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Susan Foreman 18th September 2015 05:38 PM

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As expected there has been a lot of coverage of the Roxy shows that the Vampires played over the last two days. The second show saw Marilyn Manson join the band for 'Eighteen' as well as the return of Tom Morello, Perry Farell and Kesha.

Now the shows are done it can`t hurt to list the setlist for the two nights which was as follows:
  • Raise The Dead
  • My Generation
  • I Got A Line On You
  • Cold Turkey
  • 5 to 1/Break On Through
  • Manic Depression
  • One/Jump Into The Fire
  • Seven And Seven Is (from the album 'Special Forces', and originally recorded by Love)
  • Whole Lotta Love
  • Jeepster
  • I'm A Boy (Extra track only on the Japanese edition of Hollywood Vampires)
  • School's Out/Another Brick In The Wall
  • Medley - My Dead Drunk Friends/Billion Dollar Babies/Train Kept A Rollin'
  • Encore (Wednesday) - Brown Sugar/Honky Tonk Woman
  • Encore (Thursday) - Eighteen

There's one more Vampires show scheduled for next week at the 'Rock In Rio' festival.

In related news it looks like the 'Hollywood Vampires' album will chart well in both the US and UK. At the time of writing it's at #17 in the US and #23 in the UK!

Susan Foreman 21st September 2015 07:51 AM

Continuing with 'Goes To Hell', the third song is entitled 'I'm The Coolest'. It is a semi-spoken song, with a jazz vibe. It's not a bad song, it's just uninvolving

According to guitarist Dick Wagner, talking in Vintage Guitar magazine, dated February 1998, the original idea was to have Henry Winkler performing the song, but he turned it down because he didn't want to do anything that would typecast him in the Fonzie image!

Alice Cooper -Vocals
Dick Wagner - Guitars and Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
Tony Levin - Bass
Jim Gordon - Drums
Jim Maelan - Percussion and Soft Shoes
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Vocals
Al Macmillan - Piano

03/11 - I'm The Coolest (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDqa4ZFZkwU

"You know that I'm the coolest that's ever come around
You'll notice things get hotter whenever I'm in town
I mean, I gotta be the coolest, who else could it be?
Everybody knows who's really cool
Me

Let's face it, I'm the greatest, I'm Mr. Number One
My hometown built a statue to their favorite son
I mean I gotta be the greatest
I'm just a ball of fun
I mean I'm definitely the greatest
I'm also the coolest

You can't leave a package like me sitting on no shelf
Let me tell you I'm so cool sonny
I'm gonna save a little for myself

Yeah baby, come over here a minute
Who is the coolest?
I mean how do I look?
Yeah

You can't leave a package like me sitting on no shelf
Let me tell you I'm so cool sonny
I'm gonna save a little for myself

You know the day I was born there were these four dudes up on a hill
They said they saw this star hanging out over town
And the whole world seemed to stand still
It made the Sunday papers
I guess it proves for sure
I am the coolest
I am the greatest
I am the baddest
I am the smoothest
I'm just the best
Sand dancer come on
Ah yeah

Right"


The next song, 'Didn't We Meet, is rockier and better, with some nice guitar work

04/11 - Didn't We Meet (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin)

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Dick Wagner - Guitars and Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
Tony Levin - Bass
Allan Schwartzberg - Drums
Jim Maelan - Percussion
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Vocals
Al Macmillan - Piano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkGLzM25aa8

"Pardon me, but you see, I've seen that face before
I know those eyes, unearthly wise, I feel it more and more
To look at you, deja Vu, chills me to the core

They say that you are the king of this whole damn thing
But that only confused me
They say I don't stand a ghost of a chance with my host
And it frankly amused me

So let's drink a few, `cause looking at you I swear
Didn't we meet in the night in my sleep somewhere?
Didn't we meet in the night in my sleep somewhere?

Gradually I could see, things are getting clear,
That ancient face, satanic grace, the sudden rush of fear

They say that you are the king of this whole damn thing
Now they got me believin'
They said I don't stand a ghost of a chance with my host
So I better be leaving

So let's drink a few, 'cause looking at you I swear
Didn't we meet in the night in my sleep somewhere?

Here I am, the door's been slammed
They're gonna roast my hide
Make me bleed, 'till I plead
For you to let me die

They say that you are the king of this whole damn thing
Now they got me believin'
They said I don't stand a ghost of a chance with my host
God, I wish I were leaving

So let's drink a few, 'cause looking at you I swear
Didn't we meet in the night in my sleep somewhere?
Didn't we meet in the night in my sleep somewhere?
Didn't we meet in the night in my sleep somewhere?
Didn't we meet in the night in my sleep?
Didn't we meet in the night in my sleep somewhere?"

Susan Foreman 21st September 2015 02:40 PM

'I Never Cry' is the first ballad on the album. It was written about his drinking problem, which was getting out of hand, and a year later would result in him entering rehab

Alice calls this song his "alcoholic confession"

Released as a single in America, Alice has stated that "this was his biggest selling single". [However, he did not state what source or criterion he was referencing when making this statement]

Alice Cooper -Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
Tony Levin - Bass
Allan Schwartzberg - Drums
Jim Maelan - Percussion
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Vocals
Al Macmillan - Piano
Dick Berg - French Horn

05/11 - I Never Cry (Cooper, Wagner)

*NOTE: The video is taken from the 2010 'Theatre Of Death' tour, and it is a 'fan-thing', utilizing a number of audience shot camera angles. The audio is taken from the Wacken show on August 10th

Alongside Alice, the band consisted of:

Guitars, Vocals - Keri Kelli
Guitars, vocals - Jason Hook
Bass - Chuck Garric
Drums - Eric Singer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TULoyA3uRU

"If there is a tear on my face
It makes me shiver to the bones
It shakes me, Babe
It's just a heartache that got caught in my eye
And you know I never cry
I never cry

Sometimes I drink more than I need
Until the TV's dead and gone
I may be lonely but I'm never alone
And the night may pass me by
But I'll never cry

Take away, take away my eyes
Sometimes I'd rather be blind
Break a heart, break a heart of stone
Open it up but don't you leave it alone

'Cause that's all I got to give you
Believe me Babe, it ain't been used
My heart's a virgin, it's never been tried
And you know I'll never cry
And you know I'll never cry
And you know' you know' you know I'll never cry
I'll never cry

Break a heart, break a heart of stone
Open it up, and don`t you leave it alone

'Cause that's all I got to give to you
Believe me Babe, it ain't been used
My heart's a virgin, it's never been tried
And you know I'll never cry
I'll never cry "


'Give The Kid A Break', is a boogie-woogie 50's pastiche, with Alice playing both himself and also the Devil

06/11 - Give The Kid A Break (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin)

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Dick Wagner - Guitars and Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
John Tropea - Guitars
Tony Levin - Bass
Allan Schwartzberg - Drums
Jim Maelan - Percussion and Soft Shoes
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Vocals
Al Macmillan - Piano
Backing Vocals - Michael Sherman, Shawn Jackson, Colina Phillips, Joe Gannon, Shep Gordon, Denny Vosburgh, Bill Misener, Laurel Ward, Sharon-Lee Williams

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLmrWY8DiLc

"[Alice]
Don't know why I'm down here
Must be something I said
Or some small imperfection
In my soul or in my head
Don't know why I'm down here
Don't deserve to roast or bake
I'm fighting off slanderous allegations
Why don't you give the kid a break?

