Alice Cooper

Classic ALICE COOPER Album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ To Be Released On Hybrid SACD

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Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing Alice Cooper‘s classic album Billion Dollar Babies on Hybrid SACD on February 4, 2014! As a bonus, along with the meticulously reproduced artwork, enclosed in every CD is the very collectible replicated Billion Dollar Bill.

With Billion Dollar Babies, Alice Cooper refined the raw grit of their earlier work in favor of a slightly more polished sound resulting in a mega-hit album that reached the top of the US and UK album charts. It’s impossible to overstate how popular the band had become by the time their sixth album was released. The album, is brilliant, decadent and encapsulated all the celebrity trashiness of the 70’s only three years into the decade.

Song for song, Billion Dollar Babies is probably the original Alice Cooper group’s finest and strongest. The album’s singles “Elected,” “Hello Hooray,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” all became hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Also included are a pair of perennial concert standards – the disturbing necrophilia ditty “I Love the Dead” and the chilling macabre of “Sick Things.”

After the album was released, the band embarked on a tour which broke the US box office records previously held by the Rolling Stones. The show climaxed with a guillotine execution of Alice. The album and the tour made the band into the world’s preeminent pied pipers of teenage trash culture and the most successful rock band ever to be loathed by American parents.

TRACKS:
1. Hello Hooray
2. Raped and Freezin’
3. Elected
4. Billion Dollar Babies
5. Unfinished Sweet
6. No More Mr. Nice Guy
7. Generation Landslide
8. Sick Things
9. Mary-Ann
10. I Love the Dead

Motley Crue Announces Permanent Retirement After Tour

Hard glam-rock group Motley Crue are splitting up for good after one final tour with Alice Cooper this year.

The rockers announced the news at a press conference in Hollywood on Tuesday and even signed a legally-binding Cessation Of Touring contract, ending a 33-year career.

Singer Vince Neil told reporters, “We just want to go out on top. Leave a legacy behind. We won’t be doing any more concerts after this. This is the final tour.”

Bassist Nikki Sixx added, “This is a huge celebration for us. It’s going to be a really fantastic tour.”

To mark the ‘death’ of the Girls Girls Girls hitmakers, headstones for bandmates Neil, Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars decorated the press conference stage at Beacher’s Madhouse Theater.

Motley Crue, which formed in 1981, will release one last album, but it won’t be the stars’ usual rock fare. The project will be a country music tribute to the group, featuring covers of their hits by artists including LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Cassadee Pope.

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The Final Tour will kick off this summer, while a film based on their best-selling 2001 autobiography, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, will hit theatres in 2015. Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine will take charge of the movie.

A&E Indie Films Partners with Mike Myers on His Directorial Debut SUPERMENSCH

   


Okay, now this peaks my interest.  Any  fan of 70s rock music and more notably, Alice Cooper knows the name Shep Gordon. For those of you who don’t know, he  is the Coop’s longtime  manager and good friend.  Hey, he and Alice were always cool to me whenever I needed  an interview or a quick quote  for a story or two.   I can’t wait to see when this documentary  airs on A&E as it is also Myers directorial debut which makes it  even more interesting to me. I was lucky enough once  to ask Mike Myers two questions on the red carpet.  I hope this time I could get a full interview.  For more on Supermensch, see the official press release below. 

A&E IndieFilms, the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary production arm of A&E Network, has partnered with Emmy-winning multi-hyphenate Mike Myers on the new feature documentary, Supermensch, chronicling the life of ground-breaking talent manager Shep Gordon. 


In 1991, music manager Shep Gordon held Mike Myers over a barrel a few weeks before shooting “Wayne’s World” regarding an Alice Cooper song Myers wanted to use in the film. They have been close friends ever since. 22 years later, the story of Gordon’s legendary life in the uber fast lane is now told in Myers’ directorial debut. And this time it’s Myers who has Gordon over a barrel.

