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According to Urban Music Culture, rock legend ALICE COOPER has blamed OZZY OSBOURNE's reality TV show for ruining the BLACK SABBATH star's career. Cooper, 59, feels reality TV show The Osbournes destroyed all of the mystique surrounding the star and left fans disappointed with an unexpected insight into the rocker's life. He says, "Most fans thought he lived in a big, dark castle with skeletons in the cellar. When that show aired they knew he was just some guy who potters around his Beverly Hills mansion. It was meant to be some kind of comedy but the audience was laughing at Ozzy, not with him. And as a close friend, that made me very sad."
The Sun recently conducted an interview with ALICE COOPER about a number of topics including his upcoming UK tour with MOTÖRHEAD and JOAN JETT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
The Sun: You're calling the new show Psychodrama. What can we expect?
Alice: "It's a BIG production! My daughter, Calico, plays all the secondary parts. She's a Chinese assassin, a ballerina, a nanny with a baby and five or six other parts. And the gallows — I haven't done the hanging in a long, long time and I forgot how difficult it was. And I've decided to make it more dangerous this time. Instead of just doing the hanging I said 'why don't we hang Alice IN the straitjacket?'"
The Sun: Didn't you say "never again" with the gallows, after a close call here?
Alice: "It was at Wembley — that was the only time it broke and I went through the floor and hit my chin. It was like getting a left hook from Roberto Duran. As soon as I felt the noose on my neck I threw my head back. I got a nice rope burn but, if I'd gone the other way, it would have been a different story."
The Sun: If we could go back to Alice in 1973 and tell him that, 34 years later, he'd still be releasing albums and playing arenas, how would he react?
Alice: "He'd say: 'Not in this condition!' Every rock star gets to a point where they've got to go left or right. They're either going to die — the Hendrix, Morrison, Moon route - or they're going to go on. I'm in better shape now than I was at 29. Life's good — and I'm a four handicap too, you can't beat that!"
ALICE COOPER's SickThingsUK site reports:
"Alice will be appearing on the Paul O'Grady show on Monday, November 5th and LostInTV.com are offering SickthingsUK fans the chance to be at the show in person.
The show is filmed at the London Studios on the South Bank, London, and the nearest tube is Waterloo. You will have to be at the studio by 4 PM to check in.
To get free tickets to this event just email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote "SickthingsUK". Tickets I'm sure are limited so be quick."
According to Matthew Atkins from Icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk, fans of MOTÖRHEAD and ALICE COOPER have been promised an evening of relentless, ear-splintering dirty rock ‘n’ roll experience at the NEC Arena concert next month.
They have also been told they cannot wear studded belts, large rings, trouser chains or dog collars.
While the stars on stage can wear more or less whatever they like in keeping with their chosen image, fans going along to their November 10 concert had beware - if you're sporting any of the above paraphernalia or other items dedicated rockers wouldn't be seen without, be prepared for them to be confiscated at the door.
All in the name of health and safety.
"To ensure the comfort and well-being of our visitors, the NEC group does not permit any item to be taken into the venue that could be considered a potential safety risk to any member of the public," said a spokesman.
Rhys Saunders of Farmington, New Mexico's The Daily Times recently conducted an interview with Alice Cooper. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
The Daily Times: You're an artist who has always been known for elaborate stage productions, using storyline theatrics even during your early days. As a musician, how important is image compared to musical content? Are the two separable, or is there ever a time when one becomes more important than the other?
Alice: "In the beginning, we fought that; that was our biggest battle. We knew that we were a good band, that we were every bit as good as THIN LIZZY or FOGHAT, and the rest of those bands. I mean, just the fact that we refused to just be a band — why would we need to be just another band when we could also give them a show, and create a character that could be rock 'n roll's villain? It just means that we give you two things instead of one. People immediately go, 'Oh, they're doing the visuals because they can't play.' But after your first or second Number One hit, and after people like BOB DYLAN and THE BEATLES and THE ROLLING STONES are talking about how much they like your music in the press, they can't really knock you for that. It was a battle, but I think it's still a battle now. When bands like MARILYN MANSON and SLIPKNOT dress up — and they're very theatrical bands that are total derivatives of ALICE COOPER — people go, That's great, but what's going on with the music?' If you don't have those hits, you're really just a puppet show. It's almost like being a golfer. When you win a few tournaments, OK. But when you win the majors, people start looking at you as a great golfer."
