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STEVE HUNTER – Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, David Lee Roth etc

August 3rd, 2011
Steve Hunter

STEVE HUNTER

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA

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.

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ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel announces DrumChannel lesson

April 16th, 2011

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

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Alice Cooper/Rob Zombie – Hoppus on Music

March 18th, 2011

The legendary Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie grace Fuse’s studio as they sit down for a candid conversation with Mark Hoppus for a brand new episode of “Hoppus on Music.” Tune in this Friday, 3/18, at 11pm/10c on Fuse TV.

 

Also joining Mark will be A Day to Remember rocking out hard on the Fuse stage!

 

Mark Hoppus, blink-182’s Frontman/Bassist and host of Fuse’s “Hoppus on Music,” is auctioning off collectable blink-182 items on eBay in order to benefit the American National Red Cross’s Japanese relief efforts. Several of the exclusive pieces include the blink-182 original lyric sheets to “The Rock Show,” Mark’s orange shirt from the “Dammit” music video, and a blink-182 tour backstage pass. The winning bidder will also have his/her item personalized and autographed by Mark.

 

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ALICE COOPER To Release OLD SCHOOL Box Set

March 15th, 2011
Alice Cooper box

Alice Cooper box

Due in June, the original Alice Cooper group box set comes in a commemorative 12-inch square “school desk” box and includes:

** Four CDs from the years 1964-1974:

– Disc 1: Demos, rarities, live, and advertisements
– Disc 2: Demos from “Muscle Of Love”, a pre-production of songs from “School’s Out”,1973 Madison Square Garden live track, and advertisements.
– Disc 3: Spoken word
– Disc 4: Live show of the 1971 “Killer” tour in St. Louis

* DVD (single disc in Amaray case) with three never-before-seen features (over two hours)

64-page, full-color yearbook style book with hard front and back cover:

– Period pictures of all band members, many never before seen
– Book written by Lonn Friend, a well-known heavy metal journalist

Gatefold folder containing:

– Two tour programs
– Ticket stubs
– Set list
– Five prints

* Bootleg Vinyl: 1971 “Killer” live show in St. Louis
* Seven-inch vinyl: Songs “Wonder Whose Lovin’ Her Now” and “Lay Down & Die, Goodbye” from The Nazz
* Immediate download of the “Elected” music video (AliceCooper.com exclusive) — available as a M4V or MOV download as soon as you complete the pre-order transaction.

 

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ALICE COOPER Announces “No More Mr.Nice Guy” Tour and Re-Vamped Band

March 7th, 2011

For Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr Nice Guy” summer tour, May-August 2011, Alice has announced a revamped band line-up. The tour will kick off in North America May 12-21, then go to South America May 25-June 3, and England & Europe June 7-July 16, before returning to North America again for the month of August.

Alice is bringing back to his stage show guitarist Steve Hunter, who famously toured and recorded with him for several years. Additionally, Tommy Henriksen will be replacing Keri Kelli on guitar, and Damon Johnson will be continuing with the band, making for a three guitar attack.

Glen Sobel will be joining the band on drums, replacing Jimmy DeGrasso, while bassist Chuck Garric will continue to anchor the rhythm section.

Said Alice, “Steve’s always been one of my favorite guitarists since the first time I ever heard him play, and I’ve been working with Tommy a lot on the new album. Oh, and yes, a new snake might make the band lineup…you never know. We will miss Jimmy and Kerri, but I know we will be sharing a stage again in the future.”

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ALICE COOPER talks about his new DVD “Theatre Of Death – Live At Hammersmith”

November 12th, 2010

ALICE COOPER talked to  MSN /ROCK METAL TV Spain about his new DVD “Theatre Of Death – Live At Hammersmith”, his views about Spain, the next European tour, etc. Also we can see footage of his recent live shows.

