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!
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!
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
+ 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.
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.
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!
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 toperform on the Wednesday, November 28 episode of Conan O’Brien‘s nighttime talk show on TBS, “Conan”.
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?!?
Drummer Glen Sobel has been forced to take a temporary leave of absence from the ALICE COOPER band due to a persisitent neck injury. Taking over drum duties for Sobel is veteran drummer Jonathan Mover whose credits include Joe Satriani, Fuel, GTR, among many others.
Commented ALICE COOPER: “Glen Sobel‘s been having some neck problems, and has been playing the shows in a lot of pain. Because of this, he needs to take a short break to heal. Luckily for us, and for you, Jonathan Mover (from the “Trash” tour and the “Trashes The World” live concert video) was available to help out on short notice. We rehearsed with Jonathan yesterday in New York City and we’re all excited about tonight’s show in Camden with him. We’re looking forward to having Glen back soon.”
Said Glen: “I’ll be off the Alice tour for a few weeks. I’ve played the last several shows on pain meds due to an inflamed neck situation. We’ve had some of the best shows on tour with Iron Maiden, so I wanted to do everything I could to stay in the game. I need to get back to LA, have this treated, and then return to finish out our tour dates. In the meantime, my main man Jonathan Mover, an Alice band alumni himself, will be sitting on the drum throne covering for me. I have the utmost confidence that he will deliver the goods along with all my brothers (and sister) in the Alice band. Don’t worry about me, I’ll be back sooner than later.”
March 27, 2012 – Alice Cooper drummer Glen Sobel (whose credits also include Vivian Campbell, Sixx: A.M., Paul Gilbert and Impellitteri) recorded drum tracks for 9 songs over the weekend for VILLAINS DE VAUDEVILLE, the new band project fronted by Kenny Kweens (Shake the Faith, L.A. Guns).
Sobel and Kweens last collaborated in the Warner Bros. act BEAUTIFUL CREATURES whose line-up also included current GUNS N’ ROSES and SIXX: A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba as well as Joe Leste (Bang Tango) and Anthony Focx (‘Wayne’s World’).
The tracks were recorded at Silver Cloud Studios in Redondo Beach, CA by Joe Floyd (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford) and are expected to be released this summer.
In related news, Sobel will once again be hitting the road with Alice Cooper who is set to open for IRON MAIDEN’s‘Maiden England 2012’ tour through July 21, with more dates to be announced soon. Confirmed shows are:
21 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
23 – Atlanta, GA – Aarons Amphitheatre
26 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
27 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
29 – Philadelphia, PI – Susquehanna Bank Center
30 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
02 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
05 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank
08 – Quebec, QC – Colisee Pepsi Arena
11 – Montreal, QC – Bell Center
13 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
14 – Sarnia, ON – Bayfest
16 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
18 – Detroit, MI – DTE Music Theatre
19 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Centre
ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel whose credits include Vivian Campbell, Beautiful Creatures, Sixx:A.M. and Impellitteri, has released a video blog recapping the 2011 ALICE COOPER ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ world tour which played about 100 shows in 23 countries spread out over 5 Continents.
The video, which can be seen on Sobel’s YouTube channel includes drum cam footage, backstage warmups, hijinks and some of the best fan filmed video from the tour. Glen will be back for Alice’s 2012 tour which will be starting in spring.
Dates already announced include Bonnaroo, the UK’s Bloodstock festival, and four weeks with IRON MAIDEN in the U.S. starting in June.
JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford, MOTÖRHEAD’s Lemmy Kilmister, DEEP PURPLE’s Ian Gillan, ALICE COOPER, GLENN HUGHES, SEBASTIAN BACH, CHRIS JERICHO and FOO FIGHTERS mastermind Dave Grohl are all on board for a RONNIE JAMES DIO tribute album.
“I’m letting them pick the song they want to do and the way they want to do it,” Wendy Dio tells Artisan News. Check out the report below:
www.HollywoodDrum.com has posted a 2-part dual video interview with drummers Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER) and Jason Sutter (NEW YORKS DOLLS) talking about their recent summer tours and their current shows together in the UK and Scotland. Also discussed is touring, gear, life on the road and playing with the legends of rock that influenced so many.
Currently on his “No More Mr Nice Guy” tour, ALICE COOPER played in London on Saturday night for his annual Halloween extravaganza where he was joined by special guests, including British rock legend ARTHUR BROWN (“Fire”), the NEW YORK DOLLS and various street performers and entertainers. A 100-minute broadcast of the event will air on Sky Arts TVhttp://www.skyarts.co.uk/tv-guide/ in England, today, Monday, October 31 at 2 PM.
The NEW YORK DOLLS are currently supporting ALICE COOPER on the “Halloween Night Of Fear” UK tour, which concludes tonight at Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland, after coming off their North American summer tour opening on the MOTLEY CRUE / POISON. Glen Sobel & Jason Sutter interview