Original Alice Cooper Band to headline pudding show
Solid Rock have announced that the original Alice Cooper band – Alice, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce – will headline this years Christmas Pudding show on December 14th in Phoenix. The show will also feature Nita Strauss, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Joe Bonamassa, and Extreme among others. In the press release, Alice commented “As always, Solid Rock is trying to put together a show with new and classic headliners. The uniqueness of this concert is that you’ll never see this caliber and variety of artists on the same stage again.”
Tickets for the show go on sale October 7th at 10am local time.
The ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ show at the weekend seems to have been a great success and there’s lots of clips and photos being posted to facebook. Probably the best place to go to see them is Dennis Dunaway’s own page where fans have posted tons of images from the show. The setlist mostly included obvious Cooper tracks as well as ‘Black Juju’ and ‘I Miss You’. Original B$B guitarist Mike Marconi joined the band for ‘Under My Wheels’, ‘I Miss You’ and ‘I’m Eighteen’.
On October 30th Alice, along with Jack White (Raconteurs) and others, will be taking part in ‘Devil’s Night‘ at the Shinola Hotel in Detroit raising funds for the ‘Kirk Gobson Foundation for Parkinsons’. There will be various events including a Q&A and a silent auction which includes the chance to play table tennis with Alice! This is a ‘high roller’ event with $350 tickets on sale now.
PRP and Hard Four Productions have posted a 30 second teaser trailer for ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ to Vimeo, and list a full release date as October 26th 2019. The short clip shows Calico Cooper and Dennis Dunaway in a castle accompanied by a short clip of the song. The film will also be shown at the ‘Spooky Empire Horror Film Festival‘ in Tampa, FL between October 31st and November 3rd, and as previously announced Alice will also be at this event.
‘Cold Cold Coffin’ will officially launch at the Chiller Theatre Expo in Parsippany, New Jersey on October 25th – 27th.
NOTE: This will likely be the last news update until after the UK shows as I won’t be home.
‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ will receive its UK premiere at the Castle Cinema (First floor, 64-66 Brooksby’s Walk
Hackney, London E9 6DA) on October 9th. Dennis Dunaway’s short film ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ will also be shown. There are showings at 9.15pm and 10.45pm, and tickets are available now from Castle Cinema.
Below you can watch the new ‘official visualizer’ video for Wednesday 13 ‘Necrophaze’ which features a guest appearance by Alice. The song is the title track of Wednesday 13’s new album which is due September 27th.
As previously mentioned both ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ and ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ will be shown at during a special evening at Theatre 80 St Marks in New York on August 14th. More details on the event have been announced. Each film showing will be followed by a brief Q&A, Calico Cooper will be doing a special performance to “Cold Cold Coffin”, and then Chuck Garric and Calico will perform their Beasto Blanco version of ‘Feed My Frankenstein.’ Guitarist extraordinaire Ryan Roxie will also be there playing along with Dennis Dunaway and ‘Snake Charm’ featuring Nick Didkovsky and Russ Wilson with background vocals compliments of the Darlings of The Demented, Tish and Snooky of Manic Panic fame. Signed Calico Angel posters and ‘Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!’ books, as well as some rare memorabilia will also be available for purchase. You don’t want to miss this one if you can get there. Tickets are available now.
It’s no surprise that Lzzy Hale has joined the band during ‘School’s Out’ a couple more times this week, but in Cedar Park, TX they were also joined by Hollywood Vampire Joe Perry, presumably on route to meet up with the rest of the Vampires for the ‘Late Late Show’ performance the following night.
The TV performance was perhaps a little disappointing, in that the band only performed ‘heroes’ again, as with their last TV appearance. There was also a short skit at the beginning of the show, with Alice showing Joe and Johnny the chords to the song in the dressing room, but no interview or other content. A short video posted by Glen Sobel showed they also played ‘I Want My Now’ so maybe that will show up sometime later.
Goldmine Magazine has posted their feature on the original band which has quotes from Dennis, Neal and Michael about the split and reunions.
