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Demdike@Cult Labs 2nd October 2016 12:37 PM

Keith Nelson is still Buckcherry's guitarist. He has been in the band since they formed. Your sentence suggests he is an ex-member, just saying.

Susan Foreman 3rd October 2016 07:02 AM

'The Nightmare Returns' is a short interlude piece, that brings back good memories of the original nightmare. The first part of the song is very creepy, with the keyboards invoking a child's lullaby. Then it turns into something very dramatic

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Tommy Henrickson - Guitar
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas - Bass
Scott Williamson - Drums

03/14 - The Nightmare Returns (Cooper, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk9ED7FUkbE

"I'm a little tired and feeling hazy
I just need to rest my eyes
But I won't go to sleep because it's crazy
What happens to me in the night

Coz when I go to deep into my slumber
Ugly faces, awful places I don't want to go..... no...."


The fourth song on the album, 'A Runaway Train', was something that fans had been waiting for since 1973. It reunited Alice with the surviving members of the original ACG. Musically, it's a good hard rocking song

As well as Dunaway, Smith and Bruce, this song features the first of the albums 'guest stars'. Guitar is provided by Vince Gill, who is better known as an American Country and Western singer/guitarist. He was actually invited to join Dire Straits in 1991, but he declined the offer (no jokes please!)

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Dennis Dunaway - Bass
Neil Smith - Drums
Michael Bruce - Guitar
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Tommy Henricsen - Guitar
Vince Gill - Guitar
Bob Ezrin - Piano

04/14 - A Runaway Train (Cooper, Ezrin, Dunaway)

Other than demo songs from compilation albums, this is the first song I have been unable to locate on YouTube. I just get the message "This video contains content from UMG, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds". However, it can be found here

"I found myself slipping away
Just this side of dead
I woke up in a box car
I wasn't in my bed
I found my leg chained to a spike
That ran down through the floor
Attached to thirteen angry men
All rotten to the core
But I'm innocent I cried right out
I'm in someone else's dream
They looked around and laughed out loud
Said "Brother, so are we"
"Yeah brother, so are we"

But I'm a big celebrity
Known all round the land
"Well buddy you ain't no one here
Man, you ain't in demand"
Speeding t'wards a flaming wall
Like a screaming sonic boom
I really gotta wake up now
Or I may meet my doom oh lord,
I may meet my doom

So all that I remember
Is how much my body hurt
Now I'm sleeping in the graveyard
On the wrong side of the dirt
Yeah I'm on the wrong side of the dirt
Wrong side of the dirt, don`t you know
I'm on the wrong side of the dirt"

Susan Foreman 4th October 2016 06:44 AM

The fifth song on the album, 'The Last Man On Earth' is a return to the camp, goofy, smokey nightclub songs that Alice used to do. He has stated that he sing it "somewhere between Tom Waits and Jimmy Durante"!

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards and Harmonium
Scott Williamson - Cocktail Drums
Jason Roller - Ganjo and Violin
Neil Konouchi - Tuba
David Spreng - Guitar

The credited writer is Piggy D., who is the bass player with Rob Zombie's band

05/14 - The Last Man On Earth (Cooper, Ezrin, Piggy D., Spreng)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox21vPvzXVs

"I don't know why my whole world came crashing down
I just woke up in lonely town
I opened up my eyes and much to my surprise
Look at this heaven that I've found

Don't need to care about tomorrow
I got no pain, I got no sorrow

I'm the last man on earth
So tell me what it's worth
Am I a beggar or a king?
Got no trouble, got no time, eternity is mine
I got a whole lot of everything

I can take this town and just burn it to the ground
Smash every window that I see
I can smoke, I can drink, I can swear and I can stink
There ain't no one to bother me, no no

Don't need to care about tomorrow
I got no pain, I got no sorrow

I'm the last man on earth
So tell me what it's worth
Am I a beggar or a king?
Got no trouble, got no time, eternity is mine
I got a whole lot of everything
It's all mine...