The Daily Times: How do you balance your song selections each night? Are there certain songs you feel as though you have to play?
Alice: "We know which ones we have to do. These certain songs are ones you have to do every time. If you don't do the hits, the audience is going to let you know. I can think of 15 songs that I have to do or the audience would be disappointed. [Alice begins listing hits from the past 35 years at a break-neck speed.] If I went to see THE WHO or THE ROLLING STONES, and they didn't do 'Brown Sugar' or 'Satisfaction', I'd say, Hey, what's going on here?' After all of those songs, then we have a secondary bunch of songs of what I call radio hits, or ones that got played on FM radio, or the ones that, if you were an Alice fan, you had to hear those songs. I have to design my show in order to keep those songs fresh. I don't like to mess around with the original songs."
The Daily Times: What about the rumors that you're going to release a new album next year?
Alice: "There are always songs being written. I think I want to do albums that — you write the songs, and record them the same day. Don't let the band get tired of the songs. When the band is excited about those songs, that's when you record it. I think if the song is written well, I would rather hear a great performance than a great production. For a while, we were doing a 14-song album in 14 or 15 days. That's one song per day! This album is going to be a little more produced. It's more on the level of 'The Last Temptation' or 'From The Inside'. When I wrote it, I realized there was a character that was really trying to get me to develop him, and I couldn't figure out who he was. I started reading the lyrics and realized there was a guy evolving from this, a guy named Spider. He was a serial killer, but he was a complex serial killer. He doesn't kill for thrills, necessarily, and there's almost a justice about it in his eyes. In our eyes, maybe not."
The Daily Times: With these character-based albums, do you have a character in mind before you write the lyrics, or does a character develop after you start the writing process?
Alice: "Well, the idea behind 'The Last Temptation' was that there was an idea there already, sort of in the vein of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'. The whole thought process of that was — here is a moral behind the story. If you're a 14-year-old kid, you don't have to buy into everything the world offers you. It doesn't mean you have to be sexually active, it doesn't mean you have to be a drug addict, it doesn't mean you have to be a 19-year-old before your time. Be innocent for as long as you can! Don't let the world push you around. Don't let Hollywood tell you you're a jerk because you're not having sex every night. There's a great innocence in being a teenager that you have to hold onto."
Legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN AND HELL) will be Alice Cooper's special guest on Cooper's radio show "Nights with Alice Cooper" airing Tuesday, October 2. The program is a classic-rock format and is nationally syndicated on the United Stations Radio Networks. Air times differ, so make sure to check out NightsWithAliceCooper.com for more information.
An Arizona public-service announcement featuring longtime Phoenix resident Alice Cooper can be viewed below.
In other news, Alice Cooper will make his second appearance in a year at a Homer Haunted House and restaurant this Saturday, September 1. He will sign autographs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Homer Mill (109 N. Byron St.) in Homer, MI.
According to AdWeek.com, Alice Cooper has never looked better than in this fall campaign for John Varvatos from Yard, New York. In one ad, he's outfitted in a black velvet jacket and top hat as he lounges on a couch with an enormous boa constrictor. Another features an eye-catching portrait of the singer with the snake playfully caressing his angular face. Photographed by music documentarian Danny Cinch, the black-and-white series, punctuated with the designer's name in bold red type, is another chic effort from the American menswear designer and a fine follow-up to previous ads featuring Iggy Pop and VELVET REVOLVER. The result is effortless, timeless style — just like the music it celebrates. More...
