Alice Cooper has posted the following on facebook about the horrific events last night in Manchester: "My heart goes out to the people of Manchester and all of the UK. Manchester is one of the heart and soul cities of the UK, and having been there many, many times over the past 40+ years, I've gotten to know the city and the people there pretty well. I cannot pretend to know or even imagine the pain of the parents, brothers, sisters and other family members and friends of the innocent victims of this, these mostly young music fans having just enjoyed the concert. But I know that the people there will stand together and stay strong."
Alice has of course played the Manchester Arena several times, and is due to return there on November 15th.
Alice and Tommy Henriksen turned up with Ken Hensley (ex-Uriah Heep) in Krasnodar, Russia on May 20th as part of the 'Stairway To Heaven' charity concert. From the video it appears to be Hensley's show until about an hour in when first Tommy, and then Alice (in full make up and costume), appear on stage and preceed to take the band through 'Under My Wheels', 'No More Mr Nice Guy', 'Be My Lover', 'I'm Eighteen' and 'School's Out'. It all sounded really good and well rehearsed as well!
Meanwhile, Nita Strauss was at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH playing the US national anthem. The event didn`t go quite to plan though, as just as she was about to take the stage the venue was evacuated due to an incoming storm. "I was literally on the Rock on the Range stage with my guitar in my hands, ready to play the National Anthem with the Marine color guard... and they shut the whole place down for a storm". Obviously someone heard that Hurricane Nita was in town and was taking no chances! Lucky the storm passed without incident and Nita got her chance!
Dennis Dunaway has posted a report of the Nashville shows from his perspective, which you can read at DennisDunaway.com. Steel Notes Magazine has part two of their epic interview with Dennis online now here.
Roxie 77 will be playing a show next Saturday May 27th at midnight at the 'International Pop Overthrow Stockholm. More details here.