Alice and the band stormed the ANZ Stadium ‘Fire Fight Australia’ stage earlier today for a short four song set featuring ‘Department Of Youth’, ‘I’m Eighteen’, ‘Poison’ and, of course, ‘School’s Out’ which included the ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ snippet. Even without a stage set and mostly prop-free the band still took the roof off, with Alice managing to go through a few costume changes including the white tailcoat with an Australian flag sewn on the back. During and after the performance both #AliceCooper and #HurricaneNita were apparently "trending" on twitter in Australia for a while, and there were nothing but positive reports in the mainstream media. I’m told there was also a very brief clip of Alice on the BBC news earlier today.
The Daily Mail (UK) strangely probably has the best text coverage with photos from the show, but currently you can watch the full performance on YouTube.
The previous evening ‘The Goon Squad’ (Chuck, Ryan, Glen and Tommy) played a small club show at Frankie’s Pizza in Sydney which included a surprise appearance by Rose Tattoo legend Angry Anderson for a cover of the Tatts "Rock And Roll Outlaw". So far I’ve only found a short 15 second clip showing Anderson with the band, but hopefully more footage will show up soon.
UPDATE: Frankies have posted video of the the full show on their facebook page!
In other news the New Zealand Herald has a story about Alice playing golf downunder, while ‘Heavy‘ and ‘Noise11‘ have reviews of the Melbourne show, and the Daily Mail (again!) have a review and excellent photos from the same show.
The latest issue of ‘Steel Notes Magazine’ has one feature on Dennis Dunaway’s ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ film, and another of frequent DD collaborates Tish And Snooky of ‘Manic Panic’ who are also on the cover. You can read the whole magazine here.
The Hollywood Vampires have announced that their Milan, Italy show has been switched from September 10th to September 9th due to "logistical difficulties of transporting our personnel and equipment through Europe". All tickets for the original date will of course be honoured.
Highlights from the Australian Fire Benefit concert WILL be shown in the UK by SKY ONE on Monday February 17th (the day after the show) between 8PM and 9.30PM. With only 90 minutes (including adverts) it seems unlikely we’ll get to see more then one or two Alice Cooper songs at most, but it’s likely the full Australian broadcast will turn up on YouTube pretty quickly.
Alice and the band are now in Australia of course, playing a short tour, so there are reviews and interviews to check out. The setlist is basically the same as last year, but with the addition of ‘Department Of Youth’ which was a big hit down under. The Rockpit has a review and photos from the Perth show, the Daily Mail (UK) also has photos. Stuff has a new interview with Alice, as does WSFM and TripleM.
Dennis Dunaway has posted a new blog entry covering the Christmas Pudding reunion show and recording a couple of tunes while in Phoenix for the next Alice Cooper album!
Alice seems to have got the cartoon bug recently. After ‘Mickey and The Roadster Racers’ and ‘Bubble Guppies’ there now comes ‘Duncanville‘, but this time he voices himself in episode two of this new Fox cartoon which will air in the US on February 23rd. The episode is entitled ‘Red Head Redemption’.
Dennis Dunaway, who is currently recovering from a successful hernia operation, will be appearing at the Cutting Room in New York City on January 28th as part of the ‘Latest From Storytown‘ event which features musicians telling anecdotes from their career along with Guy Story and his band playing songs. Tickets are available now.
If you haven’t already had the chance you can now hear Dennis’ song ‘What Was Right For You’, as recorded by Mary Lamont, on Mary’s own radio show here. It’s the second song with Mary introducing it around 5 minutes into the show.
Alice and Sheryl’s youngest daughter Sonora Diaz has announced on Facebook that she is pregnant, so there will be another little Cooper grandchild in the coming months!
Rock Candy Magazine in the UK has four pages of Cooper content with superfan Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks) talking about his Alice influences. It’s out now with a Glenn Hughes cover.
SmartFem have an interview with Alice and Sheryl which I don`t think I’ve posted before. Tone Deaf also have a new interview with Alice promoting the Australian shows.
Nita Strauss has launched a new ‘Bodyshred’ challenge for those looking to get fitter. All the details can be found at NitaStraussbodyshred.com.
There’s a new advert on UK TV for ‘Funding Circle’ which features a baby singing along to ‘Zipper Catches Skin’ classic ‘I Am The Future’ with very strange results! You can watch it on YouTube.
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.
It has been confirmed that Dennis and Cindy Dunaway are flying to London to attend the screenings of ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ and ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ at the Castle Cinema on October 9th. They will be joined on the ‘pink carpet’ by current Alice Cooper band guitarist Ryan Roxie (after his guitar clinic earlier in the evening), Astroturf mastermind Chris Penn and ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ director Brian Cichoki. The Q&A will be moderated by NME and Kerang! writer Ian Fortnam.
There are still a few advance tickets available for both film showings which you can buy directly from Castle Cinema. This promises to be a memerable night so don’t miss out!
The films will also be showing in Hollywood on October 14th which will feature an ‘aftershow party’ at the Viper Room. The Hollywood Q&A will feature Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Cindy Dunaway, and Chris Penn. You can get tickets for this one here.
