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The guest lineup for the next season of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic will start shooting in Los Angeles starting this Sunday! You can follow Eddie Trunk on Twitter @eddietrunk for news and photos from the set as the shows are shot. Air dates have yet to be announced for these shows. Check out the slated guests below and the upcoming season will be the first shot in HD. Join Don Jamison, Jim Florintine and Eddie Trunk for another season of TMS!
Guest Guitarists (each seen in 2 shows): Chris Broderick (Megadeth), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Glenn Hughes (playing bass), Warren DeMartini (Ratt).
Herman Rarebell (Scorpions) & Andrew Dice Clay
Marilyn Manson & Biff Byford (Saxon)
Tracii Guns (LA Guns) & Michael Monroe
Paul Rodgers & Josh Todd/Keith Nelson (Buckcherry)
Sully Erna (Godsmack) & Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl)
Slash & Sam Dunn (metal filmaker)
Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
Dave Mustaine & Vinnie Appice/Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
Watch the current episode featuring Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob) and John Sykes (ex-Whitesnake, Blue Murder and Thin Lizzy). The two announce plans for a band and new music in 2012! Can't wait for that!
Here's a preview of this weekend's new show featuring Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and vocalist Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Micheal Schenker Group, Impellitteri)
Alice Cooper to help design Universal Studios Halloween Maze, new ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare” out Sept. 13
Alice Cooper will help design a theme park maze for Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights. Cooper is the second celebrity that the park has tapped to help create horror-inspired mazes for the annual Halloween celebration that runs on selected nights from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31.
Horror movie director and actor Eli Roth, who produced the 2002 horror film "Cabin Fever" and 2005's "Hostel," among others, will design a maze called Eli Roth's Hostel: Hunting Season. Other celebrities who have agreed to design mazes will be announced over the next few weeks.
The mazes are usually temporary structures installed at the theme park among the other rides and attractions. Guests walk through the dark mazes, past scenes of gore and costumed actors that jump out from the shadows.
According to Universal Studios Hollywood, Cooper's maze will include "guillotine decapitations, electric chairs, a sadistic insane asylum, predatory snakes and giant Black Widow spiders that have helped make his imagery timeless and indelible."
Alice Cooper's widely anticipated new album, 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', will be released September 13, 2011, by Universal Music Enterprises. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum 'Welcome To My Nightmare' album in 1975, the album picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.
The original release is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneering U.S. TV special, and certified Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer whose influence persists today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theatre, television, film and much more.
More than 35 years later, Alice and Ezrin have resurrected the horror and humor for a new generation.
"This is Alice's nightmare 35 years later," explains Alice, "Bob and I created this character and we know how to write for him. I play the part but we're not writing for me, we're writing for Alice. We kept the first Nightmare album very personal to us, on this one we found more humor and we were more open. This was our world and we want to present it to the fans. The original album was my first solo album after all those huge hit records with the original band and now that nightmare is exposed, this one can be a little bit more open. The music crosses all sorts of boundaries; we went where the lyrics took us."
There is an array of collaborators on the new album, including original Alice Cooper members Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith reunited on 3 tracks; global pop superstar Ke$ha, who affectionately calls Alice "dad"; and legendary Alice and Lou Reed guitarist Steve Hunter, who is part of Alice's current touring band and featured prominently on the first Nightmare album.
Musically, the album ranges far and wide, from trashing disco to garage punk, pop balladry to a rocking number, very much in the spirit of the Rolling Stones. And then there's the ballad "Something To Remember Me By," described by Alice as "the prettiest song we have ever released."
Glimpses of themes from the original album are intertwined throughout, each track representing a different aspect of Alice's nightmare.
From the opener, "I Am Made Of You," through the already established live favorite and first single "I'll Bite Your Face Off," to the surprising duet with Ke$ha, "What Baby Wants," this album is a reminder that albums just aren't made this way anymore.
And musicians do not play together like Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith anymore. "I wanted a '70s feel for 'When Hell Comes Home,' says Alice, "and I didn't even have to ask for it, it's just how they play and they did it live in the studio. When they got done playing the basic track, Bob and I just looked at each other, that sound is built into their DNA. We didn't need to go and fix anything. The way they finished was a little bit ragged, and that's the way we used to finish songs, that's what I like about it."
Co-writers on various songs include the aforementioned Bob Ezrin, Ke$ha, Dunaway, Bruce and Smith, plus Buckcherry's Keith Nelson, Desmond Child (who famously co-wrote and produced "Poison" with Alice), longtime collaborator Dick Wagner, current touring band member Chuck Garric, and film composer Jeremy Rubolino.
"That's my rebellion," says Alice of the more surprising guests, "I like people that don't belong and yet what they're doing works perfectly. I don't care where it comes from, as long as it's right. If you tell me something doesn't work, I'll work my head off until it does then shove it down your throat."
"I think a lot of my audience is going to go 'KE$HA!?', but she probably wrote the most wicked lyrics in the song -- we had to rein her in. I like people to know that just because artists are put in a pigeon hole, that doesn't mean that's what they are. Give people a little room."
With Steve Hunter, one of rock's great guitarists, added to the band's lineup of guitarists Damon Johnson and Tommy Henriksen, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel, Alice has been tearing up venues worldwide on his 2011 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" tour.
Alice gave fans an up close and highly personal experience in June with a surprise performance at London's legendary 100 Club, when actor Johnny Depp joined the band on guitar. Alice showcased the powerful band that had blown away the Download Festival crowd the previous weekend.
This year, the original Alice Cooper group was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, and Alice was honored with both the Kerrang! Icon Award in the U.K. and the Revolver Golden God Award in the U.S.
'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' Tracklist:
1. I Am Made Of You
3. The Nightmare Returns
4. A Runaway Train
5. Last Man On Earth
6. The Congregation
7. I'll Bite Your Face Off
8. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
9. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By
11. When Hell Comes Home
12. What Baby Wants
13. I Gotta Get Outta Here
14. The Underture