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Alice Cooper played a special show at The Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood to commemorative the release of his new album "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" and return to a venue he hadn't played for over 40 years. KLOS-FM Los Angeles Program Director Bob Buchmann kicked things off by introducing onto the stage the notorious KLOS DJ Jim Ladd, who then presented the grand prize winner of the station's guitar giveaway. Rob Zombie then appeared, spoke a few words of praise about his friend and idol, and then introduced Cooper to the enthusiastic audience. Listen to the full concert below:
Check it out here: www.955klos.com
The 63-year-old rocker then took the stage and, in addition to selections from his new album, played many of his most famous hits (the highlight being a great version of "I'm Eighteen", of which Alice noted would soon have to be re-named "I"m Eighty"). Cooper also chose to play a variety of what appears to be some of his own favorite songs, including a surprisingly brilliant few lines of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall Part 2", tucking its non-conformist message neatly inside of Cooper's own anti-scholastic anthem "School's Out". And for two flawless cover tunes from The Doors, Robby Krieger himself strapped on his guitar to join the band on stage to play "Break On Through" and "Back Door Man" - with Alice singing the old Morrison lyrics as if they were seriously written for him to sing. Also joining the antics, oddly, was Electropop rapper Kesha, who appears to have taken a few cues from the veteran performer. Oh, and in case there just wasn't enough shock with your rock, at one point, Cooper's old friend - a rather frightening 8-foot-plus python - made an appearance that was, well, nothing short of skin-crawling (although I found out later this wasn't Cooper's actual python; she was a rental as Alice's snake is, for whatever reason, in Australia at this time). And his band, which includes the talented guitarist Orianthi (who was about to tour with Michael Jackson before he passed away), guitarist Steve Hunter, guitarist Tommy Henriksen, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel, really drove out a set that won't soon be forgotten.
And if the show on stage wasn't enough, the party in the VIP lounge upstairs was a show in itself. In addition to the aforementioned Zombie, in attendance were Kiss's Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer, the legendary comedian Cheech Marin, and world-class guitarist and political activist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. And although I was sad none of these guys picked up their instruments to join Cooper on stage, it was endearing to see them all so enthralled by Alice's performance (yeah, it was priceless watching Tom Morello pump his fist as he sang every word to every single song!). And Cooper's own daughter Calico, who normally joins her father on stage as part of his touring rock theater, also watched the show from the balcony, grinning happily in support of her dear old dad.
All in all, there is no doubt this was truly a night to remember. Let's just hope it doesn't take another 42 years to get Alice Cooper to come back to the Whisky again.
Alice Cooper News: MLB “Strikezone” Alice vs Alice, finding romance in Budapest, photos and concert review from Whisky a Go Go show
Alice Cooper joined Major League Baseball Fan Cave for a heated Alice vs. Alice debate on his Detroit Tigers and his Arizona Diamondbacks. Alice grew up and originated in Detroit and is huge Tiger fan. He moved to the Phoenix, Arizona area years ago, and is now also a big Diamondbacks fan. Watch the debate here:
Alice Cooper took the stage of the legendary Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood this past Thursday night for the first time since Alice Cooper the band performed there live in 1969 with Led Zeppelin.
Cooper was joined by Steve Hunter, one of rock's great guitarists; Tommy Henriksen, who co-wrote much of the new release; bassist Chuck Garric; drummer Glen Sobel; and guitar prodigy Orianthi, making her debut with the band. The band rocked all the classic tracks and songs from Cooper's new album "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", the long-awaited sequel to his 1975 classic "Welcome to My Nightmare", which was released on September 13. Also making special guest appearances during the set were former The Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger and pop singer Ke$ha.
Fox 411 spoke to Ol' Black Eyes about where he goes when he takes off his eyeliner and leather pants for a little rest and relaxation. For romance and more, he heads to Hungary's capital, that's really two cities in one.
Says Cooper: "Budapest, my wife says, is more romantic than Paris. There’s something about Budapest that’s very warm. Go there during the summer of the spring and you’ll be surprised how much fun that is."
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Alice Cooper will treat fans to a special performance at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go on September 15th at 9pm. Cooper will take the stage of the legendary rock venue, on the Sunset Strip, for the first time since Alice Cooper the band performed there live in 1969 with Led Zeppelin.
"The Whisky had an option for a return engagement, but we got busy and it just slipped our minds. No, seriously, the Whisky gig we did with Led Zeppelin is something we all talk about to this day. It's going to be amazing to go back as a straight ahead LA bar band... We might even take requests. I figure, if we could do it in London, we can do it at the Whisky. And it's LA, so you never know who else might show up..."