There's not a single soul to talk to me
But that's okay I never liked them

I'm the last man on earth
And I know what it's worth
I'm not a beggar I'm a king!
Got no troubles, got no time, and everything is fine
Coz I'm the king of everything
It's all mine...
Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine"


The next song is 'The Congregation', which is a heavy pop song, complete with dark guitars and a pounding drumbeat. Alice has stated that this song was heavily influenced by The Beatles. However, the acoustic intro (at least) reminds me of both the intro to the title track of the original '...Nightmare' and also The Who's 'Pinball Wizard'

Special guest on this song is Rob Zombie, who (as The Guide) provides the spoken part of the song. It's possible (but not explicitly stated) that this character is an updated version of The Curator from the original '...Nightmare'

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Rob Zombie - 'The Guide'
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar, piano, keyboards, percussion, programming
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas - Bass
Scott Williamson - Drums

06/14 - The Congregation (Cooper, Ezrin, Henriksen)

Like the song 'A Runaway Train' in the previous post, a good version of this is not available on YouTube. There are some live versions, but obviously they do not include the Rob Zombie contribution. However, the studio version can be found here

"Now you're here so have no fear, I'm just your friendly guide
So come along coz you belong, you joined us when you died
From your birth until your final breath
I'm proud to say you finally entertained yourself to death

Welcome to the congregation
I hope we meet your expectation
A little tiny pinch of deviation

We understand what you had planned goes by another name
Where bluebirds sing and church bells ring, well isn't that a shame
Your application sadly was denied
But let's be clear, we love you here, you're on the other side

Welcome to the congregation
I hope we meet your expectation
We promise it won't stain your reputation

The Guide: Ah, as you can see over here the broken glass chamber are the boys from wall street. Let's here it for the boys. And here in the eternal mariachi room for the defrocked priest and telemarketers. And the totally fiery pit of boiling death the lawyers, pimps and mimes...

Welcome to the congregation
Welcome to the congregation
Welcome to the congregation
I hope we meet your expectation
So thanks for dropping by here
We're really gonna try here
But in the end you know you're gonna fry.... fry.... fry... here

Umm.. excuse me sir, is there a bathroom here? "

Susan Foreman 5th October 2016 06:32 AM

'I'll Bite Your Face Off' was the first single to be released off the album. It's a catchy piece of R&B, which was a homage to The Rolling Stones circa '64/'65

The song was played in concert a long time before the album was released, and to introduce it, Alice would wear a T-Shirt with 'New Song' written on the front, and 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' on the back!

This is the second song on the album to feature the original ACG

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Dennis Dunaway - Bass
Neal Smith - Drums
Michael Bruce - Guitar
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar, Percussion
Bob Ezrin - Piano
Justin "Kourquie" Corelyou - Trombone
Jeremy Rubolino - Brass Orchestration

07/14 - I'll Bite Your Face Off (Cooper, Ezrin, Hendriksen, Smith)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R439Y5Awe78

"She was a dirty dream, cool and clean
With seduction dancing in her eyes
She turned around, looked me up and down
She took me by surprise

I tried to run, I tried to hide
But my feet were made of clay
Looked in her eyes, I was paralyzed
And I just couldnít get away

She licked her lips, they were bloody red
She had the heart of the living dead
She pushed me down on a burning bed
Thought I was in heaven, but instead
She turned her head and she softly said

Iíll bite your face off
Iíll bite your face off
Iíll bite your face off Ė little man
Iíll bite your face off Ė you know that I can

She put the whip in the cream
She was the sinnerís queen, with a delicious angel face
Then sheíd invite you in, címon and lick my skins
You trade your soul for another taste

She took my heart, my resistance fled
I loved each lie that I was fed
She pushed me down on a burning bed
This was in heaven, but instead
She turned her head and she softly said

Iíll bite your face off
Iíll bite your face off
Iíll bite your face off Ė little man
Iíll bite your face off Ė you know that I can

She pushed me down on a burning bed
Thought I was in heaven, but instead
She turned her head and she softly said

Iíll bite your face off
Iíll bite your face off
Iíll bite your face off Ė little man
Iíll bite your face off Ė you know that I can"


'Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever' is a strange song. No, make that a S-T-R-A-N-G-E song! It's another change of musical style, and although it's very amusing, I don't think it fits on the album. The rapping here works better than 'Stand' from the 'Dirty Diamonds' album, but I don't understand the pirate chants!!!

