In the last day or so it seems every gossip site has picked up on a story that seems to have originated from an interview with ‘The Sunday Mirror‘ in the UK. The story involves a supposed “death pact” that Alice and his wife Sheryl have, as they couldn’t live without each other if one should die. Unsurprisingly (it’s The Mirror after all) it isn’t actually true and his comments were misreported. Here’s Alice’s statement:
“Sheryl and I do NOT have a death pact, we have a LIFE pact. We love life so much. What I was meaning was that because we’re almost always together, at home and on the road, that if something did happen to either of us, we’d most likely be together at the time. But neither of us has a suicide pact. We have a life pact. And, besides, I’m booked through 2028, so…”
Alice was on Rock 101 The KATT a few days ago and had some interesting comments on the new show which launches on July 4th. You can listen on Blabbermouth who have transcribed some key parts of the interview.
Alice, Johnny and Joe discuss the new Hollywood Vampires album ‘Rise’ on an 8 minute video you can see here or below. There are also plenty of reviews showing up which are generally pretty good, as they should be as it’s a great album – probably much better then I expected. I won’t link all of them (it’s easy enough to google) but here’s links to a few: Rolling Stone, Kerrang!, and Armchair Rockstar.
The Vampires (well, three of them) are also featured on the cover of the new issues of Dutch mag ‘Aarschock‘ and Spanish mag ‘Popular 1‘
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‘
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.
AliceCooper.com has announced a new set of dates for November 2019. Strangely the site refers to these new dates as “a Night With…” shows and not ‘Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back’ shows, the name of the new show which will start July 4th. [UPDATE: Apparently this is meant to signify there will be no opening act at these shows. It will be the same stage show as other shows.] The new dates are as follows with tickets appearing to go on sale June 6th:
November 3rd – Ft. Myers, FL — Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall
November 5th – Melbourne, FL — King Center
November 6th – Orlando, FL — Hard Rock Live
November 7th – Clearwater, FL — Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 9th – Biloxi, MS — Beau Rivage
November 10th – Montgomery, AL — Montgomery Performing Arts Center
November 12th – Huntsville, AL — Von Braun Center
November 14th – North Charleston, SC — North Charleston Performing Arts Center
November 15th – Greenville, SC — Peace Concert Hall
November 16th – Roanoke, VA — Berglund Performing Arts Center
November 21st – Glen Falls, NY — Cool Insuring Arena
November 25th – Indianapolis, IN — Murat Theatre
November 27th – Evansville, IN — Old National Events Plaza
November 29th – Prior Lake, MN — Mystic Lake Casino Showroom
Blue Coupe’s appearance next weekend at the Sweden Rock Festival will be preceded by two appearances the day before. On Friday June 7th they will be appearing at 4pm CEST for a “guest Appearance, Interview and giveaway”, and then at 6.30 there will be an “Unplugged Jam” with Blu Coupe on the MC stage. Both are set to be streamed live via the Twitch platform at www.twitch.TV/metal_casino.
The band have also added a new show on July 21st at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, New York.
California Rocker have posted a review of the last Hollywood Vampires show in Indio with photos.
Shock Opera have posted video of the Q&A that followed the world premiere of ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago. The picture quality isn’t great, but you can follow what’s going on and hear what is being said, and how often do you get to see Alice, Neal, Dennis and Michael interviewed together!
AZCentral have a review of the recent Hollywood Vampires show in Phoenix.
Blue Coupe will be playing at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH on July 11th. Tickets are on sale now.
CBC in Canada have posted a long interview with producer Bob Ezrin talking about his career.
Nita Strauss can be heard on a new single by Duane Morano called ‘Manhattan Nights’ You can check out the video here. Kerrang! has a new interview with Nita and she will also be a judge on the ‘Young Guitarist of the Year’ competition and Music Radar has all the details on how to enter.
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.
Last night saw the Hollywood Vampires hit the famous Greek Theater in Los Angeles and perhaps unsurprisingly they had a couple of special guests. Marilyn Manson joined them onstage briefly at the end of ‘I’m Eighteen‘, and Steven Tyler turned up to sing ‘Train Kept A Rollin’‘.
Hollywood Vampires Launch short tour in Las Vegas.
Last night was the opening show on the Hollywood Vampire’s mini-tour at The Joint in Las Vegas. Not much information has surfaced just yet however it appears the set list was similar to last years shows but with several of that shows cover songs replaced by songs from the new album ‘Rise’. A short rehearsal video posted to social media did show a full set list sheet, however I don’t yet know if that was a final list used last night. Also on the Hollywood Vampires facebook page they posted a very short clip of a second song from the album.
