Music history will be made when Deep Purple and Alice Cooper, joined by special guest, The Edgar Winter Band, visit 19 cities across America this summer on an epic rock tour, announced today. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will also serve as the Long Goodbye Tour for Deep Purple, and begins Saturday, August 12 in Las Vegas, with stops in Los Angeles, Boston, including Cooper’s hometown of Detroit, and more. More information can be found at www.livenation.com and itinerary is below.
VIP Packages go on presale beginning MONDAY, January 30th via Ticketmaster.com, ticket links available at alicecooper.com/tour-dates! General tickets go on sale to the public Friday, February 3 at LiveNation.com and on the Live Nation app. Citi card members can take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity beginning on Tuesday, January 31 at 10:00am local time. For complete Citi pre-sale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com. On Thursday, February 2 at 10:00 am local time there will also be pre-sales via LiveNation.com, the Live Nation app and on Facebook.
Deep Purple’s studio album, Infinite, is set for release April 7, 2017, via earMUSIC. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), Infinite features 10 new tracks recorded with no musical boundaries in the spirit of the 70s. The metal pioneers have released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey. Fans will be thrilled as they cover decades of favorites for this run. For more information please visit www.deeppurple.com.
Alice Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo. Alice’s catalog of hits and anthems, including “I’m Eighteen,” “No More Mr Nice Guy,” School’s Out,” “Elected,” “Poison,” and others, are featured in his live show, along with a mix of newer songs and fan-favorite album cuts. Alice’s touring band features the three-guitar attack of Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, backed by longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel. For more information please visit www.alicecooper.com.
Edgar Winter has been celebrated across the globe since his 1970 solo debut, Entrance. With over twenty albums, top hits “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride,” and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past. For more information please visit www.edgarwinter.com. ALICECOOPER.COM/TOUR-DATES
Alice Cooper and Lzzy Hale (HALESTORM) joined BEASTO BLANCO, the band fronted by long time ALICE COOPER bassist Chuck Garric, on stage last night (Thursday, Janaury 26) at The Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee to perform the Cooper classic “School’s Out”. Alice also sang “No More Mr. Nice Guy” with BEASTO BLANCO, whose lineup includes his daughter Calico. Check out video footage below.
A couple of years ago, Lzzy recalled meeting Alice Cooper in a record store and providing the iconic singer with some decidedly un-rock ‘n’ roll drugs. “They were antacids,” she told Playboy.com in a 2013 interview. “I ran into him in L.A. He was shopping for CDs with his daughter Calico, and I saw him there and I ended up talking to him and realized I had actually met Calico years ago when we were in Philly — she was dating some guy we were playing with. So anyway, Alice is really quiet and while we were talking he was looking at my keychain. On my keychain, I have this little pill carrier that I carry my earplugs in, and he taps on it and says, ‘Do you have any Pepcid AC in there because I got major heartburn,’ and I just happened to have Pepcid AC, not in the pill box but on me, because my dad at the time was working at the Pepcid AC factory. So that’s my story about giving Alice Cooper drugs.”
She added: “He’s a great dude. I ended up being a prop in his show; he had me handing out these huge balloons during ‘School’s Out’ where I’d toss them to the crowd and he’d stab them and confetti would go everywhere, and I stayed up to sing with him. He’s a really nice guy, really laid back, and his entire crew is like family since they’ve been working for him for like 20 years. So when you’re with him, it’s a good experience.”
Calico originally joined BEASTO BLANCO as a backup singer but now splits vocal duties with Garric.
“She and I are Bonnie and Clyde, the Natural Born Killers,” Garric told the Nashville Scene. “Entertainment is the key to what we do. The music is important, but at the same time, when you come to a show, I need people paying attention.”
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More about Alice Cooper, the man, the myth, the legend:
Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock. With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, his place in rock history and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame secure, and his multiple gold & platinum albums, sold-out tours plus countless honors and career achievement awards, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career.
Cooper has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where 24 hour cable news can present real life shocking images.
Still touring worldwide year-in and year-out, still hosting his worldwide syndicated radio show (heard on Planet Rock 5 days a week in the UK), still writing and recording new music, Alice Cooper show no sign of slowing down.
