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.”
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.