Tag: Dark Shadows
Aerosmith News: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith getting musical advice from Johnny Depp?, “Dream On’ cover part of ’100 Years of Fenway Park’ album
Johnny Depp recently jammed with Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper at the after party celebrating Depp's latest movie 'Dark Shadows,' but Depp has a history with Aerosmith as does 'Dark Shadows' director Tim Burton. Aerosmith have been holed up in Burton's old Swinghouse recording studio working on the new album and Depp has been dropping by occasionally to check in on the band’s progress.
Tyler explained, "When we are done recording, I go up to Johnny’s house and I play him stuff and I ask if it is any good. He gives me [honest feedback]." Tyler says Depp is qualified to weigh in on the subject. "Johnny is a great musician and many people don’t know that, he plays piano, guitar, he knows his music."
Tyler saiys that ‘Legendary Child,’ Aerosmith’s contribution to the upcoming ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ movie is awesome and the spirit of the film lines up quite well with the band’s own experiences. "'G.I. Joe' [is] about deep space and 'let’s go fight the foe.' And then I thought about where the band came from, and going [into] the music business. If there ever...was a foe, the music business was. So to be successful you had to learn how to climb ladders, jump through hoops and live through burning houses."
Tyler also says the band recently spent 12 hours filming a video for the song and he gives high praise to his longtime mate Perry, who he says was “on fire” when the band was recording the song.
Aerosmith will premiere a new song on the season finale of 'American Idol' on May 23rd. It is not confirmed, but it most likely will be 'Legendary Child', which was an outake from the 'Get A Grip' sessions.
In celebration of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park, members of the Boston Red Sox are featured with Boston area musicians on the commemorative album, ’100 Year Anniversary of Fenway Park.' The album features contemporary recordings of fan favorites that are often heard bellowing at Fenway during games and that are associated with the area’s bands. Current and former Sox players contribute along with special guests and children from the team’s charitable Red Sox Scholars program.
'Sweet Caroline' features home run machine David “Big Papi’ Ortiz providing background vocals and improv while Clay Buchholz plays acoustic guitar. Jon Butcher is joined by Jarrod Saltalamacchia churns out additional guitar licks on a cover of Aerosmith's 'Dream On.' Daniel Bard plays acoustic guitar on album’s debut single, 'Let the Good Times Roll.' He is joined by Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.
Kenny Aronoff, who's currently drumming for Chickenfoot and has worked with John Mellencamp and John Fogerty besides having done session work for a never ending list of musicians, contributed drums.
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, and its Red Sox Scholars and inner city youth baseball programs. The album will be available exclusively for purchase at the Yawkey Way Store/The Official Red Sox Team Store, as well as at all traditional and digital retailers on May 22nd.
'100 Year Anniversary of Fenway Park' Tracklist:
Tessie – Kevin Millar
Let the Good Times Roll – Gary Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt & Daniel Bard
The Impossible Dream (The Quest) – Dicky Barrett & Rico Petrocelli
Dream On – Jon Butcher & Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Meet Me at Mary’s Place – Peter Gammons & Seth Justman
Knights of Bostonia – Ken Casey, Nora Parkington & Cory Pesaturo
Take Me Out to the Ball Game – Jerry Remy & Mike Mushok
Sweet Caroline – Mark Salling, Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz, Ryan Kalish & Darnell McDonald
2007- Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury & Dustin Pedroia
Dirty Water – Dick Dodd, Alfredo Aceves & Barry Goudreau
Fenway Park – Mark Lennon
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu – Jim Lonborg, Mike O’Malley & Curt Schilling
Alice Cooper News: ‘Dark Shadows’ trailer, Musicians Institute Commencement Speech, ‘The Strange Case of Alice Cooper’ set for DVD release
A new trailer for Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' movie adaptation of the 1960's gothic soap opera is now online. Check out the one and only Alice Cooper appearing as himself playing at a party at the Maine mansion of lead character Barnabas Collins, portrayed by Johnny Depp.
The film is set in the early 1970's, and the trailer features music from Curtis Mayfield, the Carpenters, T. Rex, Barry White and Cooper. When seeing the Carpenters performing on TV, Collins asks "What sorcery is this? Reveal yourself tiny songstress!" and when confronted with a performance by Alice Cooper, he comments, “ugliest woman I’ve ever seen." Alice is at the tail end of the clip, performing "No More Mr. Nice Guy" at the bash. 'Dark Shadows' opens in theaters on May 11.
Last Saturday (Mar. 17) Alice recieved an honorary doctorate in front of 600 grads from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. He delivered a great speech, imparting many words of wisdom?: "First of all, the fact that I am here as your keynote speaker raises a lot of red flags. It show’s an obvious lack of judgment on your part." He also told the graduates that mediocrity is their greatest enemy, so if they’re going to be in the industry, be fearless. "If you succeed, you become a genius,” he said. "If you fail, you become an idiot. You can always start again."
