‘No Cover’ Launches April 20th

‘No Cover’ TV Show Launches April 20th

No Cover‘, the new TV talent show Alice filmed last year, now has a trailer and official release date. Season one will launch on April 20th exclusively on YouTube, Recorded at the legendary Troubadour club in West Hollywood the new show is a rock’n’roll equivalent of the seemingly endless pop talent shows, the difference being all the acts play live and perform their own material. Alice judges along side Lzzy Hale, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Bishop Briggs and Tosin Abasi.

Arizona will be releasing Alice Cooper car number plates in the near future. The specialty plates will cost $25 per year for the driver, $8 of which is an administrative fee. The remaining $17 per plate per year will go to Alice’s ‘Solid Rock’ charity.

Beasto Blanco, featuring Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper, have announced a week of shows in July. The dates are as follows:

July 23 – Rascals Live, Moline, IL
July 26 – Reggie’s, Chicago, IL
July 27 – Eclectic Room, Angola, IN
July 28 – The Winchester, Lakewood, OH
July 29 – 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA
July 30 – Dingbats, Clifton, NJ

The Edmonton Journal have a review of the recent show at the Jubilee with a few photos.

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Roxie All Access Pass

Roxie All Access Pass

Ryan Roxie has launched a new ‘All Access Pass’ for the new US tour which began last night at Foxwoods. With the virtual pass you will get access to exclusive backstage videos, contests and giveaways, access to an exclusive instagram account with more content and lots more. You can sign up now at RyanRoxie.com.

Ryan’s ‘In The Trenches‘ podcast interviewed David Libert, the Alice Cooper 70s tour manager who has just released his biography ‘Rock and Roll Warrior’. The book is sadly only currently available in the US from Sunset Blvd Books, but they are looking at distribution in the UK and elsewhere.

Roxie is also the guest on the latest ‘Noisy Paul Podcast’ which you can check out on YouTube.

Alice is interviewed by ‘The Aquarian‘ talking about the problems of remaining politically correct among other things.

Check out Calico Cooper’s video promoting the first Beasto Blanco comic book ‘Space Wave’ on facebook here or below.

Nita Strauss is interviewed on iHeartRadioCA talking about ‘Dead Again’ and her forthcoming second solo album.

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Finland Update and Greek Show

Alice Cooper plays Finland and Greece

Firstly a correction. The Finland show mentioned in the last update appears to actually be two shows in Finland. The ‘Rock In The City’ festival appears to be taking place in two places, and Alice Cooper is scheduled to play at both locations. The correct dates appear to be June 10th 2022 in Vantaa, Finland and June 11th in Kuopio, Finland.

In addition to the Finnish shows there is now an additional show on July 6th in Athens, Greece at the Olympic Stadium, as special guest for The Scorpions.

Alice’s recent appearance on the Eddie Trunk podcast is available now on Spotify. You can also listen to Alice’s appearance on Freq 90.5 FM yesterday at Speaker.com.

There’s a new interview with Chuck Garric at Metal-Rules promoting the new Beasto Blanco comic book, during which he says the new Alice Cooper album is well on it’s way with most of the instrumental tracks recorded. It’s likely a release is a fair way off yet though.

Ryan Roxie will be on ‘Reignite with Cathy Grant’ webcast on march 12th, and you can set a reminder for that here.

Nita Strauss will be opening for Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society during a break in the Cooper tour during May. The dates are as follows:

April 30th – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
May 1st – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Social Outdoors
May 3rd – Casper, WY – Gaslight Social Outdoors
May 5th – Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater
May 6th – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino
May 7th – Bowler, WI – North Star Mohican Gaming & Resort
May 9th – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
May 10th – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
May 11th – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
May 13th – Fayetteville, AR – JJ’s Live
May 14th – Tyler, TX – Country River Club
May 15th – New Orleans, LA – Fillmore
May 17th – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

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Alice Cooper And The Tome Of Madness

‘Alice Cooper And The Tome Of Madness’ 12″ Release

The new tour was expected to start last night but it seems the first show in Windsor, Ontario was cancelled
. I’m not sure how much notice there was of this as it was only pointed out to me yesterday, but looking at the venue site it seems the whole place is currently closed until the 31st so maybe that’s why. Hopefully tonights show will go ahead as expected.