Of course there’s been some interview action promoting the tour. Alice was on KTNV Channel 13 yesterday morning talking about the show, while AZCentral has an interview with Alice and Joe Perry talked to CV Weekly. More coverage will certainly follow. UPDATE: Setlist confirmed with photos at Ultimate Classic Rock. Check out Alice playing guitar on ‘Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’.
Nita Strauss has launched a new project called the ‘Body Shred Challenge’, a fitness challenge aimed at musicians and music fans. The promo blurb goes “Body Shred is a unique, 3 month fitness challenge that pairs a love of music with passion for getting healthier in your body and mind! Participants will have the chance to win prize packages valued at over $2,500 while becoming a part of a fun, supportive world wide community. Along with this challenge, participants will have access to an exclusive Facebook group for challenge members to inspire and encourage each other as well as Facebook Live workouts and Q&A with Nita and some surprise guests, and weekly challenge emails from Nita with recipes, workout ideas and more!”
You can find more details at NitaStrauss.com with links to join the challenge.
95.9 KRFF interviewed Chuck and Calico the other day after the Bismark show with Halestorm, and you can listen to the chat on Soundcloud now.
Calico was also on DV Radio’s ‘Contraband’ for an hour long interview and you can listen to that one here.
Backstage Auctions have announced their 2019 ‘Rock Gods And Metal Monsters’ auction and this year it features various Alice related lots which, for a change, are very affordable including tour posters and programmes. The auction runs from today until May 19th.
Good to their word EarMusic have release details of the new Hollywood Vampires album ‘Rise’ which will be released on June 21st. The video for the first single can be seen below, with the full album press release undeneath.
The Hollywood Vampires – return with new music from their explosive second album, “Rise.” Rock and roll royalty Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp and shock rock icon Alice Cooper join forces once again for the unmissable rock album of 2019.
Seconds into the opening track “I Want My Now,” it’s clear this supergroup has created something special – the chemistry between the individuals is unmistakable when they come together on stage or in the recording studio. Forget the star-studded lineup’s individual reputations, “Rise” is some of the purest, unapologetic and most enjoyable rock and roll of the year, made by masters of the craft and true fans of the form.
Unlike their 2015 debut record, the new album “Rise” consists mainly of original material, written by the band. There are however, in the spirit of the Vampires’ original mission, three covers of songs originally written and recorded by some fellow rockers who died far too young: an intimate and intense version of David Bowie’s “Heroes”, beautifully performed by Johnny Depp; the late Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died,” and Johnny Thunder’s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” sung by Joe Perry. Raucous rock anthems like “The Boogieman Surprise” and “Who’s Laughing Now” (the first single from the new album), capture the natural, raw, celebratory attitude of Hollywood Vampires displayed in their rowdy shows around the world. But the album shows off their range as well with tracks like “We Gotta Rise” – a tongue-in-cheek politics song in the the tradition of Alice’s “Elected” – to the psychedelic gothic epic of “Mr. Spider.”
“‘Rise’ is not only a totally different animal than the first Vampires album, it is unique to anything I’ve ever been a part of. I approached it very differently than I usually do when working on an album. Each of us; Joe, Johnny, Tommy and myself have written songs on this album. What is different though is that I didn’t try to change any songs to be more “Alice-like.” Because each of us has different influences, the sound of this album is very cool. I think that with this album, we are establishing what the Vampires’ sound really is, whereas with the first album we were more tipping our hats to our fallen rock n roll brothers.” – Alice Cooper
“’Rise’ came from pure creative energy, which is just like playing live with the Vampires. The record showcases everyone doing what they do best without anyone looking over our shoulders. There was no pressure or deadlines, allowing us to write and record an album that is one of the freest and most honest sounding records I’ve been part of. I can’t wait to perform some of these tunes live for our fans.” – Joe Perry
earMUSIC, the global independent rock label of Edel Germany GmbH, is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Hollywood Vampires. Following the release of Alice Cooper’s 2017 studio album “Paranormal” on earMUSIC, his best chart-performing work in decades, the label is proud to welcome the band to their family.
Produced by Tommy Henriksen and the Hollywood Vampires, “Rise” will be released on June 21st, 2019 on earMUSIC as CD Digipak, 2LP+Download (various color vinyl) and Digital.
I Want My Now
Good People Are Hard To Find
Who’s Laughing Now
How The Glass Fell
The Boogieman Surprise
Welcome To Bushwackers (feat. Jeff Beck & John Waters)