Cooper also shared an anecdote about the King of Rock and Roll himself:
"Elvis said to me, ‘Hey, man, yer that cat with the makeup and the snakes. That’s cool, man. I dig that’ … So there I was with a loaded snub nose Smith and Wesson 38 aimed at Elvis Presley. The little devil on my shoulder said, 'Kill him.' The angel the other shoulder said, 'No, just wound him...'
Shout! Factory have set a May 22nd release date for the DVD version of "The Strange Case of Alice Cooper."
The film was originally released on VHS and hasn't officially been available for 30 years. Amazon had these details: The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper is more than a concert film. It is the warped tale of one man's descent into madness, a theatrical rock 'n' roll spectacle that could only emerge from the twisted imagination of Alice Cooper.
Filmed during a stop on the Madhouse Rock Tour in 1979, Strange Case was inspired by Alice's stay in a New York sanitarium and the people he encountered there. Vincent Price introduces the proceedings as ghoulish doctors and transvestite nurses cross paths with dancing bottles of alcohol. All the while, Alice performs songs off his album From The Inside, as well as many of his most well-known and best-loved hits.
From The Inside
The Quiet Room
I Never Cry
Welcome To My Nightmare
Billion Dollar Babies
Only Women Bleed
No More Mr. Nice Guy
The Black Widow
Wish I Was Born In Beverly Hills
Ballad Of Dwight Fry
Go To Hell
How You Gonna See Me Now
Inmates (We're All Crazy)
Alice Cooper gets his own bobblehead and cameo in SyFy Bigfoot movie with Greg Brady & Danny Partridge
Alice Cooper, coming off a great 2011 with the successful 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album and tour behind it, is kicking off 2012 by keeping busy in a few different ways. First, Happy Birthday to Alice, as he celebrates number 64 tomorrow (Feb. 4)! He has a busy February lined up and it actually started at the end of last month as he spent last Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 31) in Seattle shooting a cameo scene for the upcoming SyFy movie 'Bigfoot.' The movie also stars Howard Hesseman (WKRP in Cinncinnati, Head of the Class), Andre Royo (The Wire), Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks), and TV icons Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch). Alice twetted this: “Killed by Bigfoot today... In Seattle W/ @TheDoochMan and @AKAGregBrady for the upcoming @SyFyMovies film that is! pic.twitter.com/YtorW93d”.
Alice spent the flight home thinking of ridiculous animal hybrid names, much to the dismay of the other passengers and jokingly tweeted “Next month I'll be shooting the new SyFy films "Rattlestork VS Sasquid" and "Rhinocerat VS Grizzlybat 2: Blood at Makeout Point" @SyFyMovies”.
Tonight (Feb. 3) Alice will appear in an episode of 'Room 101,' airing on BBC1 in London and the UK. Room 101 is a BBC comedy television series based on the radio series of the same name, in which celebrities are invited to discuss their pet hates and persuade the host to consign them to a fate worse than death in Room 101, named after the torture room in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, which is itself named after a meeting room in the BBC Broadcasting House where Orwell would sit through tedious meetings. On the show Alice talks of his least favorite thing in the world, balloon animals, so the show created a life sized balloon Alice Cooper!
On Wednesday, Feb. 15th the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will open a new exhibit, that will reportedly include a major Alice Cooper stage prop on display. Get more info here.
Alice will also be dropping the puck for his hometown Phoenix Coyotes NHL Hockey game on Feb. 18th, when it is Coop's Troops Military Appreciation Night!
Then on Friday, Feb 18th The Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, AZ will have the opening of their "I Am AZ Music" exhibit featuring influential musical artists from Arizona in celebration of the state's Centennial festivities. Alice has loaned two one of a kind stage outfits from the Spiders era, an outfit designed by Colleen Attwood that he wore for his part in the upcoming Tim Burton film “Dark Shadows”, along with some other great early pieces of Alice Cooper history. Also part of the exhibit will be a fascinating sketch book from Alice's days in High School Art Class, where Alice drew several versions of The Spiders logos, flyers and other band name ideas instead of doing his classwork. Here's a photo of the conservation department at MIM work on one of Alice's jackets from the Spiders era. Get more info on the exhibit here.
Alice Cooper will play himself in a small cameo role in the new Tim Burton movie reboot of the classic TV show "Dark Shadows." Johnny Depp stars as vampire Barnabas Collins, along with Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, Gulliver McGrath, Bella Heathcote, Ray Shirley, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Dark Shadows will open on May 11, 2012.
The film is set back in 1972 and its been reported that Depp's Collins character will hire Cooper to play a private ball at his seaside home in Maine. Perfect casting, and I can wait to see the results!
Alice has appeared in other horror films, including "Nightmare On Elm Street: Freddy’s Dead" and "Prince Of Darkness." Here's a shot of the cast from a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly: