This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Alice Cooper’s twentieth studio album ‘The Last Temptation.’ Despite being largely ignored commercially, the effort maintains a cult-like following for exhibiting a considerably large transition from the hair metal style which vividly decorated Cooper’s previous two albums, ‘Hey Stoopid’ and ‘Trash.’
Thanks to the group’s ostentatious stage presence, characteristic makeup, and horror-themed stage props which included electric chairs, guillotines, pythons and gallons of fake blood, Alice Cooper would soon be credited with creating the “shock rock” subgenre, as well as becoming a household name within the rock community.
An impressive collection of talent will be joining one another in order to help raise public awareness about the neurological disorder multiple system atrophy, a degenerative neurological disorder which impales a person’s involuntary functions. The upcoming Keep Memory Alive Center benefit concert in Las Vegas, Nevada currently boasts an impressive lineup which includes Alice Cooper, Slash, Sammy Hagar and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.
Before the renowned King of Shock Rock hits the road as the opening act for Motley Crue on their ‘Final Tour,’ Alice Cooper has announced he will release his long awaited studio album, which from what has been revealed thus far is entirely comprised of covers of songs by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and The Doors.
“I’m letting them pick what songs they wanna do in the way they wanna do it,” widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio last told the Artisan News back in 2011 regarding the project. Currently the forthcoming Ronnie James Dio shows such renowned artists as Alice Cooper, Metallica, original Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, Dave Grohl and Scorpions paying tribute to the late great metal icon.
The Alice Cooper ‘Trash Deluxe Edition’ is a release which comes warmly recommended to any established fan of the King of Shock Rock. While familiar followers will be able to further appreciate the subtle yet noticeable enhancements over the original, this reissue has more than enough potential to issue in a whole new wave of fans, not to mention pry open the eyes of those listeners who only recognize Alice Cooper for “School’s Out.”
Alice Cooper’s ‘Raise the Dead’ Tour and ‘Hey Stoopid’ album reissue have been voted the Best Tour and Album Reissue of this past year as part of the 2013 Music Enthusiast Magazine Awards. In the poll for Best Album Reissue and Archival Release of 2013, Cooper amassed nearly 43% of the total votes for his ‘Hey Stoopid’ album reissue, which alongside the original album included rare B-sides and single edits.
‘The Order of Control’ proves to be one of those progressive metal instrumentals that is what it isn’t. This new release isn’t simply a newly recorded batch of continuous, pick grinding guitar work with incomprehensible depth that you can’t wrap your head around. You also won’t find any vanilla flavored cuts which sooner than later loses the listener’s attention.
So for those of you who are having a difficult time getting into the holiday spirit, or want to hear artists of the same caliber as Alice Cooper and Twisted Sister give their own takes on Christmas favorites, then our list of the Top 10 Christmas Songs should undoubtedly place you in the right mood this season!
As memorable as each of the opening acts were, everyone was left even more ecstatic than before when it came time for the main event to begin. Alice Cooper walks out to the front of the stage, and is greeted with an explosion of raining pyrotechnics which fall before him. “Hello! Hooray!” Alice exclaims to the audience, as he begins to tear into the ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ classic.