Another festival date seems to have been announced for next year. Alice will be headlining the ‘Atlas Rock‘ festival in Sweden on June 4th. Tickets go on sale Monday. So far he seems to be the only act announced for the festival.
Dennis Dunaway plays on a new single by TBelly called ‘I Never Want To See Me Again’ which is now available via Bandcamp. There’s also a cool video for the song which you can see below.
CBC in Canada have a new interview with Alice, talking about ‘Detroit Stories’ and the early Detroit scene.
Alice seems to have filmed a new commercial for ‘Progressive Insurance’ recently with Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. The commercial is part of the ‘At Home With Baker Mayfield’ series of adverts and presumably will turn up on Youtube when it is aired.
Beasto Blanco are releasing their recent ‘Freakstream’ webcast on Blu-Ray in mid-August. This version of the film will feature footage not included on the original streaming version of the show, and initial copies will be signed by the band. Be warned however that if you are ordering from the UK shipping and customs charges are likely to cost as much as the disc itself!
Ryan Roxie was interviewed on the ‘2020’d’ podcast a couple of days ago and you can check it out here.
Some tour news this week. The Farmingville, NY show set for September 22nd has been cancelled, and replaced by a show in Utica, NY at ‘The Stanley‘ on the same day. Tickets for the new show went on public sale today.
Additionally Alice has been announced as headlining the ‘Rock The Ring‘ festival in Hinwil, Switzerland on June 18th next year. This is the second European festival to be announced for next June so expect more shows to follow.
Damon Johnson’s new band ‘The Get Ready’ have a series of shows coming up from July 24th in Richmond, IN. including a run of UK shows with Buckcherry at the end of the year. Check out all the dates here. The bands album ‘Battle Lessons’ is out now.
It’s still very quiet in Cooperland but here’s a few things to cover before they become too out of date.
Alice turned up, backed by Dash and CO-OP, to performed the half-time show at the Phoenix Suns basketball match last week and you can see footage here or below. They played ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’ and ‘School’s Out.’
KillerWatt recently had a chat with Neal Smith which you can listen to here.
SockShop have announced Alice Cooper themed underwear and socks in two box gift sets. There’s four sock designed and two underwear designs. Get yours here!
Recent episodes of Ryan Roxie’s ‘In The Trenches’ podcast have featured Conny Bloom of Electric Boys and the legendary Steve Hunter. Keep up to date on Roxie’s official YouTube channel 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.
Alice Cooper is back! Catch Alice on tour this Fall with special guest, former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley.
Celebrating the release of his new album, Detroit Stories, Alice will hit the road starting September 17th in Atlantic City, NJ with stops in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and more – culminating in a performance at the 2021 Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta!
VIP Tickets and Presales available tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18th at 10am local time with code SICKTHINGS. Tickets go on general sale this Friday, May 21st at 10am local time.
2021 TOUR DATES
September 17th – Ovation Hall at Oceans Resort Casino in Atlantic City, NJ (no Ace Frehley)
September 18th – Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH
September 19th – Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, CT
September 21st – Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
September 22nd – Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheatre in Farmingville, NY
September 24th – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL
September 25th – DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI
September 27th – Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre in Youngstown, OH
September 28th – Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH
September 29th – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN
October 1st – BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee, WI
October 2nd – Saint Louis Music Park in St. Louis, MO
October 3rd – Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN
October 5th – Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, KY
October 6th – Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
October 7th – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC
October 9th – Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL
October 10th – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
October 11th – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
October 13th – Montgomery Performing Arts Center in Montgomery, AL
October 14th – BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL
October 18th – Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
October 19th – HEB Center in Austin, TX
October 20th – Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Worth, TX
October 22nd – Bancorp South Arena in Tupelo, MS
October 23rd – Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, GA
In other news Alice turned up on the BBC News channel during the week promoting ‘Detroit Stories’, which you can currently watch here.
Alice can also been see on the ‘Word On Woodward‘ podcast talking about ‘Go Wings Go’, and there’s another new interview over at ‘Page Six‘
Another news story that has been all over the place in the last few days is that the Andy Warhol “Little Electric Chair” print Alice found in his garage a while back is going to be auctioned by the Larsen Gallery in Arizona. So if you have a few spare millions sitting around, here’s your chance! The gallery has placed an estimate on the print around $2.5 million to $4.5 million!! A percentage of profits will go to Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock charity. – AZCentral also has a report.
Dennis and Cindy Dunaway’s appearance on the Alexxis Steele Podcast can be seen here, but make sure you put aside some time to watch it all as it’s nearly 2 hours long!
Alice Cooper has just released a new video for ‘Go Man Go’ from ‘Detroit Stories’ but with revised lyrics reflecting his love of Detroit Red Wings hockey team. It’s called ‘Go Wings Go‘ and you can see it below. Obviously Alice is well known as a sports fan having been sighted at baseball, football, and hockey games in the past, not to mention a few boxing matches. Can’t help wondering of his actual home town of Phoenix, where he grew up, started a band, and has lived most of his life, is feeling a little unloved recently!
Also newish is a ‘bonus episode’ of the ‘Alice Cooper’s Vintage Vault‘ podcast with Alice talking to William Shatner on ‘Nights With Alice Cooper’.
Alice turned up on CBS Detroit’s ‘Michigan Matters’ for a short zoom interview which you can watch here and there’s an interview in the Detroit Free Press.
‘Autoweek‘ has a story about Alice’s old 1963 ‘Studebaker Avanti’ which was apparently previously owned by a KGB spy!
Dennis Dunaway makes an appearance on Lydia Lunch’s podcast ‘Lydian Spin‘ around 20 minutes into the show. Lydia Lunch has frequently covered ‘Black Juju’ over the years in her live shows and it’s featured on her album ‘Shotgun Wedding’ from 1991.
