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 held a press conference Monday and before he arrived to take questions they played three songs from the forthcoming 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album. The songs were 'I'll Bite Your Face Off', which is part of the current tour setlist, 'Something To Remember Me By' and 'Caffeine'.
The world is still reporting on the 100 Club show but a few more things have started appearing about the freak auditions. ITN News aired a report with some footage, and the Telegraph has similar footage.
The Washington Post, and Clash Music have the first reports we've seen from today's Freak Auditions in Hyde Park. Apparently the event was won by 'Girls Roc' who will join the band on stage at the Alexandra Palace show in October.
Pretty much every news source in the world seem to have picked up on Johnny Depp's appearance last night. Most obviously just repeating the same info we have already seen so no point listing them all (even if I could!).
Classic Rock have posted a short video of Alice talking about his favorite record.
As everyone probably knows by now the band completely destroyed the 100 Club last night with a mixture of AC classics and British invasion covers that created the greatest rock and roll party London has seen in a long time. Actor Johnny Depp arrived on stage for 'I'm Eighteen' and 'School's Out' after AC.com posted teaser photos on facebook. A great surprise but the real stars were Alice and the band who rocked like there was no tomorrow.
There's are plenty of personal reviews starting to appear in the forums and our own photos are up in the photo section if you want to check them out. There's already some press appearing as well with The Sun, The Guardian, Entertainment FocusNME, and OnTheRedCarpet running features with some pics. More is sure to follow especially with the freak auditions today in London's Hyde Park.
Alice was also on 'Top Gear' yesterday. It's up on BBC iplayer but for those outside the UK it's also up on YouTube if you search (the original copy I linked to as been removed but there's likely to be others appearing).
According to Live Nation in Italy, Alice Cooper will be playing the following shows in October:
12th October - Rome, Atlantico
13th October - Padova, Gran Teatro Geox
14th October - Trezzo Sull'adda (MI) Live Club
There's more Alice on TV/Radio in the UK coming up. After 'Top Gear' tomorrow night we now have:
July 2nd - BBC 6 Music on the Nemone Show at 7pm
July 2nd - BBC 1 on 'Lee Mack's All Star Cast' at 9.50pm
plus BBC 6 Music will also rebroadcast 'Masters Of Rock' at 3am on Wednesday 29th June, which features Alice.
Damon Johnson has lined up a couple of solo shows during a break in the current tour. You can catch him on July 22nd in Sardis City, Alabama at Reliving The Memories, and then on August 2nd in Nashville, Tennessee at the Nashville Dinner Theater.
According at an announcement on Facebook the band has been rehearsing a few surprise covers for the 100 Club show on Sunday!
Our friend Serge on Canada's CFOU is celebrating his 400th show on Monday. He sends through some info: "It's time for celebration... I'll celebrate my 400th radio show on June 27th at 8:00 pm (E. T.). During my show, you'll be listening a large spectrum of rock music, some excerpts from past interviews (including some members of the Dunaway family) and two live songs from Blue Coupe (never broadcast before). Please join me on www.cfou.ca on June 27th at 8:00 pm. P.S.: French narration but English music & interviews".
Alice Cooper will be the "star in a reasonably priced car' in the first episode of the new season of the BBC's 'Top Gear' programme on Sunday 26th June at 8pm on BBC2. With this being one of the BBC's most viewed shows, and with Alice's love of cars, this should be a good one.
Also on the BBC, Legendary concert promotor Harvey Goldsmith appeared on BBC's 'Hard Talk' and spoke about Alice and his snake arriving in Glasgow back in the early days.
The Guardian have posted an interview with Alice, looking back at his career in short "soundbites".
According to this article in Music Week, the forthcoming iPad version of the Classic Rock 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' fan pack will also feature "video footage recorded at the Download festival, interactive elements and other additional content".
Alive-Erfurt have posted some photos from the June 17th show in Germany.
It appears Alice will be featured in BOTH the Sky Arts programmes from the Download festival, due to air next month. Sickthing Ken has posted his photos from the show at LastOfTheTeenageIdols.com, while Bill Crowe has posted his shots over at AliceCooperPics.
Just a few small things today to bring to your attention.
Sky Arts Channel in the UK has announced they will be showing extended highlights from the Download Festival at 10pm on the 9th and 10th of July on Sky Arts 1 HD in the UK. Whether this will include Alice it doesn`t say as yet.
Mapex Drums has an interview with current Alice drummer Glen Sobel up on YouTube recorded on the current stage set.
RockAAA have posted extended footage from Alice's press conference at Download, also on YouTube.
The Classic Rock Magazine special edition of 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' will be released on September 16th and is available to Pre-Order now direct from them. This will be out one month before the official release of the standard edition of the album.
Reuters have posted a video from the Kerrang awards which includes a few words with Alice.
