Neal Smith Releases New Album

Neal Smith Releases New Album

Neal Smith-Pop 85/95

Neal Smith has just released a new solo album! It’s called “POP 85/95” and consists of songs Neal wrote with guitaristJay Jesse Johnson after their band Deadringer (which also featured Dennis Dunaway) split up. You can order the new album now directly from Neal, however currently they won’t ship outside the USA. The full press release goes as follows:

Legendary Alice Cooper Group drummer Neal Smith will be releasing a new album in June, 2020. Neal’s new Retro Pop album is titled “POP 85/95” signifying the music style and time period in which Neal wrote these songs between 1985 and 1995.The songs and album concept are totally sexy and politically incorrect. Neal’s “POP 85/95” songs represent all aspects of relationships, falling in and out of love in a simpler bygone era before Coronavirus, politically correctness and the new world disorder.

With the onslaught of glam hair bands and heavily homogenized rock of the 1980’s, Neal Smith, Hall of Fame Drummer and founding member of the original Alice Cooper Group, was looking for a new direction for his songwriting. Inspired by another drummer, songwriter, singer Phil Collins, Neal turned from writing hard rock to a slicker, more pop rock songwriting style. In the late 1980’s he took four of his new songs into the studio and recorded them. One of the songs “Secret Eyes” helped land a recording deal with newly formed record company called Grudge Records. Along with Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper fame), Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult fame), Charlie Hune (Ted Nugent fame) and lead guitarist Jay Jesse Johnson (also known as “Triple J”), a new band called “Deadringer” was formed and signed by Grudge Records. Deadringer recorded an album in 1989 called “Electrocution Of The Heart” featuring the single “Secret Eyes.” The album and Deadringer were all short lived after Grudge Records quick demise. After Deadringer and well into the 1990’s, Neal continued writing songs with Jay Jesse Johnson (“Triple J”) in this pop rock style.

Decades later, well into the New Millennium, Neal was searching through his archives of music and found those songs that he composed and recorded with ‘Triple J” between the years of 1985 and 1995. Inspired by “Triple J’s” amazing lead guitar work, Neal polished the songs and brought them back to life with the help of two of his best friends, Peter Catucci (bass guitar of Killsmith) and Rick Tedesco (guitarist/engineer). Now, much to the excitement of his fans worldwide, Neal Smith’s “POP 85/95” is available digitally and on CD!

Hall of Fame Drummer/songwriter/singer Neal Smith on “POP 85/95” CD: "In the 80’s and 90’s Rap, Hip Hop, Pop and even Rock music was being recorded with synthesized programmed drums. I understood that this was a new wave of recording percussion. But what I did not like was many of the synthesized drum tracks were being programmed by engineers and musicians who were not even drummers. Disappointed and inspired by that fact, I began a new phase of songwriting by programming synthesized drums on my recordings. The last eight songs on my new CD “POP 85/95” is a collection of songs I wrote from that era featuring synth drums I programmed myself."

The London Film and Comic Con, which Alice was scheduled to appear at, has now been officially postponed until November 21st/22nd. While the promoters are still listing Alice as appearing "subject to contract" it seems very unlikely he could make the rescheduled dates as he already has shows announced in the US during the period.

Neal Smith and Michael Bruce were in Phoenix last month visiting the new Glen Buxton memorial mural and the project now has it’s own facebook page here.

Alice was due to be interviewed for ‘Eddie Trunks Virtual Invasion‘ yesterday but it appears it was postponed until a later date.

New Alice interviews have appeared at California Rocker, and KSHE 95.

519 Magazine has a new interview with Brother Latham and Calico Cooper of Beasto Blanco which you can read here.

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This Weeks Interviews

This Weeks Interviews

Last night Alice was interviewed by Lzzy Hale of Halestorm as
part of "We Are Here, On The Air’ which was raising money for the Musicares charity. The interview begins around one hour into the show which you can watch here.

He’s also been chatting to AZ Central about ‘Don’t Give Up’ and life under lockdown, Yahoo Entertainment, and Billboard. There’s also Australia’s "Footy Show" from March which I hadn’t noticed before.

Nita Strauss is interviewed on the ‘MetalSucks’ podcast which you can listen to here. This one starts around 30 minutes into the show.

Ryan Roxie’s guest on "in The Trenches’ this week was Guy Griffin from Quireboys which you can watch here.

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This Weeks Happenings

This Weeks Alice Cooper Happenings

Alice has been amusing himself with interviews over the last week including AXS.TV’s ‘At Home And Social With‘ show, the Don Jamieson (‘That Metal Show’) podcast, and a text interview for AZ Centralwith talk about ‘Detroit Stories’ and this years Christmas Pudding.

