Hollywood Vampires--All the latest news

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Unread postby ibbi 3 » Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:13 am

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ibbi 3 wrote::girlwave: Veronica, so glad you had a great time! ( even if you didn't get his autograph.)


Thanks ibbi! ❤️ It is burned into my brain forever the little glimpses I got of him! His voice :truefan:


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Unread postby ibbi 3 » Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:48 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kkmJN4LSYA&feature=share

I don't know if this was posted yet ( was not able to find it )
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Unread postby marija » Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:12 am

http://www.themusiciansear.com/intervie ... interview/
Matt is talking about "to do some stuff in Johnny's house "
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Unread postby Lbock » Tue May 09, 2017 7:52 am



My 13 minutes with Alice Cooper

Tiana Kennell , tiana.kennell@shreveporttimes.com

Never did I imagine I'd one day have a casual banter with master of macabre Alice Cooper. Yet, recently I did. I had a 13-minute interview about the band's latest tour, Cooper's philanthropic efforts, his views on music today and how he's made it through more than forty years in the industry.

The Alice Cooper band is in the midst of the international tour "Spend the Night with Alice Cooper," which will stop at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. May 11.

My prior knowledge of Alice Cooper was limited to the mainstream portrayal. He's topped charts with songs, such as "I'm Eighteen" and "Poison." He's made cameos and his music has been featured in numerous television shows and movies from "Wayne's World" to "Scream" to "Dark Shadows" and the list goes on. His songs have even made it to video games — I still remember the moment I beat the level of "Guitar Hero" playing "School's Out." It was glorious.

Whether having grown up blasting Alice Cooper on your stereo or not, it's near impossible not to have heard of the name or know it's synonymous with rock legend. So that's why my heart skipped a beat when I learned I'd been granted a phone interview with the "Godfather of Shock Rock."

After initial introductions, I broke the ice between Alice and I with a common denominator— we're both from Detroit.

He called me a "home girl" and was excited to talk about what areas of town we grew up. I'm from the west side and he's from the east side near Eastland Shopping Center, he said. He still has family in the Roseville and Royal Oak suburban areas.

By this point, I was put at ease as his lighthearted and upbeat voice came through the receiver. And I realized that Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier) was just a normal guy ... Well, as normal as a guy who plays out his own death on stage while wailing in a microphone can be.

There's a lot more to Alice Cooper than meets the eye when he's in full shock rock mode on stage. I learned about the man behind the macabre makeup during my 13 minutes with Alice Cooper.

The Times: What can the audience expect to experience at the May 11 concert in Shreveport?

Alice Cooper: A full out Alice Cooper show is what we do. We've never changed that. If you say, "Welcome to My Nightmare," we give you the nightmare. In other words, the lyrics of the song is basically going to be the script to what happens on that song.
This band I have is unbelievably great. I have guys who have been with me for 15 years or so. Our drummer (Glen Sobel) just got voted best drummer in rock and roll. I got a girl guitar player (Nita Strauss)— she looks like a model and plays like Jimi Hendrix. My wife (Sheryl Goddard) plays four parts in the show — she plays all the high vocals. Just the idea that there's extra characters, you know a lot of things are going to happen that you've never seen at another rock show.

TT: Are we going to see the same style of theatrics and shock you've become infamous for delivering?

AC: Oh, yeah. We always change things around because whenever we go out we want to do new things. We look at the show, rearrange songs, dress differently — look at it differently and make sure it runs differently. The most important thing: I look at myself and think, "If I was in the audience, what would I want Alice to do?" I put myself in the position of the fans. So every single song has some sort of element I think the audience connects up with Alice Cooper. If it's a guillotine, a ballet while Alice is going on in a straight jacket— all that stuff is going to happen in the show.

TT: As a musician who's reached the level of legend, why not rest on your laurels? Why continue to record and tour?

AC: I look at it this way: If you're an artist that's been around for 30 years— it doesn't matter who you are — if you think you've done your best album, then you really shouldn't make another album because your next album should be your best album. If you think you've done your best tour or best show, then you shouldn't go out on tour. I look at this next show as it's going to be the one that people always talk about. In other words, don't live in the past, live in the future. This audience is going to get the best show I've ever done. That way you're always striving for something. You're not just leaning on what you used to do.

TT: Is there a song you enjoy performing most?

AC: "School's Out" is always going to be an anthem. Every band has got at least one song they will be connected to forever. I think for The Beatles it will be "Sgt. Pepper," The Rolling Stones will be "Satisfaction," The Who will be "My Generation" and Alice Cooper will be "School's Out." It's the signature song. But there are 30 albums of songs and 14 Top 40 radio hits, so we go through a lot of different music during this show.

TT: Are there any cover songs you like performing?

AC: We do a thing during the show where after Alice gets executed, he wakes up in the graveyard of the Hollywood Vampires. The Hollywood Vampires are all the guys I used to drink with — the guys who died who were like my best friends: Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Keith Moon, John Lennon. We'll do three songs in the show in honor of Hollywood Vampires.

TT: Shreveport has a rich musical history and many musicians are trying to break into the industry right now. Are there any words of advice you can lend them that's helped you over the years?

AC: I realized this a long, long time ago: you're only as good as your music. For me to say it is interesting because people associate me with a show. But Alice Cooper would not be here if we didn't have 14 Top 40 hits that were singles. In other words, the music is the cake and the theatrics is the icing on the cake. So if you don't have that basic thing where when you have a song the audience goes crazy ... You have to have that or you just become a puppet show.