Capitalist, protector, hedonist, pioneer, showman, shaman . . . SUPERMENSCH.

Shep Gordon is the consummate Hollywood insider. Though he isn’t a household name, Gordon has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career. Shep is known for managing the careers of Alice Cooper as well as stints with Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others – a career that began with a chance encounter in 1968 with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. He even found time to invent the “Celebrity Chef.” Though the chef as star is part of the culture now, it took Shep’s imagination, and his moral outrage at how the chefs were being treated, to monetize the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Personal friends with the Dalai Lama through his philanthropic endeavors with the Tibet Fund and the guardian of four children, Gordon’s unlikely story will be told by those who know him best, his pals, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more.

“I met Shep Gordon in 1991 on the set of Wayne’s World. I thought he was a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr Magoo. I’ve been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally he said yes. I loved him like a brother before we started making this film and now having sifted through his life and his legacy, I love him even more” said Myers.

“We are excited by the passion Mike Myers has brought to this project,” said Bob DeBitetto, President of A+E Studios. “Shep Gordon is known throughout Hollywood as the nicest guy to know and the epitome of friendship in an industry devoid of genuine friends – but to hear Mike say it, he’s a Supermensch.”

Supermensch is produced and directed by Mike Myers. Bob DeBitetto, David McKillop and Molly Thompson will serve as executive producers for A&E IndieFilms.

Long-Awaited Inductions and Surprises at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Tommy Chong, Chuck Brennan and Cheech Marin at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, scheduled to air on HBO starting May 18, included surprising outbursts, long awaited recognition and performances by some of music’s most iconic representatives. “It was everything you expect when you put such a widely diverse group of musicians, performers and fans in a room together,” said Chuck Brennan, founder of Rock and Roll Academy, Brennan Rock & Roll Academy and CEO of Dollar Loan Center. The Academy was one of two exclusive sponsors of the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Held at Hollywood’s Nokia Theatre last month, the event will be televised on HBO beginning this Saturday, May 18. “Viewers will get a chance to see truly authentic reactions and performances from some of the greatest musicians in history,” said Brennan.

Among the evening’s most memorable moments was the band Rush’s induction by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. Rush, a Canadian rock band that has been eligible for induction since 1998, “played upwards of 250 shows a year,” said Grohl. “No hype, no bulls**t. They did it from the ground up…without any help from the mainstream press. For 40 years.”

“Their influence is undeniable,” said Grohl. “And their devoted fan base is only rivaled by the Grateful Dead.”

During the evening Jennifer Hudson performed in honor of Donna Summer, Usher performed Michael Jackson songs for Quincy Jones and inductees Randy Newman, Heart, Rush and Public Enemy performed.

“It was an incredible evening filled with very diverse musical representation,”said Brennan. “It was a great thing for the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy to support, as it shows that music can be amazing and life-changing in all different genres.”

Brennan recently organized a series of rock concerts at the Academy, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to celebrate its grand opening. Performances from stars including Night Ranger, Alice Cooper, George Lopez, Louie Anderson, Vince Neil, Stephen Pearcy and many other entertainment icons helped raise $1.4 million for its students in the Boys & Girls Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy grand opening had its own surprises, with Gene Simmons of KISS surprising the sold out crowds by performing and donating to the event’s silent auction. Cooper performed with Robby Krieger of the DOORS and a Who’s Who of the rock industry including Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer of KISS, Sebastian Bach and Joey Allen of Warrant.

The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy serves hundreds of children in the Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire. “They learn to play instruments, vocals and about the band environment,” said Brennan. “I grew up six blocks from here and was a Boys & Girls Club member. It is a great feeling to share my love of rock and roll with future generations.”

Brennan has a lifelong passion for Rock & Roll music. Before founding Dollar Loan Center he opened and operated one of the largest Rock & Roll concert halls in the Midwest, The Blitz Ballroom. Iconic bands including Joan Jett, Steppenwolf, Quiet Riot and Blue Oyster Cult all graced the stage at the Blitz.

