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.”
Contrary to previous reports, Alice Cooper isn’t planning to release his anticipated covers album until 2015 at the earliest. In a recent interview with Vanyland, Cooper discussed the inspiration behind his forthcoming effort, while naming his upcoming venture as the opening act on Motley Crue’s farewell world tour as the reason behind the delayed album.
The King of Shock Rock is currently placing the final touches on his forthcoming classic rock tribute album, however Alice Cooper says he also plans to incorporate new material on his 26th studio effort. “We decided that in order to set up the ‘Hollywood Vampires’ thing, you had to kind of tell the story, and you had to write songs that were going to set up the story, and then get into the covers.”
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.