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Soundcheck Live is a weekly live music night that brings together the industry's top musicians alongside emerging talent to create a vibrant social experience driven by the artists.
Video from a recent Soundcheck Live event has come online featuring David Ellefson performing Iron Maiden track "The Number Of The Beast" alongside Nita Strauss, Glen Sobel, Tony Macalpine, and Jill Janus (starts at around the 10:40 mark in the video below).
The performance took place at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, California during the 42nd weekly Soundcheck Live.
Nita Strauss, the LA-based guitarist for the Alice Cooper band premieres a new solo single titled "Pandemonium", taken from the new all-female compilation "She Rocks, Volume 1", out in stores now via Favored Nations Entertainment.
Check out now "Pandemonium" below.
Psycho Las Vegas is a property-wide music festival taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26th - 28th, 2016.
Brought to you by the curators of Psycho California, the epic event will play host to nearly one-hundred acts from around the world with a heavy focus on riffs, doom, and psychedelia.
Highlights include Alice Cooper, Blue Öyster Cult, Converge, the return of Down, Drive Like Jehu, High On Fire, Sleep, Pentagram, Yob, exclusive 2016 US performances from both Electric Wizard and Candlemass, and so many more.
The fest will also include an interactive backlight chamber, a Boogie Van Blackjack Tournament, film screenings, DJ sets hosted by Scott Ian (Anthrax), Sean "Pellet" Pelletier (Last Days Here), J. Bennet (Ides Of Gemini), Evan Hagen (Psych LV/CA Curator), and Scott Carlson (Rise Above Records) as well as the Psycho Pool Party kick off at the Paradise Pool Stage on August 25th. More...
Rock Carnival is back for its second year - taking place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 at its new location in Lakewood, NJ at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws.
The second annual Rock Carnival will feature classic amusement rides and entertainment, food truck offerings, high-action Professional Wrestling, a wide selection of tasty brews, and of course... the best in local, national and international rock music performances. This year's event will also see the addition of more carnival area space and a children's fun zone.
In addition to Saturday headliners Twisted Sister performing an official tri-state farewell show, fans will enjoy a Friday headline performance from none other than the original shock rocker himself, Alice Cooper.
In addition to Alice Cooper, other newly announced artists include Clutch, Blue Oyster Cult, Zakk Sabbath, Cycle of Pain, Zebra, Jackyl, Shaman's Harvest and Kyng. These artists join previously announced bands Overkill, Ace Frehley, Monster Magnet, Fuel, Cinderella's Tom Keifer, Dokken, Texas Hippie Coalition, Doro, Four By Fate, Killcode, Jester and American Angel.
The Cringe will be supporting Mötley Crüe on “The Final Tour” this summer alongside very special guest Alice Cooper.
The Cringe, reprising a support slot from the fall/winter leg of the Mötley Crüe tour, will join the epic summer outing for 27 dates beginning July 28th through September 6th and is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to "Hiding In Plain Sight."
“We are absolutely honored to join Mötley Crüe on their ‘Final Tour’ and could not be more excited to hit the road with them and Alice Cooper again!” said John Cusimano, frontman for The Cringe. “We had an amazing time going out and playing shows with these musical icons last year and are really looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at these shows. This is truly one of those classic moments in rock and roll history and we’re going to enjoy the ride.” More...
Following an excellent start to the festival the day before, it was exciting to wake up to another day of metal music in Dessel. There was once again plenty on display for head bangers of all tastes, from legendary bands to current favourites. There were also plent of cult heroes performing on this day, one of which was the first band on the agenda.
Formed in 1991 under the name Resurrection in Israel, Orphaned Land have gone on to become one of, if not the premier metal band from the Middle East. Part of what makes them such an endearing group is their constant devotion of their music to peace, particularly between the Abrahamic religions that clash more than anywhere around their homeland. They were a great way to start the day, possessing a fantastic energy that got plenty of the crowd moving, which is quite an accomplishment for midday at a festival. Opening with the title track to their latest album, "All Is One," they oozed a positive atmosphere and most heads that were banging were also smiling. Having only a forty minute set, it was impressive that the band were able to fit seven songs into their schedule, with the excellent "Separi" being a particular highlight, in part due to the guest appearance of a Dutch Muslim belly dancer, who also joined the group for their finale, which was a medley of "Norra el Norra" and "Ornaments of Gold." Like several bands the day before, Orphaned Land were highly impressive and one that needs adding to the metal fans list of bands to see live. More...
The king of shock rock Alice Cooper put on a special show at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Not only was the evening devoted entirely to the Alice Cooper band, no openers, the group recorded the show for pay-per-view. It was a special night for me because this was my first Alice Cooper show. It would not be one of those shows that made me say I wish I saw him when he was younger. Vincent Damon Furnier may have just turned 67 but he performed with the gusto of a young man. His voice was in peak condition and held up the entire hour and a half. More...
The UDR label is gearing up to release Alice Cooper's "Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken," which will be the first in a new live series of legendary Wacken performances.