Morrison And Winehouse Were Destined To Die Young, Alice Cooper Says

Famed Gothic singer Alice Cooper is convinced he survived rock ‘n’ roll excess because he wasn’t doomed to become part of the Forever 27 club, and always knew when it was time to stop partying.

The School’s Out singer insists he was a “lightweight drunk” compared to pal Jim Morrison, who like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse, lived hard and died young – at the age of 27.

He tells Rolling Stone, “Nobody could talk Jim Morrison out of dying. I was a drunk, but I was a lightweight compared to him, and nobody could talk him out of where he was going. Jim was gonna go there and that was it. Same with Amy. I don’t think anybody could’ve talked Amy out of where she was going.

“The true artists are always out on a limb. They’re always the ones that are just maybe gonna die.

“I had to wake up one morning and throw up blood and realize that was a pretty good sign God was saying, ‘That’s about enough out of you. You could still rock & roll, but you’re gonna have to do it a different way.’

“I was dying. Doctor said, ‘You got two more weeks before you join Jimi, Jim and all the boys.’ I said, ‘I want to stick around and make records.’ So I had to stop. Same with Iggy (Pop), same with Lou (Reed), same with Steven (Tyler) and Joe (Perry). They’re here because they got in the crossroads and made the right choice. If not, we would’ve been dead, all of us.

“I think the early guys, the Jim Morrisons, the Janis Joplins, just did not want to see 30. 27 was the expiration date… and I guess they said, ‘That’s too close to 30, I’m just gonna burn out.'”

On The Radio: Two Rooms: Celebrating the Music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Two Rooms: Celebrating the Music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, is a weekly radio show that is celebrating its second year in March 2013. Two Rooms showcases the wide variety of music that Elton John and Bernie Taupin have composed collectively and independently throughout their long career. Together, they have released over 40 albums and have also written songs with other musicians, many of which are featured on the show.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin are one of pop music’s most successful songwriting duos. With over 200 million albums sold, they have maintained a fan base and critical appreciation of their contributions to our musical landscape.

Elton John has maintained a career that has now surpassed four decades and continues to write with Bernie Taupin as well as other lyricists including Tim Rice (Lion King) and Lee Hall (Billy Elliott).

Bernie Taupin, in addition to providing nearly all the lyrics to Elton John’s recordings, is an artist in his own right. Mr. Taupin has released three solo albums and two albums by his band, Farmdogs,

He has written lyrics for two number one songs (These Dreams by Heart and We Built This City by Starship), and written with other notable artists such as Willie Nelson, Emmy Lou Harris, Peter Cetera, Rod Stewart, Toby Keith, Melissa Manchester, Alice Cooper and numerous others.

Not an Elton John “Greatest Hits” show, Two Room features special segments such as:


*  Taupin Spotlight – a song Bernie Taupin has sung via his solo albums or with his band from the 1990’s,, Farmdogs; also, songs he has written with other musicians (non-Elton).
Session Man – a song played that Elton has played piano on or sang back up and performed by other artists.
* Cover Song – a song Elton John has covered. 

* Tribute Time – a song that features other artists performing a song written by Elton and Bernie.

Two Rooms broadcasts every Sunday from midnight-1am, EST. The one hour show broadcasts from Cape Cod’s WOMR 92.1 FM (Provincetown, MA) and WFMR 91.3 FM (Orleans) Community Radio Station. The show also streams live as well at http://www.womr.org.

The show is hosted by David Sigler and more information can be found via the Two Room Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/tworoomsejbt and on http://www.womr.org.

Johnny Depp Plays Guitar on Stage With Alice Cooper

Johnny Depp took to the stage in Arizona to play at Alice Cooper’s 12th Annual Christmas Pudding concert.

Stepping out to play the guitar, the actor performed with Alice Cooper and his band at the Phoenix fundraiser.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star attended the gig to raise money for Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation.

