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.

Ultimate Guitar has a new interview with Neal Smith talking about the Coopers and his new album 'Killsmith 2'. Brave Words also interview Neal.

Ultimate Classic Rock have named 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' their top album for 2011! They are also taking votes for the Tour of the Year.

The Times Union has a new interview with Alice. The Daily Express has a very short article on Alice. He was also interviewed in Russia on RT which you can see on YouTube.

Chuck Garric was interviewed by 102.3 The Wolf and you can listen to the show now. Chuck appears at around 44 mins into the show.

The official Alice Cooper Facebook posted the following: "Alice will recap the Midseason Finale of one of his favorite shows, 'The Walking Dead!'"

Dimma have a new EP on the way and have recorded a new version of AC classic 'Halo Of Flies' with Dennis Dunaway on bass. You can listen to it now at Soundcloud.

Revue have an article about the song 'Dead Babies'.

MLive have a review of the Mount Pleasant show.

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Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK

The NME have posted a new video interview with Alice on YouTube. Part one is here while part two is here and part three here.

Planet Rock are offering an Alice signed DAB radio on ebay as part of their "Movember" fundraising towards men's health issues.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch has a preview of Sunday's show.

Nottingham Confidential interviewed Ryan Roxie while he was here last week while Bill Crowe and Ken Bloor have posted photos (and video) from the Nottingham show.

Issue 5 of 'Viva Le Rock', a new rock magazine in the UK has a four page interview with Alice.

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Posted on 25 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK

Alice is being interviewed on BBC4 tonight, Monday 21st November, at 10pm and 2am on an hour long show called "Mark Lawson Talks To..."

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Posted on 21 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK

Ryan Roxie has arrived in the UK and you can catch a few clips from the first UK show at YouTube including "The Song That Didn`t Rhyme!" Check below for the remaining dates.

If you ever wondered what Alice is listening to you can now check out his playlist if you have Spotify installed.

Glen Sobel is interviewed is interviewed by UK Drummer.

Charity Buzz are auctioning the chance to for you and three guests to have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando before the Alice Cooper show at the Hard Rock Live, and then to meet Alice after the show. The auction runs until November 30th and you can place a bid here.

According to an interview with director Sam Dunn ('Iron Maiden: Flight 666' and 'Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage' etc) he's working on an Alice Cooper biography movie. Alice is also featured in a couple of episodes of Dunn's current series  'Metal Evolution' which is airing on VH-1 Classic in the US and MuchMoreMusic in Canada from November 25th.

Ultimate Classic Rock has a few words with Dick Wagner about his return to the stage.

The Morning Sun has an Alice article promotoring the Soaring Eagle show on November 26th.

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Posted on 19 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK

The Western Telegraph has an article about a converted hearse, hired for Alice and used at the start of the 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' show which aired in the UK last night. The show can been see now on BBC iPlayer but is probably subject to region restrictions, however it's currently also on YouTube so everyone can see it until it's pulled.

MLive has an interview with Alice promoting the Mount Pleasant show.

French magazine 'Hard Rock' has an Alice Cooper front cover and article the new November/December issue.

More French press and photos can be seen at Inside Rock and Street Press.
(Thanks Francois)

A reminder that Dick Wagner will be performing at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern on Cleveland on November 17th.

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Posted on 15 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK

Roxie UK 2011

Roxie will have some special surprises at the shows... one being a very 'limited' supply of the brand new 'Casablanca 'album 'Apocalyptic Youth' which won`t be officialy released until next year. On top of that Roxie is giving away free song downloads this week!!
Ryan says "Thank you ALL in the U.K. (and elsewhere) SO much for helping me promote this intimate, impromptu, and improbable U.K. 'Coming Home' Tour... I'm really looking to playing for you...SO much so that I want you guys to be prepared ;) ..that is why I'm giving you ALL the R77 'Two Sides' acoustic songs for free this week... Head on over to the, get your free downloads, listen, and tell me what YOU want to hear!
...and above all....Enjoy the Ride"

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Posted on 14 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK

Bob Ezrin receieved the "outstanding contribution" award at last weeks Classic Rock Awards. The new issue of Classic Rock Magazine has an interview with Bob commenting on some of the albums he's produced over the years, incuding Alice Cooper albums of course.

The new Metal Hammer (UK) features a cool double page photo of Alice at the London show during 'Elected'.

Blue Coupe are back in NYC on Wednesday 23rd November at the Bowery Electric for a pre-Thanksgiving show. Also playing are 'Dirty And Naughty' and 'Lightning Raiders'.

Dick Wagner has messages and photos up on Facebook after his show last night at the Magic Bag. By all accounts it was a great success in front of a sold out crowd.