According to AdWeek.com, ALICE COOPER doesn't scream high fashion, but the aging rocker's never looked better than in this fall campaign for John Varvatos from Yard, New York. In one ad, he's outfitted in a black velvet jacket and top hat as he lounges on a couch with an enormous boa constrictor. Another features an eye-catching portrait of the singer with the snake playfully caressing his angular face. Photographed by music documentarian Danny Cinch, the black-and-white series, punctuated with the designer's name in bold red type, is another chic effort from the American menswear designer and a fine follow-up to previous ads featuring Iggy Pop and Velvet Revolver. The result is effortless, timeless style—just like the music it celebrates.
Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.
Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.
The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.
Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...
Deb Rao of Glam-Metal.com recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Glam-Metal.com: QUEENSRŸCHE will be opening for HEAVEN AND HELL and ALICE COOPER in September. Are you excited about the tour?
Geoff: Well, we are very excited to be part of it. We pretty much dropped everything we were planning on doing at that point in time so we could be part of the tour. It is monumental for us. We were all very influenced by that BLACK SABBATH line-up. That particular line-up for me is some of the most influential rock music. I can't wait to see it live. I haven't seen the show yet. I am very excited about ALICE COOPER. ALICE COOPER was the first rock show; I ever saw when I was a kid. I saw the "Billion Dollar Babies" tour in 1973. I thought that was all rock shows were supposed to be like. (Laughter) I think it very much influenced my ideas of staging and production. Because of that. So we are every excited on different levels to be part of it.
Glam-Metal.com: Tell me a little bit about the tour. How big a stage show will QUEENSRŸCHE be bringing out with them?
Geoff: First of all, we are opening for the two bands, ALICE and HEAVEN AND HELL. So, no we will have a very sparse set-up production-wise. We are pulling from all of our different records for this tour. We are going to be playing different sets every night. Different set ups, so we kind of rotate some of our songs around. So fans that come to multiple shows can see a different show and a different set from us.
Glam-Metal.com: Now you also are going to be having another new product out in August called, "Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensrÿche" (CD and Deluxe CD Collector's Edition) on Capitol/EMI this August. Tell me a little bit about this compilation.
Geoff: That is kind of a very unique best of collection that EMI has put together. What they did is they took different versions of some of our well-known songs and included them on this compilation. Also included our demo, renditions of these popular songs and other popular songs that we've done. There is some unreleased material on it. Our former guitar player Chris Degarmo contributed and gave us a unreleased track that was something that we wrote and didn’t quite finish and had written years ago. We are including that in this collection, as well. I was in a band before QUEENSRŸCHE, it was called MYTH. We had written quite a few songs together. When I joined QUEENSRŸCHE, I brought those lyrics and melodies from those songs and make them into QUEENSRŸCHE songs. So songs like "Take Hold of the Flame" and "No Sanctuary" are done with a whole different band playing them and me singing them. So that is kind of a unique thing, as well.
Glam-Metal.com: How do you feel about the music industry today? Do you feel that there is a whole new generation of fans discovering the band for the first time?
Geoff: Yes, most definitely. We have age ranges from 15 to 45. It is pretty amazing. Our fans have had children. Those children have come to the shows and they bring their friends. It is a whole new thing, in some respect. In fact, I was talking to a group of young people backstage one night after the show and I said, "What brings you to the show?" They said you guys are legends. We really wanted to see you before you are all dead. (Laughter)
Glam-Metal.com: Now you have a great family, which includes five girls. Have any of them followed down your path, and chosen a career in music or acting?
Geoff: No, well maybe my youngest one, Emily, who is ten, might be a musician or actress. She is very talented. She really has a wonderful voice, very strong and big. I think she has the potential to do that. She is in a very sophisticated ballet company, since she was a kid. She loves being onstage.
Glam-Metal.com: Also you appeared on some of the "Metal Mania" releases including the current "Metal Mania Stripped Volume 3". How do you feel about the acoustic versions of the songs? I think a good song starts with the acoustic guitar and vocal. Do you agree?