When Alice learned about the purpose behind it, he was very happy to be one the first to participate. The Wacken Foundation is a non-profit organization, supporting the new blood of hard rock / heavy metal music. For every sold DVD/CD € 1 will be contributed to the Wacken Foundation.
"Raise The Dead" will be available as DVD + CD Digipack. The DVD contains 22 songs from the Wacken concert and bonus material, including an interview with the man himself. The DVD track listing is:
1. Hello Hooray
2. House of Fire
3. No More Mr Nice Guy
4. Under My Wheels
5. I'll Bite Your Face Off
6. Billion Dollar Babies
8. Department of Youth
9. Hey Stoopid
10. Dirty Diamonds
11. Welcome To My Nightmare
12. Go To Hell
13. He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
14. Feed My Frankenstein
15. Ballad Of Dwight Fry
17. I Love The Dead
18. Break On Through
19. My Generation
20. I'm Eighteen
22. Schools Out / Another Brick In The Wall More...
Shred guitarist Nita Strauss joined up with Alice Cooper earlier this summer and immediately went on a massive tour across North America with Motley Crue, which will continue through the Fall.
Strauss takes the place of Orianthi, who has toured with Alice for the past few years. She was also recently ranked #1 on Guitar World's list of "10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know." Strauss now checks in with the following report:
"The past two months on the Motley Crue Final tour have been unreal! Every time the curtain drops to start our set and I feel the crowd roar wash over me it's amazing to look to my right and see the legendary Alice Cooper. We have made so many great memories on this tour playing to sold out amphitheaters and arenas all over North America and meeting tons of new fans. Hard to believe we only have a week left of the first leg of this tour. Motley has been a blast to tour with. The band and crew have been so great to us and they put on a hell of a show every single night.
"I'm really excited about partnering up with All Axess for the launch of my website. Not only is that going to be the place to get any and all news about what I'm up to, it also has tons of exclusive photos, videos and merchandise that you can only get there. Look for a slew of new instructional video lessons and photos over the next few months as I will constantly be keeping the site updated. Thanks for the support and hopefully see you all soon." More...
Author Ian Carroll has launched a crowd funding campaign to release a book about the many bands he has interviewed at the Download festival.
Full details on the campaign and perks for contributing can be found at Kickstarter here. Carroll comments:
"In 2005 I started to write the book of the Donington & Download Festival (including Monsters Of Rock at Milton Keynes).
"I was coming to the end of completing the Official Book of the Reading Festival and saw Donington as the second release in my 'Festival Series' of books, covering my favourite festivals that I attend every year - Donington/Download Festival is the longest running rock festival in the UK, covering all genres from rock to classic rock, Emo to Screamo, Punk to Hardcore, Black Metal to Death Metal and every style in between, plus in the last 5 years the addition of drum & bass and dance - the festival that caters for all.
"I have traveled the length and breadth of England interviewing bands and artists for the book and have had some great times in amongst the hard work. I've also had many phone interviews from Metallica to Testament, Lordi to Staind, Alice Cooper to Queensrÿche and also what was possibly one of the legend Ronnie James Dio's last interviews, prior to cancelling his final UK tour." More...
American glam metal legends Motley Crue have announced that they will be embarking on a 72 date tour across North America this year, where they will be joined by shock rock icon, Alice Cooper, before retiring the band at the end of 2014.
The group held a press conference today confirming the retirement rumours and announced that tickets for the tour would go on sale tomorrow for fan club members, before being made available to the public from Friday and Saturday is different areas.
You can check out a promotional video for the tour below. The initial tour dates are as follows: More...
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...
Alice Cooper has announced the "Hey Stoopid" album, which was originally release back in 1991, will see a new re-issue this month.
The new version of "Hey Stoopid" comes out September 23rd, 2013 and will include the bonus tracks "It Rained All Night," "Hey Stoopid (Beba edit)," and a cover of "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix. Get full details at the Alice Cooper website here. More...
The 2013 installment of the Wacken Open Air Festival kicks off today, but you don't have to be there to catch some of the action over the course of the weekend. Select bands from the festival will be shown via live stream at this location. There is no guarantee that the broadcast will be available in every country.
According to the schedule, highlights of the Wacken Metal Battle with Annihilator will be shown today at 18:30 (CET), 12:30pm (EST), 9:30am (PST). In addition, for Friday and Saturday, bands broadcast will be:
Friday, 2 August 2013 - Start: 18.30 CET (12:30pm EST)
Agnostic Front @ Black Stage
Ugly Kid Joe @ Party Stage
Corvus Corax @ Party Stage
Pretty Maids @ True Metal Stage
Amorphis @ Party Stage
Saturday, 3 August 2013 - Start: 16.45 CET (10:45am EST)
Black Messiah @ Headbangers Stage
Legion Of The Damned @ Headbangers Stage
Ihsahn @ Black Stage
Candlemass @ Party Stage
Sonata Arctica @ Party Stage
DevilDriver @ Party Stage
Lingua Mortis feat. Rage @ Black Stage
In addition, on August 3, 2013 beginning at 8pm CET (2:00pm EST), Wacken will be broadcast live at this location. At this point, the following artists will be streamed live:
Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper are joining forces for the Masters of Madness tour this summer. The following shows have been announced:
- June 4, Salt Lake City
- June 26, St. Charles, MO
- June 28, Rockford IL
More date announcements are expected to follow shortly. Check out the promotional poster below. More...