In case you couldn’t spot yourself in the ‘Don’t Give Up’ video AliceCooper.com has posted every photograph sent in, so you can have fun trying to spot yourself there now!

If you have missed any of the Alice Cooper ‘Vintage Vault’ podcasts you can listen to them all here. The latest has Alice talking to, and about, Johnny Depp.

Ryan Roxie has been busy online as usual with this week’s ‘In The Trenches‘ featuring The Lost Angels’ including Eric Dover and John Corabi, while the ‘Sunday Livestream Sunday‘ featured a guest appearance from Nita Strauss along with the usual fun and performances. Ryan is also the subject of an hour long interview at ‘9.42’ which you can listen to here.

What Difference Does It Make?" has a new interview with Glen Sobel. It’s part one of two so watch out for the second segment to be posted.

Damon and his bandmates Jarred Pope and Robbie Harrington will perform a livestream set from Nick Raskulinecz’s Rock Falcon Studio in Nashville, TN on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 8PM Eastern/7PM Central. The show will be a ticketed event through ‘VEEPS’, and tickets are limited. Damon says: “This will be a one of a kind event, featuring a performance of a brand new song from my upcoming album. We’re thrilled to perform again as a unit, while practicing safe distancing in these times of the pandemic.” Tickets are on sale now here.

Louder.com has posted a long article about the ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ album that originally appeared in Classic Rock back in 2004.

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Don’t Give Up

Alice Cooper Released New Song ‘Don’t Give Up’

The new Alice Cooper single. ‘Don’t Give Up’, went live on streaming services at midnight and you should now be able to watch the official video above. The video was made in lockdown featuring photos sent in by fans to illustrate the lyrics to the songs and also features the current band! A limited edition vinyl picture disc will be released on August 14th and is now available to pre-order (click the earMusic link).
Tonight (Friday) at 6PM EST Alice and Dennis Dunaway will feature on SiriusFM channel ‘Ozzy’s Boneyard’ to premiere the song and talk to Keith Roth about what they have been up to the last few weeks. They will also play Blue Coupe’s ‘Hallow’s Grave’ (featuring Alice). The show should be repeated several times if you miss it. Outside the USA it *appears* you can listen online at https://player.siriusxm.com/ if you select to start free trial (no card details needed). Just do a search for ‘Ozzy’s Boneyard’. It’s unclear how long that ‘free trial’ lasts though.

Earlier this week Betty Wright, Soul and R&B singer, songwriter and background vocalist passed away. Betty dueted with Alice on ‘No Tricks’, the B-side to ‘How You Gonna See Me Now’ in 1978.

Phoenix New Times interviews Alice on how he and the family have been entertaining themselves in lockdown.

The last remaining April Alice Cooper shows now have new dates but The Grand Rapids show is now cancelled. The Milwaukee show is rescheduled for November 10th, Omaha will be November 13th, and finally Seattle will be on November 30th.

Ryan Roxie interviewed band mate Chuck Garric on ‘In The Trenches’ this week and you can watch the show now on YouTube. It’s a great interview with lots of stories about a young Chuck starting out in the music industry. A part 2 is promised.

Beast Blanco (Calico, Chuck and Chris) also show up on the ‘Tru Rock Revival Magazine’ podcast which you can watch on facebook here.

Monday May 18th would have been the day that Blue Coupe, with Tish and Snooky, would have been performing on the Silja Rock Cruise, but since that was cancelled they are releasing a ‘Stay Home Video’ of “Keep Rollin’ On”. It will debut on Monday at noon eastern time and will hopefully be on Spotify etc as well. Keep an eye on Facebook for links when it goes live.

There’s a new trailer video for the Suzi Quatro documentary ‘Suzi Q’ which features Alice. Suzi is of course an old friend from the Detroit days and the ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ tour.

Nita Strauss talks to ‘Guitar World‘ about her new ‘Rock Guitar Fundamentals’ guitar course.

Glen Sobel and Orianthi appear in a new lockdown video for the Beatles ‘Let It Be’ to raise funds for the MusiCares Relief charity. The song features a huge list of musicians, way to long to list here.

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Weekly Round Up

Alice Cooper will be one of many acts to take part in this weekends ‘Lighthouse Live‘ streaming event. This is a 12 hour marathon livestream featuring dozens of Detroit related musicians aiming to raise money for homeless children, families and individuals in the south east of Michigan. You can tune in via YouTube or Facebook (links to be announced on their site) today between 2PM and 2AM local time with Alice set to show up around the 6PM mark (10PM UK time I think).

