New Shows – USA

Alice Cooper announces new US tour dates.

Alice Cooper has announced a new batch of shows for May/June in the USA. The dates are as follows and VIP tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10AM. Support will be Tesla and Lita Ford

30th May Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
31st May Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
3rd June Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
5th June Thackerville, OK – Winstar World Casino
6th June Topeka, KS – Stormont Vail Events Center
7th June Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
9th June Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre
10th June Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center
12th June Welsh, MN – Treasure Island Resort and Casino
13th June Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
14th June Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
16th June Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
17th June Wilkes-Barre Township, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena
19th June Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
20th June Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion
21st June Hanover, MD – The Hall at Live! Casino and Hotel
23rd June Wantagh, NY – Northwell Heath at Jones Beach
25th June Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
26th June Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
27th June Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

Alice will be a guest on Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) radio show ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox’ at the Viper Rooms in LA this Friday and you can win tickets to be there in person at 955klos.com.

He will also be at the ‘Motor City Comic Con‘ in Detroit between May 15th and 17th (all three days) for autographs and photos.

Nita, Chuck, Glen, and Michael Bruce, appear to have been at NAMM over the weekend. The easiest way to see what else they’ve been up to is check their facebook pages. Alice doesn’t appear to have been there this year.

Alice has been talking to the Australian press about the upcoming bush fire benefit, but sadly they won’t let you read it in Europe.

Dennis Dunaway’s ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ has won another award, this time for ‘Best Music Video’ at the Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival.

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Latest From Storytown

Dennis Dunaway at the Cutting Room

Dennis Dunaway, who is currently recovering from a successful hernia operation, will be appearing at the Cutting Room in New York City on January 28th as part of the ‘Latest From Storytown‘ event which features musicians telling anecdotes from their career along with Guy Story and his band playing songs. Tickets are available now.

If you haven’t already had the chance you can now hear Dennis’ song ‘What Was Right For You’, as recorded by Mary Lamont, on Mary’s own radio show here. It’s the second song with Mary introducing it around 5 minutes into the show.

Alice and Sheryl’s youngest daughter Sonora Diaz has announced on Facebook that she is pregnant, so there will be another little Cooper grandchild in the coming months!

Rock Candy Magazine in the UK has four pages of Cooper content with superfan Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks) talking about his Alice influences. It’s out now with a Glenn Hughes cover.

SmartFem have an interview with Alice and Sheryl which I don`t think I’ve posted before. Tone Deaf also have a new interview with Alice promoting the Australian shows.

Nita Strauss has launched a new ‘Bodyshred’ challenge for those looking to get fitter. All the details can be found at NitaStraussbodyshred.com.

There’s a new advert on UK TV for ‘Funding Circle’ which features a baby singing along to ‘Zipper Catches Skin’ classic ‘I Am The Future’ with very strange results! You can watch it on YouTube.

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Happy New Year

New Year Alice Cooper News

With the holiday’s now over here’s a quick round up of news from the last couple of weeks.

A few reports are coming in from the New Year’s Eve bash in Maui. It appears that this year Alice and the family were joined by Chuck, Nita and Glen for the annual charity show which also featured Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Dave Mason, and Weird Al Yankovic. Chuck, Nita and Glen along with Thomas Conway, and Andres Romero appear to have made up the ‘house band’ for most of the guests. No mention of the exact set list yet but there is video (see below) of them playing ‘I’m Eighteen’ and going by a photo on Facebook it appears Calico Cooper joined Weird Al for song as well. Hopefully more info will come to liught in the next few days.

On January 4th Alice will make an appearance at the Willie K Bluesfest at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center along with Mick Fleetwood and Dave Mason among others. This is another Maui charity event that seems to have become an annual occurance.

According to a facebook post by the ‘Monsters Of Rock Cruise’, Alice Cooper will be a headliner on their 2021 event, which should give everyone interested enough time to save up for it!

Alice will be appearing at the ‘Texas Frightmare Weekend‘ between May 1st and 3rd at the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport in Dallas, TX. Tickets are on sale now.

Ultimate Classic Rock have posted an article about ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ and the story behind it, while the Press and Sun Bulletin look back at the famously canceled 1973 Binghamton show.

BayRockNZ has a short audio interview with Alice promoting the upcoming New Zealand shows.

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Today Show Video and Charity Shows Announced

Today Show Video and Charity Shows Announced

Alice’s appearance on NBC’s Today show can now be seen online here. It has Alice and Sheryl talking about religion and ‘The Rock’ teen center.

Alice Cooper has been announced as one of the acts appearing at this years ‘MusiCares’ ‘Person of the Year’ tribute concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 24th. This years winners are Aerosmith, so it’s no surprise Alice will be there.

Also not entirely unexpected. Alice will be appearing in this years Maui Food Bank charity concert on New Years Eve. This year is the 12th New Year’s Eve event at the Wailea Beach Resort and it’s organized again by Shep Gordon. Ticket’s range between $675 and $2000 for a seat at the table to see Alice and other guests including Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Dave Mason, and Weird Al Yankovic.

