GIBSON deems Alice Cooper's Billion Dollar Babies Classic Album Of The Month

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It’s impossible to overstate how popular Alice Cooper (the original band, not just “Alice” the singer) had become by the time Billion Dollar Babies hit record stores on February 25, 1973. Beginning with Love it to Death, the band’s 1971 breakthrough LP, the group had grown into a juggernaut that dominated the American rock and roll landscape. The sheer chemistry of the band—which featured Michael Bruce and Glen Buxton on guitars, Dennis Dunaway on bass, Neal Smith on drums, and “Alice” on vocals—had evolved through such colossal hits as “Eighteen” and “School’s Out.” Billion Dollar Babies marked the apex of that evolution, even as the group began to parody the “shock rock” theatrics that had helped bring them to such lofty heights.

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Listening to Billion Dollar Babies today, it’s clearer than ever that Alice Cooper transcended the novelty tag that some tried to pin on the band at the time. An intensely collaborative unit, the group had sharpened their songwriting skills to perfection, churning out radio-friendly anthems, dirge-y ballads and the occasional stylistic detour with sure-handed finesse. Two hits from Billion Dollar Babies—“No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Elected”—showcased Bruce’s mastery of hook-laden guitar riffs. And while guitar greats Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner served as backups, the ailing Glen Buxton continued to contribute his distinctive lead work.

“Glen’s main guitar was a white SG with three humbuckers and a Bigsby B-5 tremolo,” recalls Smith, “and Michael played an SG–a burgundy one–as well. They each had a really different sound, especially on-stage. Michael had a big, meaty, solid sound, whereas Glen liked to use the tremolo bar a lot. There was lot more jazz in Glen’s playing.”

Smith continues: “Michael and Glen orchestrated their guitar parts. On some songs they played the same line, but one might be an octave different from the other. And sometimes, instead of two guitars playing harmony, Glen would play in a way that would reinforce the bass guitar. That was something he did that was really different.”

The initial sessions for Billion Dollar Babies took place at the Galecie Estate, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based mansion purchased by the band soon after recording their 1972 album, School’s Out. For songs such as “Slick Black Limousine” (one of the bonus tracks included on the deluxe version of the album), the group ran a microphone into an empty greenhouse room built with marble floors and glass walls, in order to capture a natural echo effect. In other instances, rooms of various sizes–usually very small–were miked to achieve particular vocal sounds. Later, the group traveled to Morgan Studios in London to work on additional tracks. During those proceedings a Who’s Who of rock stars converged on the sessions, but only Donovan Leitch (who sang with Cooper on the title song) was sober enough to make a contribution.

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HERE’S WHY THE HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES’ LEMMY TRIBUTE AT THE GRAMMYS WAS ACES
BY KATHERINE TURMAN

Here's Why the Hollywood Vampires’ Lemmy Tribute at the Grammys Was Aces

Alice Cooper photo: Kyler Clark / Lemmy photo: Robert John

“Alice Cooper and Lemmy Kilmister were peers and friends who spent many of their hard-drinking years ensconced — albeit separately and a few decades apart — on barstools at the iconic Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.”


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HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES SALUTE LEMMY WITH FIERY GRAMMY TRIBUTE
BY KORY GROW

Hollywood Vampires; Concert; U.S.

Hollywood Vampires, which features Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, have announced their first U.S. tour date this year Jeff Kravitz/Getty
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“The supergroup Hollywood Vampires, which features Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and Duff McKagan, among others, paid tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at the Grammy Awards Monday night. The group added some harmony to the growly hard rockers’ calling card, “Ace of Spades,” as Cooper and McKagan sang together in tribute to the vocalist and bassist who died in December. Depp and Perry played opposing solos, and Kilmister’s face graced a giant screen behind them as they played.”

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HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY KILMISTER AT THE 2016 GRAMMYS
BY DENISE WARNER

“Hollywood Vampires made their television debut at the 2016 Grammys.

The band, comprised of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp with Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, performed for the 58th annual ceremony.”

Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires attend The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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JOHNNY DEPP ROCKS THE 2016 GRAMMYS WITH SUPERGROUP HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES
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Guitarist Johnny Depp of music group The Hollywood Vampires performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)

“Goodbye, Johnny Depp the actor. And hello, Johnny Depp the rocker.

Depp took over the Grammys stage with legends Alice Cooper and Joe Perry as the rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires on Monday night in their first televised performance.”

Hollywood Vampires – Bad As I Am Lyric Premiere!

HV Bad As I Am Single ArtworkLyric premiere for the new song by The Hollywood Vampires ”Bad As I Am,” off the deluxe album, which comes out this Friday February 12th.

“Here’s to you
As good as you are
Here’s to me
As bad as I am
As good as you are, as bad as I am
I’m as good as you are
As bad as I am”

See the full lyrics here: http://bit.ly/BadAsIAmLyrics

Alice Cooper talks with Rolling Stone about David Bowie

 

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When David Bowie died last month, Alice Cooper released a statement in tribute to what he called one of his “lifetime rock & roll theatrical comrades.” “We both started in theatrical rock & roll at the same time, and in some cases we challenged each other to go farther and push the envelope,” he wrote. Now, in conversation with Rolling Stone about Hollywood Vampires’ upcoming tribute to Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister at the Grammys, the shock rocker offered a deeper look at his friendship with Bowie.