Beasto Blanco were livestreaming earlier this week, performing an excellent three song set for German media. Unfortunately the actual livestream was region locked, but it’s available now for everyone to see now at Magenta Musik. Well worth watching. Chuck Garric will also be the next guest on Ryan Roxie’s ‘From The Trenches‘ podcast this Tuesday at 5PM UK time.

The Cooper family also posted a truly brilliant lockdown video in place of the cancelled Alice Cooper 2020 golf tournament. You can also watch it below.

Alice himself has been talking to ‘American Songwriter‘ about his song writing influences.

Dennis Dunaway has posted the 4th and final part of his Manchester trip blogs which you can check out here. He will also be taking part in an interview with Alice for ‘Ozzy’s Boneyard’ on Sirius XM radio which should air on Friday May 15th to coincide with the release of the new Alice Cooper single ‘Don’t Give Up’.

Nita Strauss has been talking to Ultimate Guitar and Metal Injection about playing with Alice, the lockdown, and her forthcoming second solo album, which is set to feature a couple of guest vocalists. She’s hoping this will be released before the end of the year.

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Don’t Give Up!

New Alice Cooper song released on May 15th

Alice Cooper.com has just announced that a new song, entitled ‘Don’t Give Up’, will be released on May 15th, and they want fans help in making a video to go with it! They’ve posted the lyrics to ‘Don’t Give Up’ and want photos or short video clips of YOU holding up a sign featuring one word from the lyrics. You can enter as many times as you wish for a chance to be seen in the official promotional video of the song. Full details and entry form are up on AC.com now so get going! Entries must be in by Monday.
Here’s Alice’s announcement in full:

“I know these times are hard, but there is hope and together we will win.
I wrote a new song, “DON’T GIVE UP” coming MAY 15 and I want ALL OF MY MINIONS to be a part of this special song! Share a photo or video of you holding a sign featuring A WORD FROM THE LYRICS to the song and you could be in the final video.
Preview the lyrics + submit your photo at www.AliceCooper.com

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GB Memorial Mural

GB Memorial Mural planned for Tempe, AZ

Dennis Dunaway emailed to let us know that Tommy Gwinn, an artist in Tempe, AZ, is painting a public mural as a memorial to musical artists who grow up in the Phoenix area and wants to include a portrait of Glen Buxton in the work. He is crowd funding to get this to happen and is already half way to his goal so lets get this done! You can pledge any amount and every bit will help to reach the target so Glen is permanently memorialized in his home town. You can help out here.

Dennis has also posted part three of his Manchester chronicles which you can check out here.

According to Ticketmaster the Grand Rapids show has now been cancelled.

Nita Strauss has launched a new online guitar course, ‘Rock Guitar Fundamentals’, at IWannaPlayGuitar.com. The course’s three modules cover complete beginners through to those wanting tips on how to play like Nita, and currently is on offer for half price!

Alice Cooper has posted a short video marking the 40th anniversary of the ‘Flush The Fashion’ which you can see here.

Ryan Roxie’s latest ‘In The trenches’ features and interview with himself! Check it out here. Next up Ryan will be interviewing Hanoi Rocks frontman and huge Alice fan Michael Munroe.

Alice pops up briefly in a new Winger video for ‘Better Days Coming’ which you can watch here. The video features a total of 24 guests including Alice, as well as Jeff Scott Soto, Alan Parsons, Klaus Meine, and dozens of Winger fans.

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Rescheduled Dates

Alice Cooper rescheduled dates so far

Over the last week many of the previously postponed shows have now received new dates either via AC.com, Ticketmaster or individual venue sites. As far as I have been able to put together the changes are as follows:

31st March – Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls, ON – Postponed until November 6th
1st April – Memorial Centre, Peterborough, ON – Postponed until November 7th
5th April – Fox Arts Center, Appleton, WI – Postponed until November 11th
8th April – Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA – Postponed to November 14th
10th April – Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND – Postponed until November 18th
11th April – Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, MB – Postponed to November 19th
13th April – Conexus Arts Centre, Regina, SK – Postponed to November 21st
15th April – Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB – Postponed to November 23rd
16th April – CN Centre, Prince George, BC – Postponed until November 25th
18th April – Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC – Postponed to November 28th
19th April – S.O. Events Centre, Penticton, BC – Postponed to November 27th
5th June – Winstar World Casino, Thackerville, OK – Postponed until October 30th
6th June – Stormont Vail Events Center, Topeka, KS – Postponed until October 31st
17th June – Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA – Postponed until January 24th 2021

Original tickets for all shows *should* be valid for the new dates. The April 22nd show in Portland is now marked as cancelled on the venue website, which leaves just four shows from the original schedule not either cancelled or having a new date: Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Omaha, and Seattle. There’s no firm news on the Hollywood Vampires European shows yet, but the Lowlands Festival in August has been cancelled so that’s one show gone.

