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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.

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‘Breadcrumbs’ EP coming In September

Alice Cooper announces new ‘Breadcrumbs’ EP

Breadcrumbs EP

On September 13th EarMusic will release Alice Cooper’s tribute to the ‘Garage Rock Heroes’ from his hometown Detroit City. Entitled ‘The Breadcrumbs EP’, it features six brand new recordings and will be available both as a digital download and on limited edition (20,000), numbered 10” Vinyl. The six tracks are as follows:

1. Detroit City 2020
2. Go Man Go
3. East Side Story
4. Your Mama Won’t Like Me
5. Devil In A Blue Dress/Chains Of Love
6. Sister Anne

‘Detroit City 2020’ is presumably an updated version of the Alice Cooper song from ‘The Eyes Of Alice Cooper’.
‘East Side Story’ is likely an early Bob Seger song released as ‘The Last Heard’ in 1966.
‘Your Mama Won’t Like Me’ is the title of a 1975 Suzi Quatro song and album.
‘Devil In A Blue Dress’ is likely a cover of a 1964 Shorty Long song, later covered by ‘Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels’, which reached #4 on the Billboard charts in 1966.
‘Sister Anne’ is likely a cover of the MC5 song from 1971.
‘Go Man Go’ appears to be a new original song.
Alice spoke about recording material in Detroit in recent interviews and among the names listed on the cover are Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (Detroit Wheels, Bob Seger, and who was on ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’), Mark Farmer (Grand Funk Railroad), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Paul Randolph and Mick Collins.

In other news the Hailstorm co-headline leg of the ‘Ol Black Eyes Is Back’ tour began on Wednesday and fans will be glad to know Alice is playing last, and performing the full show on these dates. NO songs have been cut for these shows. Going by videos from the tour the band are on fire this year, and Alice is sounding amazing! For the first show they were also join by Lzzy Hale for ‘School’s Out‘ in what is unlikely to be her only guest appearance.

Speaking of guests, Dennis Dunaway again joined the band at the Cleveland show. Not big surprise as he was in town for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s ‘Alice Cooper Fan Day’ the same day. At the Rock Hall Dennis, Joe and Albert Bouchard (Blue Coupe) were interviewed, and also performed on the outside stage with the local ‘School Of Rock’.
Dennis is also interviewed by ‘My Global Mind‘ discussing the ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ film amongst other things.

Cleveland Scene have a review and photos from the Cleveland show and Ultimate Classic Rock also has photos. They also have a new article about ‘The Last Temptation’ album.

Fox8 (via Blabbermouth as Fox8 is blocked outside the USA) have a news story reporting Alice and Sheryl showed up at a Northeast Ohio church on Sunday to take part in the service and talk about how his religion has effected their lives.
UPDATE: You can see more footage here.

TribLive have a new interview with Alice.

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New Show – Knoxville

Alice Cooper adds Knoxville show.

Alice Cooper and Halestorm have added a show in Knoxville, TN on August 3rd at the Thompson Boling Arena. Tickets go on sale tomorrow via AC.com.

‘Live From The Astroturf’ won an award for ‘Best Documentary Short’ at the Phoenix Film Festival this weekend. Dennis and Cindy Dunaway, Christopher Penn and Steve Gaddis accepted the award.

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More Beasto Blanco US Shows

Beasto Blanco add US headline Shows.

Beasto Blanco, with Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper, have announced headline shows around their previously announced Halestorm support slot dates. These shows will promote their new album, which going from the adverts looks to be called “We Are”, and one would assume it will be released around the same time. You can see the full list of shows in the image below.
Calico will also be a guest on ‘The Jimmy Star Show’ Wednesday on W4CY Radio between 3pm and 5pm. It looks like you can listen in here.

