Alice Talks Australia

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SOURCE:  SMH.COM.AU

In a career spanning 50 years, whatever Alice Cooper hasn’t done in rock probably isn’t worth doing.

He was banned on radio, but still managed hit albums and cult singles. He took early shock rock to another level, introducing horror imagery, with litres of fake blood, mock executions and giant snakes on stage. A simulated hanging scene almost ended up killing Cooper in 1998.

Offstage he infamously founded “The Hollywood Vampires”, a drinking club that included hellraisers like Keith Moon, John Lennon and Harry Nilsson. Cooper gave up drugs and alcohol in the mid-1980s (partly by obssessing over golf) and found God.

He’s acted in several comedy and horror films, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

The one thing Cooper, now 67, would like to achieve now could be the most shocking of all, to his longtime fans at least.

Cooper would quite like to write an Oscar-winning song, perhaps even for Frozen 2, the just-announced follow-up to the 2013 hit children’s film.

“I could do that, it would be amazing. Four of my biggest hits were ballads. People might be surprised, I could certainly write a good ballad for Frozen 2.”

As good as that sounds, there is another Alice Cooper project likely to see the light of day sooner: his covers album dedicated to his former drinking buddies in the Hollywood Vampires Club, called All My Dear Drunk Friends is due out in September.

“I had never done a covers album before so I wanted to make it very specific. I thought, ‘how about we honour the guys we used to drink with: Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Marc Bolan. We all drank every night at the Rainbow [Bar and Grill in Los Angeles].”

The idea came from the set of the movie Dark Shadows, where Cooper played himself. He and Johnny Depp played at a nearby club, playing covers of songs like Brown Sugar andBack in the USSR.

Cooper says Depp is on All My Dear Drunk Friends: ”Johnny can really play you know”. So too is Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and one Paul McCartney.

“You look around for your piano player and you see Paul McCartney is suddenly your piano player and you think ‘OK, this album isn’t my album any more. When you are in a studio with him it becomes a different world.”

Cooper is on tour in Australia in May, supporting Motley Crue, which is on its farewell world tour. Notwithstanding nostalgia for the hair metal greats, Cooper has been more influential and you could argue the Crue should be supporting Alice, not the other way around.

“They called me and said ‘we’re going to retire and you’ll never ever see us play again. They said you were a big influence … I said ‘we can send you off in grand style’.

“Together these two bands will be like a one-two knockout punch … the audience won’t get their breath. We did 85 shows together this summer and both bands bring it every night.”

One thing the two bands won’t be doing is partying hard. Cooper says the notion of sex, drugs and rock’n'roll “is fun to say but it became a cliche … every guy I know who got heavily into drugs regretted it”.

“Cocaine is the greatest liar of all time. The very nature of drugs and alcohol is that [you think] when you do them, you’re better. Then you go and listen to that song the next day and you realise you’ve got to rewrite it.”

Alcohol wasn’t as bad for a long time, but “it did get to a period where I was throwing up a lot of blood and I realised it was medicine not alcohol. Everyone has different levels [but] being an addict I can’t do any of it.”

Cooper says bands were expected to abuse drugs and alcohol in the 1970s and `80s but that it’s not tolerated in major bands today. “There is no such thing as being in a major band and having an addiction. You won’t get there.

“If you’re in a touring band right now, like Foo Fighters … there’s probably no druggies in the band. It’s not cool any more.

“If you’re going to hire someone to be guitar player on tour for a year the last thing you want is a guy that drinks too much or does drugs. They are looked down upon.”

Alice Cooper supports Motley Crue at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on May 12 and 13, and Sydney’s Allphones Arena on May 16.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/is-this-alice-coopers-biggest-shock-yet-20150318-1m14nr.html#ixzz3VOFxKD7F

Alice Cooper makes his way onto NHL Ice!

Alice Cooper dropped in at the Arizona Coyotes NHL home game this evening to meet up with Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, who debuted his new Alice Cooper mask for the Coyotes’ Retro night.


With the @ArizonaCoyotes to help #MikeSmith scare the puck out of the @VanCanucks with his new mask by @darrigoart! pic.twitter.com/AgGWHwbSQa

— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) March 6, 2015

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Alice Cooper Announced for Rock USA in Oskosh, WI

The festival takes place between July 15th-18th.  Tickets onsale Monday, March 9th at 10 am CST.

Alice Cooper is headlining on Wednesday, July 15th.  Other headliners include Judas Priest, Def Leppard, and Avenged Sevenfold.

More details at http://www.rockusaoshkosh.com


Alice Cooper confirmed for three more Motley Crüe Dates!

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Alice Cooper is now confirmed for the following 3 shows with Motley Crüe:

9/2/2015 – Miami
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9/5/2015 – Houston
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9/6/2015 – San Antonio
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VOTE! Alice Cooper VS the Band: Ultimate Classic Rock

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Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

This month’s Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame battle has reached the final round, and it all comes down to either Alice Cooper or the Band.

