Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Etc.) Cancel European/UK Tour

Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), have cancelled their summer European/UK tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“We are beyond disappointed to announce that the Hollywood Vampires must cancel our rescheduled UK/European tour this Summer. We kept trying to make it happen, but unfortunately due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 travel restrictions, it is just not possible. Full refunds will be honored through your original point of purchase. Thank you for understanding, and we WILL be back rocking with you once the world returns to normal!”

Alice Cooper Gets COVID-19 Vaccine After Previously Contracting The Disease

According to AZCentral, Alice Cooper and his wife Sheryl recently received COVID-19 vaccines in Phoenix, AZ. The singer says that the two already had the disease, “but [they] got vaccinated anyway.” The couple were volunteering with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health Medical Reserve Corps when they got their shots. Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that pairs military veterans with first responders, was on hand to help out and their Phoenix Communications Coordinator Rich Mogull commented:

“It was great. The Coopers showed up and none of these volunteers knew they were going to be there. They got autographs and got to talk to Alice and his wife.”

Alice added:

“Everybody out here’s been really nice. You don’t feel like you are in danger of anything.”

Alice Cooper Premieres “Social Debris” Video

Alice Cooper has premiered a new video for his new song “Social Debris.” This track is from his new album “Detroit Stories,” which will be released on February 26. Cooper commented:

“The single ‘Social Debris’ is a gift to Detroit, to my fans and to myself. The track was written by the original Alice Cooper band. We never thought that we would ever fit in; the Alice Cooper band didn’t fit in with anybody, because we were doing things that no other band did. We didn’t fit in with the folk scene, we didn’t fit in with the metal scene, we really didn’t fit in with anything that was going on at that time. We just always felt like we were outsiders. We felt like we were social debris, we were in our own little world. So ‘Social Debris’ was just the original band writing a song about us, essentially. And it came out sounding like it belonged into 1971. That’s just the original band — you can’t change that. It’s great.”

Watch Alice Cooper Sing New Song For Ailing Zak Nilsson

Alice Cooper has written a new song for Zak Nilsson, the son of late musician Harry Nilsson. Zak is currently suffering from end-stage colon cancer and Cooper tried to lift his spirits by singing him the track during an episode of “Coffee Talk With Adika Live.” That series is hosted by Zak’s friends, bassist Stefan Adika and music journalist Corey Levitan, who invited him on the show to discuss his battle with cancer before surprising him with the performance from Cooper.

[via Rolling Stone]

Alice Cooper Premieres New Song “Our Love Will Change The World”

Alice Cooper has premiered a new song titled “Our Love Will Change The World.” This track is from his new album “Detroit Stories,” which will be released on February 26. Cooper said the following about the song:

“I think ‘Our Love Will Change The World’ is one of the oddest songs I’ve ever done, and it was one that came to us by somebody else, another Detroit writer. And it was so strange, because it was happy and what it was saying was anything but happy — it was simply a great juxtaposition. And I got it immediately and said, ‘Okay, this is going to be great.’ The music saying one thing and the lyrics saying something else, I love that song. It is totally different from anything else on the album.”

Alice Cooper Releases Cover Of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock & Roll”

Alice Cooper has released a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock & Roll.” The track, which features Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (Detroit Wheels), Steve Hunter (Detroit), Paul Randolph, Joe Bonamassa, and Tommy Henriksen, is from Cooper’s new album “Detroit Stories,” which will be released on February 26.

Metallica, Pearl Jam, Etc. Members To Perform At Joe Walsh’s “VetsAid” Concert

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh has revealed the details for his virtual “VetsAid” concert. The event will take place on December 12 and it will feature James Hetfield (Metallica), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Jon Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Daryl Hall, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and more. Tickets will be available on November 18 and net proceeds will go towards charities for veterans.

Walsh commented:

“For the past three years, we’ve held this glorious traveling circus in cities across the country with a day-long rock and roll festival and jobs fair to support our veterans and their families. Typically, we fill up an arena, play for five hours, and raise a bunch of money — nearly $1.5 million to date — to help our veterans get the care and support they deserve. But because of COVID this year, we’re going virtual as so many things are.

Our veterans community already suffers from increased poverty rates, mental health issues, re-entry difficulties and personal crises in the best of times. During this pandemic, they are especially vulnerable. I’m proud of this nationwide tradition we have built and I can’t think of a better way to remember and honor the men and women who have served our country this holiday season than by helping us raise funds to support their essential and basic needs.

Join us online for a worldwide broadcast of unique musical performances of all kinds, never-before-seen VetsAid footage from years past, and great stories from me and some of the greatest musicians in the world this December 12th!”

Alice Cooper To Release New Album “Detroit Stories” In February

Alice Cooper has announced that his new album, “Detroit Stories,” will be released on February 26, 2021. The effort’s first single, “Rock ‘N’ Roll,” will be released on Friday (November 13).

“Detroit Stories” Track Listing:

01. “Rock ‘N’ Roll”
02. “Go Man Go” (Album Version)
03. “Our Love Will Change The World”
04. “Social Debris”
05. “$1000 High Heel Shoes”
06. “Hail Mary”
07. “Detroit City 2021” (Album Version)
08. “Drunk And In Love”
09. “Independence Dave”
10. “I Hate You”
11. “Wonderful World”
12. “Sister Anne” (Album Version)
13. “Hanging On By A Thread (Don’t Give Up)”
14. “Shut Up And Rock”
15. “East Side Story” (Album Version)

Cooper discussed how the city of Detroit influenced the record:

“Detroit was heavy rock central then. You’d play the Eastown and it would be Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, The Stooges and The Who, for $4! The next weekend at the Grande it was MC5, Brownsville Station and Fleetwood Mac, or Savoy Brown or the Small Faces. You couldn’t be a soft-rock band or you’d get your ass kicked.

Los Angeles had its sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield. San Francisco had the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. New York had The Rascals and The Velvet Underground. But Detroit was the birthplace of angry hard rock. After not fitting in anywhere in the U.S. (musically or image wise) Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar-driven hard rock sound and our crazy stage show. Detroit was a haven for the outcasts. And when they found out I was born in East Detroit… we were home.”

Producer Bob Ezrin added:

“We recorded with Wayne Kramer (guitarist and writer from the MC5), Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (drums; from the legendary Detroit Wheels), Paul Randolph (legendary Detroit jazz and R&B bassist) as well as the Motor City Horns and other local musicians. We had musical ideas and encouragement from John Varvatos, the support of the folks at Shinola, and we recorded at Rustbelt Studios in Royal Oak. This was made in Detroit for Detroit by Detroit denizens!”

“Detroit Stories” will be available on CD, CD+DVD digipak, vinyl, and as a box set. Notably the box set will include a CD, a Blu-ray featuring Cooper’s “A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris” performance, a shirt, a face mask, a torch light, and three stickers.