dollar Babies, and the Christmas pudding reunion show. Then just to add the icing to the pumpkin we also have Mitch's interview with Alice himself, which was previously posted on Bravewords.com a week or so ago. Why? Because Mitch has also send through the original audio of the interview so you can listen to Alice as well. Thanks Mitch!
As I mentioned above, STUK will be heading Stateside on Monday to catch the Foxwoods halloween show on the 31st and take a little holiday in New Hampshire. While I will still have internet access, can receive mail, and update the news page occasionally, this will mean for the next couple of weeks I can't update other parts of the site. I will try and do news updates when I can but I suggest keeping an eye on either the STUK forums where news will be posted, or check out Hunter's Sickthings2 email list which is highly recommended. Normal service will return around 14th November.
The current issue of 'Steppin' Out' in New Jersey has a front cover and interview with Alice. You can see the whole magazine on their site here.
Also while in Atlantic City he will stop at a Glassboro, N.J,. house on Saturday to inspect the Halloween-decorated house of 102.9 WMGK-FM listener/contest winner, David Bragg.
Alice is apparently taking over XM radio channel The Boneyard on Tuesday at 6pm EST play pick his favorite Halloween themed tunes.
French journalist Philippe Maneouvre (a kind of icon in rock journalism in France) has placed 'Killer' in his book about
the '101 greatest rock album of all time'. The book is in French and features one full page showing the cover and another one with text by Manoeuvre.
Music Star Productions will release Alice Cooper drummer Eric Singer's "All Access To Drumming" on DVD on November 21. This is a DVD reissue of an earlier VHS. The disc, which contains bonus rare footage, features easy-to-follow instructions helpful tips on warming up, utilizing triplets, gaining independence, playing double bass and enhancing your performance skills. In addition, Eric gives his own heartfelt advice on the "business" side of the music business.
You can pre-order it now at AmazonUS.
The sword that Alice lost in Jim Thorpe, PA has been found and returned thanks to a cool fan and his daughter from Monroe County. The Sword's finder told WFMZ-TV that he wouldn't accept the reward money, however, he did indicate that he would like to go see the the show. Good man! WFMZ-TV have a short report to watch.
More new photos are up in the photo section. This time from the Jim Thorpe show on October 20th courtesy of Bob Piavis. Hunter has also posted a ton of shots from the Nashville show over at the Sickthings2 site.
MuchMoreMusic Marquee are playing the 'Live At Montreux 2005' film on Thursday at 9pm.
Lots of places have been repeating the 'lost sword' story. WFMZ stands out as they have a little video on their site.
From the official Alice Cooper Myspace:
"Alice did a show last night at Penn's Peak in Pennsylvania. Great show, great audience. During the concert, Alice was doing his thing with one of his swords and it got caught up in the dancer's whip and it went into the audience. Luckily, no one was hurt. But, the sword did wind up in the audience and evidently someone has a great souvenir. Alice would love to get the sword back. He is personally offering a reward of $500 (cash) for its return. Now, there is not even a question of someone being worried about being accused of theft or anything because the sword was NOT stolen! It was lost. Alice lost it himself. If something goes into the audience...it is pretty much fair game. Also, if someone can return it and they would like to come to the show in Reading, PA (very close to Jim Thorpe), Alice will provide 2 free tickets for the show as well as backstage passes to meet Alice and take a picture together with the sword. If you can return the sword, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org"
There's is a short interview with Eric Singer added to the STUK interviews section courtesy, again, of Mitch Lafon. Eric comments on Kiss, working with Alice, the new album and the forthcoming ESP live album and video.
Tickets for this years Christmas Pudding show, which will feature Alice performing with Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce, apparently go on sale Saturday November 11th.
(Thanks Remarkably Insincere)
According to Sweden Rock the 27th October sees the release of 'Sweden Rock Festival 2006' a DVD/CD package featuring footage and recordings from this years Sweden Rock Festival. The double set is due to include Alice playng 'School's Out' live. Alice is also pictured on the cover. In related news Ryan Roxie will be part of the 'Sweden Rock All Star Band' who will be playing the launch party for the Sweden Rock Festival 2007 in Nalen, Stockholm on December 8th. The band will also feature Udo Dirkschneider of Accept/UDO as well as other Swedish metal stars.