Alice Cooper played his first live show in over a year last night for the ‘CoopStock’ show in aid of ‘Solid Rock’. I was hoping some more info would come in today as to what actually happened but so far haven`t seen anything useful. There was a post that seemed to suggest Chuck Garric was in Phoenix a couple of days ago so maybe that suggests he may have been there. Dash Cooper’s CO-OP were certainly there, as were Brent Fitz and Tommy Thayer. More when I get it!
The Monsters Of Rock Cruise’ to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic that was scheduled for May before being cancelled, has been rescheduled for February 9th-14th 2022 with Alice Cooper still headlining. This time it looks like it’s a proper cruise (rather then a beach party) and you can get more info here.
A reminder that Alice and Dennis Dunaway will be together on WRAT 95.9 tonight with Keith Roth 8-10pm EST time. This will be repeated on May 2nd.
Alice was on Fox 2 Detroit this week for a short interview, talking about the Cooper Tire contest, as well as WTKR’s ‘Coast Live’ and ‘Good Day Rochester‘. He’s also been chatting to AZCentral about the contest as well as his covid situation and CoopStock.
Alice has teamed up with the ‘Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’ "to scour the nation and identify three talented American garage bands.” The three band finalists were asked to submit an original song, plus a cover of ‘Under My Wheels’ and you can check out their versions at the official site here. Alice also recorded a promo video for the event which is quite amusing. Not quite sure where they originally advertised this thing as this is the first we’re hearing of it and they are already down to the final three… There’s also an Alice-hosted free livestream performance from Evanescence on May 13th at which the winner of the competition will play an opening set.
The annual Detroit Music Awards named ‘Our Love Will Change The World’ as "best national single" and ‘best major budget video’ at last weeks ceremony, while ‘Rock’n’Roll’ was also nominated. Alice briefly appeared on the livestreamed show at around the 1.46 mark, after which Suzi Quatro announces ‘Rock’n’Roll’ as winning the ‘national single’ award! The awards website however confirms it was
‘Our Love Will Change The World’.
Alice will be a guest on ‘Liz Kershaw’s Legends In Their Own Lunchtime’ on BBC Radio 6Music on April 25th at 1PM. Afterwards you will be able to listen to it here.
There’s another new Alice Cooper book just out but this one is different. It’s a ‘Where’s Wally’ style book with cool Cooper themed colour illustrations for you to search out Uncle Alice. You can see illustrations here, and it is listed on AmazonUK but so far they don`t seem to have any available.
Dennis Dunaway and Blue Coupe were guests on ‘Talk Shop Live’ on the Rock’n’Roll Channel last Thursday and you can watch the hour long show now here.
Alice and Dennis Dunaway’s appearance on ‘Keith Roth’s Electric Ballroom’ has been postponed to Sunday April 25th at 8pm EST, and will be repeated May 2nd. You’ll find it here.
Ryan Roxie was a guest on the Envy Marshall Show which you can watch here.
Shep Gordon is in the Hawaii news again at KITV with a short interview and photos.
Alice Cooper announces first live appearance since lockdown
Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock have announced ‘Coopstock’, a one day live event on April 24th at Las Sendas Golf Club in Phoenix. To quote the press release:" Join Alice Cooper for CoopStock – Music on the Green on Saturday, April 24th at Las Sendas Golf Club from 6 to 11 p.m.! Alice will be joined by Lou Gramm, the original voice of Foreigner, Tommy Thayer of Kiss, and ASIA featuring John Payne for a groovy night under the stars featuring live entertainment, food trucks, auctions, and more, all to benefit the new Alice Cooper Rock Teen Center opening May 2021 in Mesa!" This will be Alice’s first live appearance since the ‘Rock Meets Classic’ collapsed last year due to the Covid crisis. It’s unclear if the band will be there or whether he’ll be using local musicians which seems more likely. Tickets are available here.
The recent Classic Rock interview with Alice is now online here. He also shows up for an hour on the ‘Sex, Drugs, Rock’n’Roll Show’ which you can listen to here.
Alice and Dennis Dunaway will be guests on ‘Keith Roth’s Electric Ballroom’ next Sunday (18th) on WRAT 95.9 at 8PM EST. You’ll be able to listen in here.
UPDATE: Postponed to Sunday April 25th, repeated May 2nd.
Alice is listed to appear at the annual ‘Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament’. Although of course it won’t feature an actual golf tournament they will hold the traditional ‘Songwriter’s Night’ on April 20th and a "star-studded" Jam night the following day with as a live stream with Alice scheduled to appear. It will be free to watch (donations encouraged) and you can get more info here.
Alice pops up briefly in a new documentary about French fashion icon Pierre Cardin called ‘House Of Cardin’. Alice Cooper played Cardin’s theatre in Paris back on November 2nd 1971. You can see Alice in the trailer here.
Learn more about guitarist Garret Bielaniec and how he came to be all over the new ‘Detroit Stories’ album in a new article on the Livingston Daily.
Ryan Roxie’s next ‘In The Trenches’ guest on Tuesday will be LA Guns’ guitarist Tracii Guns. You can check this out and previous interviews on YouTube.
Nita Strauss was back on WWE wrestling this week delivering the American national anthem at the ‘NXT Takeover’ event and you can check it out in the video below. Nita also shows up on the ‘Cultaholic Wrestling‘ podcast ahead of the event.
This week Alice has been doing quite a few interviews. He was on WNNX-FM which you can listen to here, the ‘Mistress Carrie Podcast’ which is here, and the ‘Neil Jones Rock Show’ on TotalRock which is here at around 1.03 mark. There’s also a new print interview at Grammy.com, and Alice picks his favourite 80s tracks for the BBC which you can find on YouTube.