Iconic shock rocker Alice Cooper revealed on his Facebook page that legendary guitarist and former bandmate Dick Wagner passed away on Wednesday, July 30th, at the age of 71. Wagner had recently undergone heart surgery, and contracted a lung infection while hospitalized.
Following the April premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the release of the documentary on DVD, Blu-Ray this month via Eagle Rock Entertainment, legendary Alice Cooper heads out on a lengthy North American tour. The tour marks the debut of new guitarist Nita Strauss. She takes the place of Orianthi Panagaris, who has toured with Alice Cooper for the past few years. Nita, who has made her name in bands including The Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale, and LA Kiss, joins the band's three guitar attack, which also features guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, plus longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed Banger Films documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper on June 3rd, that is today, as DVD, Blu-ray and deluxe limited edition boxed set. You can now watch an extended trailer for Super Duper Alice Cooper which is available below.
Alice Cooper announced that eminent guitar prodigy Orianthi will join his band, replacing departing guitarist Damon Johnson, for the next leg of his 2011 No More Mr. Nice Guy world tour starting September 22,2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Currently in progress, the tour hits ninety plus cities, covering five continents, including Europe and North America twice over.
"I'll Bite Your Face Off", the brand new video from Alice Cooper, can be watched below.
"I'll Bite Your Face Off" comes off his new upcoming and hugely anticipated album Welcome 2 My Nightmare, which will be released on September 13th via Universal Music Enterprises. More album details can be found over here.
Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on Welcome 2 My Nightmare, the new album from Alice Cooper, are available for streaming at this location.
Welcome 2 My Nightmare will be released on September 9th in Europe (on September 12th in the UK and on September 13th in North America) by Universal Music. More details about the album were previously reported over here.
Welcome 2 My Nightmare, the highly anticipated new album of shock rock icon Alice Cooper will be released later this year through Universal Music Group.
Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin - who produced the original multi-platinum Welcome To My Nightmare album in 1975 - the record picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.
Explains Alice Cooper: "This is Alice's nightmare 35 years later. 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."
Alice Cooper has revealed that he has started work on a brand new studio album. In his radio show, Alice reveals that he has started work on a new studio record - the follow up to 2008's Along Came A Spider. He says: " hasn't been recorded yet but we've got ten demos done already on it. I think it's gonna be called The Night Shift."
It's a bill that fans of horror and hard rock could only dream of until now: Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper sharing the stage for a night of theatrical rock n' roll madness. For the first time ever, the "gruesome twosome" will play an exclusive limited run of North American tour dates beginning April 26th at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, MB.
Rob Zombie commented: "The dream or the nightmare comes true! Me and The Coop have been talking about touring together for the last 15 years and finally the moment is here. This will be without a doubt a Rock 'N' Roll Spooktacular for all the Cool Ghouls."
Alice Cooper added: "I'm looking forward to theses concerts with Rob. It's sort of like Dracula Vs. Frankenstein. We're like this generation's classic monsters. When we're not onstage frightening audiences, we'll be backstage trying to scare each other."
Alice Cooper has issued the following statement regarding the Australian tour dates:
"All those from the land down under, prepare for more thrills and chills from the King of Theater Rock, and pay homage to the Master Himself... the Alice Cooper "Theater Of Death" tour is coming to Australia and we're giving you first crack at some of the best seats to the shows!!
The confirmed dates are as follows:
08.18.09 - WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
08.19.09 - Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, NSW
08.21.09 - Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW
08.22.09 - Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
08.24.09 - Entertaiment Centre, Sydney, NSW
08.26.09 - Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Alice Cooper's entire new album, entitled "Along Came A Spider", is available for streaming on his MySpace page.
"Along Came A Spider" was co-produced by Danny Saber, Greg Hampton and Alice himself. The album will be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland on July 25th (July 28th in the rest of Europe and July 29th in North America) via Steamhammer/SPV.
A brand new Alice Cooper track "Vengeance Is Mine", is available for streaming on his MySpace page. The song comes off the forthcoming album "Along Came A Spider", due on July 29 via SPV Records. More about the album at this location.
"There are only a handful of rock artists that have proven to be as enduring and influential as Alice Cooper has over the years. Name just about any hard rock artist, and they've probably borrowed a thing or two from Cooper. On his latest studio recording, "Along Came A Spider" (issued via SPV Records on July 29th), Alice has returned with a concept album with a sinister streak.
"A dark and menacing album for dark and menacing times" is perhaps the most fitting description for Alice's 25th studio album. A chilling conceptual thread runs through the songs, which are told through the voice of a serial killer named Spider - one that Alice describes as "an arachnophobic psychopath" (in the song "Catch Me If You Can"). Alice, the master storyteller, weaves a web of danger, intrigue and death that rivals his best work.