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Posted on 12 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK

Alice Cooper has been confirmed as headlining next years Bloodstock festival which takes place between August 10th and 12th at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, Derbyshire. Alice will close the festival on the 12th. Weekend tickets go on sale December 15th with day tickets on sale later. Festival booker Vicky Gregory commented, "As Bloodstock organisers but more importantly Huge fans of Alice Cooper, we are thrilled to have such an iconic artist close proceedings on the Sunday night! We have been after Alice for a number of years and are extremely excited to see him grace the Ronnie James Dio stage and guarantee this will be a performance not to be missed."

Hot Press have a review of the London show.

There's a multi-page article on Shep Gordon in the December issue of Oprah's 'O' magazine in the USA.

Dick Wagner is gearing up for his return to the stage, after his recent medical problems, tomorrow at the Magic Bag in Ferndale and there's a new interview with the man at the Daily Tribune.

There's a nice Blue Coupe interview from the recent NY show that you can see now on YouTube.

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Posted on 09 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK

Roxie UK 2011The Ryan Roxie tour is coming along and we now have confirmed the dates below. Thanks for everyone who has sent in ideas and info. It's been very helpful and we'll keep everything in case we need it in the future. These are small intimate shows with basically just Roxie and his guitar playing for YOU. A chance not to be missed!! Spread the word and don't miss out, it may not happen again! The confirmed dates so far are as follows:
17th Nov - Bedford - Esquires 'Dannys Bar'
19th Nov- Nottingham - 'The Old Angel Pub'
21st Nov - Kilburn, London - 'Powers' (Clinic then show)

Damon Johnson has now been named as a permanent member of Thin Lizzy in a new press release which you can read at Blabbermouth. "When Scott Gorham called me and asked me to play with my favorite band of all time, I didn't even hesitate," Damon said. "I have always loved Thin Lizzy and their music is a huge part of my life. Hell, I even named my daughter 'Sarah' after one of their songs!"  While long time Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham states "Damon brings back the classic feel Thin Lizzy had when Phil was still with us. He has been kicking ass every night and asking him to join was a no-brainer." You can see Damon with Lizzy on tour now.

You can now hear the French RTL interview at their site.

There's been some press around the Belgium show including reviews at De Morgan, Knack Focus and Cutting Edge. Sonic Shocks reviews the London show with photos.

Shadow Locked has a report from the BFI event.

Metal Band Art interview Alice art director Ernie Cefalu about his career.

Karen Hunter has updated her behind the scenes blog with insight on the UK tour.

The Examiner reviews a storming set by Blue Coupe in New York which included several guest appearances. The long setlist featured the normal mix of original material with Blue Oyster Cult and Cooper songs as well as Steppenwolf material with guest keyboardist Goldie McJohn and a couple of blues tracks with guitarist Joe Louis Walker.

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Posted on 07 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK

The Ryan Roxie/Casablanca shows announced last week have unfortunatly been postponed, but Roxie still wants to come to the UK to play! We are setting up a few intimate acoustic nights during which Ryan will play songs from his entire career including some Alice songs never performed live before as well as material from Roxie 77, Casablanca, Electric Angels and other surprises. 
So far we have shows on November 17th in Bedford and November 21st in London (a guitar clinic followed by a show), exact details to follow, but are looking for pubs or music shops, small intimate venues, between these two dates that would be interested in having a show, especially major towns like Glasgow and Birmingham where more fans would be able to get to the shows. If you know of anywhere and can promise 'nothing but a good time' then drop me a line and we'll see what can be arranged. Obviously this is only a couple of weeks away so time is of the essesence.

Alice appeared on the BBC Radcliffe And Marconie show on Monday which you can listen again to at BBC iPlayer depending on your location.

Film News have a report from the BFI appearance which is worth checking out. The whole event was filmed and may turn up on the BFI site at some point.

Damon Johnson has confirmed he will be with Thin Lizzy when they hit the UK next year to tour. Check out the Thin Lizzy site for full dates. These have been on sale for a while but there are still standing tickets available for you to see Damon up close.

There's been some French press turning up including a report at Maville, a short interview at Nord Eclair, a long article at RTL which seems to relate to a radio show being aried on Saturday at 11PM French time, and a chance to win the album as well.
(Thanks Francois)

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Posted on 04 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK

Back home at STUK HQ after an amazing week on the road in the UK. Below I'll try and catch up with everything that has come through this last week but first I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for making this such a fun week including the legenday Alice Cooper and Shep Gordon, the super cool Steve and Karen Hunter, the well respected Tommy Henriksen, Bass God Chuck Garric, the drum superstar Glen Sobel, the devine Miss Orianthi, Cesare and the whole crew (without whom there would be NO show), Pat Nowak, Andy Michael and everyone who works so hard to put on the greatest show on the planet.
Special thanks are due to the amazing Toby Mamis who came through for the fans yet again this year, going out of his way, even when snowed under with other things to do, to personally help sort out problems that arose for fans especially in London and Manchester, and do his very best to make sure everyone was taken care of in the face of venue stupidity. I doubt many bands have someone who cares as much as Toby about such things and we are very lucky to have him. Thank You all.