Earlier this summer, Cooper played the 100 Club in London and Johnny Depp joined Alice on stage.
Cooper will be joined by Steve Hunter, Tommy Henriksen who co-wrote much of the new release; bassist Chuck Garric; drummer Glen Sobel; and guitar prodigy Orianthi, who will be making her debut with the band.
The band will be playing all the classics and songs from his new album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare", the long-awaited sequel to his 1975 classic "Welcome To My Nightmare", which will be released on September 13th.
Evanescence are the first Rock Pick of the Week with "What You Want" from the self-titled new album out October 11. It's good to have Amy Lee and the band back, with a solid lead track from the upcoming long delayed release.
It will be the first new album in since 2006 for Evanescence, who have been through band member changes, producer changes, label issues and more. An entire album was recorded and slated for release last year, but the entire project was scrapped due to the electronic sound of the album, which many felt wasn't the right sound or move for Amy Lee and the band.
Evanescence play Rock In Rio on October 2nd and a show in Puerto Rico on October 6th, before kicking off a U.S. tour on October 10 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, California. It looks to be a big 2011-12 for Evanescence!
Up next is another "supergroup"...SuperHeavy. The SuperHeavy lineup features Jagger, Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, singer Joss Stone, composer A.R. Rahman and reggae artist Damian Marley. “Miracle Worker” is the lead track from the band’s debut, due out September 20 in North America. More reggae than rock, it still warrants a rock pick of the week. It is an interesting, diverse project that is a great blend of musical styles and personalities.
The song features lead vocals shared by Stone, Marley and Jagger as they cruise through the light, bouncy reggae-influenced track. Jagger and Stewart co-produced the album, which was recorded in various studios around the world, including those in France, Cyprus, Miami and India. The majority of the tracks were laid down over three weeks in Los Angeles earlier this year. The quartet wrote 22 songs in their first six days together.
Here's a fantatstic in-studio clip posted by the band:
I have to follow up Mick Jagger's new band with a Rolling Stones connection, as Puddle of Mudd have released a cover of the Stones "Gimmie Shelter" as the first track released from their upcoming album "re (disc)overd" out August 30.
"It wasn't our plan to do an album of cover tunes," says Puddle of Mudd guitarist Paul Phillips of the group's new record, "We were on a bit of a break, during which time some touring offers came in. We didn't want to go out there without something new, and one day the idea of a covers album came up. The whole thing felt very exciting."
And with that, the band (which also consists of vocalist Wes Scantlin, bassist Paul Ardito and drummer Shannon Boone) who already included AC/DC's T.N.T. and Steve Miller's The Joker in their live show, drew up a wish list of other rock classics to fill out re:(disc)overed. "We tried to pick songs that inspired us, by artists who really influenced us," Phillips says. "With the exception of a couple of songs, we made our selections pretty quickly."
Puddle of Mudd continue on the Rock Allegiance Tour with Buckcherry, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Red, Crossfade & Drive A through September.
Check out this breakdown of the album track by track from musicradar.com.
"I'll Bite Your Face Off", the first single from his Alice Cooper's upcoming "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" album is up next. Apparently it was inspired by The Rolling Stones. Speaking recently with NME, Cooper explained that the song "is my tip-of-the-hat to early Rolling Stones," adding, "This song was begging to be in the live show. We've done it in four different continents now and no one had ever heard it. By the second chorus, the whole audience is singing 'I'll Bite Your Face Off'. It's the perfect little three-minute hit single."
Cooper said that the song is influenced by the Stones "like in 1964/65 when their songs were very Chuck Berry-orientated. They just feel so good, in the pocket."
"Welcome 2 My Nightmare", the long-awaited "sequel" to Cooper's 1975 Top Five solo classic "Welcome To My Nightmare", arrives on September 13. Cooper is in the midst of a North American tour. "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" features original Alice Cooper Band members Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith, who reunited for three tracks; current 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 was featured prominently on the first "Nightmare" album.
Blink 182 are back and have a top 5 track on the alternative rock chart already with "Up All Night". Bassist Mark Hoppus, vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge, and drummer Travis Barker have sold over 27 million albums worldwide since forming in Poway, California in 1992. Their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods, is scheduled to be released on September 27. The Blinkumentary, a documentary film about the band, is also scheduled for release this fall.
The band is currently on the Honda Civic Tour with My Chemical Romance, continuing until an October 8th gig at The Hollywood Bowl. Blink 182 will also be a part of the VOODOO Music Experience 2011 in New Orleans on Oct. 28-30.
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