Catching Up

New Interviews

Another very quiet couple of weeks in Cooper-world. There’s not been much happening but here’s a few things to check out.

Alice has obviously been doing interviews to lead up to ‘Detroit Stories’ next month and a few have started to appear. AZCentral have a new interview revealing that Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway and Michael Bruce appear twice on the album, on ‘Social Debris’ (co-written by Neal) and ‘I Hate You’ (co-written by Dennis). There’s an article in the March issue of ‘Uncut‘ in the UK and Alice appears on the front cover of the new issue ‘Rock and Folk‘. There also a substantial article in the new issue of ‘Sweden Rock‘, The last two in their local languages of course.

Rolling Stone have published a great article about the legendary 1971 press party at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles that was used to launch Alice Cooper on the unsuspecting public.

Neal Smith is interviewed by ‘ChurchOfRock’ on YouTube, while Dennis Dunaway was chatting to ‘IndiePower’ which is also up on YouTube. And to complete the original band make sure you didn’t miss Michael Bruce chatting to Ryan Roxie for ‘In The Trenches‘. In related (pun intended) news Calico Cooper has been talking to ‘Metal From The Inside’ which you can find here.

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Wacken Streaming

Wacken World Wide performance streaming

Alice and the band appeared on the Wacken World Wide virtual festival yesterday with ‘at home’ performances of ‘School’s Out’ and ‘Don’t Give Up’. This was followed by highlights from the ‘Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken’ dvd. You can see what was broadcast via this post on facebook, while the Magenta360 site has the full Wacken 2013 show streaming if you don’t already own it.

Sheryl Cooper was interviewed on Arizona TV7 a few days before the birth little Desiree Diaz talking about being a grandmother again, lockdown, and being on the road with Alice.

‘Interviewing The Legends’ have a new interview with Neal Smith promoting his latest ‘Pop 85/95’ CD.

Ryan Roxie has launched a new Instagram Face Filter ‘Electric Guitar Quiz’ which you can find here on a mobile device. I don’t use Instagram, so all I can add is what Roxie says: "What ‘Guitar’ Are You? Ever wondered that exact question? Well…. now it can finally be answered by using Ryan Roxie’s newest Instagram FaceFilter  ‘Electric Guitar Quiz’. Roxie has collaborated with Beats AR to bring you the Rock’n’Roll Face Filter of all time… featuring some of the worlds most memorable and iconic Guitars! NOW it’s YOUR turn to find out exactly ‘which’ of these Electronic Beauties will be your ‘Axe of the day’…And because it’s nobody’s guess, try it as many times as you want until you get that ONE Guitar that screams… ‘THIS IS ME!’

Alice shows up briefly in a new documentary ‘House Of Cardin’, about the fashion legend Pierre Cardin.

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New Interviews

New Interviews with Alice and the band.

Another week under lockdown and again not a huge amount happening for obvious reasons. Looking at the Hollywood Vampires tour it appears many of these shows/festivals have now been cancelled (according to venue sites), which puts the rest of the tour in doubt. In interviews Alice is referring to the tour as cancelled, although some shows, including the UK ones, are still on sale. He also confirmed the Mexico shows in October aren’t now happening, and they have been removed from AC.com.
Check out new Alice interviews at France24 (states ALL shows have been cancelled), 109.2 The Hog (Hollywood Vampires tour cancelled) and Finland’s KaaosTV.

The Cooper family all show up in a video made by the Solid Rock Foundation. The clip features kids from the Teen Center performing a cover of U2’s ‘"40" with the Coopers – Alice, Sheryl, Calico, Dash and Sonora – all joining in on the chorus. Check it out here and if you like the video consider making a donation to Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock here.

Alice was also a guest on the Rhino Records podcast this week which you can listen and download here.

Chuck Garric appeared on Lzzy Hale’s ‘We Are Hear’ podcast this week where he and Lzzy spent around an hour chatting about Alice, Beasto, and all sorts of other things. Check it out here.

Nita Strauss will be appearing with wrestling star Mick Foley as part of an online streaming event by GalaxyCon on Monday 15th at 7PM ET. You will be able to watch it live here. Nita was also featured during an episode of ‘Mosh Talks With Beez’ which you can check out here.

Ryan Roxie’s ‘In The Trenches’ this week had a second chat with Michael Monroe and next up will be Roxie’s old bandmate Gilby Clarke of Guns’n’Roses which you will see here on Tuesday. Roxie will also being premiering his new video shortly for ‘Hearts In Trouble’ from his ‘Imagine Your Reality’ album which you can check out here.

