Upcoming Events

Just popping in to highlight a couple of things coming up. I’ll do a full news update after the tour.

Firstly of course is tonights London premiere of ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ and ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ at the Castle Cinema in Hackney. The first showing is now sold out but there are still a few tickets for the later second showing. Dennis and Cindy Dunaway will be there along with others who worked on the films and it promises to be a fun night! Last minute tickets can be obtained at Castle Cinema, and there is no guarantee there will be any left on the door.

Then there is Ryan Roxie’s guitar clinic at ‘Sixty Sixty Sounds’ in Denmark Street, London, which is also tonight. This starts around 7pm so it’s possible to attend both this and the late film (10.45) showing in Hackney. Again, spaces are now very limited but you can still email info@sixtysixtysounds.com and ask to be put on the list. It’s free!

Lastly, just after the Alice Cooper tour ends in Cardiff Ryan Roxie and ex-Alice/Slash’s Snakepit guitarist Eric Dover set out on their own string of UK club shows as ‘Lost Angels’. It’s not often we get the chance to see the multi-talented Eric Dover in the UK so well worth the trip if you can make a show. The full list of dates appears below. There are also a few VIP packages at £55 still available for each show and you can check availability and get more info at https://lostangelsvip.blogspot.com.
The full line up for these shows is Ryan and Eric on guitar/vocals, Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion/Gilby Clarke Band) on drums and EJ Curse (Gilby Clarke Band/Silent Rage) on bass. ‘Saints Of Sin’ will open most of the UK shows.

There will be a full news update after the tour when I have time to go through everything!

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Astroturf London Guests Announced

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.

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More New Alice Cooper

Ex-Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has released a lyric video for ‘Swing It’ from his forthcoming solo album ‘Old Lions Still Roar’ which is out October 25th via Nuclear Blast. The song features vocals from Alice Cooper, and you can watch it below. The album also features appearances from Dee Snider, Mick Mars, Rob Halford and Joe Satriani

Flaunt.com have a new interview with Calico Cooper AND a new video from Beasto Blanco. The video is for ‘Solitary Rave’ which is taken from the bands latest album “We Are”.

Michael Bruce, Dennis and Cindy Dunaway and Chris Penn will all be in Los Angeles on October 14th for another screening of the ‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ and ‘Cold Cold Coffin’ films. It’s happening at the W Hotel Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, CA (across from Pantages Theater) and tickets are available here.

Sadly we’ve lost two more music legends this week. Firstly Eddie Money, most famous for the hit “Two Tickets To Paradise’, and who toured with Alice back in 1978. Alice Cooper posted the following:

“I first met Eddie when we did some shows together early in his career, and we’ve crossed paths many more times along the way,” he shared with Billboard. “He kept having huge hits, which was no surprise because he seemed to have a voice that was made for the radio. But of the things I can most relate to about Eddie is that like myself, Eddie had his struggles with addiction and he found his way out of it with the help of his family. Another thing about his family is that Eddie brought them all on the road with him. They all performed on stage with him in his band, and that’s the way my family works as well, we have that in common. Eddie Money is and always will be an American icon of Rock N Roll, and I love playing his music on my radio show every night. My condolences to his family and fans around the world.”

Secondly a few days ago saw the passing of The Cars’ Ric Ocasek and again here is Alice’s comment:

“We have lost another great in Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Famer Ric Ocasek of The Cars. Ric and I actually used to be neighbors for a time when we lived in the Hollywood Hills. Ric had a very unique voice for rock ‘n’ roll, there was just nothing complicated about it and that really gave The Cars an edge on the radio. They spearheaded a simplistic new wave of minimalist rock alongside producer Roy Thomas Baker, much to the delight of car stereos and fans everywhere. Condolences to his family and many fans. We’ll miss ya man.”

Alice will be the featured guest at ‘NAIOP Arizona’s Signature Speaker Series’. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Registration begins at 3 p.m. The event, ‘Alice Cooper “Unplugged’, a conversation moderated by Valley celebrity Mark Cordes, begins at 4:30 p.m. A networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

According to this press release Alice provides a voice during the new season (5) of Nickelodeon’s ‘Bubble Guppies’ which begins airing on September 27th in the USA. No information as to which specific episode he is in yet.

Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company and Free), Joe Bonamassa, and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford are the first names announced for this years Christmas Pudding show on December 14th. Tickets are expected to be on sale shortly.

MMH Radio have an article on the ’10 Underrated Alice Cooper Tracks’ which you can check out here. It includes some interesting deep cuts.

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‘Live From The Astroturf’ London Event

‘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.

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Breadcrumbs EP Out Today

The new Alice Cooper 6 track EP is released today, with pre-orders actually starting to arrive yesterday in some areas. To mark the release a new lyric video has been released for lead track ‘Detroit City 2020’ which you can watch below. Billboard have a short article about the release as well.

The ‘Lost Angels’ shows with Ryan Roxie and Eric Dover are now being confirmed with only one left to be announced. The dates are as follows:
October 16th – Chinnerys, Southend on Sea
October 17th – Yardbirds, Grimsby
October 18th – Nightrain, Bradford
October 19th – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
October 20th – Cathouse, Glasgow
October 21st – Robin 2, Wolverhampton
October 22nd – Backstage @ The Green Hotel, Kinross
October 23rd – Layton Club, Blackpool
October 24th – Zik-Zakk, Ittre, BELGIUM
October 25th – TBC
October 26th – Waterfront, Norwich
Tickets are available now from Ents24 but there are also VIP meet and greet packages available for £55 from https://lostangelsvip.blogspot.com. Numbers for these are obviously limited so get in quick!
The full line up for these shows is Ryan and Eric on guitar/vocals, Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion/Gilby Clarke Band) on drums and EJ Curse (Gilby Clarke Band/Silent Rage) on bass. ‘Saints Of Sin’ will open most of the UK shows.

Ryan Roxie’s guitar clinic on October 9th now has an mail address for you to reserve your place and ensure you get in. You can email info@sixtysixtysounds.com and ask to be put on the list. Be aware that this event seems likely to clash with the ‘Live From The Astroturf’ film event, so it’s unlikely fans can be at both.

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European Tour

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.

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Big Apple Dreaming

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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Movie Showings

‘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.

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News Catch Up

News Catch Up

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.

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