Bowie; Alice Cooper; Ray Bradbury

Alice Cooper pays tribute to David Bowie and recalls a time he had dinner with the singer-songwriter and author Ray Bradbury. Terry O’Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty, Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

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Hollywood Vampires Headlining Rock Fest 2016 in Cadott, WI

 

 Slipknot, Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry) and Alice in Chains Headlining Rock Fest 2016

CADOTT, Wis. (February 5, 2016) – Rock Fest is back for its 23nd year with a killer lineup including the biggest names in rock. SLIPKNOT, HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES and ALICE IN CHAINS are slated to headline the massive rock festival in Cadott, Wis. July 14-16. This year’s bill has exploded, including 65+ bands featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Rise Against & many more top rock bands.

Slipknot will be making their debut appearance at Rock Fest in July 2016 and if their past live performances are any indication, fans are in for an eye-popping, chaotic and energy-packed show. Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, the eight-person crew is known for their farm coverall uniforms and horror movie-style masks that bring your worst nightmares to life. Putting music behind rage, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison once told a reporter, “All of us were so used to having the middle finger thrown at us, that when we finally threw it back, we did so with ten times the venom.” Expect pure metal punishment when the band takes the stage in Cadott.

The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry) kick off the summer with their first U.S. festival headline show and also on the bill, their friend Marilyn Manson, among others. The Vampires make their worldwide television debut when they perform their new single “Bad As I Am” from their new deluxe album on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, Feb 15 on CBS. A super-group comprised of rock royalty and a Hollywood superstar, the Vampires will hit the stage offering fans a special surprise that will be a highlight of the show.

The word “super-group” gets thrown around a lot these days, but truly, it doesn’t get much super-er than Hollywood Vampires’ lineup….” – YAHOO Music

In 1969 on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar. It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A. “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the original Vampires. Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking). Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. An environment was born for great artists to hang, laugh and play together.

Alice in Chains is one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time and are currently gearing up for the release of a much-anticipated new album. Back in September of 2009, Alice in Chains shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Chart with “Check My Brain.” The track became the 12th Top 10 hit for the iconic rock band. While it’s always gratifying to top the charts, this achievement was particularly special because it was the band’s first new single and album in more than 10 years. Talk about staying power. Over the course of their remarkable career, the band has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and amassed a diehard, international fanbase.

Back by popular demand, Five Finger Death Punch. Undoubtedly one of the most relevant and successful active rock bands globally, Five Finger Death Punch dominated 2013 with the releases The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell – Volume 1 and Volume 2. Both volumes debuted on the U.S. Billboard album chart at #2 and in the top ten mainstream charts all across the world. Then in 2015, Five Finger Death Punch released their highly anticipated sixth full-length album, Got Your Six. In January, the single, “Wash It All Away,” earned the band their fourth No. 1 Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

The three-day festival also includes hardcore fan favorites like Rise Against, Bullet For My Valentine, Skillet, Nothing More, Queensryche, Scott Stapp, All That Remains, In This Moment, Sick Puppies, Like A Storm and I Prevail. New this year, Showdown Fest presents sideshows, freak shows and tattooing featuring Inkmaster Artists Big Ceeze, Brian Stephens, Clint Climmings, Erik Campbell, Halo, James Vaughn, Jim Francis and Sara Miller.

Rock Fest 2016 will be treating three-day ticket holders to an exclusive Rock Fest opener Wednesday, July 13. The ‘Bonus Bash’ will include some of the biggest names coming to the festival. Fans will not want to miss this. Gates will open to remaining fans on Thursday, July 14. Fans are able to camp on-site in one of the 7,000 campsites surrounding the concert grounds. Daily shuttles provide transport to and from nearby hotels. Rock Fest offers VIP and reserved tickets and camping for the festival, currently on sale at https://rockfest.frontgatetickets.com

Fans will have the opportunity to get Morrie’s Pit Passes for each show, getting them as close as they can to their favorite bands. Rock Fest also specializes in offering a wide variety of liquor, beer and food choices to fuel up before and during the show.

Rock Fest is an RFID festival, offering attendees the convenience to experience the weekend by going cashless.

Presale tickets sold out in less than two hours for the 2016 festival. General on sale tickets, camping & Morrie’s Pit Passes are available beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 8 am (CST) at https://rockfest.frontgatetickets.com

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Alice Cooper Talks Hollywood Vampires' Grammys Gig, Lemmy Tribute

Alice Cooper; The Hollywood VampiresAlice Cooper and his Hollywood Vampires bandmates will bring some edge to the Grammys next week with a tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister and the premiere of a hard-rocking, brand new song, “As Bad as I Am.” “We started this band as a means to toast our ‘dead drunk friends’ at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar, and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too,” Alice Cooper tells Rolling Stone. The group – which includes Johnny Depp, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, among others – are set to perform both during the awards ceremony, which will air live on CBS on February 15th.

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