Geoff: Yes, that is the basic for a song right there, the chord changes and the melody. I really love doing acoustic renditions of songs. I love stripping things down to a real basic form. It is very satisfying. Also playing acoustically, it is very different than playing with the band. In that I can hear it myself, so damn well. I love hearing the intricacies of what s going on musically. Sometimes when you get volume involved, and big distorted guitars it kind of steps on a lot of the subtleties that are going on within the music.
Glam-Metal.com: Geoff, you have had such an extensive career. What are you most proud of? Is it the completion of "Operation: Mindcrime 2"?
Geoff: I am happy every day, I wake up. It is a wonderful life. It is a wonderful career. I play music with people I really love. We are very lucky to be still doing this. But also on the other hand, luck has something to do with it, but it is a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of energy and focus to get everybody together on the same page and write a record. It is hard to put together the promotion for the record and get out there and support it on the tour. It is a lifestyle that you have to dedicate yourself to.
Read the entire interview at Glam-Metal.com.
The 2007 Mojo Awards took place at The Brewery in East London on June 18th and three of rock's biggest stars were among the winners.
Ozzy Osbourne picked-up the Mojo Icon Award, Alice Cooper picked-up the Mojo Hero Award and The Stooges were honoured with the Mojo Lifetime Achievement Award.
ALICE COOPER's official MySpace page has been updated with the following mesage:
"The Alice Cooper 2007 tour is set to go. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, the tour will not be able to go to Mexico. Because of this, the South American tour has been forced to change."
ALICE COOPER South American tour dates are now as follows:
June 12 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
June 14 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
ALICE COOPER has lined up the following tour dates during the coming months:
May 29 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caopoican
May 31 - Cordoba, Argentina - Estadio Juniors
Jun. 01 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Estadio Luna Park
Jun. 03 - Sao Paolo, Brazil - [To Be Announced]
Jun. 05 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Chevrolet Hall
Jun. 06 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - [To Be Announced]
Jun. 08 - Curitiba, Brazil - Master Hall
Jun. 13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Plaza de Toros
Jun. 14 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Plaza Nuevo Progreso
Jun. 15 - Monterrey, Mexico - Arena
Jun. 21 - Athens, Greece Lycabettus Theatre
Jun. 23 - Huttwil, Switzerland Rock Sound Festival
Jun. 25 - Florence, Italy – [To Be Announced]
Jun. 29 - Borlange, Sweden Peace & Love Festival
Jul. 01 - Bucharest, Romania B'estival
Jul. 06 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
Jul. 07 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
Jul. 08 - Brisbane, Australia - Convention Centre
Jul. 11 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton Theatre
Jul. 13 - Perth, Australia - Burswood Theatre
Jul. 14 - Perth, Australia - Burswood Theatre
Jul. 18 - Wollongong, Australia - WIN Ent Centre
Jul. 19 - Canberra, Australia - AIS Arena
Jul. 21 - Launceston, Australia - Silverdome
Aug. 10 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair
Aug. 17 - Beaver Dam, WI - Dodge County Fair
Aug. 19 - Green Bay, WI - Radisson Three Clans Ballroom
Aug. 31 - Central Wisconsin, WI - Central Wisconsin State Fair
Sep. 14 - Hutchinson, KS - Kansas State Fair
Launch Radio Networks There's been a major change in the timeline for ALICE COOPER's new album. Back in February, he said it would be out in May, but while all the material is written, Launch has now learned that he hasn't even started recording it yet. At this time, he's not expected to hit the studio until January, with a possible release next May, though nothing's set in stone — including the announced title, "Along Came a Spider".
Alice's annual world tour gets underway May 28 in Santiago, Chile, and he's got a U.K. tour in November. North American dates haven't been announced yet.
In related news, Cooper's autobiography, which is called "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'N'Roller's 12 Steps To Becoming A Golf Addict", has been delayed a bit. The book was originally due out May 1, but it will now be available on May 8.
With a title like that, it should be no surprise that Cooper told Launch his game is very strong. "Three handicap, and I play five times a week, and I play really good," he laughed. "Yeah, that's the one thing I can really do, other than Alice Cooper. That surprises people, I think. They just can't believe that Alice Cooper could be a three handicap, but I am." A three handicap means Cooper's score will be three strokes above whatever the course's par is.
