New Barcelona Festival

Alice Cooper Headlines Barcelona Rockfest

Alice Cooper has been announced as a headliner at the Barcelona Rockfest on July 1st with UFO, Mercyful Fate and Bland Guardian also on the bill.

Classic Rock has had a brief chat with Alice about lock
down and returning to the road which you can read here.

Talkulture had a live chat with Chuck Garric a few days ago which you can watch here.

And Nita Strauss has been chatting to WRIF about her forthcoming second solo album which you can watch here.

In the latest ‘In The Trenches’ podcast Ryan Roxie has been chatting to ex-Alice Bassist Greg Smith which you can check out here.

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Happy New Year

Catching up on Xmas News

The Xmas break has been pretty quiet in Cooperland but there are a few things to catch up on which you may have missed.

The annual ‘Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding’ show went ahead this year without a hitch and raised around $660,000 for the charity. Much of that total came from the auction of a mosaic made from guitar picks that pulled in a cool £120,000 on it’s own. Orianthi stepped in for Nita in the Alice band as the latter was still out on her own tour. AZCentral has a review and photos of the event.

Alice was interviewed in Forbes magazine talking about the time in the 70s when the band were on the Forbes cover in 1973 and being back on the road.

Nita Strauss has released a 10 minute mid-tour recap video with short clips of the various guests she had join her including Alice. You can watch it on YouTube or below.
Nita’s next show in Baton Rouge on Friday has had to be postponed due to a Covid issue at the venue (not connected to Nita or the band). They are looking for a suitable replacement venue, so if you were going to this show keep an eye on Nita’s social media. The rest of the tour should be unaffected.

Sunset Sound Recorders posted a good video interview with Glen Sobel just before Xmas with Glen discussing his career including Alice Cooper and the Hollywood Vampires.

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Podcasts

New Alice Cooper related podcasts

Ryan Roxie has just released a new version of the Slade classic ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and you can check out the video now featuring a ton of very familiar faces!

Neal Smith will be the guest on Ryan Roxie’s ‘In The Trenches’ podcast on Friday at 5pm UK/12PM EST
. You can find it and all the other ‘In The Trenches’ episodes on YouTube.

Nita Strauss was a guest on the ‘Mistress Carrie‘ podcast recently and revealed her forthcoming second solo album will be split between half vocal and half instrumental tracks with some big names guesting on songs. The album is due in the new year.

Steve Hunter is the guest on the T-Bone’s Prime Cuts’ podcast which you can find here.

Damon Johnson is holding his 2nd annual ‘Holiday Hangout’ acoustic livestream on December 23rd and you can get more info and a ticket now here. Damon will be playing songs and telling stories from the past year including tales from his trip with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
UPDATE: The show will also feature special messages from Alice Cooper and Skynyrd’s Ricky Medlocke.

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New US Dates

New US Dates Announced

Alice Cooper has announced a flood of new North American shows for March/April next year with Buckcherry opening most shows. Tickets will start going on sale from tomorrow but it seems to vary depending on venue. The new dates are as follows:

March 18th – Foxwoods Resort Casino – Mashantucket, CT
March 19th – The Hall at Live! Casino and Hotel – Hanover, MD
March 20th – Heinz Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
March 22nd – New Jersey PAC – Newark, NJ
March 23rd – Mohegan Sun Arena- Wilkes-Barre, PA
March 25th – Warner Theater – Erie, PA
March 26th – Meridian Hall – Toronto, ON
March 27th – Memorial Centre – Peterborough, ON
March 29th – Morris PAC – South Bend, IN
March 30th – Adler Theatre – Davenport, IA
March 31st – Fox Cities PAC – Appleton, WI
April 2nd – Mystic Lake Casino Showroom – Prior Lake, MN
April 3rd – Washington Pavilion – Sioux Falls, SD
April 4th – Ralston Arena – Ralston, NE
April 6th – Bismarck Civic Center – Bismarck, ND
April 7th – Alerus Center – Grand Forks, ND
April 9th – Canada Life Centre – Winnipeg, MB
April 10th – Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw, SK
April 12th – Northern Jubilee Auditorium – Edmonton, AB
April 14th – Winsport Arena – Calgary, AB
April 15th – South Okanagan Events Center – Penticton, BC
April 16th – Abbotsford Ent Centre – Abbotsford, BC
April 19th – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR
April 20th – McCaw Hall – Seattle, WA
April 22nd – Grand Sierra Resort – Reno, NV
April 23rd – Vina Robles Amphitheatre – Paso Robles, CA

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More Nita Strauss Shows

New Nita Strauss Shows

Nita Strauss has announced a series of new shows for the new year. They are:

January 7th – Baton Rouge, LA, Chelsea’s Live
January 8th – Memphis, TN, Growlers
January 10th – Des Moines, IA, Woolys
January 12th – Iowa City, IA, Wildwood Saloon
January 13th – St Peters, MO, Diamond Music Club
January 14th – Westland, MI, Token Lounge
January 15th – Harrisburg, PA, HMAC
January 17th – Asheville, NC, The Grey Eagle
January 18th – Louisville, KY, Diamond Concert Hall
January 19th – Nashville, TN, The Basement East
January 21st – Shreveport, LA, Bear’s
January 22nd-27th – Shiprocked Cruise

AZ Central has a long article about Alice Cooper marking 50 years since ‘Killer’ was released with quotes from the whole band, Shep Gordon and Bob Ezrin.