[Alice]
Don't think maybe we could talk this over
You're a reasonable man
Could we discuss my grave situation
I'm a miserable man
And I'm in the frying pan
Give the kid a break (continues over dialog)

Devil: Give me one good reason why I should
Alice: All right, all right, so I made a few mistakes but listen.. But for heaven's sake
Devil: Watch your language, Kid.
Alice: OK, OK, don't get hot

[Devil]
Don't question my judgement
He only reaped what he sowed
He cast his pearls before swine
And that's good enough for me

[Devil]
I don't want to talk it over
Even tho' I'm a reasonable man
Sonny, from over here looks like you're in no position to bargain
You're a convicted man
You're right in the frying pan

Give the kid a break (continues over dialog

Alice: Yeah, Please give me a break
Devil: Nah, I don't think so, man
Alice: Come on, you know I got what it takes. Can't you give me a break?
Devil: Sure thing kid, when hell freezes over
Choir: Ok, don't give the kid a break
Alice: Hey you guys, I thought you were on my side
Choir: No. Give the kid a break
Alice: Yeah, well thanks a lot, pals
Alice: Listen boss, maybe we can make a little deal. Is there anything I can say, some kind of fine I can pay? Anything?

[Alice:
Don't know why I'm down here
Must be something I said (I'm sorry)
Or some small imperfection
In my soul or in my head
It might be some sort of imperfection
It might be a defection or a, a clear case of misdirection yeah
It must be a small imperfection
In my soul or in my head
Give the kid a break"

Susan Foreman 22nd September 2015 04:45 PM

The 7th song on Goes To Hell is 'Guilty' and it is my favourite song on the album - it's the source for my signature at the bottom of my posts!

It's an autobiographical song. The line, "I'm a dirt-talkin', beer drinkin', woman chasin' minister's son" describes Cooper before he went into rehab for alcoholism. It's also one of the few songs which Alice censors - when performed live, he tends to change the line "It seems the law's on my ass every time I stick it out of the door" to "It seems the law's on my trash every time I stick it out of the door"

Alice Cooper -Vocals
Dick Wagner - Guitars and Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
Tony Levin - Bass
Allan Schwartzberg - Drums
Jim Maelan - Percussion
Al Macmillan - Piano

07/11 - Guilty (Cooper, Wagner,Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seQ47xRQwls

"Just tried to have fun
Raise hell and then some
I'm a dirt-talkin', beer drinkin', woman chasin' minister's son
Slap on the make-up
and blast out the music
Wake up the neighbors with a roar like a teenage heavy metal elephant gun

If you call that guilty then that's what I am
I'm guilty
I'm guilty

Like driving too fast
Love going too far
It seems the law's on my ass every time I stick it out of the door
If you call that guilty then that's what I am
I'm guilty
I'm guilty

Bad boy on a summer night
When the heat makes me mean and I wanna fight
With my pedal on the metal
And I do what I want to do
Bad girls make me feel all right
When it's hot and they start screaming in the light
Golly gee, it's wrong to be so guilty
Guilty
Guilty
I'm guilty

My conscience is on vacation
In acute degeneration
Willpower has sunk to all-time low

If you call that guilty, then I guess I am
I'm guilty, I'm guilty
I'm guilty, I'm guilty
I'm guilty, I'm guilty
I'm guilty
Well I'm guilty

Yeah I'm guilty
I don't care
I'm guilty
I think I've been framed anyway
They said I'm guilty
I'm guilty
They're guilty and everyone is guilty
(fade)"


'Wake Me Gently', is another ballad

08/11 - Wake Me Gently (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin)

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Dick Wagner - Guitars and Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
John Tropea - Guitars
Tony Levin - Bass
Allan Schwartzberg - Drums
Jim Maelan - Percussion
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Vocals
Al Macmillan - Piano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWTRvDqc2M

"I was scared to death, afraid to close my eyes
And find that I was gone
Like every other one who left before the dawn
I vanished in the air
Am I still there

Wake me gently if you can
Wake me gently, just touch my hand
Wake me gently, pull my sleeve
'Cause where I'm at is where I want to leave

And in my sleep I look so lifeless on this bed
Laid out on satin sheets
This dream's a novel that I don't dare complete
No happy endings read
I think the hero's dead

Wake me gently if you can
Wake me gently, just touch my hand
Wake me gently, pull my sleeve
'Cause where I'm at is where I want to..