‘Metal Department’ have announced the release of "Alice Cooper And The Tome Of Madness" as a 12" vinyl single. This is taken from the Alice Cooper slot machine game which appeared a couple of months back and features Alice narrating an 18 minute horror story featured in the game. The record come in two forms – a plain black vinyl version and a limited edition (500) yellow vinyl version both in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with artwork from the game. Both are available exclusively from Metal Department and they aren’t cheap, especially when you add in postage to the UK! The slot machine game is apparently available on a couple of gambling sites, but you have to sign up to them to play. You can see a short promo video here.

Nita Strauss appears to like being on the road as she’s added even more solo shows on her ‘Winter Wasteland‘ tour during the gaps in the Alice Cooper schedule. The new shows are:

February 22nd – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly 
February 23rd – Tampa, FL – The Brass Mug 
February 24th – West Palm, FL – Respectable Street 
March 1st – Atlantic City – Anchor Rock Club 
March 2nd – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage 
March 3rd – Hampton, NH – Wally’s 
March 4th – Frederick, MD – Cafe 611 
March 5th – Johnson City, TN – Capones 
March 6th – Huntsville, AL – Side Tracks Music Hall 
March 8th – Corpus Christi, TX – House Of Rock 
March 9th – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live 

Nita is also on the bill of the ‘Rockfest‘ festival in Cadott, WI on July 14th.

Beasto Blanco have a new comic book on the way from Source Point Press entitled ‘Beasto Blanco: Spacewave Conquest’ and it looks really nice! Check out some images from it here. It’s due sometime during the summer but some comics sites seem to be taking pre-orders from next month.

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New Swedish Festival Date

Alice Cooper plays Atlas Rock

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.

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New Monsters Cruise Announced

Alice Cooper has been announced as the headliner of the ‘Monsters Of Rock Cruise: Operation Monster Beach’

Alice Cooper has been announced as the headliner of the ‘Monsters Of Rock Cruise: Operation Monster Beach’ which is set to take place between May 26th and 31st 2021 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Other bands scheduled to play include Winger, Beasto Blanco, John Corabi, Electric Boys and LA Guns among many others. Tickets for the shows go on sale on December 1st at 2pm eastern time. It’s safe to assume that this is all subject to the pandemic situation in May, and how safe you think it will be by then! For full info on the event check out monstersofrockcruise.com.

The early 70s movie ‘Diary Of A Mad Housewife’, which featured an early film appearance by the Alice Cooper band, is due to be officially released on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 15th. While there have been unofficial releases in the past (apparently taken from an old VHS copies) this seems to be the first proper release on DVD and Blu-Ray. It comes with a audio commentary track.

Ultimate Classic Rock has a short chat with Calico Cooper about the period of time she joined the ‘Brutal Planet’ show in 2000.

‘Rock Meets Classic’ have released footage of Alice and Tommy Henriksen performing ‘Bed Of Nails’ back in March, before the tour collapsed due to the pandemic.

Ryan Roxie was on ‘TalkCulture’ earlier today and you can watch the hour long show on YouTube.

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Halloween Tales

Alice has teamed up with Airbnb to offer a chance to spend a (virtual
) hour with Alice on October 21st and listen to him tell a spooky Halloween story. The event will last an hour with up to 10 families able to listen in to Alice reading the story in full costume. All money raised will go to ‘North Star Reach’, a camp that provides experiences for children with health challenges.

“Love a good scare?” says Cooper. “Me too. With Halloween all but cancelled, we’ll have to take our penchant for terror to the scariest place I know — the Internet. Join me for a spooky story session to celebrate the season. We’ll read about spiders and spirits, goblins and ghosts and monsters and mutants — all of my favorite things, really. And we’ll do it in full costume. It’ll be a scary good time. (And suitable for children ages 6+ with an appetite for fright.)”
“Let’s suit up and make this a spooky story time to remember.”

Tickets go on sale today and you can get more info here.

