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SWEDENROCK 2014 – Solvesborg Sweden

July 19th, 2014

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Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen,
Marko Syrjala, and Patrick Clement

Hell yeah! It’s time to enter the mighty Swedenrock Festival. A fantastic and the most enjoyable rock and metal festival on earth. It has to be pointed out that Metal Rules has covered Sweden Rock since 2001! Therefore, it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2014 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Approximately 80 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past decade as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite a lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was both rainy and sunny during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there to witness the bands, not for some kinda beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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ALICE COOPER Kicks Off North American Tour With Release of “Super Duper” DVD And New Guitarist

June 13th, 2014

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Following the April premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the subsequent release of the documentary on DVD, Blu-Ray, Deluxe Editions, and digital formats this month via Eagle Rock Entertainment, rock’s greatest showman, Alice Cooper, heads out on a lengthy North American tour.

The summer trek starts with three shows in Michigan June 26-28 before Cooper joins Motley Crue’s final “All Bad Things Must Come To An End” tour as a Very Special Guest on July 2nd, running through late November.

The tour marks the debut of Alice’s new guitarist Nita Strauss, who was recently ranked #1 on Guitar World’s list of “10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know.”  She takes the place of Orianthi, who has toured with Alice for the past few years.  Nita, who has made her name in bands including the Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale, and LA Kiss, joins Alice’s band’s three guitar attack, which also features guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, plus longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.

Super Duper Alice Cooper was produced and directed by the Banger Films team of Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Reginald Harkema.  Banger previously delivered the award-winning documentaries “Iron Maiden: Flight 666″ and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage.”  Eagle Rock Entertainment released the film in DVD and Blu-Ray on June 3rd, including a deluxe edition with extensive bonus material film footage from a rare 1972 Montreal concert and a full length recent Alice Cooper concert from the 2009 Montreux Festival on CD.

Alice recently marked the tenth anniversary of his radio show “Nights With Alice Cooper,” which airs five days a week across the USA, Canada and Australia, as well as in the UK and Germany, syndicated worldwide by United Stations.

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Audio Fidelity To Release Classic ALICE COOPER Album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ On Hybrid SACD On February 4

January 29th, 2014

Alice Cooper Billion Dollar SACD Mockup

Alice Cooper fans worldwide rejoice! 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.

“Other than the original ‘Alice Cooper Band’ being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2011, our second biggest achievement was when our album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ went to Number #1 in all three music trade magazines at the same time in April of 1973. Number #1 in Billboard, Number #1 in Record World and Number #1 in Cash Box. We had hoped it would sell Gold or Platinum as a follow up to the success of our album ‘School’s Out’, but a Number #1 album was something that was totally unexpected. Over the years the title track “Billion Dollar Babies” has become my signature song because of the recognizable drum intro.” – Neal Smith, Alice Cooper drummer and founding member

“I remember we were out on the road when the album finally came out in February 1973. I listened to it in my hotel room and just got this really big smile. I was thinking, ‘It’s amazing, we’re really pulling this off’. The album was very, very unique and very, very different. I was really proud of the songs, especially ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Generation Landslide’.” – Michael Bruce, Alice Cooper guitarist/keyboardist and founding member

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

Produced by Bob Ezrin
Mastered by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

“…it remains one of rock’s quintessential classic albums!”

To purchase: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/alice-cooper-billion-dollar-babies

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MÖTLEY CRÜE To Retire; Final Tour Dates With Special Guest ALICE COOPER Announced

January 28th, 2014

Motley-Crue-All-Bad-Things-Must-Come-to-an-EndThis afternoon (Tuesday, January 28th) MÖTLEY CRÜE held a press conference in Los Angeles confirming their retirement, as well as a 72-date North American tour alongside ALICE COOPER.

On a stage dressed with headstones donning the names of the band – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – the press conference streamed live via the band’s official website.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale tomorrow (January 29th) for VIP fan club members and Friday (January 31st) and Saturday (February 1st) for the general public.

“We want to go out with the four founding members of Motley Crue and go out on top,” said lead singer Vince Neil.

“We want to leave a legacy,” added guitarist Nikki Sixx. “We want to have some dignity.”

The band members have signed a legal agreement promising not to perform as Motley Crue after 2015.

From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, of Motley Crue, are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. The heavy-metal band says it will retire after performing 72 goodbye concerts. (AP Photo/Invision/ Richard Shotwell)

From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, of Motley Crue, are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. The heavy-metal band says it will retire after performing 72 goodbye concerts. (AP Photo/Invision/ Richard Shotwell)

Dates confirmed so far are below, with more to be announced!

