Rock Meets Classic

Alice to play ‘Rock Meets Classic 2020’

It’s only February but Alice is already being booked for 2020! He and Tommy Henriksen will be performing as part of the ‘Rock Meets Classic’ show which will happen March 2020 in Germany. Also on the bill are Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy of Mother’s Finest and Danny Bowes and Luke Morley of Thunder with two more acts to be announced. The dates are as follows and tickets appears to be on sale now:
March 3rd – Dreilanderhalle, Passau
March 5th – BigBOX Allgau, Kempten
March 6th – Hallenstadion, Zurich
March 7th – Arena Nurnberger, Nurnberg
March 8th – Olympiahalle, Munich
March 10th – Tempodrom, Berlin
March 11th – Brose Arena, Bamberg
March 13th – S. Oliver Arena, Wurzburg
March 14th – Jahrhunderhalle, Frankfurt
March 15th – Donau-Arena, Regensburg
March 17h – Ratiopharm Arena, Neu-Ulm
March 19th – MHPArena, Ludwigsburg
March 20th – Messe Halle 1, Dresden

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Nita Strauss US Dates

Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss has announced a series of US solo shows between April and June including both headline and special guest shows. The dates are as follows, with ticket details on NitaStrauss.com.
April 10th – Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
April 11th – Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood, CA
April 14th – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA (with John 5)
May 14th – Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
May 15th – The Firmament, Greenville, SC
May 16th – The Cone Denim Center, Greensboro, NC
May 17th – Veterans Amphitheater, Virgina Beach, VA
May 19th – The Iridium, New York, NY
May 21st – Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, NJ
May 22nd – Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
May 24th – Token Lounge, Westland, MI
May 25th – Club At The Clyde, Fort Wayne, IN
May 26th – Everston Rocks, Everston, IL
May 29th – Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
May 31st – Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
June 1st – The Winchester, Lakewood, OH
June 2nd – Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY
June 4th – Greasy Luck Brewpub, New Bedford, MA
June 5th – Palace Theater, Stafford, CT
June 6th – Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA (with Paul Gilbert)
June 8th – Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY (with Paul Gilbert)

Superfan Chris Penn, the man behind ‘Live From The Astroturf’ was on Fox4Ward earlier today talking about the forthcoming movie. You can watch here.

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New Interviews

After last weeks UK tour announcement Alice has made a couple of UK radio appearances and there’s been a few interviews as well.
First up was an appearance on BBC Radio 2 where he was interviewed by pop star Will Young (and obviously had no idea who he was!). You can listen again to this one now here. Alice shows up at around 1 hour 20 mins.
The NME has a new interview with Alice, during which he confirms both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page have recorded parts for the forthcoming Hollywood Vampire’s album, which he revealed on NWAC will be called ‘Rise’ and will feature “all new material”. The following day NME ran another article here, and then another one a couple of days later!
Kerrang! have an interview with Alice as well, while The Mirror also ran the tour announcement and added their usual expert research – “First album ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ was released in 1969”. Hmm..

Ryan Roxie’s UK shows at the weekend were excellent. Playing songs from his solo projects DPM and Roxie 77, as well as his latest album ‘Imagine Your Reality’ and a couple of Cooper classics, Roxie and his band (Robby Miller, Sean Tobin and Rob Lane) played two storming sets in Bedford and Birmingham you really shouldn’t have missed (if you did!). While here Roxie posted a series mini-films showing real and not-so-real life on the road which you can see here.
Ryan will be playing a special show in Athens, Greece on March 16th at ‘Crow Live Stage‘. For this show Ryan will be backed by Greek Alice Cooper tribute band ‘Snakebite‘.

Nita Strauss will make a guest appearance on the debut album from ‘Over It All’, a project featuring members of Lamb Of God, Animals as Leaders and Sworn Enemy. She’s also interviewed on Wrestling Inc, and Music Radar.
Nita will be special guest for Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 on on April 14th at ‘Brick By Brick’ in San Diego, CA.