Ryan Roxie has recorded a new version of Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ with various guest musicians to rise money for charity. He’s asking for fans to record a clip of themselves singing along to the old classic to be used in a promotional video for the song. You can find out all the information here.

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Pudding Time

Alice on Fox10 and Pudding Line up.

With the annual Christmas Pudding show coming up next Saturday, December 4th, Alice and Sheryl have been interviewed on Fox10 Phoenix at the Rock teen center promoting the show. The bill has also been announced and includes the current band (minus Nita, who is on her own tour), Ace Frehley, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Ed Rolland of Collective Soul, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals and Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray.

Ex-Cooper band bassist Chuck Wright is releasing his first solo album ‘Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky‘ early next year and the video for the first single, a cover of Björk’s 1995 hit ‘Army of Me’, is available to watch now on YouTube. You can find out more via Chuck’s official site.

Roxie Rox (not OUR Roxie) has posted a 90 minute video celebrating 50 years of the ‘Killer’ album which features interviews with Neal Smith and Dan Flitcroft, the man behind the ‘Killer: 50 Years Later’ tribute album that has just been released.

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Tribute Times

David Draiman to guest with Nita Strauss in Los Angeles

No big news to report in the last week or so but a few things to cover before they are out of date:

Disturbed singer David Draiman is set to make a guest appearance at Nita Strauss’ Whisky A Go Go show tonight in Hollywood CA. It had to happen at some point after he guested on Nita’s latest single ‘Dead Inside’ and Draiman himself confirmed in on Facebook a couple of days ago. Nita’s new solo album is due soon and will feature guest appearances by a few more of her favourite vocalists.
UPDATE: And here’s video from last night!

A few weeks ago on ‘The Masked Singer’ in the US a character called ‘Jester’ did a surprisingly decent version of ‘School’s Out’. Turns out under the mask was legendary Sex Pistols/PIL vocalist John Lydon, a long time fan of early Alice Cooper. Check out the video here.

There’s another Alice Cooper tribute album on the way but this one could be a little different. It’s called ‘Hail To Hell: An Acoustic Tribute To Alice Cooper’ by Eric McFadden and features a very eclectic selection of songs including ‘Laughing At Me’, ‘Man With The Golden Gun’ and ‘Former Lee Warmer’. It’s out on November 30th and you can order a copy here.

Lastly a reminder of another tribute album released on November 27th called ‘Killer: 50 Years Later’ that recreates the original Killer album and features a bunch of up and coming band doing a great job covering the Cooper classics. You can order and listen to three tracks on the Pale Wizard Records bandcamp page here. You can see the cover below.

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2 US Shows Added

2 US Shows Added

Two new shows have been added to the 2022 Winter Tour, They are January 27th in Windsor, ON and February 1st in Evansville, IN. VIP/Pre-sales are available tomorrow with general on sale Friday at 10am.

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US 2022 Dates

The Clearwater show mentioned in the last update has now been confirmed along with seven more shows for the beginning of next year. The dates are as follows and tickets go on pre-sale tomorrow with general on sale on Friday.

28th January – Cincinnati, OH, ICON Music Center
29th January – Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theater
31st January – Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
3rd February – Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
4th February – Cherokee, NC, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
5th February – Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theatre
7th February – Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8th February – Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Also confirmed is this years Christmas Pudding show which will take place on December 4th at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix with the acts appear yet to be confirmed.

Vevo have a series of videos, mainly from Trash, Hey Stoopid or The Last Temptation, with Alice giving short introductions. You can see the full playlist here.

If you have Apple music Alice co-hosts show 303 of ‘Rock Classics Radio with Jenn’ which you can find here.

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News Round Up

Alice Cooper Band Recording ‘Road’ Album

With the tour over the band seem to have relocated to Nashville to finish recording the next album, provisionally titled "Road". Various posts to social media have suggested they have been recording during the tour in various hotel rooms as well. Of course this doesn’t mean a release will be anytime soon but it does look like we will finally get an Alice Cooper album recorded by the current band which is long overdue.

It looks like Alice will be playing at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL on February 7th in advance of the Monsters Of Rock Cruise. While there’s no official announcement anywhere yet the show is featured in the new venue events leaflet on page 24.

Nita’s new single ‘Dead Inside’ seems to be a hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard hard rock sales chart with over a million streams in the first week! Nita’s solo tour begins in just a couple of weeks and there are now VIP ticket upgrades available which includes a 1 hour VIP experience including Q&A, autographs and group photos. Get yours here.

The Progressive Insurance/Baker Mayfield adverts featuring Alice, first trailered some weeks ago is now online and you can check it out here and here.

Alice’s vocal on children’s song ‘Heart Parade’ by Splash’N Boots now has a promo video with a puppet Alice. And if that isn’t enough puppet action check out a video of sock puppets performing ‘Feed My Frankensock’… no… really…

Ultimate Guitar is running an ‘Alice Cooper Cover Song Contest’ with four winners getting AC merchandise. Find all the details here.

Chuck Garric is featured in a cool new cover of Danzig’s ‘Twist Of Cane’ which you can check out via YouTube.

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