If you missed Ryan Roxie’s ‘In The Trenches’ chat with Kane Roberts you can watch it on YouTube, as well as another episode featuring Airboune’s Joel O’Keeffe which was recorded during the Australian shows in February. Ryan will be back again tomorrow for ‘Sunday Livestream Sunday’ at 5pm UK time.

Dennis Dunaway has posted the second part of his Manchester trip blog which you can read here. If you missed part on it’s here.

Nita Struass will be taking over the Ibanez Instagram channel on Monday posting videos, photos and anything else she can think off.

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New Goon Squad Video

Goon Squad Release Tribute Video

Ryan Roxie’s ‘Sunday Livestream Sunday’ yesterday featured something a little bit special, the debut of a new version of the Stooges classic ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ by ‘The Goon Squad’ which features Roxie, Chuck Garric, Tommy Henriksen and Glen Sobel. Recorded this week while everyone was in isolation the recording was made as a tribute to New York punk stylist Jimmy Webb who passed away on April 14th. Webb was best known for his work as a manager/buyer at the punk shop ‘Trash & Vaudeville’ and as the owner of the rock clothing shop ‘I Need More’ which was frequented by a long list of music legends in cluding Alice and the band. You can read more about Jimmy, including other tributes, at Billboard.

You can watch the full podcast video from yesterday here, while the Goon Squad video itself can be seen here. The song itself will be released shortly with profits going to a NY charity. Ryan’s next ‘In The Trenches’ interview will be with Kane Roberts and will air Tuesday evening.

Alice’s appearance on the livestremed Detroit Music Awards yesterday was short and sweet, and featured Alice presenting two awards including one to himself for the ‘Breadcrumbs EP’! You can watch teh full show here, with Alice showing up around 1 hour 17 minutes into it. They also show the lyric video for ‘Detroit City 2020’ which is also used over the end credits.

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Tour Updates On Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster have started to mark US shows during May/June as canceled. Not every show has so far been marked as canceled, but it’s probably safe to say the rest will follow soon (as of posting there’s seems to be only four shows not canceled). Two shows: Thackerville, OK and Topeka, KS, have been rescheduled for October 30th and 31st respectively.
Also, three of the postponed April shows are showing new rescheduled dates: Niagara Falls is now on November 6th, Appleton, WI is now November 11th and Grand Forks, ND is listed as November 18th. Expect more rescheduled dates soon.
Currently everything from July 13th onward is proceeding as planned, but of course this also could change at any time. In fact while writing this the July 15th Columbus show has also been marked as canceled by Tickemaster.
There WILL be an official announcement listing all the changes soon, but until then Ticketmaster or individual venues sites seem to be the best way to keep track of any show you have tickets for. If you have tickets for postponed shows, these should be valid for the rescheduled date. For canceled shows contact your point of sale for refund information, but please bare in mind venues and ticket sellers are currently swamped due to all the cancellations worldwide.

In other news, Alice Cooper and Joan Jett are among the names that will perform at “Cleveland Rocks: From Our Living Rooms”, a benefit concert airing on Fox 8 WJW this Wednesday, April 15 between 7-8pm local time. Unfortunately the station website is completely blocked to Europeans. What form Alice’s "performance" will take is yet to be determined.

Alice will also take part in the ‘29th Annual Detroit Music Awards‘ which take place on April 19th at 8PM local time. Original set to be held at The Fillmore’ theater, it will now be a live streamed event with Alice presenting an award in a specially filmed video segment. You should be able to tune in here.

Alice, Sheryl, and Dash Cooper, along with Nita Strauss, appeared on Dave Ellefson’s ‘Oh Say Can you Stream’ charity fundraiser the other night and you can watch it now on YouTube. They turn up around the 4 hour 30 minute mark in the 9+ hour broadcast.

Alice also turned up during the ‘Stars In The House‘ podcast based around the repeat of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at the weekend. For most of the show he’s just there in a little box on the screen, but they do finally get around to talking to him around 38 minutes in.

Ryan Roxie is interviewed by Metal Talk about his new ‘System-12 Guitar Method’ project and other things. You can watch the interview here. Ryan’s ‘In The Trenches with’ podcast tonight will feature the legendary Michael Des Barres.

Nita Strauss is interviewed by ‘That Drummer Guy’ and you can listen to that interview here. Glen Sobel has been active as well streaming drum lessons and other things on his facebook page.

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