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.

Alice Cooper has been announced as headlining the 'Rock The Bayou' festival on August 31st on the Rock The Bayou Grounds, located between Kirby Drive and Fannin Avenue, directly south of Loop 610 in Houston, Texas. Also on the bill are Warrent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slaughter, Dangerous Toys, Pretty Boy Floyd and Black 'N Blue.

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Posted on 29 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

Vinyl CoverTo the left you can see what appears to be the alternative cover for the vinyl edition of 'Along Came A Spider' as shown on the official MySpace page. You can pre-order this edition now on AmazonUS and AmazonUK.

More cool promo lmages have been released as well.




Promo 1 Promo 1


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Posted on 27 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK has a new interview with 'Along Came A Spider' producer Greg Hampton during which Greg discusses his career and the new Alice album.
With 'Vengeance Is Mine' now available to hear, Greg posted this through on the making of the song:
"Alice kept telling me he had these lyrics for something he wanted to call "Vengeance is mine". The music for was pretty much completely finished one morning over coffee, with my little hand help recorder.... The next day Eric came up and it was  just me and Eric at my place for the most part - we finished the entire backing track. The wahwah leads in the verses I was just goofing around - but I kept it! ...then  I took the track up to Danny's the next day. Alice loved it ...Danny added the little "Iron-man" type riff in the middle breakdown bit - we cut Alice's vocals the same day ...  and SLASH added some extra screaming lead guitars a few weeks later at my buddies studio in Nth Hollywood... I think we had about 16 hours total into the entire song...including ALICE'S vocals  -and the final mix...."

Alice appeared on the cover of "Rock" magazine in Germany recently. More info (In German) here.
(Thanks Devon)

The 'Remember The Coop Message Board' again has free tickets available to see the Big Ball Stars this Saturday at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. The performance will feature Keri Kelli, Chuck Garric and Tommy Clufetos! If you want tickets just email Barbara. They also have some photos from a previous show here.

A reminder for all those not going to see Alice in Southampton that Damon Johnson and Whiskey Falls are playing at the Borderline in central London on July 25th. Tickets are still available.

Ryan Roxie's Happypill have a new URL for their official merchandise here.

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Posted on 26 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

Alice Cooper and Whitesnake will be playing the following shows at the end of the year:
18th November München, Olympiahalle
20th November Hannover, AWD-Halle
21th November Essen, Grugahalle
22nd November Nürnberg, Arena
25th November Erfurt, Messehalle
26th November Hamburg, Sporthalle
28th November Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle
29th November Stuttgart, Porsche-Arena
1st December Berlin, Max-Schmeling-Halle
(Thanks Tomasz)

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Posted on 25 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

A sneak preview of the new "Along Came A Spider' album is now up on and the official MySpace page! The song is 'Vengence Is Mine'.

There's a small Alice mention on

Last months Uncut Magazine also had a short piece about Alice and Grocho Marx with a pic.
(Thanks Leighton)

Antimusic is running a series of articles about Neal Smith and his Killsmith album. The first part is here with links to the next few articles.

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Posted on 25 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

Slash And Greg HamptonAmazonUS is now listing the double vinyl version of 'Along Came A Spider' for pre-order here.

Sheryl and Sonora Cooper joined Alice on stage for 'No More Mr Nice Guy' at the opening of the Mala Wailea restaurant on Thursday. You can see a pic here. And keeping it in the family, you can see a short clip of Alice on stage with Dash Cooper and Runaway Phoenix recently at YouTube.

Calico Cooper will feature in 'Sirens of Cinema' magazine at the end of June with pics by STUK's own Bill Crowe!  you can order a copy here.

The Dimma CD release party went great! Dimma performed songs off both the oirginal CD and their new CD before Dennis Dunaway joined them for 'Dimma', 'Under My Wheels', 'I'm Eighteen', 'Billion Dollar Babies'. 'Dead Babies', 'Halo Of Flies' and an encore of 'School's Out'. Check out Dimma videos on YouTube.

If any one has a spare seated ticket they don't need for the Southampton, UK show could they email me? We have a disabled fan in need of a seat. Thanks!

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Posted on 21 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

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Posted on 20 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

According to Maui News Alice will be in Hawaii on June 19th at the opening of a new restaurant called 'Mala Wailea' located at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Maui. Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac will also be there and tickets are still available for the event. Why is Alice there? Because 'Mala Wailea' is co-owned by Shep Gordon.

Keri Kelli will be in the KNAC studios today at 3.30pm (Pacific)along with 'Saints Of The Underground' singer Janie Lane. You can listen in online here.