Alice Cooper - Vocals
John 5 - Guitar
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar, Bass, Programming, Keyboards
Scott Williamson - Drums

08/14 - Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever (Cooper, Ezrin, Henriksen)

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

"Yo Yo Yo, Yooooo
Yo Yo Yo, Yooooo

Here you are in the club, with your bottle full of bub
You've got grill, you got bling but player you don't know a thing
Put your hands in the air, stick 'em up like you don't care
Face the wall, count to ten, we mow you down, reload again

Oh no , here we go

Disco who, disco what
Get down on your knees, and keep your trap shut
Disco this, disco that
When disc-gos to hell, that's where we're at, where we're at

Yo Yo Yo, Yooooo
Yo Yo Yo, Yooooo

DIsco Bloodbath
(Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever )
Boogie Fever
(Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever)
DIsco Bloodbath
(Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever)
Boogie Fever
(Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever)

Bodies here, bodies there, piles of bodies everywhere
On the chairs, on the door, disco bloodbath on the floor
Hear them yell, hear them scream, just like someones scary dream
Dig a hole, push 'em in, tomorrow they'll be back again

Oh no, here we go

Disco who, disco what
Get down on your knees, and keep your trap shut
Disco this, disco that
When disc-gos to hell, that's where we're at, where we're at

Yo Yo Yo, Yooooo
Yo Yo Yo, Yooooo

DIsco Bloodbath
(Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever )
Boogie Fever
(Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever)
DIsco Bloodbath
(Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever)
Boogie Fever
(Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever)

We cleaned the house tonight (We cleaned the house tonight)
We did our job (We did our job it's alright)
We turned out all the lights okay

We were sent to let them know (I think you really let 'em know)
It was time to let them go (you know they really had to go)
Coz we're the ones who close the show okay"

Susan Foreman 6th October 2016 06:48 AM

Another song and another musical style! 'Ghouls Gone Wild' is a good, catchy piece of '60's surf rock.

It's a fun song

Special guests on this one are Kip Winger and also Mark Volman, from the band The Turtles, who provide backing vocals

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar, Programming
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Bob Ezrin - Farfisa Organ
Jimmie Lee Sloas - Bass
Scott Williamson - Drums
Bob Ezrin, Kip Winger, Mark Volman - Backing Vocals

0/14 - Ghouls Gone Wild (Cooper, Ezrin, Hendriksen)

This is another song where 'copyright infringement' means it is not available on YouTube. However, it can be found here

"We're gonna have a bash and we're glad you finally got here
Coz we're already trashed and the band is really hot here
We're gonna dance our heads off and we're gonna keep it tight
If we keep ourselves together we might make it through the night

Ghouls gone wild, wilder than before
We had a little taste and now we need a little more
Ghouls gone wild, screaming in the night
We're feeling kinda hungry and we came in for a bite
Ghouls... Ghouls....

We're gonna raise some hell yeah, we're gonna rock and roll here
And my sulphur that you smell well it adds a little soul here
We're dancing on your grave and we're dancing in the street
We're dancing through the fire and it's burning up our feet (burning up our feet)

Ghouls gone wild, wilder than before
We had a little taste and now we need a little more
Ghouls gone wild, screaming in the night
We're feeling kinda hungry and we came in for a bite
Ghouls... Ghouls....

So exciting when we're biting
Come on and play, whatdaya say

Ghouls gone wild, wilder than before
We had a little taste and now we need a little more
Ghouls gone wild, screaming in the night
We're feeling kinda hungry and we came in for a bite
Ghouls... Ghouls.... Ghouls... Ghouls.... Ghouls.... Ghouls...."