Beasto Blanco 2019

Nita Strauss has also added more dates to her tour. The new dates are as follows:
May 18th – Annapolis , MD at Ram’s Head On Stage
May 30th – Grand Rapids MI at The Stache at the Intersection
June 7th – Harrisburg, PA at Harrisburg Arts
June 9th – Rochester NY at Montage Music Hall
June 11th – Richmond VA at Canal Club
June 12th – Atlanta GA at Smith’s Olde Bar
June 13th – Nashville TN at The Basement
June 14th – Memphis TN at Rockhouse Live
June 15th – New Orleans LA at The Parish at The House of Blues
June 17th – Baton Rouge LA at Varsity Theater
June 19th – Austin TX at Come and Take It Live
June 20th – Dallas TX at Trees
June 21st – San Antonio TX at The Rock Box
June 22nd – Houston TX at Warehouse Live (w/ Static-X and DevilDriver)

Alice was out and about in Detroit last week, taking a break from recording new material! Detroit News snapped a pic of him having dinner with Bob Ezrin and Mark Farmer of Grand Funk Railroad, so presumably add his name to the guest list on the next album!

On Saturday Alice and Dash Cooper were at the Arizona Coyotes Ice Hockey match and “dropped the puck” at the start of the game. You can see footage here.

Solid Rock have announced more details about this years “Alice Cooper’s Annual Rock & Roll Fundraising Bash” which takes place on April 27th before the annual golf tournament. Guests this year include Neal Smith, Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees), Robby Kreiger (The Doors), Danny Seraphone (Chicago) and Jonathan Cain (Journey).

The Independent has an article/list of their 10 best Alice songs, which you can check out here.

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New US Dates With Halestorm

Alice Cooper and Halestorm have announced a string of US dates for July and August with ‘Motionless In White’ opening. This will be a Co-headline tour but so far it isn’t clear who will play last. What it does mean is both headline acts will presumably get equal time on stage.

“We’ve played festivals with Halestorm, including Rock In Rio, and now I’m excited about doing this summer tour with Lzzy and the band. Can’t wait to get to the first show,” said Alice Cooper.

“We are beyond excited to announce our new tour with the man who burnt the rule book on rock ‘n’ roll… Alice Cooper,” said Lzzy Hale, frontwoman of Halestorm. “Alice is our A in the ABC’s of rock music, and we are honored to be sharing the stage with such a legend and his incredible band. School’s definitely out!”

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday March 8th, but watch out for an AC.com pre-sale a couple of days before that, and possibly a Halestorm pre-sale as well. There is also a Blabbermouth pre-sale starting Wednesday. Password for that one is ‘NIGHTMARE’.
Dates are as follows:

July 17th – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
July 19th – Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
July 20th – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 21st – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 23rd – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 25th – St Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 26th – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
July 28th – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
July 29th – Cedar Park, TX – H-E-B Center
July 31st – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
August 1st – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 4th – Nashville, TN – The Opry House
August 7th – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
August 8th – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 10th – Portland, ME – Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
August 11th – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 13th – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
August 15th – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
August 16th – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion

Alice Cooper/Halestorm 2019

In other news:

Alice popped up on stage with Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 a few days ago (Feb 26th) to perform ‘Foxy Lady’ and ‘School’s Out’. You can see some footage here. This was the opening night of John 5’s solo tour at Club Red in Mesa, Arizona. Nita Strauss will be opening a show for John 5 in a few weeks.

Going by release lists for the next Record Store Day (April 13th) ‘Dirty Diamonds’ is getting the vinyl re-issue treatment again. No more details right now. UPDATE: It’s apparently a limited edition (900 copies) vinyl from original record company ‘New West’).

Eonmusic have a new interview with Kane Roberts promoting his ‘The New Normal’ album. which features Alice. Obviously there’s lots of Alice Cooper mentions.

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Beasto Tour With Halestorm

Beasto Blanco have been announced as one of two opening acts for Halestorm on their Spring US tour which runs between April 12th and May 17th. You can see the full list of dates on Loudwire.

Kane Roberts new album ‘The New Normal’ is out today, and you can listen to it in full on Spotify (and presumably iTunes etc) now. The album features Alice on ‘Beginning Of The End’ and Nita Strauss on ‘King Of The World’ along with assorted other guests.

Audio Ink Radio have a new interview with Nita which you can check out here.

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