Blabbermouth report that Ryan Roxie is to appear on the forthcoming "Kiss My Ankh: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent". Along with Ryan,  former Adler's Appetite vocalist Sheldon Tarsha, former Altaria bassist Marko Pukkila and current White Lion drummer Troy Patrick Farrell have collaborated on a new recording of the VIinnie Vincent Invasion ballad "That Time of Year". The original was the lead single  from the second Vinnie Vincent Invasion album "All Systems Go".  A 45-second sample of the new version is now available at the official  MySpace page.

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Posted on 17 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

In a change from all the recent 'Along Came A Spider' news today we have some photos of Dennis Dunaway, with Al Bouchard and American Dog, on stage in Paris last night courtesy of Patrick Brzezinski. Click here to go straight to the gallery. We also have some fantastic archive photos of Alice live in 1988 in Arnhem, Netherlands courtesy of Marcel Jas. Click here to check them out.

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Posted on 15 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

RememberTheCoop has a few photos of Keri and Chuck with the Big Ball Stars the other night.
(Thanks Barb)

If you check out this video you'll spot Mr Dennis Dunaway hanging out at a fashion party.

KFIX are running a poll (which is syndicated to other sites) asking which album out of a selection you are most waiting for. The answer to that one should be obvious.

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Posted on 13 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

More US dates have appeared on a press release including conformation of the much rumoured Halloween show at Foxwoods, CT. The new dates are as follows:

5th August - Bismarck, ND - Civic Center Arena
7th August - St Louis, MO - The Pageant
9th August - Sparta, WI - Fort McCoy Army Base (With Scorpions)
12th August - Casper, WY - Events Center
22nd August - Indianapolis, IN - White River State Park
24th August - Columbus, OH - Lifestyles Comunity Pavillion
31st October - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand at Foxwoods

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Posted on 10 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

AmazonUS are now taking pre-orders for the new Alice Cooper album 'Along Came A Spider'. Click here to order yours now.

Record Label SPV have posted the following publicity announcement on their MySPace page which includes what is presumably the final tracklisting:

"There are only a handful of rock artists that have proven to be as enduring and influential as Alice Cooper has over the years. Name just about any hard rock artist, and they’ve probably borrowed a thing or two from Alice. And on his latest studio recording, ‘Along Came A Spider’ (issued via SPV Records on July 29), Alice has returned with a concept album with a sinister streak.

‘A dark and menacing album for dark and menacing times’ is perhaps the most fitting description for Alice’s 25th studio album overall, as a chilling conceptual thread runs through the songs, which are told through the voice of a serial killer named Spider - one that Alice describes as “an arachnophobic psychopath” (in the song “Catch Me If You Can”). Alice, the master storyteller, weaves a web of danger, intrigue and death that rivals his best work.

Co-produced by Danny Saber, Greg Hampton and Alice himself, ‘Along Came A Spider’ manages to marry both vintage and modern day Alice. As theatrical as ever, the album is a sonic combination of familiar Alice musical elements from albums as diverse as ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Brutal Planet,' with the storytelling of "Welcome To My Nightmare," capturing the historic dark side of Alice in peak form, an instantly recognizable presence that will be welcomed by his fans. Joining Alice on the album are members of his touring band - longtime Alice drummer Eric Singer, bassist Chuck Garric, and guitarists Keri Kelli and Jason Hook, with additional contributions from others, including Saber, Hampton, and renowned backing vocalist Bernard Fowler.

Saber and Hampton co-wrote several of the album's songs with Alice, while others were collaborations with Alice's band members. Danny Saber, best known for his role as member and producer of Black Grape, has also worked with many other artists, including the Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne, and David Bowie, while Greg Hampton's been working on a new album project teaming up Buckethead and Bootsy Collins.

Who else but Alice Cooper, with ‘Along Came A Spider,' would create a "love story" about a serial killer named Spider? His trademark is wrapping his victims in silk, and his victims are specifically chosen to feed his hunger to kill. But, upon meeting his (possibly) last victim, he falls in love with her and cannot kill to complete his plan. That could be his demise.

Though it is often said about artists with as rich a history as Alice that their newest albums capture the essence of their greatest work, it may honestly be proposed that ‘Along Came A Spider’ does exactly that. It's got hard rock with hooks, an Alice trademark (“Vengeance is Mine,” “I Know Where You Live”), classic balladry, another Alice trademark (“Killed by Love,” “Salvation”), and always with an overtone of evil, yet another Alice tradmark. Throughout the album, Alice BECOMES Spider, telling the story of a cold-blooded killer to life vocally, as if this were the soundtrack to an as-yet unmade horror film.

Ozzy Osbourne lends some harmonica work on a track he co-wrote, “Wake the Dead," and Slash lends some guitar style to "Vengeance Is Mine."