While these two acts don’t have much in common musically, they both earned their place in the rock firmament through decades of touring and recording starting in the late ’60s. After making a name for themselves as backing musicians for Bob Dylan, the Band made its stand-alone debut with 1968′s Music From Big Pink; Cooper arrived the following year, with the Pretties for You LP. They diverged from there, with Cooper pioneering shock rock and the Band hearkening back to traditional song forms with a series of albums that helped lay the groundwork for the Americana format, but they both later enjoyed induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Their journey toward induction into our 100 percent reader-voted Hall of Fame has found both acts defeating strong opponents along the way. Cooper made quick work of Neil Young in the opening round, while the Band crushed Jefferson Airplane; in the semifinals, Cooper squeaked past Bob Seger, while the Band claimed victory over Jethro Tull.

Now which one makes it past the final round? That’s your call. You can vote once per hour until 11:59PM ET on March 2. This month’s winner will be announced on March 3. Be sure to read the official rules.

VOTE HERE: Alice Cooper vs. the Band: Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Finals | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/alice-cooper-vs-the-band/?trackback=tsmclip

MÖTLEY CRÜE ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN DATES FOR THE FINAL TOUR

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MÖTLEY CRÜE 

ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN DATES FOR ‘THE FINAL TOUR’

AUSTRALIA’S LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE BAND LIVE!

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2015 - Legendary rock icons MÖTLEY CRÜE have, at last, confirmed dates for the highly anticipated Australian leg of their Final Tour, bringing along shock-rocker ALICE COOPER as very special guest.

The Final Tour marks the end of an era for the band. In January 2014, all four original members gathered to sign a binding ‘Cessation Of Touring’ agreement taking effect at the end of 2015 before a press conference in their hometown of Los Angeles and announcing the global two-year Final Tour. A year later, on January 20, 2015 in New York City, the band announced Mötley Crüe’s highly anticipated final live performance of the band to take place at LA’s Staples Centre on New Year’s Eve 2015.   The 2014 portion of ‘The Final Tour’ was one of last year’s top grossing US tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million USD.

Australian fans had better brace themselves; the mighty Crüe are bringing their full production with them, including the ground breaking Crüecifly drum coaster, fire spitting bass, over the top pyrotechnics, that have made ‘The Final Tour’ such a wildly successful, memorable experience for hundreds of thousands across the world. “My career focus has been on building artist’s careers – it’s kind of perversely cool to be responsible for ending one,” says Michael Coppel, President & CEO, Live Nation Australasia.

Bassist, Nikki Sixx says of the band’s visit, “We can’t wait to celebrate 34 years of Mötley Crüe with our Australian fans and come over there one last time.  We always have an amazing time in Australia and we’re not holding back either… we are bringing along our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as the pyro and every other bell and whistle.”

Ensuring they farewell Australia in epic style, the inimitable Alice Cooper will accompany Mötley Crüe on all Australian dates as very special guest. The Hall Of Fame inductee continues to connect with Australian audiences via his broadly acclaimed radio show Nights With Alice Cooper, which airs on a variety of rock networks Australia-wide.

Once coined the most evil rock singer in the world, Alice Cooper recently suggested Crüe let him kill them on stage, “That finishes everything. Four guillotines, floomp! Done!” he enthused. While his villainous vision may not be realised, an equally evil performance is guaranteed as Cooper unleashes his hard rock classics.

Thirty-four years into one of the most tumultuous and staggeringly successful careers in the history of rock music, Mötley Crüe continue to command unwavering allegiance from fans of all ages. The classic line-up of Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars still packs a powerful punch and they’re ready to remind Australian audiences why Mötley Crüe will go down in history as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Coinciding with the announcement of the final dates and the theme of the Final Tour, the band also released its new single ‘All Bad Things’, which is available for sale digitally here. The single is accompanied by a video clip of highlights spanning the 34-year career of Mötley Crüe which can be found here.

Tickets will go on sale at 11am on Wednesday March 4.

Telstra Thanks is bringing an exciting pre-sale just for Telstra customers from midday Thursday February 26 until 5pm Sunday March 1. For more information and to register, visit: telstra.com/music

My Live Nation members can also be among the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning on Monday March 2 at 10am. For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au

Tickets for this double down on debauchery will disappear fast. There will be no second chances.


 ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE – TUESDAY MAY 12

ALLPHONES ARENA, SYDNEY – SATURDAY MAY 16

BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE – TUESDAY MAY 19

ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE – THURSDAY MAY 21

PERTH ARENA – SATURDAY MAY 23


TICKETS ON SALE 11AM WEDNESDAY MARCH 4

Telstra pre-sale: midday Thursday Feb 26 until 5pm Sunday March 1

My Live Nation pre-sale: 10am Monday March 2 until 10pm Tuesday March 3

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:

www.motley.com             www.alicecooper.com             www.livenation.com.au


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