A reminder that Dennis, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith and special guest Mike Marconi, four fifths of the original Billion Dollar Babies ‘Battle Axe’ band, will be performing this Saturday (28th September) at the ‘Fore N Aft Benefit’ at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT. You can still get last minute tickets here. The band are due on stage at 8PM.
1883 Magazine have a new interview with Beasto Blanco/Cold Cold Coffin star Calico Cooper which you can read here.
‘Heavy 1 TV’ have a new interview with Nita Strauss during which she reveals she is already working on a second solo album for release late next year! You can watch the interview on YouTube.
Dee Snider joins Alice Cooper on stage and other news this week.
The European ‘Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back’ tour began last week in Switzerland with no changes to the setlist. The opening show did feature a surprise appearance by Dee Snider on ‘School’s Out’, during which the band went into Twisted Sister’s ‘We Not Gonna Take It’ for a few bars much to the surprise of Dee it seems! You can check out video of it here.
Alice was on French TV last week appearing on a show called ‘Quotidien avec Yann Barthès’ and you can watch this on their site. It’s dubbed in French but you can just about hear Alice speaking underneath.
Going by a post to social media Alice will be premiering a track, possibly ‘Detroit City 2020’, on Monday’s ‘Nights With Alice Cooper’. The song is from the new ‘Breadcrumbs EP’ which is out next week on vinyl and download. For collectors there is a (French?) three song promo CD around which features ‘Detroit City’, ‘East Side Story’ and ‘Devil In A Blue Dress/Chains Of Love’.
UPDATE: Check out ‘East Side Story’ from ‘Breadcrumbs’ below.
Chris Penn has posted to Facebook to wan UK fans to ‘Save The Date’ of October 9th, suggesting the announcement of a London showing for ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper!’. This is the day off between the Brighton and London shows, but also the day Ryan Roxie has a solo appearance, so hopefully the timings will work out!! More details once they are announced.
Before leaving the US Ryan and Tommy stopped by News Center Maine for a chat. The first clip is an interview with them, and the second clip is a fun guitar lesson by Ryan.
Dennis Dunaway has a new song on the forthcoming album by country singer Mary Lamont. The song is called ‘What Was Right For You Left Nuthin’ For Me’ and will feature on Mary’s new album ‘Not Far From Here’ which is due September 13th. Dennis doesn’t play on the album, but the connection is that before she was a country star Mary Lamont worked for Alice Cooper at Alive Enterprises, their management company.
In a few days it will be the 50th anniversary of the legendary ‘Chicken Incident’ at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival. Global News has an article about the event, and while it only mentions Alice Cooper in passing I thought the background info they have on John Lennon’s appearance was worth reading as I don’t think I’ve seen it before.
The New York ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ event on Wednesday appears to have been a huge success. As well as seeing the movie and Dennis Dunaway’s ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ film the sold out audience were also treated to a short live performance by the Snake Charmers (Dennis, drummer Russ Wilson, guitarist Nick Didkovsky and Tish and Snooky) which featured ‘Feed My Frankenstein'(Beasto version) with Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper, ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ with Chuck on bass and Dennis singing while Calico danced, a storming ‘Black Juju’ with Ryan Roxie on guitar, and a final ‘I’m Eighteen’ with everyone joining in.
Luckily all four songs were filmed and you can check them out courtesy of Otom Izot on YouTube. NJArts has a review of the evening and there are also lots of photos from the night all over facebook.
Thursday night on tour saw a mini-stage invasion in New Jersey when the band were joined by Halestorm and Chris Motionless (from opener Motionless In White) for ‘School’s Out’. With so many guitars on stage Tommy didn’t even bother to play and instead just sang and threw out picks. Check out this video to see how much fun they’re having this year!
Alice turned up briefly on Australia’s ‘Today’ show promoting the new Australian dates and you can watch that here.
Nita Strauss has announced three guitar clinics next month during the European tour. The dates are:
September 4th – Prima Cordes, Bordeaux
September 6th – Leturagia, Madrid
September 25th – DLX Music, Stockholm
Contact the venues directly for more info on tickets etc.
Solid Rock have announced that this years Christmas Pudding show, the 18th, will take place on December 14th at the Celebrity Theater in Phoneix as usual. Guest will be announced later in the year. They have also announced the date of next years Alice Cooper Golf Tournament which will take place on April 25th 2020. Again no further details this far ahead but keep an eye on the Solid Rock site for updates.
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.
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.
Alice Cooper has announced two addition shows in November with tickets going on sale this Friday at 10am local time. They are:
November 19th – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
November 30th – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre
Dennis Dunaway will be the closing speaker at the Hudson Valley Music Summit in Kingston, New York on August 9th where he will also show his ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ film.
Also announced is a “special giveaway” to celebrate 30 years of ‘Trash’. The grand prize winner will receive two VIP diamond insanity meet and greet packages plus tickets to a show in November, signed ‘Rise’ Hollywood Vampires box set. merchandise pack and a “one of a kind” Alice Cooper ‘Trash’ can. You can enter here. Travel to the show and accommodation is NOT included.
Rochester City Newspaper has a new interview with Alice which you can read here.