Anyway, on with the news in no particular order. Apologise if some of this is too late but getting a connection on the road proved very difficult this year.

Alice posted a brief Halloween greeting on YouTube. He also introducees his Top 13 scary videos also on YouTube.

Arthur Brown joined in the Halloween fun at the London show to perform his big hit 'Fire' at the end of Alice's performance with the band nailing the song!

Various long and short interviews: Birmingham Express and Star, Los Angeles Times, The Telegraph, Music News, Daily Record, Saga Magazine (thanks Hannah),, Daily Star, The Independent, Metrolyrics, ESPN (a long interview), The Big Issue,
Q Magazine, and Reelz (short video about BFI appearance).

Dennis Dunaway: 23rd October Blue Coupe played at May Pang's Birthday party in New York City and tonight they are playing two shows at Iridium in Times Square, New York with special guest Goldie McJohn from Steppenwolf. Dennis also checked in with 'The Five Count' for Halloween which you can currently hear at their site.

Neal Smith's new 'Killsmith 2' album should be arriving in mail boxes around now (it's arrived here). You can check out the full press release here. STUK Review will follow. You can order the album from

Alice's visit to the House Of Commons is covered by the Belfast Telegraph, The Sun (photo), Reuters (video),and  Ham and High (photo)

Guitar International review 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare'.

Alice was presenting UK music quiz show 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' yesterday in London. The show will air Monday 14th November at 10pm on BBC2.

Alice also appeared on BBC 5Live to talk about his favourite TV moments which you can hear on their site.

Alice was listed as appearing on Sirius radio yesterday on channel 145's 'Scream Radio' sharing 'scary songs and Halloween themed stories'.

The Scotsman has run a story about Bill Crowe's stolen van as reported last week. Again if anyone is offered anything that they think could come from Bill's collection PLEASE get in touch so we can catch them.

The Winnepeg Free Press has an article about Alice wanting a statue erected to honor the famous Toronto Chicken! Of course Alice never 'killed' a chicken, until two days ago in Glasgow on Halloween! Photos to follow!

Keri Kelli was with the 'Big Ball Stars' for a Halloween bash at the Key Club in Hollywood on Sunday. He's heading off this week to work on the new 'Shameless' CD in Germany. Some will remember previousl 'Shameless' albums have featured Keri and Eric Singer. There's also brand new Keri merchandise up now in the KK store. have an article highlighting some of Alice's great guitarists from Glen to Orianthi.

A few more details about Alice's cameo in Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' are revealed at Comic Book Movie. Alice plays himself in the film, which is set in 1972 � Depp’s character, the recently revived vampire Barnabas Collins, hires the rock star to play a private ball at his seaside home in Maine.

There is an official Alice Cooper ' Welcome 2 My Nightmare' Air Rock App which is a "one-of-a-kind app transforms your iPhone or iPod Touch into the perfect air guitar or air drum kit so you can rock out to Alice's ace new album like you've never rocked before. Play-along with exclusive interactive songs from 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' or remix tracks with Alice Cooper's freaky AIR FX, you control the nightmare!" Presumably you can grab this from iTunes.

Orianthi's new EP entitled 'Fire' is out now on iTunes and well worth checking out.

Use the code 'HALLOWEEN10' at the official Alice store to get 10% off orders for Halloween.

VH-1 Classic in the USA will be showing highlights from this years UK Download festival on November 8th. Presumably this will be the show aired on Sky Arts a few months ago in the UK.

As mentioned before the tour Alice and Sheryl took part in a photo shoot for 'OK' magazine a few weeks ago in Italy. The photos and interview are in the current issue on sale now in the UK. Quotes from the interview have been used in various other places including Noisecreep and Digital Spy.

Gigwise has photos from the Sheffield show as well as a rather inacurate one line review... STUK's photos should be online in the photo section in the next day or so. There's a LOT to sort through!
The Birmingham Express and Star also has a review and photos. There's Bristol pics at Flicker. The Sun review the London show. Purple Revolver review Manchester. 

If anyone happens to have taken photos at the Birmingham show, and capture a pic of the young lady (Becky) throwing out the balloons during 'School's Out' she would love to have copies. You can email me and I can put you in touch.

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Posted on 02 Nov 2011 by SickthingsUK
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