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Neal Smith Releases New Album

Neal Smith Releases New Album

Neal Smith-Pop 85/95

Neal Smith has just released a new solo album! It’s called “POP 85/95” and consists of songs Neal wrote with guitaristJay Jesse Johnson after their band Deadringer (which also featured Dennis Dunaway) split up. You can order the new album now directly from Neal, however currently they won’t ship outside the USA. The full press release goes as follows:

Legendary Alice Cooper Group drummer Neal Smith will be releasing a new album in June, 2020. Neal’s new Retro Pop album is titled “POP 85/95” signifying the music style and time period in which Neal wrote these songs between 1985 and 1995.The songs and album concept are totally sexy and politically incorrect. Neal’s “POP 85/95” songs represent all aspects of relationships, falling in and out of love in a simpler bygone era before Coronavirus, politically correctness and the new world disorder.

With the onslaught of glam hair bands and heavily homogenized rock of the 1980’s, Neal Smith, Hall of Fame Drummer and founding member of the original Alice Cooper Group, was looking for a new direction for his songwriting. Inspired by another drummer, songwriter, singer Phil Collins, Neal turned from writing hard rock to a slicker, more pop rock songwriting style. In the late 1980’s he took four of his new songs into the studio and recorded them. One of the songs “Secret Eyes” helped land a recording deal with newly formed record company called Grudge Records. Along with Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper fame), Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult fame), Charlie Hune (Ted Nugent fame) and lead guitarist Jay Jesse Johnson (also known as “Triple J”), a new band called “Deadringer” was formed and signed by Grudge Records. Deadringer recorded an album in 1989 called “Electrocution Of The Heart” featuring the single “Secret Eyes.” The album and Deadringer were all short lived after Grudge Records quick demise. After Deadringer and well into the 1990’s, Neal continued writing songs with Jay Jesse Johnson (“Triple J”) in this pop rock style.

Decades later, well into the New Millennium, Neal was searching through his archives of music and found those songs that he composed and recorded with ‘Triple J” between the years of 1985 and 1995. Inspired by “Triple J’s” amazing lead guitar work, Neal polished the songs and brought them back to life with the help of two of his best friends, Peter Catucci (bass guitar of Killsmith) and Rick Tedesco (guitarist/engineer). Now, much to the excitement of his fans worldwide, Neal Smith’s “POP 85/95” is available digitally and on CD!

Hall of Fame Drummer/songwriter/singer Neal Smith on “POP 85/95” CD: "In the 80’s and 90’s Rap, Hip Hop, Pop and even Rock music was being recorded with synthesized programmed drums. I understood that this was a new wave of recording percussion. But what I did not like was many of the synthesized drum tracks were being programmed by engineers and musicians who were not even drummers. Disappointed and inspired by that fact, I began a new phase of songwriting by programming synthesized drums on my recordings. The last eight songs on my new CD “POP 85/95” is a collection of songs I wrote from that era featuring synth drums I programmed myself."

The London Film and Comic Con, which Alice was scheduled to appear at, has now been officially postponed until November 21st/22nd. While the promoters are still listing Alice as appearing "subject to contract" it seems very unlikely he could make the rescheduled dates as he already has shows announced in the US during the period.

Neal Smith and Michael Bruce were in Phoenix last month visiting the new Glen Buxton memorial mural and the project now has it’s own facebook page here.

Alice was due to be interviewed for ‘Eddie Trunks Virtual Invasion‘ yesterday but it appears it was postponed until a later date.

New Alice interviews have appeared at California Rocker, and KSHE 95.

519 Magazine has a new interview with Brother Latham and Calico Cooper of Beasto Blanco which you can read here.

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Weekly Roundup

For obvious reasons there isn’t a huge amount to report this week but there are a few things worth mentioning.

Spin Magazine has a new interview with Alice and Sheryl discussing the current closure of The Rock Teen Center due to Coronavirus.

Punk Globe has a new interview with Neal Smith telling stories about the original band and his solo albums.

ABC News has a short article on Dennis Dunaway with a couple of videos including the full Blue Coupe Pro-Filmed Sweden Rock show from last year.

NBC are to repeat last years ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’ on Sunday April 12th, although it’s unlikely anyone reading this hasn’t seen Alice’s turn as ‘King Herod’ by now.

Alice’s appearance at the Motor City Comic Con between May 15th and 17th has unsurprisingly been canceled. You can get information about refunds here.

Lastly, Zee Productions are releasing 500 piece jigsaws on April 4th featuring the cover art for ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ and ‘Trash’. They look pretty cool and can be pre-ordered here.

