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Susan Foreman 30th April 2016 10:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 487811)
I'm still waiting for non-festival UK dates :D

It would be nice!

New dates are being added all the time, but at time of writing, the tour for Alice Cooper and The Hollywood Vampires looks like this:

AC - 19th April - 21st May - North America
HV - 24th May - 06th June - America, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Romania
AC - 09th June - 24th June - Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Israel, England (O2 Arena, London as part of the Stone Free festival), Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Norway
HV - 01st July - 25th July - North America
AC - 06th August - 30th October - North America and Canada

At time of writing, nothing is being listed for September and from November onwards

Susan Foreman 1st May 2016 02:21 PM

There is a lot of anger/disappointment/resentment on the Alice Cooper forum I'm on about the inclusion of cover songs again

General consensus is he should have left these for the Hollywood Vampires tour, and played some more of his own songs

People are also commenting that the setlist is too reliant on the songs recorded by the ACG, with 13 of the 19 songs performed being pre-1975. As it is, the 'newest' song is 'Feed My Frankenstein', from the 1991 album 'Hey Stoopid', thus missing out anything from (deep breath) The Last Temptation (1994), Brutal Planet (2000), Dragontown (2001), The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003), Dirty Diamonds (2005), Along Came a Spider (2008) and Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011)

Demdike@Cult Labs 1st May 2016 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Susan Foreman (Post 488052)
There is a lot of anger/disappointment/resentment on the Alice Cooper forum I'm on about the inclusion of cover songs again

General consensus is he should have left these for the Hollywood Vampires tour, and played some more of his own songs

People are also commenting that the setlist is too reliant on the songs recorded by the ACG, with 13 of the 19 songs performed being pre-1975. As it is, the 'newest' song is 'Feed My Frankenstein', from the 1991 album 'Hey Stoopid', thus missing out anything from (deep breath) The Last Temptation (1994), Brutal Planet (2000), Dragontown (2001), The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003), Dirty Diamonds (2005), Along Came a Spider (2008) and Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011)

No wonder. It is a poor set list in my opinion. The one you posted previous was much better.

As you suggest. Why does Alice need to perform cover versions? He has enough songs of his own he could perform.

He's almost the opposite of Iron Maiden who in my opinion play too much new stuff, Alice plays the same old same old constantly. As for tacking Another Brick in the Wall onto Schools Out? Don't get me started on that. It was bad enough on a dvd i have, doesn't need to be like this every bloody tour.

Susan Foreman 1st May 2016 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 488054)
As for tacking Another Brick in the Wall onto Schools Out? Don't get me started on that

Agreed. As mash-ups go, this doesn't work for me either

Back to the tour, from what I can gather, the theatrics are lacking as well. Apparently all we get is Sheryl performing during 'Only Women Bleed', the FrankenAlice monster, the strait jacket, the guillotine and politicians during Elected

Don't get me wrong - if UK dates were announced, I would be first in line to get tickets, but I can't help thinking the g[l]ory years are now gone

One thing to (maybe) look forward to, however, is the almost guaranteed double disc DVD of Alice Cooper and Hollywood Vampire live concerts

Demdike@Cult Labs 1st May 2016 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Susan Foreman (Post 488061)
Agreed. As mash-ups go, this doesn't work for me either

Back to the tour, from what I can gather, the theatrics are lacking as well. Apparently all we get is Sheryl performing during 'Only Women Bleed', the FrankenAlice monster, the strait jacket, the guillotine and politicians during Elected

Don't get me wrong - if UK dates were announced, I would be first in line to get tickets, but I can't help thinking the g[l]ory years are now gone

One thing to (maybe) look forward to, however, is the almost guaranteed double disc DVD of Alice Cooper and Hollywood Vampire live concerts

I still need to pick up the Hollywood Vampires album. It just doesn't seem vital being a covers album though, but i would certyainly like to see the dvd.

Susan Foreman 11th May 2016 04:15 PM

It seems that the original ACG are getting back together for the recording of the new album

ALICE COOPER To Reunite Original ALICE COOPER BAND For New Album - Bravewords.com

Susan Foreman 11th May 2016 06:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Susan Foreman (Post 487887)
  • Vincent Price Intro
  • Black Widow
  • Public Animal #9
  • No More Mr Nice Guy
  • Under My Wheels
  • Is It My Body
  • Billion Dollar Babies
    Woman Of Mass Distraction
  • Long Way To Go
  • Poison
  • Halo of Flies
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Only Women Bleed
  • Guilty
  • The Ballad Of Dwight Fry
  • Killer/Love The Dead
  • Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
    XX Love me two Times (The Doors cover) XX
  • Fire (Hendrix cover)
  • Suffragette City (Bowie cover)
  • I'm 18
  • Schools Out/Another Brick In The Wall
  • Elected

Apparently some changes have been made to the setlist for the current tour

At the show yesterday (10th May - New Brunswick, New Jersey), 'Woman Of Mass Distraction' was played after 'Billion Dollar Babies' and 'Love Me Two Times' was dropped from the covers section

Susan Foreman 14th May 2016 05:23 AM

The 1987 album 'Raise Your Fist And Yell' was a continuation of the hair metal sound from 'Constrictor', but with a much more polished production. The guitar histrionics were still there, but they sounded better - it's almost as if they were now there for a reason, rather than being there for the sake of playing a million notes a second

Alice Cooper - vocals
Kane Roberts - Guitars, Vocals
Kip Winger - Bass, Vocals
Ken K. Mary - Drums
Paul Horrowitz - Keyboards

Producer - Michael Wagener

The working title for the album was 'Summer Blood'

During the hiatus, Alice had all but been forgotten by America. During this time, the PMRC, which was the American committee formed by Tipper Gore with the goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to have violent, drug-related or sexual themes, had risen to prominence, and Alice had found him their public enemy #1. The opening track on RYFAL, 'Freedom', was his answer to this. It is a good, catchy song, and I have been unable to stop singing it since I listened to it to refresh my memory of the album

The video was shot during the dress rehearsals for the tour to promote the album, dubbed the 'Live In The Flesh' tour. Sadly there is no official release of this tour, so this is the only way to get an idea of what the stage setup looked like

It was the only single to be released from the album, reaching #50 in the UK charts

01/10 - Freedom (Cooper, Roberts)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL1kQQbhmY8

"We the people of the United States
In order to form a more perfect union

Stop pretending that you've never been bad
You're never wrong and you've never been dirty
You're such a saint, that ain't the way we see you
Ah, You want to rule us with an iron hand
You change the lyrics and become Big Brother
This ain't Russia, you ain't my Dad or Mother
(They never knew anyway)
'Cause I never walk away from what I know is right
But I'm gonna turn my back on you

Freedom, we're gonna ring the bell
Freedom to rock, freedom to talk
Freedom, raise your fist and yell
Freedom to rock, freedom to talk
Freedom - ring

Aaaah
You're playing God from your ivory tower
Back off preacher, I don't care if it's Sunday
I ain't no angel, but I've never felt better
We're a make-up metal generation
We're not as stupid as you want to make us
You better leave us, man
'Cause you sure can't take us
Oh... Nobody better tell you how to live your life
Or you gotta do it on your own

Freedom, we're gonna ring the bell
Freedom to rock, freedom to talk
Freedom, raise your fist and yell
Freedom to rock, freedom to talk
Freedom - Yeah...

Oh yeah
'Cause I never walk away from what I know is right
But I'm gonna turn my back on you
Freedom, we're gonna ring the bell
Freedom to rock, freedom to talk
Freedom, raise your fist and yell
Freedom
Freedom, we're gonna ring the bell
Freedom to rock, freedom to talk
Freedom, raise your fist and yell
Freedom
Freedom, we're gonna ring that bell
Freedom to rock, freedom to talk
Freedom, come on, raise your fist and yell
Freedom
Come on, yell
Come on, yell
Freedom to rock, freedom to talk
Freedom
Make a fist
Make a fist
Make a fist
Freedom
And yell......"


As good as the opener is, the following song, 'Lock Me Up', is banal to the extreme. Dumb through and through. I get the impression that it was written as an audience participation song (due to the 'Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh' segment of the lyrics), but top of my head, I don't think that this song was ever performed live

The spoken opening to the song is by Robert Englund, best known as being Freddie Kruger in the 'Elm Street' movies

02/10 - Lock Me Up (Cooper, Roberts)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoEFe8jrOv8

"[Spoken] Alice Cooper
You have been accused of mass mental cruelty
How do you plead?
Guilty!

Don't wanna be clean
Don't wanna be nice
The whip's gonna crack
My leather is black and so are my eyes
I'm gonna be rough
I'm gonna be mean
I'm here 'til the end, my sick little friend
I'm back in your dreams
You can take my head and cut it off
But you ain't gonna change my mind

If you don't like it you can lock me up
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh
If you don't like it you can lock me up
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh

Cover your eyes or cover your head
You'll never know what hit you til you're covered in red
Screaming bloody murder 'til the barricades bend
Sweatin' in the fog til the end

It's gotta be loud
I want it to roar
I want it to blow everyone at the show off of the floor
I'm in for the kill
I'm back with a rage
I want them to write in the paper each night how I bloodied the stage

Oh, If you don't like it you can lock me up
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh
If you don't like it you can lock me up
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, lock me up or shut up
No no no no, no...

Cover your eyes or cover your head
You'll never know what hit you 'til you're covered in red
Screaming bloody murder 'til the barricades bend
Sweatin' in the lights 'til the end

If you don't like it you can lock me up
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh - I wanna be hot
If you don't like it you can lock me up
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh - I wanna be cool
If you don't like it you can lock me up
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh - I wanna be sick
If you don't like it you can lock me up
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh - ah, real sick"

Demoncrat 14th May 2016 10:50 AM

Recently watched Supermensch The Legend Of Shep Gordon, interesting doc about Cooper's manager.

Susan Foreman 14th May 2016 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Demoncrat (Post 489990)
Recently watched Supermensch The Legend Of Shep Gordon, interesting doc about Cooper's manager.

Must admit that I haven't actually got round to watching that one yet!


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