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Christmas Pudding Show

Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding show 2019

Last nights Christmas Pudding show seems to have been a great success. The original band headlined the event with Johnny Depp and Joe Bonamassa sitting in for the short set which included ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, ‘Be My Lover’, ‘Under My Wheels’, ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘School’s Out’, before the evening closed with a version of the Sister Sledge’s disco hit ‘We Are Family’ featuring all the evenings guests including Nita Strauss, Rob Halford, Extreme, and Orianthi. You can see the Alice Cooper set below courtesy of YouTube.
Fox10 news had a short video before the show which you can check out here.
UPDATE: AZCentral have now posted their traditional pudding review which you can see here.

AZCentral has an excellent long article about the early days of Alice Cooper with comments from the whole band.

Kerrang! magazine has a new interview with Alice promoting next years Hollywood Vampires shows in the UK.

According to some sources Alice will be a guest on NBC’s ‘Today’ show on Tuesday December 17th between 9-10AM.

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New Show In Milwaukee

Alice Cooper announces Milwaukee show

Alice Cooper has added an extra show to the US 2020 tour. It’s April 4th in Milwaukee, WI at the Miller High Lite Theatre. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10AM local time.

The Adalaide show on February 11th has been upgraded to a larger venue. The show will now take place at the AEC Arena, rather then the smaller AEC Theatre. All tickets will remain valid.

Calico Cooper appears on the new Wednesday 13 cover of Gary Numan’s ‘Films’ which you can hear on YouTube. Alice himself appears on the title track from the last Wednesday 13 album ‘Necrophaze’.

Alice also appears very briefly on the Planet Rock charity single ‘You’re The Voice‘. You can hear him saying a couple of lines at the very start of the song.

Three Sides of the Coin‘ sit down with Alice in Mystic Lake for an interview which covers a few things not normally asked.

The San Tan Sun News has a few words with Alice about the upcoming Christmas Pudding show and the original band reuniting. AZ Central also has an article recalling past Pudding shows and the guests who have appeared.

Nita Strauss is on the front cover of the new ‘Guitar World’ magazine which should be on the shelves now.

Music In Minnesota‘ has posted a review of the Mystic Lake show with some photos.

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Recent Press

Consequence of Sound have a new audio interview with Alice which you can listen to here. There’s also short interviews at the Albany Times Union, Toledo Blade, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Johnny Depp will appear at this years Christmas Pudding show in Phoenix, which is headlined by the original Alice Cooper band (Alice, Neal, Dennis and Michael). AZCentral has a report. The annual show takes place December 14th at the Celebrity Theatre.

OutsiderRock has a new interview with Dennis Dunaway and Blue Coupe talking about the excellent new album ‘Eleven Even’. There’s an album review here. The band have also posted new professional live footage of ‘Under My Wheels‘ from the Sweden Rock festival with guest Ryan Roxie.

Fox24 had a chat with Glen Sobel last week while sitting on the castle stage set, and you can check it out on Facebook.

Glide Magazine has photos from the Greenville show.

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Vampires On Late Late Show

Above is last nights Hollywood Vampire’s performance on ‘The Late Late Show’, which was actually recorded earlier in the year when they recorded ‘Heroes’ for the same show.

Nights With Alice Cooper posted a short video of Alice reading a Halloween story which you can watch on facebook. There’s also new facebook and instagram ‘filters’ that can add Cooper make up to your photos. You can check that out here for facebook and here for instagram.

Wednesday’s ‘The Big Interview with Dan Rather’ on ASX TV in the US seems to have gone down well with those who saw it, but I haven’t found a way for the rest of us to watch it online yet. All there is so far is the ‘sneek peek‘ promo that appeared last week.

According to Blabbermouth Alice and Lzzy Hale are among the stars who will appear on a new single by the ‘Planet Rock All Stars’ to be released digitally on December 6th. The single will be a version of John Farnham’s ‘You’re The Voice’ and is being released in connection with the ‘Road 2 Rockstock 2’ charity event which sees Planet Rock DJ Wyatt cycling 2000 miles in two weeks.. Limited edition CD’s of the song will be available to buy throughout the event, but the report appears to suggest they will only be available if you meet up with Wyatt at some point during his ride. You can see more info and a list of his ‘pitstops’ here.

Kerrang! have an article looking at the promotional video for ‘Poison’ which you can check out here.

Creative Loafing have a new interview with Alice promoting the forthcoming Florida shows, while Tampa Bay Times promotes Alice’s appearance at the ‘Spooky Empire‘ Convention this weekend with another interview. A third new interview can be found at News-Press prompting the Fort Myers show and there is also an audio interview from WDET Detroit here.