July

2 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

4 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest

5 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center

6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

8 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center

9 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

11 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

12 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena

13 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center

15 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center

16 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

18 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

19 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion

21 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

22 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amp

23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

25 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

26 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep County Amphitheater

27 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater

29 – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater

30 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater

 

August

1 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amp

2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

3 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

5 – Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip

6 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center

8 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

9 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

10 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amp

12 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center

13 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

15 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amp

16 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park

17 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp

19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

20 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

22 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

23 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

24 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

26 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing. Arts Center

27 – Allentown, PA – Great Allentown Fair

29 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

30 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

31 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing. Arts Center

 

October

10 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena

11 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion

12 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center

14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

17 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live

19 – Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial Arena

21 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena

22 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

25 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Events Center Phoenix – AK-Chin Pavilion

26 – Montville, CT – Mohegan Sun

29 – Syracuse, NY – The OnCenter Complex

 

November

5 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast College

6 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center

9 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center

11 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center

12 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center

13 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

16 – Fargo, ND – FargoDome

18 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

19 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

21 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

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Audio Fidelity To Release Classic SCORPIONS And ALICE COOPER In January

December 4th, 2013

Audio Fidelity set to release Classic albums from the Scorpions and Alice Cooper in January on Hybrid SACD.

TWO HYBRID SACDS THAT WILL ROCK AND SHAKE THE NEW YEAR!
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Alice Cooper drummer GLEN SOBEL interviewed by Metal Rules; Las Vegas jam footage posted

December 3rd, 2013
Glen Sobel

Glen Sobel

Marko Syrjala of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with ALICE COOPER sticksman Glen Sobel (IMPELLITTERI, ORIANTHI, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, PAUL GILBERT). In the interview, Sobel discusses how he came to tour and record with the legendary shock rocker, working with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, JANE’S ADDICTION), and the many other records and bands he has been a part of over the years. The Q&A is posted at this location http://www.metal-rules.com/metalnews/2013/11/24/glen-sobel/

Sobel finished drum tracks for the forthcoming Alice Cooper covers record in August. Due out in 2014, the collection of classic tunes will feature a variety of special guests. Alice Cooper and band have just wrapped up the 2013 “Raise The Dead” tour with several dates on the West Coast, with the final show taking place at Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas on November 27. Afterwards, Sobel, along with Cooper band mates Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, and Tommy Henriksen, joined local all-stars SIN CITY SINNERS at The Lounge at the Palms to perform several songs, including “20th Century Boy” by T-REX and “Sedated” by THE RAMONES, among others. Video of the jam can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQkLhFdnGcs

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GLEN SOBEL – Alice Cooper band, Beautiful Creatures, Impelitteri and more…

November 24th, 2013

Glen Sobel

Glen Sobel

INTERVIEW WITH GLEN SOBEL

ARTICLE AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Glen Sobel is an American drummer and a native of Los Angeles. Sobel’s professional career got started after he won a large drum-off competition in Los Angeles at the age of 19 and it led him to join guitar virtuoso Tony MacAlphine’s band. Sobel did his recording debut MADNESS with MacAlphine in 1993 and later on he has performed and recorded with several artists from many different genres. Sobel’s credits include such names as Impellitteri, Sixx A.M, Paul Gilbert, Vasco Rossi, Beautiful Creatures, Jennifer Batten, Elliot Yamin, Gary Hoey, Graham Bonnet’s Alcatrazz and Orianthi. Since 2011, Sobel has been the drummer for legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper. The Alice Cooper band is currently on tour in U.S., and in late October I was fortunate to sit down with Glen in Hollywood, FL and discuss about various topics including Alice Cooper, and the past and the future of Glen Sobel. Read on!

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ALICE COOPER – Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN, July 11, 2013

July 20th, 2013

ALICE COOPER

Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN
July 11, 2013

Review and pics by Tim Shockley

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There was a time I’d never miss an Alice Cooper show. That time was roughly 1972 to 1998. As I started to drift towards faster, louder, and rawer music, I began to miss a tour here and there, usually regretting it! Well, no more! Time to start all over again!

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Alice Cooper drummer GLEN SOBEL featured on ‘Full On Drums’; authors monthly column for DRUM! Magazine

March 22nd, 2013

ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel (whose other credits include Vivian Campbell, Beautiful Creatures, Sixx: A.M., Paul Gilbert and Impellitteri) is the featured guest in the latest episode of “Full On Drums”. Hosted by drummer/engineer Charlie Waymire (SPEAK NO EVIL, JEFF KOLLMAN BAND), “Full On Drums” is an ongoing HD series on playing, recording and mixing drums filmed in Los Angeles, CA at Ultimate Rhythm Studio.

 

In this episode, in addition to a short interview, Glen solos and also plays along to music he recorded with former Michael Jackson guitarist Jennifer Batten’s for her solo record “Momentum”. The video can be seen at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCf6Evmz2fo

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ORIANTHI RETURNS TO UK WITH ALICE COOPER, WHO HEADLINES CROPREDY FESTIVAL 2013

February 20th, 2013

+ THIRD ORIANTHI STUDIO ALBUM, ‘HEAVEN IN THIS HELL’, PRIMED FOR RELEASE VIA SPINEFARM / ROBO RECORDS MARCH 11TH 2013

Platinum-selling solo artist and iconic guitarist Orianthi will continue as a key member of Alice Cooper’s band for what is expected to be AC’s sole UK appearance of 2013 – a headline outing at Cropredy Festival in Oxfordshire (Cropredy is an annual event launched by UK folk legends Fairport Convention back in 1980; this year it runs from August 8th – 10th, with Alice topping the bill on the 8th).

