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's show in Gold Coast, Australia on August 19th appears to have been canceled. No reason has been given. The Age.com.au has a interview with Alice promoting the Australian dates.
Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith along with assorted friends will be out and about in the next couple of weeks.
First off this Thursday May 28th Dennis will be playing some Stooges songs at a benefit for the 'Urban Zen Foundation' where they will debut an Iggy Pop Rockumentary. Fashion designer, Donna Karan is also involved and it happens 6:30pm - 10:30pm at Le Poisson Rouge, 138 Bleecker Street @ Sullivan Street, New York, NY.
Then on Friday May 29th Dennis and Neal appear at Ethanfest which happens at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E Ridge Rd, Ridgefield, CT. Also appearing are Joe Bouchard and Albert Bouchard From Blue Oyster Cult/Blue Coupe, Rick Tedesco and Ed Burns From the Dennis Dunaway Project, Whitewood and The Doug Wahlburg band. The i95 Morning Rock show will be giving away tickets all week.
Finally, on June 6th, Dennis will be playing a set with Jimmy Kunes of 'Cactus' at the Rack'n'Roll, 268 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT.
Chuck Garric will be performing with Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters on Sunday May 23rd at 6pm PT as part of MusicRise: a "music festival in a virtual world' at Videoranch3d and as the name implies, the show will be transmitted live on the net. Check out videoranch3d.com for all the details.
RockAndRollPoker.com is a new site mixing rock and roll and... poker! Keri Kelli is involved in the project and to launch they have created a series of tournaments in which the winner will receive signed band goodies. The first tournament in this series boasts a guitar signed by Alice Cooper and the band specifically for RNR poker to give away. They also have a cool Alice/Keri pic on the front page.
There's some photos of Dennis Dunaway guesting with the Sic F*cks last week up at ManicPanic.
Damon Johnson has yet another new band, this one called 'The Black Jacket Symphony'. "The BJS got it's start after a phone call with longtime Birmingham friend, artist, and musician Jay Willoughby. The idea was to start a "more sophisticated musical venture" and create an opportunity to pay respect to some of the greatest classic rock albums of all time by performing them in their complete entirety. The first album the BJS decided to tackle is Abbey Road by The Beatles. After recruiting an impressive array of additional local talent, rehearsals began immediately. The debut performance by The Black Jacket Symphony will be at WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL on Thursday night, May 28. Damon and Jay plan to take this classic album presentation on the road as schedules allow, and are discussing tackling other timeless recordings such as 'The Wall' and 'Dark Side Of The Moon' by Pink Floyd, 'Hotel California' by The Eagles, and 'Damn The Torpedoes' by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers."
27th November - Newcastle City Hall
28th November - Sheffield City Hall
29th November - Swindon Oasis
Opening band appears to be 'Manraze' featuring Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols.
The long wait is over. UK dates have started to be announced. Here's what I have so far:
24th November - Manchester Apollo
25th November - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
1st December - Wolverhampton Civic Hall
2nd December - Plymouth Pavillions
4th December - Nottingham Royal Center
5th December - Brighton Center
6th December - Hammersmith Apollo
It appears tickets start going on sale May 29th.
Alice hit Spain last night for the Azkena Rock Festival and it turns out the whole show was transmitted live on the net via eitb.com. Unfortuntaly I didn't know in advance so couldn`t let everyone know.
As expected it's the Psychodrama show again (and will be until the US tour starts) so the setlist as before with just a couple of songs dropped, probably due to it being a festival with limited playing time. The radio station site has a short video interview with Alice here.
MTV have a news report with video about Alice's Phoenix appearance at the weekend here. Unfortunatly it seems you can't watch the video outside the US.
Next week sees the release of six Alice Cooper songs for the 'Rock Band' game. The tracks are 'Billion Dollar Babies (Live)', 'I'm Eighteen (Live)', 'Poison', 'School's Out (Live)' 'Under My Wheels (Live)', 'Vengeance Is Mine'. Release dates are Tuesday, May 19th on Xbox Live and Thursday, May 21st on the PlayStation.
Neal Smith and Michael Bruce will be appearing at the upcoming Monstermania in Connecticut on June 12th-14th at the Crowne Plaza hotel.
Alan Gibson kindly sends in the following report on the show last Saturday in Phoenix:
"I was at the event this past Saturday in Phoenix and got pictures (Now up in the photo section) and autographs. Alice and Sheryl were so nice and personable. Not a big turnout I must admit, but it was outdoors and it was over 100 degrees. The band Alice performed with, 'Halo of Flies', were incredible. They played the old songs note for note like they were lifted off the records themselves. Here is the set list: Under My Wheels/Is It My Body/No More Mr. Nice Guy/Muscle of Love/Long Way To Go/Be My Lover/Halo of Flies/Billion Dollar Babies/LUNEY TUNE!!!/I’m Eighteen/School’s Out.
Alice said that was the first time he’s ever played 'Luney Tune' live! He needed a little help from the band at first, but it sounded awesome! On 'School’s Out' he picked a few kids out of the crowd to sing back up - my son included."
There are also a few pics on facebook here.
Alice will be appearing at the Arizona State University commencement ceremony which is taking place at Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix this Wednesday, before an estimated crowd of 63,000. He will perform 'School's Out' backed by Dash Cooper and Runaway Phoenix. Top of the bill for the event is US president Barack Obama who will be giving the ASU's 2009 commencement address!
Says Alice: ""Of all the people I've ever shared a stage with, Obama is the biggest rock star," He went on to remark, "And I'd like to thank him, in advance, for changing the national anthem to 'School's Out'."
The ceremony will apparently also be transmitted live over the net courtesy of ASU Media Networks.
Cindy Dunaway has her work featured this month at Greenwich Art Council's 'Art To The Avenue' festival in Greenwich, CT. The official launch was on Thursday at Bruckner's Good To Go and both Cindy and Dennis were in attendence. For more info about 'Moon Hollow', their art and gift company, check out Moon-Hollow.com.
As hoped for, Slash, Keri and Tommy performed 'School's Out' on last nights 'American Idol' with the four contestants singing.
Gabrielle Geiselman, who created the cool promo images for 'Along Came A Spider' and co-directed the promo film, has a book of her work coming out soon entitled "Between The Shutter And The Light' which will include some of her Cooper pics. More info can be found here.
Blabbermouth have a short mention of Alice at the Texas Frightmare Weekend last weekend where he recieved a 'Lifetime achievement' award. They also have video (courtesy of Metal-rules.com) of Alice's Q&A.
Blabbermouth also have some footage of Alice on stage in Boston with Ace Frehley.
Last nights American Idol show showed short clips of Slash, Keri, along with another ex-Alice face Tommy Clufetos, in rehearsals including a clip of them blasting out 'School's Out'. Tonight's show will see them performing in the studio.