MSN /ROCK METAL TV is the new rock television in Spain directed by Mario Ruiz from Krea Films and veteran Spanish journalist Rafa Basa from www.RafaBasa.com.
Best Regards,

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STARTING TONIGHT AT THE GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE @ UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD ROB ZOMBIE and ALICE COOPER THE HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY TOUR

September 30th, 2010

The masters of musical mayhem have paired up yet again to embark on a three week tour of debauchery. Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper have returned to destroy a city near you on The Halloween Hootenanny Tour with special guests Murderdolls. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 30th and will criss-cross the USA with a tour de force of ghoulish s delights for your aural pleasure, giving the fans a show of a lifetime.

In other Zombie news, fans will soon get the ultimate interactive experience as their hero is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to create the new 3D maze, “Rob Zombie’s House Of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision.” As part of the Halloween Horror Nights event, fans will be treated to a nightmarish world of carnage and chaos Rob Zombie-style based upon Zombie’s cult hit film “House Of 1000 Corpses.” Vampire buffs also got a treat when the track “What” from Rob Zombie’s latest release HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 appeared in an episode of the smash HBO series “True Blood.”

Zombie addicts can also look forward to the release of the special edition of HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 set to street on Friday, September 24th. This deluxe version of HD2 will feature 3 brand new tracks called “Everything Is Boring,” “Michael” and “Devil’s Hole Girls And The Big Revolution,” as well as a re-imagining of “The Man Who Laughs.” Additionally, the package will include a brand new video for “Mars Needs Women” (shot during the Gruesome Twosome tour with Alice Cooper), a live version of Cooper’s classic “School’s Out” performed with Cooper and a 30-minute DVD featuring a tour documentary entitled “Transylvanian Transmissions,” along with all-new expanded artwork.

With more than 15 million albums sold, 7 Grammy nominations, the helming of 5 major motion pictures and dozens of music videos under his belt, Rob Zombie is a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape. Zombie’s unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician, and more recently his vision as a director and writer.

The Halloween Hootenanny Tour Featuring The Gruesome Twosome with special guests Murderdolls:

SEPTEMBER
30 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre

OCTOBER
01 San Diego, CA Harrah’s Rincon
02 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
04 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
06 Kansas City, MO Independence Event Center
07 St. Charles, MO The Family Arena
08 Bloomington, IL U.S. Cellular Coliseum
09 Youngstown, OH Covelli Center
10 Johnstown, PA Cambria War Memorial
12 Binghamton, NY Broome County Arena
14 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
16 Worcester, MA DCU Center
17 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
19 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Performing Arts Theater
20 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
21 North Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
23 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon At Grand Prairie
24 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre

For more information, please click on www.robzombie.com or www.myspace.com/robzombie.

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ROB ZOMBIE and ALICE COOPER: The Gruesome Two-Some Are Back For Another Round Of Horror

September 16th, 2010

THE HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY TOUR

Special Guests Murderdolls

ZOMBIE TO GET HIS OWN UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD ATTRACTION: “ROB ZOMBIE’S HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES: IN 3D ZOMBIEVISION!”

The masters of musical mayhem have paired up yet again to embark on a three week tour of debauchery. Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper have returned to destroy a city near you on The Halloween Hootenanny Tour with special guests Murderdolls.  The tour kicks off in Los Angeles at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 30th and will criss-cross the USA with a tour de force of ghoulish s delights for your aural pleasure, giving the fans a show of a lifetime.

In other Zombie news, fans will soon get the ultimate interactive experience as their hero is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to create the new 3D maze, “Rob Zombie’s House Of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision.”  As part of the Halloween Horror Nights event, fans will be treated to a nightmarish world of carnage and chaos Rob Zombie-style based upon Zombie’s cult hit film “House Of 1000 Corpses.”  Vampire buffs also got a treat when the track “What” from Rob Zombie’s latest release HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 appeared in an episode of the smash HBO series “True Blood.”

