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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More Awards For Astroturf

‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ has won two more awards at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. It’s won awards for ‘Documentary under 60 minutes’ and ‘Editing’. Congratulations to all involved.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland have announced an ‘Alice Cooper Fan Day‘ on July 14th. The Rock Hall will be airing special screenings of the 2011 Alice Cooper Induction ceremony footage in it’s Foster Theater. The raw footage features special performances and the induction speech given by Rob Zombie. There’s also unlimited free play on the Alice Cooper pinball machine in the ‘Part of The Machine: Rock & Pinball’ exhibit, and 10% off Alice Cooper related merchandise in their store.

AAA.com has a new interview with Alice about cars, but be warned their site is a little silly, as it demands your zip code and then takes you away from the page you want to actually read. If you enter ‘12345’ and then hit your ‘back’ button and intrupt the page loading, then you should be able to read it…

Audio Ink have a new interview with Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper about Beasto Blanco’s new album ‘We Are’ and the current tour.

TheSeeker.ca have a new interview with Damon Johnson including chat about his time with Alice. Damon is booked to play a solo show in London on August 6th at the 02 in Islington. Tickets are on sale now. Check out DamonJohnson.com for a full list of other shows Damon has coming up.

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Alice and Neal Smith Perform Together

Alice Cooper and Neal Smith play charity golf Event.

AZCentral have posted a review of last weekends ‘Rock & Roll Golf Classic’ jam show which included Neal Smith joining Alice for a final ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘School’s Out’ at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, AZ. The show also included Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Mickey Dolenz and Robby Krieger (The Doors) with whom Alice performed Doors classics ‘People Are Strange‘, ‘Break On Through‘ and ‘Light My Fire’.
Alice performed his own short set of course including ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, ‘Be My Lover’, ‘Lost In America’ and ‘I’ll Bite Your Face Off’ as well as ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ by Kiss before being joined by Neal for the finale.
All proceeds from the annual charity event go to ‘The Rock’.

‘Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper’ will be screened at the North East Mountain Film Festival which runs between June 14th and 16th in Dillard House, GA. Exact details of when the film will be shown should be announced soon.
In other Astroturf news Dennis Dunaway has posted a new blog recalling the events at the Phoenix Fim Festival.

‘The Well’ have posted part two of their Alice interview which you can listen to here.

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Catching Up

Alice speaks to Billboard about new albums/tour

Firstly, apologies for the site issues the last few days. There was a problem with the host server which I’m told should hopefully be fixed now. As a result I didn’t want to do updates in case they were simply lost, so here’s a catch up on what’s come through in the last week:

Six new shows have just been announced for the USA preceding the Halestorm co-headline dates. They are:
July 4th – Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT
July 6th – Express Live!, Columbus, OH
July 7th – Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL
July 9th – Five Flags Center, Dubuque, IA
July 10th – The Sylvee, Madison, WI
July 11th – Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN
Tickets go on sale Friday but VIP Pre-sales begin tomorrow at AC.com.

Billboard has a new interview with Alice talking about his plans for this year including the tour, the forthcoming new solo album, and the new Hollywood Vampires releases.
Talking of the new tour Alice says “It’s going to be a brand-new show, an entirely new production – all new staging, all new props and everything. It’s taking a lot of the stuff we know we have to do and a lot of the stuff people are not going to be expecting. ”
As to the new solo album, he’s considering releasing an EP of four new songs in time for the tour, with the full new album to follow in 2020.
“There’s a certain Detroit sound we’re looking for [for the new songs]. It’s indefinable. There’s a certain amount of R&B in it. There’s a certain amount of Motown in it. But then you add the guitars and you add the attitude and it turns into Detroit rock. I feel like if we mine around with all Detroit players, we’re gonna find that sound.” He also mentions guest appearances by fellow Detroit natives Suzi Quatro and Bob Seger. “I can tell you Seger and I will be working on something on this new album. I talked to him and he said, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s be fun,’ and I said, ‘OK, let’s do it.’ So that’s going to happen in the future.” The original band are also set to contribute material, presumably in a similar way to the previous two albums. You can read the whole interview here.

Alice will be appearing at the ‘FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention‘ between April 19th and 20th at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT. This is a signing and Q&A session, not a show.

The ‘Live From The Astroturf’ film will be shown at a couple more film festivals in addition to the Phoenix premiere on April 5th. It will be shown at Freep Film Festival in Detroit, MI between April 10th and 14th, and the Dallas, TX International Film Festival between April 11th and 18th.

TruRockRevival have a cool interview with Beasto Blanco co-founder/guitarist Chris Latham. They previously interviewed Chuck and Calico which you can see here.

Keri Kelli’s ‘A New Revenge’ have released another new video, this time for ‘Never Let You Go’ which you can see here. It’s taken from their debut album ‘ Enemies & Lovers’ which is released March 29th on Golden Robot Records. ‘A New Revenge’ features Keri with Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest) on vocals, James Kottak (Scorpions, Kingdom Come) on drums and Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Whitesnake etc) on bass.

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Live From The Astroturf – The Movie!

Above you can see the first trailer for ‘Alice Cooper – Live From The Astroturf’ – the forthcoming documentary telling the story of the now legendary 2015 Alice Cooper band reunion in a small record shop in Texas. Filmed on eight cameras and with music mixed by Bob Ezrin the film also features interviews with the band, organiser Chris Penn and others. It will premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival in Arizona between April 4th and 14th before touring the film festival circuit. Information on when it will be released commercially should follow in the coming months.

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