As any one of our casual readers could tell you, 2014 has been quite the memorable year in the world of rock and metal music. Aside from a compilation of impressionable return-to-forms, unforeseeable comebacks, formidable new collaborations and anticipated reunions, we’ve also paid witness to a proud compilation of engaging tours, music videos and live efforts.
The King of Shock Rock is the subject of the first in a new line of live recordings from UDR, all of whom will focus on documented performances which have taken place at the Wacken Open Air music festival. This is a fitting decision; after all, which veteran rocker can deliver a more formidable live performance than Alice Cooper, especially without the widely implemented aid of face melting pyrotechnics?
Alice Cooper essentially rewrote the definition of a concert by implementing a broad variety of gruesome theatrics while refraining from the overt use of pyrotechnics, instead allowing his stage persona to remain the undivided center of attention, and Cooper feels today’s female pop artists have copied this same style for their own live shows.
As we previously reported, ‘The Art of McCartney’ assembles a prominent assortment of artists varying from hard rock icons to the latest pop musicians, with particularly emphasis placed on the former. In preparation of the effort’s November 18 release date, Alice Cooper’s take on The Beatles’ classic “Eleanor Rigby” has surfaced, which shows the undisputed King of Shock Rock respectfully straying close to the original version while introducing elements of his own approach.
Unifying a diverse yet predominantly rock-oriented artists to pay tribute to one of the withstanding forerunners of the genre, ‘Art of McCartney’ stands as one of the most impressive tribute albums to date in regards to both musical caliber and sheer quantity. Nearly three dozen musicians appear on the standard pressing of this album alone, not including the additional eight which will be pressed exclusively in the deluxe and vinyl versions of the effort.
It’s a trend that is making it’s way across the world; in digestible terms, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity where one person dumps a bucket of ice water on their head in order to promote awareness and raise money of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Not even rock and roll’s prominent musicians are safe from this trend, who all seemed to abandon the previous notion that you either donate money or take the plunge, ultimately engaging in both ventures.
The King of Shock Rock is perhaps more well known for his engaging live performances, which incorporates a variety of spectacles from graphic decapitations to breathing life into abnormal abominations, and now the most recent revision of Alice Cooper’s twisted onstage reality has become the focus of a new live effort. ‘Raise the Dead: Live From Wacken’ was recorded during last year’s appearance at the Wacken Open Air Festival, and with this release Cooper is planning on making a positive impact.
Earlier this morning (July 30), the news that one of the world’s most influential rock guitarists had died was announced. Dick Wagner, who made a lasting impact for his work with such artists as Alice Cooper, KISS, Lou Reed and others, has passed away at the age of 71.
The Sinister Showman will be making his return as a comic book character this September. Graphic novel publisher Dynamite has announced that Alice Cooper will star as the subject of his own upcoming series, which is currently being penned by famed X-Files writer Joe Harris. The series will feature a bold reimagining of Cooper in which he serves as the guardian of humanity’s dreams.
The undisputed King of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper has announced the addition of Nita Strauss to his touring lineup. The guitarist has established a formidable reputation within the heavy metal community, having previously contributed to such groups as Femme Fatale and The Iron Maidens, an all-female Iron Maiden tribute band, as well as recently landing the top position on Guitar World’s list of the “Top 10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know.”