‘Detroit Stories’ has been out just under a week now and seems to be doing pretty well. It currently stands at #2 in the official UK mid-week album charts (and #1 for actual physical sales) and is doing similarly well in other countries. Noise11 are reporting it could be Alice’s first #1 in Australia!
Alice has been all over the press and TV in the last few days. Even as I was preparing this post he suddenly appeared on the TV, on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ for a short interview. It’s available now on iPlayer.
You can also check out the following:
Coming up Alice will be on the Radio 2 Rock Show on Saturday March 13th which will turn up here after broadcast.
New Alice magazine covers to add to the collection include Metal Hammer in Spain, and ‘Spark‘ in the Czech Republic. Sadly the UK has been poor in this regard with Classic Rock putting Pink Floyd on the cover. despite having an 8 page article about ‘Detroit Stories’ inside.
At the weekend the band, including Alice and Sheryl, took part in a very special episode of Ryan Roxie’s ‘In The Trenches’ and boy was it a blast. Apart from being VERY funny, producer Bob Ezrin also showed up to announce that they are already working on the NEXT Alice Cooper album, which at long last will be written and performed by the current band! The plan is to write and record it on the road during the next tour, and in fact Alice is toying with the idea of calling it "The Road", or just "Road". Hopefully he’ll come up with something better… Chuck also revealed that he’s already writing material for both this and a new Beasto Blanco album. Of course plans can always change, but the fact they are already talking about it publicly is a good sign it will happen! Check out the full show on YouTube.
Dennis Dunaway and Blue Coupe can be seen in a new video by occasional Blue Coupe backing singers Tish and Snooky. It’s a version of ‘Pills’ in tribute to New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain who died a few weeks ago. You can check out the video here. Dennis is also interviewed by the ‘Metal From The Inside’ podcast which you can see on YouTube.
Nita Strauss has posted a video highlighting her new ‘Jiva Jr’ guitar, a budget version of her own signature Jiva guitars.
Chuck Garric turns up singing Alice In Chains classic ‘Would!’ in a new video and it’s amazing!
Dennis Dunaway and Rockin’ Reggie release Tribute to Suzi Q
Dennis Dunaway and Rockin’ Reggie have released a new song paying tribute to Detroit legend Suzi Quatro to mark her 70th birthday. The song is called ‘Motor City Bad Girl’ and be streamed below. Suzi, who has lived in the UK for many years but came out of the same Detroit scene as the Coopers, was a trailblazer for women in rock and is best known for a string of hit singles in the mid-seventies as well as regularly appearing on the classic sitcom ‘Happy Days’. She was also the opening act on the ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ US tour. A new film biography called ‘Suzi Q‘ has been doing the rounds at film festivals for the last year or so and features Alice and manager Toby Mamis.
In other Dennis news, with the Sweden Rock Festival cancelled this year the organizers are going online and will be streaming concerts and interviews on radio channel Sveriges Radio P4 from this Friday with full concert recordings airing on Saturday including Blue Coupe’s epic show from last year which included guest Ryan Roxie. A detailed schedule is now available here.
This years Record Store Day has been split into three separate events due to the coronavirus pandemic. This means that the Alice Cooper live record from Glasgow in 1982 has been put back until October 24th. The other record store dates are August 29th and September 26th.
‘Live at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow 1982’ released for Record Store Day
This years Record Store Day is on April 18th and will see the official release of ‘Live at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow 1982’, a radio recording from the ‘Special Forces’ tour. Only three songs from this show have been officially released before on the ‘For Britain Only’ 12" single back in 1982. It will be a limited edition of 7000 2xLPs on black vinyl. You can see the cover below.
Blue Coupe’s appearance in the Silja Rock Cruise is the latest casualty of Coronavirus. The event has been canceled.
There are still a few tickets for the screening of ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ in Manchester, UK on March 14th. Dennis and Cindy Dunaway will be there to answer questions and sign things.
Ryan Roxie interviews bandmate Nita Strauss in the latest edition of his ‘In The Trenches‘ podcast.
Meaww have a new interview with Calico Cooper talking about Beasto Blanco and working with her Dad.
Regular readers may remember the Main Man Records tribute to David Bowie ‘Hero’ from a few years ago. The album is the only place to find the Dennis Dunaway Project’s version of Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’, which features guitarist Rick Tedesco playing Mick Ronson’s Les Paul used on the original recording. Main Man are reissuing the album on April 15th on white vinyl and you can pre-order a copy here.