Leave me to my slumber
And I'll never come home
Please help me, I'm frightened
Of what's going on (What's going on)

And if I can't wake up will I be all alone
A stranded orphan here
Or will I bump into some other wandering soul
And will they talk to me
Somebody, somebody please rescue me

Wake me gently if you can
Wake me gently, just touch my hand
Wake me gently, pull my sleeve
'Cause where I'm at is where I want to leave
I wanna leave
I wanna leave
I wanna wake up
I wanna leave
I don't wanna stay
I wanna leave
I wanna go
I wanna go home
I wanna go home
Just wake me up
I wanna go home
Wake me up please
'Cause I wanna go home
I wanna go home
Wake me
Wake me
(adlib to fadeout)"

Susan Foreman 24th September 2015 02:07 PM

Next up is 'Wish You Were Here', which is not a cover of the Pink Floyd song, but rather a piece of funk rock

It is heavily based on an earlier Dick Wagner song entitled 'Stage Door Queen' which was recorded by a band Wagner was in during the early 70's named Ursa Major (which also featured Billy Joel on keyboards). The original is a different song, with different lyrics, but all the key parts of 'Wish You Were Here' are there.

Alice Cooper -Vocals
Dick Wagner - Guitars and Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
John Tropea - Guitars
Tony Levin - Bass
Allan Schwartzberg - Drums
Jim Maelan - Percussion
Al Macmillan - Piano

09/11 - Wish You Were Here (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmv564lliro

"I bought you postcards, thought it`d be funny
I would have sent a souvenir but they took all my money
It's pretty warm down here but it ain't sunny
And I'm having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here
Having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here

I tried to phone ya, I tried to call you
Long distance operators that only stall you
Besides the damn rates are so high
They just appall you
And I'm having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here
And I'm having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here

It started out a nice vacation
Left the station right on time
Now it`s turned to pure frustration
I`m just a prisoner in time

Can't get a ticket to get me home, dear
They just don't have too many flights from twilight zone, dear
So don't forget to feed my cats
Spot and Jerome, dear
And I'm having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here
Having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here
Having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here

Seen all the sights here, I'm getting lonely
I'd show you all the film I took if they would only
Let me go home dear, sincerely
I'm having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here
Having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here
Having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here
Having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here
Having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here
Having a hell of a time, my dear
Wish you were here"


The penultimate song on the album,'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows', is a cover of a song that was written in 1917, before being used on stage in 1918 in the play 'Oh Look'. It was also sung by Judy Garland in the 1941 film 'Ziegfield Girls'

10/11 - I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (McCarthy, Carroll)

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Dick Wagner - Guitars and Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
Tony Levin - Bass
Jim Gordon - Drums
Jim Maelan - Percussion
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Vocals
Al Macmillan - Piano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVDA-8_Png4

"At the end of the rainbow, there's happiness
And to find it how often I've tried
But my life is a race, just a wild goose chase
and all my dreams have been denied

Why have I always been a failure
What can the reason be
I wonder if the world's to blame
I wonder if it could be me

I'm always chasing rainbows
Watching clouds drifting by
My schemes are just like all my dreams
Ending in the sky

Some fellows look and find the sunshine
I always look and find the rain
And some fellows make a winning sometime
And I never even make a gain

I'm always chasing rainbows
Waiting to find the little bluebird in vain."

Susan Foreman 25th September 2015 05:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 462097)
Hollywood Vampires touring line up -

Alice - vocals
Joe Perry - Guitar
Johnny Depp - Guitar
Duff Mckagen - Bass
Matt Sorum - Drums

Please can you come and play Manchester? :pray:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rik (Post 462098)
Was just saying to my other half that we need to go see these if they come anywhere near on tour :nod:

The Hollywood Vampires set from Rock In Rio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JicvJ57AkM4

Inspector Abberline 25th September 2015 01:41 PM

Alice Cooper vs Chaos #1 (2015) (Dynamite)
 
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Itís the ultimate heavy metal crossover as the original shock rocker meets the original death metal comic book universe! Bizarre nightmares are plaguing Evil Ernie, Chastity and Purgatori, and though the hate each otherís guts, they may have to join the teen monster team called The Chosen to find the one and only Alice Cooper!