Alice Cooper Advises Kids To Skip Reality TV

Rock veteran Alice Cooper is urging youngsters not to watch reality TV shows as he fears children will aspire to finding fame instead of carving out a proper career.

The musician admits he can’t stand shows which give participants a fleeting moment in the spotlight and he worries young people are being unduly influenced by the lure of instant fame.

In a blog for the Huffington Post, Cooper writes, “There’s one thing that really gets my horned goat in this grand scheme of things. Reality TV! Please, don’t get your head turned in an Exorcist style and think it’s the way to fame and fortune, kiddies!

“Believe me. I might be a rock star, all glitter, fake blood, make-up and theatrics (with awesome rock anthems of course) but you’ve no idea the hard graft and craft that’s gone into my career.

“The problem is with wanting to be a reality TV star, you’re only famous for a little while. You can’t live on that fame forever. That’s one of the major problems with the whole schtick.”

Cooper even disapproves of TV talent shows such as American Idol and The X Factor as he claims they don’t give talented artists a fair chance.

He adds, “The only thing I have against X Factor and American Idol and things like that is that they just keep putting out the same person. They keep putting out these cookie-cutters that can go, ‘Oh yeah, I can sing Barry Manilow!’ Well, how about you write your own song?

“If Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, David Bowie or myself were auditioning for American Idol, we wouldn’t get past the first audition, because that’s not what they’re looking for. They’re looking for the next guy that 10 years from now, is going to be a singer on a cruise ship… That’s really what their career is going to be, because there is no creativity in it.”

Alice Cooper joins ‘Rock of Ages’ in London

Alice Cooper thrilled an audience in London on August 14th by joining the cast of West End musical Rock of Ages for a one-night performance.

The rocker took to the stage at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre to perform his hit track School’s Out to mark the 40th anniversary of the single hitting the number one spot in the U.K. chart in 1972.

A post on Cooper’s website reads, “Alice paid a visit to the cast of Rock Of Ages UK on Tuesday, August 14th, where he delivered a relentless version of the classic School’s Out.”

Footage of the night shows Cooper singing the track with members of the cast performing a dance routine behind him.

Cooper had teased fans with hints about his appearance in Rock of Ages, which was adapted into a hit movie starring Tom Cruise.

In a series of posts on Twitter he wrote, “Hearing that Rock Of Ages UK in London is good. But worthy of me crashing their little show? I’ll be the judge of that!”

He also sent a link to a video of a guillotine sequence from his live show to castmember Shayne Ward, alongside the message, “You’re next! I know where you live.”

Photo Alert: Dark Shadows Premiere After-Party Concert Featuring Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper

Last night’s premier of the new Tim Burton film, “Dark Shadows”, will go down in the books of rock history. Legendary rocker Alice Cooper is featured heavily in the film, with Tim Burton relying on Dwight Frye for the movie’s most pivotal scene. Alice looked great, and he shoud because they digitized his face to make him look just as he did in 1972!


  As great as the film was, nothing could top Tim Burton’s after-party, thrown across the street behind the El Capitan Theater, where Warner Brothers recreated the ballroom from the movie for a surprise live performance by Alice Cooper himself! Alice brought with him his band, with Orianthi, Tommy Henriksen and Keri Kelli on guitar, Chuck Garricon bass, and Glen Sobel on drums. Also guesting for the evening wasAlice’s old friend Johnny Depp! Johnny joined Alice on stage last year at the 100 Club, and this was the perfect opportunity to “get the band back together,” as Alice put it.

As if that weren’t enough, the four guitarists were then joined by legendary Aerosmith axeman Joe Perry! The impromptu supergroup played some Cooper classics before introducing yet another surprise guest, Aerosmith frontman and “demon of screamin” Steven Tyler. The huge behemoth of a band went through “Come Together”, then Steven Tyler whispered into Chuck Garric’s ear, “Know ‘Whole Lotta Love’?”… you can guess what happened next!