'Something To Remember Me By' is a the token ballad on the album. It's an Alice Cooper ballad. It sounds like an Alice Cooper ballad. What more can I say?

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Jeremy Rubolino - Orchestration
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas - Bass
Scott Williamson - Drums
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Orchestration

Actually, you have to take my word on the band line-up because I have finally been thwarted! Despite hunting high and low, I have not been able to find the Alice version that is playable in the UK (copyright issues again), so all I can do is post a cover version of the song by a band called Nightcore

10/14 - Something To Remember Me By (Cooper, Wagner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPcQh4WxJhM

"Baby, I wanna tell you something
Just a word and it's no lie
I got so much feeling in side of me
Baby, our love will last forever
Through the changes of the heart
Through the lonely nights whenever we're far apart

Before we say goodbye
All I wanna say is I......

I just wanna give you something to remember me by
Something that lasts forever
Coz our love is for all time

Baby, I may be gone tomorrow
But I'm here with you tonight
I'll be holding you 'till morning light
And baby I'm gonna watch you wake up
Scattered clothes across the floor
And hear you whisper to me "love me again once more"

Before we say goodbye
All I wanna say is I....

I just wanna give you something to remember me by
I won`t be gone forever
And our love is for all time
I wanna give you something to remember me by

Something to remember further on down the line
Something to remember me by
Bye bye "

Susan Foreman 7th October 2016 06:27 AM

'When Hell Comes Home' is a return to the riff heavy music and the snarling Alice of the '70's. This is probably not surprising when you consider that it is the third and final song on the album to feature the original ACG.

It's a very dark song about an abusive husband and father, and as such, I'm not sure that it fits in with the rest of the album, which is fun and light

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Dennis Dunaway - Bass
Neal Smith - Drums
Michael Bruce - Guitar, keyboards
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Pat Buchanan - Guitar
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards

11/14 - When Hell Comes Home (Cooper, Ezrin, Bruce)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klKQFNwpX9s

"Daddy wants to take me for a ride
Daddy likes to drink when daddy drives
He's pounding on my door
He wants to come inside
Yeah daddy wants to take me for a ride

That's just the way it is, when I'm left alone
Yeah that's when hell comes home

Mommy says that everything is fine
Mommy hides her bruises all the time
She always makes excuses but I know that she is lyin'
Mommy says that everything is fine

That's just the way it is, he's evil to the bone
Mommy says that everything is fine
That's just the way it is, when we're left alone
Coz that's when hell comes home

I hear those footsteps on the stairs
Mom's bleeding out or maybe she don't care
We live in darkness and despair
I'm just so tired of being scared

(Daddy's home.. Get out my way... Gimme the bottle.. Steven... Steven... STEVEN... )

(no... no... no....)
Daddy's gonna get a big surprise
I'll put one right between his eyes
And in his blood I'll write his last goodbyes
Yeah daddy's gonna get a big surprise

That just the way it is, he'll be deader then a stone
That's just the way it is, he'll leave us both alone
That's just the way it is when hell comes home
Home...."


'What Baby Wants' is really a gimmick song. When Alice was looking for someone to play the Devil, he met Ke$ha at the Grammys. He says: "She never looked to me like a Diva. She's a rock singer. She would much rather be the female Robert Plant than the next Britney Spears. Bob Ezrin said, 'Nobody's gonna expect Kesha on your album.' 'Great! Let's do it!'"

Sadly, the gimmick outweighs the song. The melody is boring, and the vocal performances are even more boring.

