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
In a new interview on the national news site Examiner.com with Alice Cooper, the rock legend gave his thoughts about his new album along with his opinions on KISS, Marilyn Manson and who should follow him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Burt Bacharach being his top pick!).
When asked what his next career goal was, Alice said:
“A Broadway play. I think there will eventually be a Broadway play just called Alice. And it’ll be about the life of Alice Cooper, all about the alcoholism; there’s a lot of great stuff going on in there. You’ve got the connection to Groucho Marx and Salvador Dalí, and there’s a billion ways to go with that. And I would love to see somebody else play Alice, you know? I think that that would be fun. Or I wouldn’t mind doing Welcome to My Nightmare parts one and two on Broadway myself and turn it into a Broadway play, but not water it down; keep it as electric and loud as it is in a regular concert. They kind of watered [the Who’s] Tommy down; when you put rock on Broadway they suddenly start making it viable to the 80-year-old in Iowa that wants to come in and see a show, and they start softening it. I would never do that; I’ll keep it just as hard as it is!”
Steve “The Deacon” Hunter is an American guitarist best known for his collaborations with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed. Hunter is also well known about his long term association with record producer Bob Ezrin with whom they’ve been doing collaboration since the early 70’s. Hunter appeared on five classic Alice Cooper albums: BILLION DOLLAR BABIES, WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE, LACE AND WHISKEY and ALICE COOPER GOES TO HELL. Hunter, alongside with guitarist Dick Wagner, also appeared on the classic film ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’, which released on home video in 1976 and it featured the guitar battle between Hunter and Wagner. Both had played together in many different occasions before and after Alice Cooper including Lou Reed’s BERLIN and ROCK’N ROLL ANIMAL albums, Peter Gabriel’s solo debut and many more. Hunter quit working with Cooper in 1978 and since then the man has released several solo albums and worked with such names as Jack Bruce and David Lee Roth just to name a few in here. In March of 2011 Alice Cooper announced that Hunter would be returning to the band for the upcoming tour and brand new album entitled WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE which is once again produced by Bob Ezrin. Cooper’s latest NO MORE MR. NICE GUY tour reached Finland in early July and then we had a pleasure to talk with Mr. Hunter himself and hear the latest from Cooper’s camp as well as some great stories from the past as well.
April 16, 2011 – Drummer Glen Sobel (SIXX: A.M., IMPELLITTERI, VIVIAN CAMPBELL) will conduct a worldwide live streaming lesson on the DrumChannel website this coming Tuesday, April 19 at 4:00 PM PST. Glen will discuss a wide variety of topics including linear drumming, double bass patterns, playing with a click track, and the many responsibilities a drummer has on tour and in the studio. Viewers will be able to submit their questions live via the Live Chat toolbar. The event will stream at this location: http://www.drumchannel.com/categories/DC_Live. The 1-hour lesson will wrap up with a jam between Glen and drum legend/DrumChannel host, Terry Bozzio (FRANK ZAPPA, STEVE VAI, MISSING PERSONS).
Glen Sobel was recently announced as part of the new line-up for the ALICE COOPER band. Next month they embark on the “No More Mr. Nice Guy” tour which will take them to several locations around the world, including South America, Europe, Canada and the U.S.. Confirmed dates are posted at http://alicecooper.com/tour-terror .
Sobel highlights from Drum Daze 2010 in Columbus, Ohio with Glen performing along with Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL), Chris Coleman (PRINCE), Teddy Campbell (“American Idol”),and Johnny Rabb can be viewed at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX5OQWXX8i8