Zombie addicts can also look forward to the release of the special edition of HELLBILLY DELUXE 2   set to street on Friday, September 24th. This deluxe version of HD2 will feature 3 brand new tracks called “Everything Is Boring,” “Michael” and “Devil’s Hole Girls And The Big Revolution,” as well as a re-imagining of “The Man Who Laughs.”  Additionally, the package will include a brand new video for “Mars Needs Women” (shot during the Gruesome Twosome tour with Alice Cooper), a live version of Cooper’s classic “School’s Out” performed with Cooper and a 30-minute DVD featuring a tour documentary entitled “Transylvanian Transmissions,” along with all-new expanded artwork.

With more than 15 million albums sold, 7 Grammy nominations, the helming of 5 major motion pictures and dozens of music videos under his belt, Rob Zombie is a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape.  Zombie’s unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician, and more recently his vision as a director and writer.

The Halloween Hootenanny Tour Featuring The Gruesome Twosome with special guests Murderdolls:

SEPTEMBER

30         Los Angeles, CA          Gibson Amphitheatre

OCTOBER

1         San Diego, CA            Harrah’s Rincon

2         Tucson, AZ                   Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater

4         Salt Lake City, UT         USANA Amphitheatre

6         Kansas City, MO          Independence Event Center

7         St. Charles, MO            The Family Arena

8         Bloomington, IL           U.S. Cellular Coliseum

12         Binghamton, NY          Broome County Arena

14         Portland, ME                Cumberland County Civic Center

15         Uncasville, CT              Mohegan Sun

16         Worcester, MA             DCU Center

19         Roanoke, VA               Roanoke Performing Arts Theater

20         Nashville, TN                Nashville Municipal Auditorium

For more information, please click on www.robzombie.com or www.myspace.com/robzombie.

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SONISPHERE – Iron Maiden, Slayer, Alice In Chains, The Cult, Anthrax, Alice Cooper

August 27th, 2010

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SONISPHERE 

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Sonisphere festival landed for the second time in Finland. Even though Sonisphere was once again the biggest metal event here with over 60 000 visitors, it made more headlines for other reasons other than it’s brilliant artists. A huge storm hit the festival area and winds ripped apart one of the main stage’s support scaffolding and sent it flying into the crowd. Altogether around 40 people were injured, with three requiring hospitalization. The accident delayed the concert for a few hours and all scheduled performances on the second stage were cancelled. Iggy Pop managed to play a short acoustic set on the main stage but Motley Crue was forced to cancel its entirely show because bands instruments were completely destroyed by the storm.

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Jimmy DeGrasso – Alice Cooper, Hail!, F5, ex- Megadeth, Y&T, Suicidal Tendencies

January 20th, 2010
Jimmy DeGrasso

JIMMY DeGRASSO

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES  BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

TRANSCRIPTION BY PETTERI LIMNELL, EVILG AND RICK 

American born drummer Jimmy DeGrasso is probably best known for his work with Megadeth, but he’s also been involved with many other interesting bands and projects during his long career.  In mid 80’s, after moving from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, Jimmy first did studio sessions with the “Prince of Darkness” himself, Ozzy Osbourne, before getting his first permanent job from Californian rockers Y & T in 1986. After many successful years with them, Jimmy decided to leave Y & T in 1990 and in the subsequent years he toured with such names as Lita Ford and Alice in Chains before joining the thrash/punk/hardcore crossover  group Suicidal Tendencies in 2004. Unfortunately, the band broke up soon later and next Jimmy joined Alice Cooper’s touring band. He’s been working with Alice on and off since then. In 1998 he joined Megadeth and stayed with them until the band (temporarily) disbanded in 2002. Today Jimmy is a highly sought after session and touring drummer.  He’s also a full time member of all-star band “HAIL!” along with his former Megadeth bandmate David Ellefsson, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, and vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens. Jimmy has also another band with Ellefsson called F5 and they released the album THE RECKONING in 2008.  In  December (2009) Jimmy came to Finland with Alice Cooper and then I had a chance to sit down with him and discuss his past, present and near future plans. READ ON!