Having been a part of Alice’s live set-up since August 2011, completing two world tours in this role, Orianthi is used to trading musical blows with this true master of horror!

Meanwhile, Orianthi is gearing up for the release of her new album, ‘Heaven In This Hell’; produced by Dave Stewart, the record will be released on Spinefarm Records/Robo Records, and is scheduled to drop on March 11th 2013.

Heaven In This Hell’ – Orinathi’s third solo outing following ‘Violet Journey’ (2007) & ‘Believe’ (2010) – delivers a mega-dose of rock, weaving in elements of modern country & swampy blues.

“I am so proud of this album because it really showcases my style of riff heavy rock and energetic blues,” Orianthi remarks. “The success of ‘Believe’ helped to give me credibility and afforded me the freedom to create the kind of album I have been wanting to make, with musicians I respect, playing together live in a studio, creatively exchanging ideas… the way I want all my records to be made. My friend, collaborator and producer, Dave Stewart and I just jammed and hashed out a variety of songs and sounds until we found the grooves that inspired us.”

The iTunes version of the album comes complete with two bonus tracks.

Follow Orianthi on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Orianthi?ref=ts&fref=ts
Twitter:@Orianthi

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Interview with Eric Dover – solo artist, Sextus, ex-Alice Cooper, Slash’s Snakepit

January 18th, 2013
Eric Dover

Eric Dover

ERIC DOVER

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Eric Dover is an American vocalist and guitarist, most notably working with Alice Cooper, Slash’s Snakepit and Jellyfish. Dover joined Jellyfish in 1993 but the band disbanded just one year and he then formed a new band called Doverman with Roger Manning. In 1995 Dover joined Slash’s short lived Slash’s Snakepit and recorded album IT’S FIVE O CLOCK SOMEWHERE with the band. Manning and Dover re-grouped in late 1995 and formed another band called Imperial Drag. The band released its self-titled debut in 1996 but broke up one year later. In late 90’s he did join Alice Cooper’s band. Dover stayed altogether over four years in the band and recorded album THE EYES OF ALICE COOPER in 2003. After quitting with Cooper, Dover has been working on various studio sessions, project bands like Starfuckers and his own band Sextus which has released two albums to date. However, it was band Lost Angels which finally bring the man back in Finland, for the first time since 2004. The band is a kind of all-star band featuring past and current members of Cinderella, White Lion and of course Alice Cooper. The band landed in Helsinki on early January and then we had a pleasure to sit down with Eric and discuss about the past, present and future as well.

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ALICE COOPER’S ‘HALLOWEEN NIGHT OF FEAR’ @ London Wembley Arena

December 6th, 2012

ALICE COOPER’S

‘HALLOWEEN NIGHT OF FEAR’

@ London Wembley Arena

Sunday 28th October 2012

Review & Photography by

Michelle Murphy (Support Acts)

Sabrina Dersel (Alice Cooper)



Arriving at Wembley Park station with the American Football event at the stadium just next door is not something I would like to happen again: walking against the flow of thousand and thousand of sport fans leaving the 90,000 seats capacity of the stadium is quite an experience!

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ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel Woodstick 2012 video available

November 22nd, 2012

ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel (whose other credits include Vivian Campbell, Beautiful Creatures, Sixx: A.M. and Paul Gilbert) recently participated in Woodstick 2012, an annual event in Kirkland, Washington that draws drummers from all over who bring their own drum kits to play together as well as with the house band.

Sobel, along with his Alice Cooper band mates Ryan Roxie and Orianthi, jammed with the house band and 450 drummers on “School’s Out” and “I’m 18″. Video of last Sunday’s event can be viewed below:

Other celebrity guest drummers included Thomas Lang, Tim “Herb” Alexander (PRIMUS, A PERFECT CIRCLE), Alan White (YES, John Lennon), Jeff Kathan (Paul Rodgers), and renown educator Mike Johnston, among others. All guest drummers were featured in solos and many of them conducted clinics earlier in the day.

Glen Sobel is currently touring the U.S. with ALICE COOPER who is set to perform on the Wednesday, November 28 episode of Conan O’Brien‘s nighttime talk show on TBS, “Conan”.

Glen Sobel online:
www.glensobel.com/

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BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2012

September 9th, 2012

Bloodstock Festival 2012

@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK

9th – 12th August

Review by Joffie Lovett

Photography by Jamie Hunter


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Iron Maiden: Maiden England Tour with Alice Cooper – Prudential Center, New Jersey July 2 2012

August 12th, 2012



Review and pics by Infamousbutcher

Iron Maiden is at it again, recreating another classic tour from the 80s for the fans. In 2005, Maiden did the Eddie Rips Up The World Tour, focusing on their first four albums. Then in 2008, they focused on the 80s and called the tour Somewhere Back in Time. Now in 2012 Maiden is doing the Maiden England Tour, emulating the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son tour from 1988. I love this kind of stuff, reliving the old glory days when you first discovered a band; like when Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax revisited the Clash of the Titans tour in 2010. As an added bonus, shock rock living legend Alice Cooper is opening for Maiden on this tour! Are you kidding me? How f&^king awesome is that?!?

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