Planet Rock have a competition all this week for the chance to win a copy of the new box set (which began arriving with fans today) and other Alice related prizes.
Dutch magazine Lust For Life have a 6 page Alice Cooper article in this months issue.
Keri Kelli is performing two guitar clinics in Norway next week. They are:
Friday June 17th - Backstage Musikk AS, Jessheim Storsenter, Ringveien 4, 2050 Jessheim
Saturday June 18th - Backstage Musikk AS, Sandvika Storsenter, Brodtkorbsgate 7, 1338 Sandvika
He's also offering more 'one on one' guitar lessons while he's there.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for all the info.
Ticketmaster are now listing an extra London Alice Cooper show at the legendary 100 Club in Oxford Street on June 26th with tickets going on sale this Friday. However subscribers to the 02 phone network could buy two tickets for this show this morning and Live Nation also made them available.
Says Alice: “It’s been a while since we played such an intimate venue, but strip away the theatrics and we are a pedal-to-the-metal rock band, born in clubs like the 100 Club. We play every show like that anyway and it will be fantastic to reconnect in that atmosphere. This show comes with a health warning ‘We don’t do acoustic, this will be loud’.”
Acording to Novinite the June 21st Sonisphere show in Bulgaria has been canceled. "Due to reasons not in the control of Balkan Entertainment and after instructions of the owner of the license of the Sonisphere Festival in Bulgaria, we announce that the festival is cancelled," reads the statement of organizers."
Alice was back in London last night to present the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards at the Indig02. Amusingly in a reversal of the current trend, Alice presented Rob Zombie with an award for 'Golden God'.
The Daily Star has another article/video this time about Halloween.
The Independent has an interesting article about the Classic Rock 'Fan Packs' highlighting the forthcoming 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' release.
RockAAA.com had a few words with Alice at Download. According to Alice the new album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare" will be released in a Classic Rock Magazine 'Halloween Survival Pack' which would likely be similar to the recent Slash, Whitesnake and Motorhead releases by Classic Rock which included the album in a book sleeve, a full magazine and other odds and ends.
According to AC.com the album will be released in September while Atmostfear have the following info:
"'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' features some other familiar faces from ooper's past. The original Nightmare tandem of Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner played on the album, while Vince Gill plays on a track called 'Runaway Train'. And surviving Cooper band members Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith reunited on the track 'When Hell Comes Home'.
'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', meanwhile, will have plenty of similarities to its predecessor. "There are certain songs where we let some of the themes from (the original) 'Nightmare' slip in," Cooper tells Billboard. "All of a sudden you'll hear the little piano part from 'Steven' or from 'The Awakening.' I wanted (the albums) to be married together. I think we even make reference to a couple of characters from the original (album)."
Download have posted an interview video from the festival site on YouTube. By all accounts Alice blew the place apart last night with a longer set then the Irish shows which included 'Halo Of Flies' and 'Hey Stoopid' which were cut from the shorter sets. Rock Industry has some photos up already.
Dick Wagner posted the following on his Facebook site regarding the forthcoming album:
"Played my first recording session since my heart attack this week-Alice Cooper's "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" - that's me & orchestra on "Underture." My song "Something to Remember Me By" is also on Alice's new album. I think its a hit. That would be a comeback blessing. Thks for the friendship & encouragement. Been a rough 4 yrs. You've all played an important part in my "comeback" to life & music. Love you, my friends."
Lots of small mentions of Alice in the UK press as usual since he was in London. STV has quotes from Alice about 'X-Factor'. The Express has a few quotes. The Winnipeg Free Press also has a few words and The Star has a video interview with Alice. Bee Hive City has an articale about Kerrang awards.
The BBC have a short video report from the Kerrang awards last night here. There's a piece and photo in tonights London Evening Standard as well, but most strange is a report from the awards by Heat magazine, which is so obviously made up. We all know Alice simply wouldn`t say that, and the pic is from the Hall Of Fame show.
Alexandra Palace now has a feature on the London Halloween show. As with last year there will be "freak" auditions held in Hyde Park on June 27th. Quote: "Auditions are June 27th in London’s Hyde park. Just like last year, go to alicecooper.com to submit audition tapes by June 22nd. Audition show producers Wake Up Productions will choose the line up and 3 acts will be picked by Alice and a panel of judges on the night to perform on stage October 29th at Alexandra Palace. There, the audience will decide the winner."
As previously mentioned Alice and the band were at the Kerrang awards last night where Alice recieved the "Kerrang Icon" award. Video has been posted to the Official Alice Cooper YouTube page while there is press coverage in the the Daily Star, Belfast Telegram, and Burnley Citizen.
Peter Neill has posted some photos from the Belfast show which you can check out here.
It appears 'Brutal Planet' is being released on vinyl in Europe in a cool straight jacket sleeve from HR records and is available for pre-order.