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Ke$ha - The Lady In Red
Tommy Henricksen - Guitar, Bass, Programming, Keyboards
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards

12/14 - What Baby Wants (Cooper, Ezrin, Henriksen, Ke$ha)

Like some of the previous songs on this album, this one has also been removed from YouTube due to copyright. However, it can be found here

"She gonna come for you
And you can try to run and hide
No matter what you do
She gonna take it deep inside
You're thinking this could be a dream come true
But you don't really understand
She feeds on flesh and blood and boys like you
She gonna make you be a man

She'll take your bleeding heart and your soul, no regrets
Coz what baby wants (What baby wants wants wants)
Baby gets (She's gonna gonna gonna get)
What baby wants (What baby wants wants wants)
Baby gets (She's gonna gonna gonna get)

The Devil: I gotta pretty face
Steven: Yeah but I've seen what's hiding underneath
The Devil: You like my pretty mouth
Steven: But you got razor blades instead of teeth
The Devil: And now its too too late for you
Steven: Oh yeah tell me what you gonna do
The Devil: I'm gonna drain your veins and bathe in your blood
Steven: Honey I seen worse then you
The Devil: I'll make you sit, beg, roll over, play dead
Steven: Ain't gonna be your little pet
The Devil: Oh really...

What baby wants (What baby wants wants wants)
Baby gets (She's gonna gonna gonna get)
Yeah what baby wants (What baby wants wants wants)
Baby gets (She's gonna gonna gonna get)

Bay tells lies, Baby looks you in the eyes
It's her aphrodisiac, when she stabs you in the back
She comes on like a saint but that's exactly what she ain't
Not a damsel in distress, she's the devil in a dress
She's gonna stay with you
She's gonna play with you
It's one thing you can bet

Coz what baby wants (What baby wants wants wants)
Baby gets (She's gonna gonna gonna get)
Yeah what baby wants (What baby wants wants wants)
Baby gets (She's gonna gonna gonna get)

The Devil/Steven: I'll make you sit, beg, roll over, play dead. I'm gonna be your little pet

Coz what baby wants (What baby wants wants wants)
Baby gets (She's gonna gonna gonna get)
Yeah what baby wants (What baby wants wants wants)
Baby gets (She's gonna gonna gonna get)
Coz what baby wants (What baby wants wants wants)
Baby gets (She's gonna gonna gonna get)
Yeah what baby wants (What baby wants wants wants)
Baby gets (She's gonna gonna gonna get)

What baby wants, baby gets"

Susan Foreman 8th October 2016 07:36 AM

Although there is one more thing on the original standard release of the album, 'I Gotta Get Outta Here' is the last proper song, and it is a good, fun one which features some play-acting from Alice as his fate is explained to him...or is it?

The ending of the album is ambiguous - is Steven dead or not??

Special guests on the song are Vince Gill on guitar; Jimmy DeGrasso, who has played with David Lee Roth, Lita Ford, Ozzy and Black Star Riders on drums; provides the guitar again

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Jimmy DeGrasso - Drums
Chuck Garric - Bass
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar, Programming, Synths
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Brad Sample - Guitar
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Kip Winger, Vicki Hampton, Wendy Moten - Backing Vocals

The credited writer is Patterson Hood, who is vocalist with the Drive By Truckers

13/14 - I Gotta Get Outta Here (Cooper, Hood, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwEJ7FiFIF0

"I can`t wait to wake up in my very own bed
Far away from the madness and my pounding head
The shiver up my spine and this feeling of dread

Well first I finally passed out, then I woke up in pain
Tangled in the wreckage of a runaway train
Was I the last man on earth or was I just insane

I gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta get outta here
I gotta, gotta get outta here
I'm getting the message, it's totally clear
Yeah I really gotta get out of here

I danced at a disco where the bodies all fell
Piled up to the sky, what a sulphurous smell
Man, the ghouls on the beach they were hotter than hell
(Yeah yeah yeah)

I popped the old man, put a hole in his eye
Spent the night with the devil, she was such a bad guy
And if he has her way I will eternally fry

I gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta get outta here
I gotta, gotta get outta here
It's not complicated, yeah it's pretty damn clear
I really gotta get outta here

Just wanna be myself again and find my way out of this iniquitous den
I ain't having fun and I ain't making friends
I don't wanna know how this nightmare ends

I don`t know why I'm here, why I've fallen from grace
I can't explain the burns, or the scars on my face
Somebody please wake me up and get me outta this place
(Yeah yeah yeah)