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GREG SMITH – Over the Rainbow, Ted Nugent, ex- Alice Cooper, Rainbow

August 3rd, 2009

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GREG SMITH

Current OVER THE RAINBOW/TED NUGENT bassist Greg Smith started his successful career in the early eighties when he first joined WENDY O’WILLIAMS’s recording and touring band. Later on he worked with such names as VINNIE MOORE, ALICE COOPER and JOE LYNN TURNER before he was asked to join to the very last incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW in 1994. Greg recorded RAINBOW’s last studio album STRANGER IN US ALL in 1995 with Ritchie, vocalist Doogie White, drummer John O’Reilly and keyboardist Paul Morris but after a couple of years the band disbanded. Later on Greg worked with BLUE OYSTER CULT, re-joined ALICE COOPER’s band before he decided to do something different, a Broadway musical called “Movin’ Out”. Next it was TED NUGENT who asked Greg to join his band and in addition to that Greg has lately been doing shows with DOKKEN, JOE LYNN TURNER and now with OVER THE RAINBOW.  OVER THE RAINBOW is a brand new band, formed by a group of former RAINBOW members:  Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Carey, Bobby Rondinelli, Greg and Richie Blackmore’s son Jurgen Blackmore on guitar.  OVER THE RAINBOW was playing at Swedenrock last June and then Greg was kind enough to give us the latest news as well as some other interesting stories about his past and future. Read on !! 

 INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

 

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ALICE COOPER

May 3rd, 2009

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Alice Cooper

Texas Frightmare Weekend

May 2nd, 2009

Videography Courtesy of Sandra Torres

 

In recognition of 40 spooktacular years of hard rocking horror-metal, jaw dropping theatrics and a consistently over the top stage production; shock rock icon Alice Cooper was presented with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 2009 Texas Frightmare Weekend convention in Dallas, Texas. Never at a loss for words, Alice conducted a brief question and answer session with attendees and well wishers who turned out to watch the legendary singer/actor/radio personality and golf enthusiast accept the award.

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Alice Cooper with special guests Econoline Crush

December 6th, 2008

Alice Cooper

with special guests Econoline Crush

Psycho Drama 2008 Tour

October 21st, 2008

Mile One Center, St. John’s, NL


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Live Photos by Celtic Bob

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Alice Cooper Guitarist KERI KELLI

December 4th, 2008

Alice Cooper Guitarist KERI KELLI

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Interviewed by EvilG

Interview questions by Celtic Bob and EvilG

Live pics by Celtic Bob

Thanks to Jon Long and Jerrica Keeping

of Green Dog Productions for filming/editing and video graphics

Keri Kelli has been kicking around in many hard rock and metal bands for quite some time. His current gig is with the legendary Alice Cooper. He joined the band on the DIRTY DIAMONDS tour and is now onto his second tour with Cooper. This time out, Keri is even on the new Alice Cooper album ALONG CAME A SPIDER.

When the Alice Cooper circus came to town, we were given access to film the stage setup, see all of Keri’s guitars and then conduct an interview with Keri backstage. Besides the obvious topics of what it’s like to play with Cooper, we get to hear about some of the other musical endeavours such as Saints of the Underground that Keri is involved in and some other side projects he’s got cooking.

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Brent Fitz – Econoline Crush, Union, ex-Vince Neil

October 19th, 2008

Brent Fitz

 

BRENT FITZ

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Drummer Brent Fitz, currently with ECONOLINE CRUSH, is probably best known to many for his great work alongside Bruce Kulick [ex-KISS], John Corabi [ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE] and James Hunting in UNION. Together they recorded and put out three classic albums, the self-titled in 1998 and THE BLUE ROOM in 2000 as well as a live record. He has thereupon, among other things, toured with VINCE NEIL [of MÖTLEY CRÜE] and can be heard on the 2003 live album LIVE AT THE WHISKY. Earlier this year, while his friend Eric Singer was away touring with KISS, Brent helped out in ALICE COOPER  when band was doing a string of shows in Australia. This is when we managed to catch up with him for some cool insights on his career.

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