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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Nita Releases New Single

Nita Strauss Releases New Single

Get ready to have your face melted as Nita Strauss releases the first song/video from a forthcoming second solo album. ‘Dead Inside’ features Nita’s first solo song with vocals and she’s brought in Disturbed front man David Draiman to provide that voice on an epic modern metal track which bodes well for the rest of the new album. You can check out the video above or on YouTube. Nita has promised more special guests will appear on the forthcoming record which is due later this year.

Ace Frehley has started to join the Cooper band on stage in the last week for ‘School’s Out’ and you can see video on YouTube. It seems to have happened at three shows in a row so it looks like it will be a regular occurrence for the rest of the tour.

In other tour news Nita was hit by a broken cane at the during the opening number in Charlotte, NC a few days ago! Alice slapped the cane against the stage and the cane snapped, with half of it flying across the stage and hitting Nita in the head! Luckily she was okay, with just a large bruise on her forehead to show for it. Check out the video here at around the 2.30 minute mark.

Alice Cooper will be appearing at the ‘Days of the Dead‘ convention at Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Chicago between November 19th and 21st. Alice will be signing stuff at various times over the weekend so keep an eye on their site for schedule and tickets.

Danzeisen Dairy are releasing a special orange edition of their Alice Cooper milk bottles for Halloween called ‘Orange Scream’ which are apparently in Arizona stores now. Every bottle solid donates money to Alice’s Solid Rock teen centers. Presumably as before there will be a way for non-Arizona residents to get their hands on these collectable bottles at some point.

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New Audio Book Out Today

New Alice Cooper Audible Book Released + Nita Strauss Tour

I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago but there was very little solid information in the announcement I saw, then suddenly it’s here! Today saw the release of Audible’s ‘Alice Cooper: Who I Really Am: The Diary of a Vampire‘, a two hour+ audio book featuring Alice telling his own life story. It’s available now via AmazonUK and AmazonUS and if you aren’t already an Audible member you can probably get it for nothing via their free introductory trial offer (just remember to cancel before the first payment is due).
To launch the audiobook American Songwriter has an interview with Alice talking about it, and they have posted a selection of clips to Soundcloud as well.

Nita Strauss has announced a series of ‘Winter Wasteland’ US shows begin next month in New Orleans. The full list of shows is below. Nita has also announced that she will be releasing the first track from her forthcoming second solo album at some point this month so keep an eye on her site or social media pages.

November 10th New Orleans, LA, The Hangar
November 11th Houston, TX, Scout Bar
November 12th Dallas, TX, Amplified Live
November 13th San Antonio, TX, The Rock Box
November 15th El Paso, TX, RockHouse Bar & Grill
November 16th Tuscon, AZ, Encore
November 17th Phoenix, AZ, Rebel Lounge
November 18th Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
November 19th – Reno, NV, Peavine Taphouse
November 21st Sacramento, CA, Harlows
November 22nd San Jose, CA, The Ritz
November 24th San Diego, CA, Brick By Brick
November 27th Denver, CO, HQ
November 28th – Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
November 30th Destin, FL, Club LA
December 1st Orlando, FL, The Haven
December 2nd Atlanta, GA, Masquerade
December 3rd Spartanburg, SC, Ground Zero
December 4th Greensboro, NC, The Blind Tiger
December 7th New York, NY, Market Hotel
December 8th Baltimore, MD, Ottobar
December 9th Pittsburgh, PA, Jergels
December 10th Harrison, OH, Blue Note
December 11th Flint, MI, Machine Shop
December 12th Toronto, ON, Horseshoe Tavern
December 14th Cleveland, OH, The Odeon
December 15th Chicago, IL, Reggie’s Rock Club
December 16th Minneapolis, MN, Skyway Theater
December 17th Milwaukee, WI, The Back Room @ Colectivo
December 18th Angola, IN, The Eclectic Room

Lastly for now Alice himself turns up on a new track called ‘Alice Cooper’s Nightmare On Surf Street’ by ‘Beachfront Vinny‘ which you can find on Spotify. I know nothing more about it, but Alice does a spoken word intro before it goes into a rap over various horror-type musical themes.

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Alice for Graspop

Alice Cooper has been confirmed as playing at next years Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 19th. Tickets for the festival appear to go on sale later this month.

October 1st was proclaimed ‘Alice Cooper Day’ by Major Tom Barrett in Milwaukee, the day Alice played at the BMO Harris Pavillion. The Major tweeted “The Godfather of shock rock and stage theatrics, Alice Cooper has entertained countless Milwaukee fans since his first Wisconsin show in 1973. I welcome him back to the “good land” today by proclaiming October 1 as “Alice Cooper Day” throughout the City of Milwaukee.”

The Financial Times has a lengthy new interview with Alice which you can see here.

Detroit News has an article about the new ‘Alice Cooper Court’ in the city which you can read here.

I think I mentioned a few weeks back that ex-Cooper guitarist Damon Johnson is currently out on the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd standing in for Gary Rossington while he recovers from recent health issues. Damon will also be playing an acoustic opening set at some of these shows before his new band The Get Ready open a few more shows in November. Then in late November Damon and The Get Ready will be in the UK opening for Buckcherry on their UK tour, as well as headlining a show in Glasgow on December 9th. You can find all the details here.

GRASPOP

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