Alice Cooper has been announced as headlining the second stage at next years Hellfest in Clisson, France on June 24th. The festival will run over two weekends and a total of 7 nights, with an amazing line up of bands scheduled to play including Metallica, Guns’n’Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Scorpions, Faith No More, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Megadeth, and literally hundreds of others. Honestly it looks easier to list the major bands that won’t be there! Tickets go on sale in July.
From our point of view this suggests Alice will likely be playing other festivals in Europe next summer.
The London Film and Comic Con has announced Alice as a guest at the Olympia between November 19th and 21st. He’ll be there doing autographs and photos at various times over the weekend but beware it won’t be cheap. Autographs are £65 with photos another £75, and that doesn’t include the price of entry to the show. An autograph, photo and "gift" pass will set you back £175!!
Alice was set to appear at this event back in 202 but obviously it was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Dennis Dunaway plays on the forthcoming single by UK band TBelly called ‘I Never Want To See Me Again’. The single is due out in July 16th and if you use Spotify you can pre-save it now so you don’t forget.
Nita Strauss will be making an appearance at the Tacoma Guitar and Drum festival in Tacoma, WA on Sunday June 27th. Tickets are on sale now. This is a guitar clinic, not a proper live show.
Ryan Roxie’s next guest of ‘In The Trenches’ on June 22nd will be ex-Alice and Lou Reed guitarist Steve Hunter! You can set a reminder here,
Maybe it’s just me, but since the announcement of the US tour for September it’s seems to have been pretty quiet on the Cooper front, but here’s what has come in since then:
Alice and Sheryl Cooper will be appearing on Facebook Live with AC tribute band ‘Almost Cooper‘ on June 12th at 7om CST (1AM UK time). Almost Cooper seem to do quite a bit to raise money for Alice’s Solid Rock and seem to have a pretty accurate stage show. Check out the clips here.
Alice was at Bernie Taupin’s 71st birthday bash on May 23rd in Los Angeles along with Bernie’s long time writing partner Sir Elton John, and they took the chance to recreate a famous photograph taken at Bernie’s 21st birthday bash, with ‘Will & Grace’ actor Eric McCormack standing in for the deceased Paul Lynde. You check out the pic on instagram.
June 9th sees the release of ‘Permanent Damage: Memoirs Of An Outrageous Girl’ by former GTO ‘Miss Mercy’ Fontenot, and to launch the book Alice took part in a livestream on June 2nd with co-author Lyndsey Parker, Pamela Des Barres and Alice! You can watch the 45 minute show here. The book features several Alice Cooper stories and is likely well worth checking out if you are interested in the ’69/’70 LA scene.
On May 26th Alice joined guitarist Joe Bonamassa for a great hour long interview on Joe’s ‘Live from Nerdville’ video podcast which you can check out on YouTube here.
The full version of Alice’s interview on BBC6 Music’s ‘Liz Kershaw’s Legends in Their Own Lunchtime’ can be heard on YouTube here.
May 26th saw Alice show up briefly at the ‘White Castle 100th birthday bash’ livestream (around 55 minutes in) which you can see here.
There’s a new video interview with Neal Smith courtesy of North Wales Drum Promotions up now on YouTube.
To mark his 77th episode of ‘In The Trenches’, Ryan Roxie was himself interviewed for nearly 2 hours by Dave ‘The Rat’ Rattenbury and you can check that out now. Other recent interviews include Blaze Bayley and ex-Alice drummer Tommy Clufetos and you can check them all out on Ryan’s Youtube channel.