Alice Cooper Jigsaws

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Vampires Play Lowlands

New shows by Hollywood Vampires and Beasto Blanco

The Hollywood Vampires have been announced as playing the Lowlands Festival in
Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands. This is a three day festival between August 21st and 23rd of August (the band are already booked for the 23rd though, so presumably they will play either the 21st or 22nd). Tickets are on sale for the full weekend but apparently no day tickets will be available.

Beasto Blanco will be playing dates in the US during March. Opening acts will be ‘Dead Girls Academy’ and ‘Sin Shake Sin’. VIP Meet and Greet tickets are available now for the following shows:

March 9th – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
March 10th – St Peters. MO – Diamond Music Hall

March 11th – Moline, IL – Rascals Live
March 12th – West Dundee, IL – Rochaus
March 13th – Chesterfield, MI – Diesel
March 15th – Lakewood, OH – The Winchester
March 17th – Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
March 18th – New York, NY – Knitting Factory
March 19th – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
March 20th – Glen Burnie, MD – La Fontaine Bleue

Neal Smith’s movie ‘Desolation Angeles/Rise of the BOAS’ is now available on Amazon in the USA and UK. If you have Amazon Prime it’s free to watch. The blurb goes "A group of freelance Mercenaries are hired by a Secret Government Agency to disrupt the relationship between the Russian Mob and Mexican Cartel! Things don’t go as planned for the Mercenaries and the Russians seek revenge! The results are Bloody and just!" Neal plays a "ruthless Russian mob boss’ and also provides the theme song ‘Desolation Angles". You can check out the music video of ‘Desolation Angels’ below.

Alice and Johnny Depp were at the MusiCares tribute to Aerosmith last week and you can watch fan filmed footage of them on stage with the band for ‘Train Kept A Rollin’ on YouTube or here. Orianthi was also there performing ‘Back In The Saddle’ with Sammy Hagar!

Radioplay.se has a short interview with Alice from September last year that I don’t think I’ve seen heard before. You can listen here.

‘Nightmare Returns’ bassist Kip Winger got on stage with Alice Cooper tribute band ‘Eyes Of Alice’ at the Rockpile in Toronto last week to perform ‘I’m Eighteen’ and you can check it out here.

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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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Spooky Empire

It’s been a bit quiet this last week in the space between US and European shows but here’s a few things worth mentioning.

Alice will be a guest at the Spooky Empire event at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL on November 1st and 2nd. Other guests include Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Mia Farrow, Clive Barker, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Ted Raimi among others.Tickets are on sale now

Alice will also feature on the new AXS-TV (US) series of ‘The Big Interview’ with Dan Rather. The new season kicks off on October 1st at 8PM ET/5PM PT with AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, and the Alice Cooper episode is scheduled to air on October 29th.

Road Dog Music Group have posted a new interview with Michael Bruce which you can watch on YouTube.

Arenan in Finland have an interview with Neal Smith and while most of it is in Swedish Neal’s comments are in English. This one is available for the next month only.
UPDATE: Here’s even more on Neal in Finland including video

The New Zealand Herald has a short interview with Alice promoting the recently announced New Zealand shows.

Steve Hunter’s amazing solo on ‘I Am Made Of You’ from ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ made #29 on the Planet Rock “40 Greatest Guitar Solos” listener poll!

It appears that ‘Lost Angels’, a band featuring Ryan Roxie and Eric Dover (‘Eyes Of Alice Cooper’ etc), are playing some shows in the UK in October between Alice Cooper tours. An advert was posted a few times on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, but so far it seems no actual dates or venues have been properly announced! A bit of searching turned up a list of shows on Ents24, but many venue sites or their Facebook pages show no sign of the shows, so it’s hard to know exactly what is going on and if they are happening. There’s also a gap in the schedule on Ents24 suggesting there may be more shows to come (London?). ‘Lost Angels’ last played the UK some years ago, including a great show at the Camden Underworld, playing a set of covers including the odd Alice song of course.

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‘Billion Dollar Babies’ Play Danbury

‘Billion Dollar Babies Play Danbury on Sept 28th

Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce will perform as ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ on September 28th at the ‘Fore’n’Aft Benefit Concert and Festival‘ in Danbury, CT. They will be accompanied at the show by DDP guitarist/songwriter Rick Tedesco. The festival runs from 1PM to 10PM and tickets are available now.

Danbury Reunion

Alice’s appearance on Disney Channel’s ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers’ is due next week (July 5th) and Disney have released a short promo clip from the episode, which unfortunately is blocked outside North America. You may be able to see it at Yahoo Entertainment.

There’s also a new Alice interviews to check out at ‘Appetite For Distortion‘ and Billboard.com. Billboard also have an article which starts of talking about the ‘Death Pact’ story but moves onto other stuff.

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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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