I said I gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta get outta here
I gotta, gotta get outta here
They say isn't the message clear to you yet, sonny
Choir: "What part of dead don`t you get?"
Alice: "Nah.. excuse me?!?"
Choir: "What part of dead don`t you get?"
Alice: "whoa whoa whoa w-wait a minute"
Choir: "What part of dead don`t you get?"
Alice: "I'm sorry, are you talking to me?"
Choir: "What part of dead don`t you get?"
Alice: "Hey I signed on for a nightmare.."
Choir: "What part of dead don`t you get?"
Alice: "Really. I mean that's a little drastic don`t you think?"
Choir: "What part of dead don`t you get?"
Alice: "I don't.. I.. I.. hey.. whoa..."
Choir: "What part of dead don`t you get?"
Alice: "I get it.. but, but I don`t get it.."
Choir: "What part of dead don`t you get?"
Alice: "I'm sinking here.. Hello?"
Choir: "Yeah yeah yeah""


The album finishes with 'The Underture', an instrumental medley of songs from both Nightmares. Strangely, it's probably my favourite piece on the album, but I think it would have worked better if it was The Overture and used at the start of the album

The songs featured are:
  • Welcome to My Nightmare (WTMN)
  • The Awakening (WTMN)
  • Steven (WTMN)
  • Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever (W2MN)
  • Only Women Bleed (WTMN)
  • Something to Remember Me By (W2MN)
  • Devil's Food (WTMN)
  • Black Widow (WTMN)
  • Ghouls Gone Wild (W2MN)
  • I Am Made of You (W2MN)
  • Years Ago (WTMN)
  • Steven (WTMN)

Jeremy Rubolino - Arrangement and Orchestration
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Dick Wagner - Special Guest Guitar
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas - Bass
Scott Williamson - Drums

14/14 - The Underture (Cooper, Ezrin, Henriksen, Child, Kelly, Seth, Wagner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoMt3S-YBTE

When it was released, the album came in a number of different editions, each containing additional songs:

The standard UK and US release featured a cover of The Animals' song 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place'

The UK release also came as a 'Classic Rock Magazine Fan Pack' which featured two bonus tracks: Poison (live at Download, 2011) and a new song called 'Under The Bed' which should have been the ending to the proper album. The fan pack also included an Alice poster, official metal pin badge, Alice Cooper mask, plus a 132 page magazine. Although it (probably) goes for silly money now, it's well worth trying to track down

There was a limited edition UK and US digipack which contained the cover of 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' and also two other songs recorded live at Download - 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' and 'The Black Widow'

The double vinyl version, which was blood red in the UK, contained an oddity entitled 'Flatline'

Finally an iTunes version of the album featured yet another exclusive track entitled 'A Bad Situation', the cover of 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' plus a 25 minute interview, with Alice talking about the songs

Susan Foreman 11th October 2016 07:54 AM

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With regards to touring, when the 'Theatre Of Death' shows ended in November 2010, Alice took a break and the rumours that he was retiring started! To allay these fears, the announcement that rehearsals for a new tour, entitled the 'No More Mr. Nice Guy Tour', was made in March 2011

The band for the first part of this tour consisted of:

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Damon Johnson - Guitar
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar
Steve Hunter - Guitar
Chuck Garric - Bass
Glen Sobel - Drums

The basic setlist for the start of the tour was:
  • (Vincent Price Intro)/Black Widow
  • Brutal Planet
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Under My Wheels
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • No More Mr Nice Guy
  • Is It My Body
  • Halo Of Flies
  • I'll Bite Your Face Off
  • Muscle Of Love
  • Only Women Bleed
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Clones (We're All)
  • Poison
  • Wicked Young Man
  • Killer - I Love The Dead (excerpt)
  • School's Out (incorporating 'Another Brick In The Wall pt 2')
  • Elected
  • Fire (Jimi Hendrix cover)

Once again, the tour was split into different legs, with changes being made to the show.