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UK Shows Announced

The official Alice Cooper site has been updated this morning with a full set of UK shows for October. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am with the usual pre-sales etc before that. Support will come from The Stranglers and MC50 (Wayne Kramer’s MC5 band). The dates are:

October 4th – Manchester Arena
October 5th – Aberdeen Event Complex (Teca)
October 7th – Leeds First Direct Arena
October 8th – Brighton Centre
October 10th – London The 02
October 11th – Birmingham Resorts World (formerly Genting) Arena
October 12th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

Reportedly Alice will be on BBC Radio 2 this evening around 7pm to talk about the tour.

Alice Cooper UK Tour 2019

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New Vampires and Roxie Shows

The Hollywood Vampires have announced a show at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Events Center in Indio, CA on May 18th. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10AM PT. It’s unlikely this is a one off show so watch for more dates soon.

Ryan Roxie has announced US shows for April this year. He plays the following dates:
April 3rd – Rascals Live Music Venue, Moline, IL
April 4th – Tailgators, Cedar Rapids, IA
April 5th – Mississippi Moon Bar at Diamond Jo Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
April 6th – RocHaus, West Dundee, IL
April 7th – Top Fuel Saloon, Braidwood, IL
April 10th – The Rhythm Saloon, Mt Juliet, TN
April 11th – 37 Main, Buford, GA
April 13th – Bourbon Street. New Port Richey, FL
Don`t forget Ryan is in the UK next week for two solo shows!

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Live From The Astroturf – The Movie!

Above you can see the first trailer for ‘Alice Cooper – Live From The Astroturf’ – the forthcoming documentary telling the story of the now legendary 2015 Alice Cooper band reunion in a small record shop in Texas. Filmed on eight cameras and with music mixed by Bob Ezrin the film also features interviews with the band, organiser Chris Penn and others. It will premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival in Arizona between April 4th and 14th before touring the film festival circuit. Information on when it will be released commercially should follow in the coming months.

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Grammy’s and BAFTA’s

Its been very quiet on the news front for the last couple of the weeks. This could be because Alice has been holed up in the studio as shown by a photo of him with Tommy and Chuck posted by Kyler Clark. Is this the new Alice Cooper album, or maybe guesting on a Beasto Blanco track. Time will tell.
With the start of awards season he’s been out and about this weekend, firstly at Clive Davis’s celebrity Pre-Grammy bash on Saturday (February 9th), and then I assumed he would be at the Grammy’s ceremony itself at the Staples Center in Los Angeles yesterday, where Jesus Christ Superstar was up for an award, but lost.
According to a tweet from UK broadcaster/comedian and AC fan Danny Baker he was also at the BAFTA awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall last night in London and sat next to Alice! This is weird as there are pictures of Alice with Steven Tyler at Tyler’s Janie’s Fund Benefit at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles last night. It seem far more likely Alice was in Los Angeles then London, so quite what Baker was talking about I’m not sure. It’s not like he wouldn’t know who he was talking to.

Back in December Alice featured on ‘Top 2000 A Gogo’ in the Netherlands talking about ‘Elected’, but the video was geo-locked, preventing most people seeing it. Now it’s up on YouTube and you can see it here. (Thanks Jos)

Keri Kelli has a new band, although it’s really an old band with a new name. He’s launched ‘A New Revenge’ along with Tim ‘Ripper’ Owen’s (Judas Priest), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Whitesnake) and James Kottak (Scorpions, Kingdom Come) and they have an album out on March 25th called ‘Enemies and Lovers’. The band have been playing shows for a few years now under various names, normally playing classic rock covers, but now it’s a proper band playing their own material. You can see a video for the catchy first single ‘The Way’ here which actually features ex Ozzy bassist Phil Soussan standing in for an unavailable Sarzo.

Damon Johnson has released a video for ‘Shivering Shivering’, the lead single from his ‘Memoirs Of An Uprising’ solo album which is released on March 8th via Double Dragon Records. Damon recently spoke to ‘The Classic Metal Show’ about leaving Black Star Riders and heading out on his own which you can read here.

Lastly don’t forget Ryan Roxie’s UK shows are less than two weeks away! With the Nantwich charity show postponed you only have two chances to catch Roxie playing classic solo songs as well as a few Cooper surprises. Don`t miss it! He plays Bedford Esquires on February 22nd and Birmingham ‘The Asylum’ the following night.

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