The Lowertown Line has an interesting little video recalling the infamous 1978 tear gas incident at St Pauls Civic Center. Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner was there and shares his memories of the show.
If you’re watching the new Netflix series ‘Messiah’ watch out for a cameo appearance from The Amazing Randi!
Alice Cooper has been announced as a guest at this years ‘London Film And Comic Con‘ at the Olympia, London between July 24th and 26th. This is NOT a concert, but an autograph and photo appearance. Tickets for the convention are on sale now, but getting an autograph and/or photo will cost a LOT more on top of your admission price. Prices quoted are an eye-watering £65 for an autograph and $75 for a photo, or a "diamond pass" that gets you an autograph, photo and "gift" for £175. Alice will be there all three days and tickets are available now.
‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ is getting another UK showing at the ‘Manchester International Film Festival‘ which runs between March 7th and 15th. The film will be shown on Saturday March 14th at 7.45 at the Odeon, Great Northern.
Blue Coupe will be back in Europe for the Silja Rock Cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki on May 18th. Hopefully there will be more European shows announced soon.
Alice and Sheryl were at former elementary school Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ on Wednesday to announce that there will be a second ‘The Rock’ Teen center opening there this summer. ‘Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers’ will fund the renovations and provide more than $100,000 worth of music, arts and dance programming to youth ages 12 to 20 and the local community.
The Goon Squad (the Alice Cooper band without Alice and Nita) will be playing an "After Show Party" at ‘Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice’ at 50 Hunter Street, Sydney, Australia on February 15th. This takes place after the proper Alice Cooper show at Quodos Bank Arena.
Blabbermouth have posted video of Nita Strauss at NAMM last weekend which you can check out here. Nita is currently working on her second solo album between AC tours.
Alice’s appearance on ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox’ this morning is likely to be posted on the radio stations site soon so keep an eye out here.
It’s been confirmed that the ‘Fight Fire Australia’ charity show in Sydney next month WILL be televised by the ‘Seven’ and ‘Foxtel’ channels in Australia. The full nine hour plus show will be shown along with backstage footage and interviews.
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.
Alice Cooper has announced a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand for February 2020. The dates are as follows:
8th February – Perth, AUS, RAC Arena
11th February – Adalaide, AUS, AEC Theatre
14th February – Melbourne, AUS, Rod Laver Arena
15th February – Sydney, AUS, Qudos Bank Arena
18th February – Brisbane, AUS, Entertainment Center
20th February – Auckland, NZ, Trusts Arena
22nd February – Christchurch, NZ, Horncastle Arena
Support at all shows will come from Airbourne and MC50 with tickets going on sale Wednesday.
Loudwire have a short interview with Alice, while the Herald-Whig have a review of the St. Louis show and Substream Magazine review the Nashville show with photos.
Dennis Dunaway and Blue Coupe were interviewed by Metal-Rules while in Sweden and the results are up now. This is a nice long interview
Compilation album ‘Classicks’ is being reissued on translucent black vinyl by Friday Music on October 4th.
According to Blabbermouth Alice will be making an appearance on a new album by Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell along with other guests including Rob Halford and Dee Snider. The album, entitled ‘Old Lions Still Roar’, is due later this year through Nuclear Blast Records.
Revolver magazine has a new interview with Alice which you can read here, and as I forgot to mention it last week the Hollywood Vampires are also in the new issue of ‘Planet Rock’ magazine in the UK.
Dennis Dunaway was on WJCU’s ‘Metal On Metal’ show a few days ago and they played ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ during the interview. Unfortunately I’ve yet to find anywhere the show is available to listen to. Dennis and Blue Coupe will be at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on July 14th where they will show ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ and ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ as part of the Halls ‘Alice Cooper Fan Day’.
And speaking of Blue Coupe, everyone should check out the amazing video of the band and Ryan Roxie performing ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Black JuJu’ at Sweden Rock last month. It’s professionally recorded and brilliant!
Nita Strauss has announced a few guitar clinics over the next few weeks. You can catch her at:
July 16th – George’s Music, North Wales, PA at 6PM
July 18th – N Stuff Music, Pittsburgh, PA at 6PM
July 20th – Rock City Music Company, Livonia, MI at 1PM
July 30th – The Guitar Sanctuary, McKinney, TX at 7PM
“The Bozho” has an article about the time Alice Cooper received the key to Madison, WI in the 70s including a few old news clippings.
