It’s been a pretty quiet couple of weeks in Cooperland but in the last couple of days things have started to happen again.
Firstly the official Alice Cooper social media has put out the following statement in regards to a insert included in some German copies of the new ‘Don’t Give Up’ single. It goes as follows:
"A special news flash for everyone…. It has come to our attention that the German-released “Don’t Give Up” on vinyl by Alice Cooper had an unauthorized inserted message. Neither Alice, his management, nor the record label had any knowledge that the German distributor inserted an anti-covid statement using offensive language into the new vinyl release. Alice apologizes if you were offended as this does not reflect the personal lifestyle nor verbal language of Mr. Cooper [End Transmission]"
Don’t forget Alice is due to appear on the Forbidden Planet 42 online event this Saturday. You should be able to watch it live here.
Alice has released a promotional video for the special chocolate milk bottles now on sale around the Arizona area. Danzeisen Dairy now have presumably empty bottles on sale via their website for those outside the area. $10 from each sale will go to Alice’s Solid Rock Teen Center.
He’s also been talking to AZCentral about the milk project and confirmed that the Christmas Pudding show will go ahead this year in some form, although it’s unlikely to be the normal live show. This years ‘Proof is in the Pudding’ young band competition has also been postponed until February.
Ryan Roxie’s guest on ‘In The Trenches’ this week was ex-Cooper guitarist Orianthi talking about her time with Alice. You can check that out here. Next up is Warrant and Dad’s Porno Mag drummer Mike Fasano.
Nita Strauss was at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday playing to an empty stadium during to mark L.A. Rams ‘first scrimmage’ at the new stadium. She played a bit of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ to become the first musician to ever play in the new complex. You can see footage Nita posted via Blabbermouth.
On August 20th Shep Gordon took part in a ‘Pollstar Live Session’ which you can watch now on YouTube.
Damon Johnson was on the ‘Talking Metal’ podcast talking about his solo career and working with Alice. You can listen to that one here.
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.
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