Detroit News has a good report on Alice’s appearance last week st the ‘Kirk Gibson Foundation’ charity bash. Alice appeared in an interview session along side Jack White (White Stripes) and baseball player Kirk Gibson. One snippet of news from this is that Alice was in Detroit recording in Royal Oak for the next Alice Cooper album. Detroit Free Press, Rolling Stone, and Billboard also have reports from the event.

Detroit News also reports that Scottsdale, AZ got it’s first ‘White Castle’ restaurant this past week, and it has an ‘Alice Cooper’ corner as Alice has long been a fan of fast food chain and was inducted into the White Castle ‘hall of fame’ a few years ago.

In other food news Alice Cooperstown is back! Apparently the ‘Talking Stick Resort Arena’, home of the Phoenix Suns, has a new Cooperstown concession stand offering ‘Cuban Sandwich’s’ and the ‘Nightmare Dog’, a foot long hot dog.

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New North American Shows

New 2020 US and Canadian shows have been announced. They are as follows:

April 1st – Peterborough, ON – Memorial Centre
April 3rd – Grand Rapids, MI – Devos Music Hall
April 5th – Appleton, WI – Fox Performing Arts Center
April 7th – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theatre
April 8th – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
April 10th – Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center
April 11th – Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall
April 13th – Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre
April 15th – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
April 16th – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
April 18th – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Ent & Sports Centre
April 19th – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
April 20th – Seattle, WA – McCaw Hall
April 22th – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium

AC.com Pre-sale tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am local time and Lita Ford will open these shows.

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End Of UK Tour Wrap

End of tour news catchup

And so another UK tour comes to an end with an epic show in Cardiff, which closed with a stage invasion by the opening acts! What a week it’s been. MC50 and the legendary Stranglers offered the best support we’ve had in many years, highly entertaining and surely gaining new fans every night, but of course no one can top The Coop and the best live band in the world who tore up the stage despite tiredness setting in from a long tour. What a set list, and what a show! We even had Dennis Dunaway join the band in Brighton and London!
As always a few thank you’s before we get to all the news from the last 10 days. To Alice, Sheryl and the band (Roxie, Tommy, Glen, Nita, Chris, and Chuck) who always give 110% at very show. To Bujie, Kyler, Amber, David and all the backstage team and crew without whom there would be no show. To the great Toby Mamis who always comes through for us to make every tour unforgettable. To Andy Michael for his help, and of course all the Sickthings whose company, as always, has been the very best! Couldn’t do it without you all, and here’s to next time!
UPDATE: Photos from all shows now up in the Photo section.

So… on with the news!

As I quickly posted yesterday we sadly lost Erik Scott a couple of days ago. In my limited interaction with Erik he was always generous with his time and it was fascinating listening to his stories from the ‘Special Forces’ years which he told with affection and pride. He’ll be missed, and of course the Sickthings community sends their condolences to his family and friends. His music will live on.

Back to the UK tour and the big shock was that Chuck Garric only played the first show in Manchester! Couldn’t believe it when he told us afterwards that he would be heading home, as he had the Beasto Blanco Megacruise show to prepare for. We missed you Chuck! In his place we had Hollywood Vampire’s super-bassist Chris Wyse standing stage left, who did a excellent job filling in on short notice for the last six shows. Chuck will be back in the band for the next run of shows in the USA, and Chris will be back with the Vampires next year (hopefully!)
Speaking of the Hollywood Vampire’s they’ll be back on ‘Late Night With James Corden’ on Halloween night, when the show will air the second song the band recorded a few months ago when they last appeared.

A couple of enterprising fans did their best to promote the UK shows, including the bus driver in Aberdeen who wore full Alice makeup the evening of the show, and the enterprising London Underground worker who put this up in honor of the master! (Thanks Mercy for photo)

The Aberdeen Evening Express had an article about AC fan Carol McLean and the Aberdeen show.

There’s been lots of reviews from the UK shows as well. Check out Purple Revolver, The Guardian, Manchester Evening News, Aberdeen Press and Journal, Society Aberdeen, The Argus, Arts Desk, Brighton News, The Express, The Up Coming, Financial Times (subscription), and Express and Star.

And there’s a few new interviews in The Metro, The Telegraph (may need to register), and Express and Star.

Also check out a new interview with Glen Sobel at ‘That’s My Gig‘.

The Daily Mail caught Alice and Sheryl out and about in London and seem surprised he wasn’t in full stage costume!

This years ‘Record Store Day Black Friday’ on November 29th has a couple of Cooper related releases to look for. First is the release of the 1973 Houston, TX show which comes on one LP and one 7″. This was previously released on CD as part of the ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ Deluxe reissue some years ago, but this is the first time it will be on vinyl. It’s being released by Rhino Records but there’s no info on how many will be pressed yet.
There’s also a new vinyl version of ‘Dragontown’ on 2xLP coloured vinyl. This is a limited edition of 1500.

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