The Longmont Observer has an article about the guy who’s been making leather gear for the Hollywood Vampires including Johnny’s guitar strap and Alice’s belt with close up photos.
In the ‘really obscure connections’ department check out this article about long gone Phoenix band Gentleman AfterDark. Some people may remember this band as their album was produced by Alice and Dick Wagner way back in the ’80s. In fact drummer Winston Watson actually played a few shows with Alice as well. Their name has resurfaced after one of their old songs turned up on the soundtrack for the new series of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’, and the article has some background about the band and their work with Alice and Dick. Tuscon Weekly also has a similar article.
Details are coming through about last nights tour opener at Foxwoods and all reports and video confirm it’s a brand new show with an amazing set list that should really please and surprise many fans. We asked for some of these songs for years, and it appears we’ve got them. Good show Alice! No spoilers here (it’s all on facebook anyway), but if you absolutely have to know before you see your show the full list is in the ‘setlists‘ section.
As had already been revealed the new stage set is a castle-like affair with ramps above, Glenn off to one side and various areas for “surprises” to enter the stage. The guillotine is still there (hard to not include it) but there appear to be a few new toys to play with including a giant baby! All in all it looks really good!
To add icing to the cake, last night’s ‘School’s Out’ also saw a guest appearance by Dennis Dunaway!
In other news, the Roxodus Music Fest on July 13th has been canceled. There had been reports for the last couple of weeks that the festival was having a few problems with licenses etc but it appeared everything was sorted out and the show would go ahead. However on Wednesday it was confirmed all three days were canceled due to “tremendous rainy weather”, which locals found odd as there hadn’t been any rain. Oh well. For those with tickets refund should be announced soon if not already, but Kitchener’s ‘Slamfest’ have announced they will honor all Roxodus tickets if you apply in advance. Not the same, as obviously Alice won’t be there, but could be an option if you are interested.
Blue Coupe have posted a video of ‘School’s Out‘ from the Sweden Rock Festival with guest Ryan Roxie. It’s a professionally shot video and it seems more of the show will be forthcoming.
The Bristol Observer has a short new interview with Alice talking about his relationship with Bob Ezrin. Check it out here.
Hollywood Vampires to Appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
According to a post by Kyler Clark, The Hollywood Vampires will be appearing on US late night show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ next Wednesday, June 19th at 11.35 ET.
It appears the Japanese edition of the new Hollywood Vampires album, ‘Rise’, will come in a limited edition 3xCD version which will include 21 live tracks as a bonus. This could be the Hollywood Vampires live album Alice has mentioned several times in interviews (recorded in Montreux if I remember correctly), and it’s possible it will still be released as a stand-alone album worldwide later. The extra tracks included are:
01. Raise the Dead
02. I Got A Line On You (Spirit Cover)
03. 20th Century Boy (T · Rex Cover)
04. Pinball Wizard (The Who Cover)
05. My Generation (The Who Cover)
06. Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix Cover)
07. Cold Turkey (Plastic Ono Band Cover)
08. Come Together (Beatles Cover)
09. Seven And Seven Is (Love Cover)
10. Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin Cover)
11. Five To One / Break On Through (Doors Cover)
12. Rebel Rebel (David Bowie Cover)
13. Suffragette City (David Bowie Cover)
14. As Bad As I Am
15. Stop Messin’ Around (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
16. My Dead Drunk Friends
17. Ace of Spades (Motorhead cover)
19. Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith cover)
20. Train Kept a Rollin’
21. Schools Out
Blue Coupe’s show at Sweden Rock at the weekend seems to have been a great success. The band played a mixture of Cooper and Blue Oyster Cult classics with Ryan Roxie sitting in, including a storming version of ‘Black Juju’. You can find a couple of clips of the show on YouTube. The band also performed a short acoustic show and you can watch that via Twitch if you scroll forward to around 4 hours 20 minutes. While there they were also interviewed by Rocknytt which you can read here.
Dennis Dunaway will take part in “The Art Of The Interview” at the ‘Niagara’ in New York City on June 24th. This appears to be an interview event with DD talking to author/filmmaker Steven Blush, but as with many of Dennis’ events you never know what will happen!
Nita Strauss appeared on US radio show ‘Full Metal Jackie’ over the weekend and Loudwire have transcribed some of the interview.