Before such theatrical rockers as David Bowie, the New York Dolls, Kiss, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson, there was Alice Cooper. The original Alice Cooper group quickly became despised by adults and authority figures, while being idolized by teens and rock fans everywhere, on the strength of a succession of all-time classic albums ('Love It to Death,’ ‘Killer,’ ‘School’s Out,’ ‘Billion Dollar Babies,’ etc.) and anthems (“I’m Eighteen,” “Under My Wheels,” “School’s Out,” "Elected," “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” etc.). Alice had continued success as a solo artist, releasing successful albums like ‘Welcome To My Nightmare' and 'Trash,' featuring classic hits such as "Only Women Bleed," "I Never Cry," and "Poison." All one has to do is look at the many other artists that have covered Alice to understand how far reaching his influence is - the list is endless -- or just keep in mind that Johnny Rotten auditioned for the Sex Pistols to the tune of "I'm Eighteen.

Track Listing:
1. Prologue/I Know Where You Live
2. Vengeance Is Mine
3. Wake The Dead
4. Catch Me If You Can
5. (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side
6. Wrapped In Silk
7. Killed By Love
8. Hungry
9. The One That Got Away
10. Salvation
11. I Am The Spider/Epilogue

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Posted on 10 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

Alice has been announced as playing The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee on August 8th. Tickets go on sale June 11th at noon for people who have signed up to their email list here where they also have a cool Alice site promoting the show.
(Thanks Cindy)

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Posted on 09 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

AmazonUK is now listing the new Alice Cooper album 'Along Came A Spider'  for preorder. You can pre-order the CD here and they also list a Vinyl version for pre-order here. US links will doubtless be coming shortly.
Remember, ordering via these links helps support STUK and keep the site going. Thanks!

'...Spider' co-producer Greg Hampton has another project on the way. He features on the new album by 'Science Faxtion' as singer and guitarist. They're a band put together with bass legend Bootsy Collins and ex-Guns And Roses guitarist and solo act Buckethead. Called 'Living on Another Frequency’ the album also features drummer Brain from Primus and is released August 5th via Mascot Records.

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Posted on 08 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

According to Uncut Magazine and Idolator both Ozzy Osbourne and Slash guest on the new album 'Along Came A Spider'.  Ozzy plays harmonica on a track he co-wrote ("(In Touch With) Your Feminine Side") with Alice while and Slash plays guitar.
In other details the photographer for the new album was Gabrielle Geiselman with Piggy D (Rob Zombie/Wednesday13) the art work on the new Album. (He also makes most the stage clothing for the band).
(Thanks Konstantinos, Ryan)

Both AmazonUK and AmazonUS now have the reissues of 'Pretties For You' and 'Easy Action' up for preorder. The US versions are release June 10th while in the UK they seem to be coming the out the same day as the new album (July 28th).  Click the links below to pre-order:
'Pretties For You' - AmazonUK  AmazonUS
'Easy Action' - AmazonUK   AmazonUS

There's a new interview with Ryan Roxie up on Metal Express Radio.

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Posted on 04 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

Here it is. The official announcement we've been waiting for.
'Along Came A Spider' release dates, through SPV/Steamhammer will be the following: 
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: July 25th
Rest of Europe: July 28th
North America: July 29th
The CD was co-produced by Greg Hampton and Danny Saber in Los Angeles. Alice recently told that his forthcoming LP is "a real 'Alice' album. Conceptually, it's going to be pretty interesting." Cooper wouldn't reveal too many details, but said the album is based on a fictional serial killer named Spider, who wraps his victims in a silk web. "Every song is sort of a letter to the police," he explains. "They think they're investigating it from the outside, but he's actually woven them into the whole thing."

"Along Came A Spider" track listing (in alphabetical order):

01. Catch Me
02. Hungry
03. I Am The Spider
04. I Know Where You Live
05. (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side
06. Killed By Love
07. Salvation
08. The One That Got Away
09. Vengeance Is Mine
10. Wake The Dead
11. Wrapped In Silk

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Posted on 02 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

Rock legend Alice Cooper has revealed the tracklisting for his new album "Along Came A Spider". The album is set for release on July 29th in North America. The track listing for "Along Came A Spider" is as follows:
'Catch Me', 'Hungry', 'I Am The Spider', 'I Know Where You Live', '(In Touch With) Your Feminine Side', 'Killed By Love', 'Salvation', 'The One That Got Away', 'Vengeance Is Mine', 'Wake The Dead', 'Wrapped In Silk'.
(Courtesy of various sites including Blabbermouth, MetalSludge,and MetalUnderground).

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Posted on 02 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK

Alice was interviewed on "Big John" 98.8 a few days ago and during the brief chat mentioned both the new album and the fact Rhino are remastering the first two albums, 'Pretties For You' and 'Easy Action' for forthcoming release. It's in 4 short parts starting here.

MyPark magazine has a short chat with Alice about his appearance on the Muppet Show which is now out on DVD in the US.

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Posted on 01 Jun 2008 by SickthingsUK
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