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.
Footage from last weeks ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ performance aired as planned last night in the US and they have posted two songs from the show on YouTube. Check out ‘I Want My Now‘ and ‘Heroes‘ (with Alice on guitar!). The new Hollywood Vampires album, ‘Rise’, is out tomorrow!
‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ has won yet another award! This time it’s for ‘Best Favorite Film’ at the Northeast Mountain Film Festival.
It appears Dennis Dunaway and Blue Coupe will be at the Alice Cooper Fun Day taking place at the ‘Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’ in Cleveland on July 14th and there will also be a showing of ‘Live At The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’, and Dennis’ ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ short film. Get more details and tickets here.
Sometime last year it was announced that Alice would be voicing a character in Disney Channels ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers’ and after a very long wait that episode will finally air on Friday July 5th. The segment is called ‘Goof Quest’ and features Alice as ‘Alistair Coop De Ville’.
Alice appears in an amusing new advert for Peter Frampton’s US tour which you can see on facebook.
Nita Strauss recalls her first meeting with Alice in a new interview with WMMR which you can listen to courtesy of Blabbermouth. There’s also a short interview at ‘National Rock Review‘
‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ and ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ theatrical showings announced.
Movie Mogul Dennis Dunaway has announced more showings for the ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ film, as well as the public premiere showings of his ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ short film.
‘Cold Cold Coffin’ will be shown at the Berlin Short Film Festival in Berlin, Germany on July 13th at Kino Babylon, and also at the ‘Indie Horrorfest‘ in DeKalb, IL the same day.
‘…Astroturf’ will receive it’s European premiere at the Madrid International Film Festival in Spain on August 11th at 5.10 Local time. The film is nominated for 3 awards at the Madrid festival.
Following that both ‘..Astroturf’ AND ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ will receive their NYC theatrical premiere on August 14th at ‘Theatre 80 St Marks‘ in New York City at 7.30pm. Each film will be followed by Q&A’s and there will be a live music performance by DD and various friends to close the evening. The ‘..Astroturf Q&A will feature Dennis and Cindy Dunaway, Director Steve Gaddis and Chris Penn, while the ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ panel will include Dennis and Cindy, plus ‘…Coffin’ star Calico Cooper! Tickets for this one on sale now and are likely to go fast. After the event there will be a “gathering” at the ‘William Barnacle Tavern’ in the Theatre 80 lobby.
Also while I remember, there’s a new interview with Alice in this months ‘Reader’s Digest’ (UK Edition) which should be on the newsstands now.
The Hollywood Vampires are over half way through their short tour and various reviews and articles have started to appear. PE.com has a few words with Jo Perry, SF Weekly review the San Francisco show, although the reviewer clearly went to the show intending to trash it. They have some photos too. The Denver post have photos from the Denver show, as does Westword. 303Magazine review the Fillmore show and Glide Magazine have more photos.
UPDATE: Just after I posted this EarMusic released a new video for ‘The Boogieman Surprise‘. See below.
Dennis Dunaway has posted part 2 of his Astroturf Film Festival blog post which you can check out here. This one covers the Detroit festival.
Blue Coupe will be playing with Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter at The City Winery in New York City on May 31st. The event is already sold out but you can sign up for a waiting list in case any more tickets become available.
There’s also a new interview with Dennis at ‘The College Crowd Hates Me‘ which covers a lot of ground including the story behind ‘Black Juju’.
Finally for DD news the ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ mini-movie has been accepted into the ‘Indie Horror Film Festival‘ in Illinois and will be screened on July 13th. Dennis is hoping for other festival screenings to follow soon. For those who took part in the Pledge campaign to make the film, your pledge items have started to ship so watch your mail box!
Nita Strauss has released a new video for ‘Mariana Trench’ which features live and backstage footage from her last solo tour. You can check it out here. Nita also joined US band Evanescence on stage at the Epicenter Festival in North Carolina last week, footage of which you can see at Ultimate Guitar along with a few words from Nita.
Nita is out on her solo tour right now.