TT: What are your views on new music today?

AC: I'm a little disappointed that younger bands aren't more aggressive. I kinda of feel like maybe it's getting better, but very few of these bands ... they're sort of very introverted and they're singing about things I just don't care about. I just don't care about their political views. I would rather hear a band like The Struts or The Strypes. Some of these young bands are just anemic and I can't believe that. I would expect young rock guys to sort of be arrogant rock stars. (laughs) I don't believe rock and roll and politics belong together at all. I've always said rock and roll is about entertainment, not politics.

TT: Have you ever tried to use your celebrity for bringing awareness to social issues?

AC: Oh, yeah, absolutely. If you can use your name to help kids out — I have a thing called Solid Rock Foundation, which we started 20 years ago. We get a hundred kids a day in this center where these teenagers can come and learn guitar, bass drums, art, theater, whatever it is, and it's all free. What it does, it takes kids out of gangs, off the street and it gets them involved in the arts. Some of these kids don't really get a say on who they get to be because they're born into the gangs. Here's a kid who doesn't really want to go sell meth, but now he's playing guitar and with a bunch a guys in bands and it changes his whole outlook on what he wants to do for the rest of his life. So I believe if you can do things, which I call humanitarian, then great. I don't think that's political, I think that's humanitarian.

TT: What's next after the "Spend the Night with Alice Cooper" tour?

AC: The new album is coming out at the end of May or June. And then next year I have a full tour with the Hollywood Vampires, which is me, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, which means I'll do another album with them. I get out of one band and get right into another band.

TT: How did the Hollywood Vampires form?

AC: Johnny and I were filming "Dark Shadows" and during the movie we were talking about how in the early days in Los Angeles we used to have a drinking club called The Hollywood Vampires. It was John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon— everybody— and all of those people died. I said, "We should put a band together that just honors those guys and play all of their songs." So last year we went out— Joe Perry on lead guitar, Johnny Depp on guitar— and put a band around it, toured and sold out every show. And here's the crazy thing: People think that Johnny Depp just likes to be on stage. Joe Perry from Aerosmith takes guitar lessons from Johnny Depp., so that shows you how good Johnny is.

It'll be a world tour. I think Johnny's doing five movies this year just so we can go out next year with us. Joe Perry is finishing up the Aerosmith final tour and I'm doing this tour so next year, 2018, is going to be an open door for the Vampires to go out.

TT: I know we're getting low on time. Anything else you'd to add?

AC: The Alice Cooper show is always like an extra Halloween that comes to town. I guarantee it'll be the highest energy tour you'll see all year


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Unread postby justintime » Tue May 09, 2017 8:22 am

Great interview, Lbock! Love Alice and so good to hear confirmation of another world tour for the Hollywood Vampires.

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Unread postby Snowcat » Fri May 12, 2017 7:11 am

Woohoo, World Tour in 2018. Time to start squirreling away money. I hope, I hope I really hope they are coming back to Casino Rama, or some other venue in my neck of the woods! This is exciting!
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Unread postby meeps » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:57 pm

Can't copy the text at the moment, but here is confirmation, that our rocking vampires will go on tour later this year :truefan:

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Unread postby MadScntst » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:31 pm

Sorry I didn't post the information here- quite a few European Dates have been announced, and tickets are on sale:

• May 28, 2018: Olympisky, Moscow, Russia
• May 30, 2018: Ice Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
• June 2, 2018: Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany
• June 4, 2018: Zitzdele Spandau, Berlin, Germany
• June 12, 2018: Torwar, Warsaw, Poland
• June 13, 2018: Letiste Letnany, Prague, Czech Republic
• June 14, 2018: Sparkassenpark, Monchengladbach, Germany
• June 22, 2018: Hellfest, Clisson, France
• June 24, 2018: Graspop Festival, Dessel, Belgium
• June 27, 2018: Tollwood, Munich, Germany
• June 29, 2018: Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
• June 30, 2018: Clam Castle, Klam, Austria
• July 3, 2018: Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
• July 7, 2018: Summer Festival, Lucca, Italy
• July 8, 2018: Rock In Roma, Rome, Italy

No word yet on any shows in North America (or elsewhere)
You can find more info at the Vamps official site:

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Unread postby Theresa » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:43 pm

Thanks for the news, MadScntst! :loveshower:

Hopefully there will be a few North American dates announced soon.

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Unread postby Jackslady » Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:03 am

I haven’t see this posted elsewhere yet, the Hollywood Vampires are coming to the UK for dates in the summer! :spin:



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Unread postby Ade » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:22 am

I just saw it on the BBC by accident - having to lie down.

I came on here because I wanted someone else to be excited.

Dear Lord - it's too much.

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Unread postby Judymac » Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:54 am

:lovedrunk: :applause2: :applause: :yahoo:
Ade wrote:I just saw it on the BBC by accident - having to lie down.

I came on here because I wanted someone else to be excited.

Dear Lord - it's too much.

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Unread postby Ade » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:27 pm

Thank you Judymac - yes that about sums it up for me!

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Unread postby Jack's Wench » Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:27 pm

I'm going to be in Greece when they're in the UK :bawl: :bawl: :bawl: :bawl:
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Unread postby Jackslady » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:27 pm

Jack's Wench wrote:I'm going to be in Greece when they're in the UK :bawl: :bawl: :bawl: :bawl:


Oh no, JW, what rotten luck. :tear:

I am going to the London one, can't quite take it in to be honest!
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