ALICE COOPER will be touring The UK towards the end of 2007. Confirmed dates are as follows:
6 - Sheffield - Hallam Arena
7 - Glasgow - SECC
9 - Newcastle - Metro Arena
10 - Birmingham - NEC
11 - Notthingham - Arena
13 - Brighton - Centre
14 - Bournemouth - BIC
16 - Cardiff - Arena
17 - Wembley
18 - Manchester - MEN
MOTÖRHEAD and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are scheduled to open the above listed shows.
Alice Cooper was on with 'The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos' on Monday (October 23). You can watch the interview at CBC.ca. Alice Cooper recenlty wrapped up a tour with Crash Kelly on support.
Canada's CRASH KELLY, currently on the road supporting Alice Cooper, will be performing at the Chicago St. Bar & Grill tomorrow night, Wednesday Oct. 4th. An off-date, this will be the band's only headlining gig while on this tour.
CRASH KELLY w/ Alice Cooper
9/27 Poughkeepsie, NY Mid-Hudson Civic Ctr.
9/30 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
10/1 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/3 Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre
10/4 Chicago, IL Chicago St. Bar & Grill (*CRASH KELLY ONLY*)
10/5 Springfield, IL Sangamon Aud.
10/6 Evansville, IN The Centre
10/7 Pikeville, KY Eastern KY Expo Ctr.
10/8 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amph.
10/10 Kalamazoo, MI State Theatre
Electric Satisfaction, the new Gilby Clarke-produced release from Toronto’s CRASH KELLY, has secured the band not just a second string of dates with rock icons Alice Cooper, but a third! Joining the tour on Sept. 27, CRASH KELLY will share Alice Cooper’s stage through Oct. 10. The tour includes CRASH KELLY’s first performance in Cleveland since frontman Sean Kelly’s appearance at Guitar Player Magazine’s “Guitar Hero 2005” competition, in which he was a finalist.
In May of this year CRASH KELLY, who covered Alice Cooper’s “Cold Ethyl” on Electric Satisfaction, toured Canada with Alice Cooper, leading to two additional August dates with the legends, including a gig at the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Additionally the band was invited to play a hometown show at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre alongside hair metal superstars Poison and Cinderella. Commenting on performing with Alice Cooper, vocalist / guitarist Sean Kelly had this to say, “playing with Alice Cooper in an arena setting was the culmination of many teenage fantasies, and it really felt like the beginning of the next phase for CRASH KELLY.”
Their fiery follow up to 2005’s “tight, infectious” (Outburn) Penny Pills, “Electric Satisfaction,” says Spin Magazine, “is an electric guitar solo-laden ode to sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.”
Crash Kelly tour dates with Alice Cooper:
9/27 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid-Hudson Civic Ctr.
9/30 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/1 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/3 Joliet, IL @ Rialto Square Theatre
10/5 Springfield, IL @ Sangamon Aud.
10/6 Evansville, IN @ The Centre
10/7 Pikeville, KY @ Eastern KY Expo Ctr.
10/8 Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amph.
10/10 Kalamazoo, MI @ State Theatre
On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".
When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."
"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...
As the touring cycle for the critically acclaimed "Their Rock Is Not Our Rock" soldiers on, L.A. rock warriors FIREBALL MINISTRY — who in recent months have toured alongside such heavyweights of rock and metal as DISTURBED, H.I.M., OPETH, NEVERMORE, CLUTCH and CKY, in addition to a one-off performance with JUDAS PRIEST — will soon return to the road, this time in support of ALICE COOPER.
"ALICE COOPER is one of the main reasons this band exists," says FIREBALL MINISTRY vocalist/lead guitarist James A. Rota. "It is an honor for us to be opening these shows. DIO, PRIEST and now ALICE. We are one very lucky band to say the least."
FIREBALL MINISTRY with ALICE COOPER:
Aug. 12 - Great Salt Air - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 13 - House of Blues Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas, NV