This weekend's Bloodstock Festival is streaming live over at this location and in the player below. At the time of this post, Behemoth's headlining performance is streaming live.
The festival is scheduled for two more days, featuring Chthonic, Testament, Machine Head, Sanctuary and Mayhem on Saturday and Nile, Evile, Black Dahlia Murder, Anvil, Paradise Lost, Dimmu Borgir and Alice Cooper on Sunday.
Check out the live stream here:
This year's edition of the U.K. Bloodstock Open Air Festival is set to take place from August 9th - 12th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of BOA 2012 have now posted a teaser trailer for the event, which can be viewed below.
It was six years ago when I last saw the mighty Iron Maiden. This time was different, as the band embarked on the “Maiden England” Tour, closely matching the set list that was played during the “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” tour, which I remembered so well. The site was at the Comcast Center, an outdoor venue in Mansfield, Massachusetts (called Boston by the band). It was a perfect night, cool - threatening weather (that never came) - and a crowd of 14,000 people to celebrate a moment in time that for some of us was the rare opportunity to recapture memories from 1989-1990 that were frozen in our minds. The bonus of Alice Cooper as an opener made this a very special night indeed.
Iron Maiden shows are a pilgrimage for seasoned metalheads. It is rare to find a Maiden virgin, but I found myself in between two, my wife to my right and a 50 plus year old gentleman who found it important to grace me with his “knowledge” of music and the fact that Iron Maiden “cut the set of Alice Cooper short because they knew they couldn’t follow him.” I nicely reminded the man that 14,000 people showed up to see Iron Maiden, despite the fact that I myself am a huge fan of the Coop. We then engaged in an almost one sided “discussion” (mostly dominated by his apparent low self esteem and/or lack of companion) about how great music was in the 60's and ‘70's and how the 80's sucked (until, as he put it, he “started to appreciate it lately”). Though I was born in 1971, I expressed that I related (somewhat), but my love was the 80's and felt (at the time) that the 90's was a weak decade for metal. The engaged discussion was filled with mind-boggling ignorance which detracted from the importance of the moment for my wife to whom I periodically turned to mouth the words “Save me.” More...
The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands to appear at this year's festival:
"After last week’s headliner announcement - where we revealed the mighty Machine Head will be letting fans pick the songs at their first ever UK festival headline slot - Bloodstock and Machine Head are now ready to take requests.
"If you head to Facebook you can now submit your suggestions via a poll. Each fan can pick five songs from Machine Head’s incredible debut 'Burn My Eyes,' and the five most popular tracks will be performed at Catton Hall this summer.
"Bloodstock can also reveal a further three acts for the Sophie Stage and one for the Ronnie James Dio Stage. Headlining the Sophie Stage on Thursday night, raucous rockers Viking Skull bring their loud and proud metal to Bloodstock, alongside Belfast metalheads Sweet Savage. Hotly tipped newcomers Death Valley Knights show why in just a few short months their powerful metal has earned them a much coverted spot at Britain’s most metal festival, and finally Canada’s Kobra & The Lotus make their Bloodstock debut opening the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday." More...
The 2012 edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival will take place this coming August 9th - 12th, and the organizers of the festival have now issued the following statement about confirming Machine Head:
"It is with tremendous excitement that we can now reveal our final headliner to be Oakland metal titans Machine Head, who will make their first ever UK festival headlining appearance on Saturday, August 11th on the RONNIE JAMES DIO main stage.
"Machine Head first graced UK shores in the wake of their landmark debut album 'Burn My Eyes' in 1994 as main support to Slayer. Fan reaction to Machine Head’s signature brand of crushing metal was so intense that the band would return immediately afterward to headline their own sold-out shows at many of the same venues, launching a massive swell of passionate fan support that continues to this day.
"Seven albums, a Grammy nomination and countless tours later, UK fans continue to champion and support Machine Head as feverishly as they did at those first shows, and this year, at Bloodstock Open Air 2012, they will be given the unprecedented opportunity to influence Machine Head’s set list!
"Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Machine Head’s first-ever live performance at their roadie Mike Scum's getting-evicted-from-his-house party - for which they performed five songs – Bloodstocker ticket holders will be given the opportunity to vote for the five 'Burn My Eyes' songs they most want to hear Machine Head play during their headline set Saturday night, with the five that receive the most votes included in the set list (details to follow)!
"Anyone that’s ever witnessed Machine Head live will attest to the fact that the raw, unbridled energy of their performance is unlike anything else you’ll ever see. With countless legendary UK performances already on record, and a first-ever fan-influenced setlist, it goes without saying that Machine Head’s headline set at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 is going to go down in metal history as one of those festival performances that you’ll forever be glad you got to see. Keep an eye on the official Bloodstock Facebook page for your chance to vote on the songs YOU want to hear."
The current Bloodstock lineup is as follows: More...