Alice Cooper was on a roll in 1971. Teaming with Canadian producer Bob Ezrin, the band had returned to its Detroit roots (literally and figuratively), working hard to simplify its sound for maximum impact. The first result was “I’m Eighteen,” a big hit for the Coopers from the Love It to Death album, released in February of 1971, and they kept it going later on Nov. 27 of that year with Killer.
Good things began to happen when Warner Bros. signed the group to a multi-album deal, with Love It to Death as the first offering from that contract. A tour took them to Britain and gained Alice Cooper new celebrity fans from David Bowie to Elton John. And some critics began to see the band as more than an outlandish act with a goofy stage show.
“Not only the image was there. The most important thing, in our mind, was the fact [that] the music has to stand up years from now,” Alice Cooper (the singer) said on In the Studio With Redbeard. “It has to stand up even after they’ve forgotten what we’ve done on stage.”
With longevity as the goal, the band went back into the studio to make Alice Cooper’s second album of 1971 (and fourth overall), with Ezrin again in the producer’s chair. Alice has often praised Ezrin for shaping the band’s sound, going so far as calling Bob “our George Martin,” a reference to the famous Beatles producer.
“All of these great songs started coming out,” Cooper remembered. “Bob worked us hard. I mean, he was hard in the studio. He was a tough guy to work with because he really demanded a lot.”
The hard work paid off on Killer, in both the amount of quality songs and the variety of tunes. The album contained songs that matched irresistible pop melodies with punchy hard rock, landing two singles on the Billboard chart with “Be My Lover” and “Under My Wheels” – which also became Alice Cooper’s first U.K. hit. But the LP also included some more challenging compositions, such as the multi-part “Halo of Flies,” which was also a riff on James Bond-esque spy games.
Listen to “Halo of Flies”
“Many critics went to great lengths to insult our playing abilities. Many of them seemed convinced that our theatrics were just a crutch to smokescreen our deficiencies,” bassist Dennis Dunaway said. “As for the approach on ‘Halo,’ early in our career, we prided our ability to assemble medleys of our favorite British bands. We did a Kinks medley, a Who medley, a Beatles medley, and we thought our transitions were pretty clever.
“So, years later, having a bunch of extraneous riffs and melodies kicking around, we decided to apply our knack for segues and we came up with ‘Halo of Flies.’ It was the first time many critics finally admitted that we could play. And it proved that the band were self-sufficient in writing our own complex arrangements.”
Other inspirations included Jim Morrison. Alice Cooper and guitarist Michael Bruce paid tribute to the Doors singer on the moody and tense “Desperado,” because he had just died before the band’s Killer sessions. While some might have thought that “Dead Babies” was just an excuse to torture baby dolls in concert, Cooper explained that the song was written by the entire band (including guitarist Glen Buxton and drummer Neal Smith) as an earnest statement.
“Actually that song was probably the first anti-drug, anti-parental abuse song,” Cooper said. “It was like ‘Mom is high and in the other room with some guy she’d never seen before. Dad is out drinking and the baby is taking every pill in the medicine cabinet.’ … It was a total anti-parent abuse song.”
An eye-popping peek into entertainment industry from the magnetic force who has worked with an impeccable roster of stars throughout his storied career.
In the course of his legendary career as a manager, agent, and producer, Shep Gordon has worked with, and befriended, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Alice Cooper to Bette Davis, Raquel Welch to Groucho Marx, Blondie to Jimi Hendrix, Sylvester Stallone to Salvador Dali, Luther Vandross to Teddy Pendergrass. He is also credited with inventing the “celebrity chef,” and has worked with Nobu Matsuhisa, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Roger Vergé, and many others, including his holiness the Dalai Lama.
In this wonderfully engaging memoir, the charismatic entertainment legend recalls his life, from his humble beginnings as a “shy, no self-esteem, Jewish nebbisher kid with no ambition” in Oceanside, Long Island, to his unexpected rise as one of the most influential and respected personalities in show business, revered for his kindness, charisma—and fondness for a good time.
Gordon shares riotous anecdotes and outrageous accounts of his free-wheeling, globe-trotting experiences with some of the biggest celebrities of the past five decades, including his first meeting with Janice Joplin in 1968, when the raspy singer punched him in the face. Told with incomparable humor and heart, They Call Me Supermensch is a sincere, hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the worlds of music and entertainment from the consummate Hollywood insider.