Alice will also be taking part in an online Q&A for the KLOS and the ‘Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp’ on November 1st. 25 rich people will be able to interact with Alice live during the interview but anyone can get a ticket to watch live. All the details are over at Universe.com.

Dennis Dunaway can be spotted around 25 minutes into this John Lennon tribute video marking his 80th birthday.
Dennis will also be taking part in a virtual chat with ‘Louder Than Words’ on November 8th which is open to fans to take part. This is a ticketed event and you can get tickets now via Eventbrite.

Beasto Blanco are taking part in another live streaming event. They will be playing as part of the ‘Virtual Haunt and Music Fest’ via ‘The Dark Zone’. This is a cool four day event that takes you aboard a virtual haunted ship and you can find all the details here.

The latest episodes of Ryan Roxie’s ‘In The Trenches’ podcasts have featured Joe Satriani and Desmond Child, and if you missed them you can catch up here.

Finally, you may have seen on the facebook page that Sickthing Paul Forsyth is trying to raise money to help a friend get a much needed new wheelchair, and to that end he is offering the very last unworn ‘Nation of Ovine’ t-shirt (size XL) via ebay. This is the last "sheep shirt" in this design ever, and all money raised will go towards a good cause. There’s just three days to go so check out the auction here, and the just giving page here for the full story.

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This Weeks Online Action

This Weeks Alice Cooper related Podcasts

Chuck and Calico of Beasto Blanco appeared on ‘Coffee Talk with Stefan Adika’ promoting tonight’s ‘Freak Stream.’ You can watch the interview here starting at around 15 minutes. It’s not to late to grab your ‘Freak Stream’ tickets for tonight’s show here.

Alice alumni Kip Winger was Ryan Roxie’s guest on ‘In The Trenches’ this week for an entertaining chat about Kip’s career. Well worth checking out here. Next Tuesday Ryan’s guest will be Slash bassist Todd Kerns.

Alice appeared on the ‘Life Of Brian… Mannix that is’ podcast this week which you can check out here. He talks about ‘Detroit Stories’ and ‘Don’t Give Up’ which as of yesterday is out as a cool 7" picture disc.

Alice will also be making an appearance on the ‘Forbidden Planet 42’ online event celebrating 42 years of the legendary London comic store. The event features a who’s who of the comic and fantasy industry including Neil Gaiman (who worked on ‘The Last Temptation’), Michael Moorcock, Kevin Smith, Simon Pegg, Chris Claremont and many, many more. You’ll be able to watch the show here.

The Alice Cooper guitar trio, Ryan, Tommy and Nita, along with ex-Cooper Damon Johnson and many others, will be taking part in an online benefit show called ‘Six String Salute‘ for the ‘Crew Nation Relief Fund’ on September 17th. The event will be streamed live on Live Nation’s YouTube channel and ‘Live From Home‘ site.

The Mondance Jam festival, which Alice was due to play this year, has been rescheduled for July 22nd-24th next year and Alice is among the acts confirmed to appear. All tickets for this years festival will be valid for the new dates.

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Beasto Freak Stream

Beasto Blanco Announce Freak Stream

Beasto Blanco and the ‘Monsters Of Rock Cruise’ have teamed up to present ‘Freak Stream’, a pay per view event on August 15th featuring the band performing live. Tickets are just $10 in advance ($15 on the night) and are available now here. Once you have your ticket you will have access to the stream for a few days so plenty of time to check it out regardless of any time difference where you are.

Alice was on ‘Little Steven’s Roadshow’ last night talking ‘Detroit Stories’ with Little Steven and co-host Drew Carey. You can check it out on YouTube beginning about an hour into the show.

Lzzy Hale has reposted her interview Alice from a couple of months ago as part of her ‘Raise Your Horns’ livestream series which you can check out here.

Another lockdown interview I may have missed at the time is with Radio Freccia back in June and you can see that one here.

Nita Strauss can be seen performing Iron Maiden’s ‘Aces High’ as part of a new lockdown band called ‘The Wheelblocks’ with Chris Jerico (Fozzy), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence/Machinehead), Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) and Nita’s boyfriend Josh Villalta on drums. Check it out here.

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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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