Susan Foreman 25th September 2015 04:11 PM

Anyway... the final song on the 'Goes To Hell' album is another ballad, entitled 'Going Home', where Alice/Steven wakes up and brings the whole story to an end

Presumably the Devil had realized that Alice was more of a threat on Earth than he is in Hell!

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
Tony Levin - Bass
Jim Gordon - Drums
Jim Maelan - Percussion
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Vocals
Al Macmillan - Piano

11/11 I'm Going Home (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jetXrv2-fPg

"I'm going home
There I am there in my bedroom
I'm safe and snug and snoring and so glad to be there
I'm going home
None of this ever happened
But God, I really did it, still nothing has changed

I'm going home
I'm going home
To my own room to all the mess
To all the dirty laundry
It looks so good I don't care
I'm just so glad to be back

Home Sweet home
I wonder if anyone missed me
Or have I been gone so long they thought that I died
How many said I wonder what happened to Alice
How many shrugged or laughed, How many cried
But I don't give a damn

'Cause I'm going home
I'm going home
To my own room, to all the mess to all the dirty laundry
It looks so good I don't care
I'm just so glad to be back home (sweet home)

I'm going home
Nothing can stop me now
I'm going home
Nothing can stop me now
I'm going home
Nothing can stop me now
I'm going home
Nothing can stop me now
I'm going home
Nothing can stop me now
I'm going home
Nothing can stop me now
Stop me now..."


Sadly for the first time, there was no tour to promote the album. Although it had been booked and rehearsed, at the eleventh hour, Alice was diagnosed as having 'anemia' [read alcoholism], so he was 'under a doctor's care' and therefore the tour was cancelled. 'I realised that when I woke up, and was vomiting blood, that something was wrong. It might have looked good on stage, but...'

A report from the Arizona Republic, dated 1st November 1977 stated:

"Alice Cooper, lead singer in the rock band of the same name, is in a New York sanitarium recovering from a bout of alcoholism, a spokeswoman for the entertainer said Monday.
A newspaper report here had Cooper, who once boasted he drank more than a case of beer a day to keep fit, admitting himself to a hospital in suburban Westchester County, but the hospital would not confirm the report.
Barbara Pepe, the Cooper spokeswoman, said that after failing to overcome his drinking problem through private, outpatient treatment, Cooper decided to take advantage of a break in his schedule to undergo a hospital program of treatment. She said she was not told where he was getting treatment"


Apparently, the show would have been a theatrical extravaganza to equal that of WTMN, but other that the fact that it was set within a discotheque setting ['because disco is hell'] and incorporated multi levels stages and the split screen effect, not much is known about it

Susan Foreman 7th October 2015 03:52 PM

Last night the original Alice Cooper band reunited, playing a surprise show for 200 people | Dangerous Minds

Justin101 8th October 2015 09:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Inspector Abberline (Post 462695)
Itís the ultimate heavy metal crossover as the original shock rocker meets the original death metal comic book universe! Bizarre nightmares are plaguing Evil Ernie, Chastity and Purgatori, and though the hate each otherís guts, they may have to join the teen monster team called The Chosen to find the one and only Alice Cooper!

I bought this book and was quite disappointed, I didn't really know the Chaos brand from Dynamite comics and wasn't aware it's a superhero/villain kind of book. I prefer my comics to be less 'super' :lol:

It has a great advert for the anniversary hardback edition of 'The Last Temptation' book written by Neil Gaiman though, I think I'll buy that instead of issue #2 of vs. Chaos.


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