An interview with Alice will be aired on CBC's The Hour this coming Monday, October 23rd in Canada. It *should* be on CBC Newsworld at 8 pm and all the regular CBC channels at 11pm and again at 3 pm EST.
UPDATE: There's a short clip from CBC here.
The Ryanfanclub (No, not THAT Ryan) have a review and some photos up. There are also around 200 excellent new pics in the updated STUK photo section from the Cleveland and Niagara shows courtesy of Remarkably Insincere.
According to Amazon Alice has a book out on May 15th 2007 called 'Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: My Twelve Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict' and you can pre-order it now fom AmazonUS or AmazonUK!
Alice is on the cover of the current “Freetime” Magazine in Western New York for Oct. 11 - 25. The magazine includes an editor’s note that members of the band will make a meet and greet appearance at the House of Guitars on October 25th around 5 PM. There is also a competition to win free tickets to the concert on their site.
The New issue of Classic Rock (UK) as expected does have an AC cover plus 6 pages inside and 'Dirty Diamonds' is on the free DVD.
The Edmonton Sun appears to have an interview with Alice today but I can't get to their site at the moment.
Ryan Roxie will be playing a show in Athens, Greece at a club called 'Underworld' on Saturday December 9th. He'll be backed by Star Star who supported Alice Cooper in 2004. Check out the StarStar site for more info. There's even an aftershow party for anyone with a show ticket.
Alice has joined the lineup of radio station WZLX and will debut his new show “Saturday Nights With Alice Cooper” from 7 to midnight Saturday. Presumably as in other markets this is a compilation of material from the weekly show.And speaking of the radio show Rob Zombie will be Alice's guest on October 17th.
Ryan Roxie apparently now has his own radio show on Rocket.fm in Sweden on Wednesdays from 2 to 4pm (Sweden Time). They have a netfeed.
Richie Scarlet has a new album due out at the end of this month. Entitled 'Revelation Supreme' you can keep up to date with info over at RichieScarlet.com.
The Niagara Gazette has a short piece previewing the shows there on Friday and Saturday.
Hunter has posted his pics from the Evanville show, over 100 of them! Check them out here. And if that isn't enough pics from one show, there's loads more over at the 'Remember The Coop' forum. The pics are scattered across the various sub-forums to take a look around.
This years Alice Cooper Christmas Pudding show is going to be a little special, especially for Sickthings. Alice has confirmed in an interview on BraveWords.com that the star turn will be a performance by original Alice Cooper members Alice Cooper, Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway and Michael Bruce who, along with the unforgettable Glen Buxton smashed records in the seventies, writing and recording many of the classic Alice songs. Says Alice:
"We’re actually doing a Christmas show in Phoenix (on December 16th). The Alice Cooper Christmas Pudding Show at The Dodge Theatre, and every year I get a bunch of guys together. Last year, it was Ted Nugent and Cheap Trick and the Tubes... It’s a five hour variety show and the money goes to the Solid Rock foundation - for inner city kids. This year I called Neal, Dennis and Mike and said ‘Why don’t you guys come in and we’ll do the original band for half an hour? We’ll do ‘Nice Guy’ and ‘Under My Wheels’ and ‘Eighteen’ and ‘School’s Out’ and all the hits and they said ‘Yeah sure.’ There never was any animosity between the band when the break-up happened. It was more like - everybody was just bushed. We were tired.”
The idea seems to have originated when Neal Smith guested on 'Nights With Alice Cooper' a few months ago. On the air Alice suggested getting Neal, Dennis and Michael to play at the Pudding show (The interview is available to hear on the NWAC website). After that there came the news that Neal, Dennis and Michael would be playing together at the Chiller convention in Secaucus, NJ at the end of this month and the scene was set.
Tickets for the show aren't on sale yet, but in past years have sold out very quickly. Normally they can be obtained via Ticketmaster or the Solid Rock Foundation directly (which aparently is the best bet).
Originally released in the USA last year, there is now a UK edition of 'Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror'. The comic features stories written by Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Gene Simmons with the UK edition in a larger format then it's US counterpart, and it comes with a free halloween gift.
(Thanks John, Rob)
There's a new interview with Alice up over at Bravewords.com that actually asks some different questions for a change! Well worth checking out.
More photos from the Nashville show can been seen online here.
According to TV schedules, Access is airing the Monk episode featuring Alice Cooper on Sunday, October 8th at 9pm local time. Access is an Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) station, but is also available on satellite.