After a few shows not connected to the tour, including playing a benefit concert for the victims of the Tucson shootings, the induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, the 'Revolver Golden God Awards' and the 4D performance from the Battersea Power Station (the last three with the original ACG), the tour started proper on May 12, 2011 in Indiana. The band then moved to Canada between May 14 - May 20th before a single show in Ohio on the 21st. A handful of shows in South America were held between May 28 - June 3rd before they moved to Europe. Dates in Belfast and Dublin were held on June 7th & 8th with Def Leppard and Thin Lizzy supporting. France followed on June 10 and then on June 11th they headlined the second stage at the UK Download festival, with support from Twisted Sister, Cheap Trick and Mr. Big. More dates followed in Europe between June 11 - June 24th before returning to England for a special show at the 100 Club in London on June 26th

This was Alice stripped bare! There was no make-up and no theatrics. Just a 75 minute set of "Cooper Classics and covers". Alice broke character by actually talking to the audience and having fun! Johnny Depp guested on guitar on two songs - 'School's Out' and 'I'm Eighteen'. This show could be seen as being the genesis of the Hollywood Vampires project. Allegedly it was professionally recorded, but I have never found any evidence of this

The setlist for this show was:
  • Train Kept A Rollin' (Yardbirds cover)
  • Under My Wheels
  • No More Mr Nice Guy
  • Is It My Body
  • Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones cover)
  • I'll Bite Your Face Off
  • Muscle Of Love
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Back In The USSR (Beatles cover)
  • Poison
  • You Really Got Me (Kinks cover)
  • I'm Eighteen
  • School's Out (incorporating 'Another Brick In The Wall pt 2')
  • Elected
  • We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place (Animals cover)
  • Fire (Hendrix cover)

The 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' tour resumed in Europe between July 4th - July 9th, where the band opened up for Iron Maiden at various festivals before moving back to America between August 5th - August 27th. After these shows, guitarist Damon Johnson left the band to be replaced by Orianthi, was was to have been Michael Jackson's guitarist on his dates at the London 02 shows before his untimely death. Footage of her in rehearsal can be found on the 'This Is It' DVD

The tour resumed in New Zealand and Australia between September 22nd - October 2nd, before two dates in Asia on October 5th & 7th, then it was back to Europe between October 12th - November 14th. UK shows were between October 25th - 31st, and the band visited Sheffield, Bristol, Birmingham, London (Alexander Palace), Manchester and Glasgow. Support for these dates came from a reformed New York Dolls. The London show, which also featured Arthur Brown on the bill, was broadcast live on the Sky 3D channel but, although a 2D version also exists, it has never been officially released

After Europe, two dates in Russia were played before ending the year in America and Canada between November 26th - December 14th

2012 began with Alice talking about plans for a full blown tour to support the new 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album consisting of the original album being played in its entirety, followed by the sequel in its entirety but ultimately this didn't happen. Instead, the 'No More Mr Nice Guy Tour' was revived for another year!

The band for the 2012 leg of the tour remained the same:

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Steve Hunter -Guitar
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar
Orianthi - Guitar
Chuck Garric - Bass
Glen Sobel - Drums

A few changes had been made to the setlist as well:
  • (Vincent Price Intro)/ Black Widow
  • Brutal Planet
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Under My Wheels
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • No More Mr Nice Guy
  • Hey Stoopid
  • Is It My Body
  • Halo Of Flies
  • I'll Bite Your Face Off
  • Muscle Of Love
  • Only Women Bleed
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Caffine
  • Poison
  • Wicked Young Man
  • Killer - I Love The Dead (excerpt)
  • School's Out (incorporating 'Another Brick In The Wall pt 2')
  • Elected

The tour resumed in America and Canada between June 8th 2012 - July 21st, again supporting Iron Maiden on many dates. The tour ended in Europe, with dates between July 27th - August 12th, with the final date being a headline appearance at the Bloodstock Festival in Derbyshire, with support from Paradise Lost, Anvil, Decide, The Black Dahlia Murder, Nile, and Corrosion of Conformity

As noted, the 100 club show was apparently recorded, and the Alexander Palace show was broadcast on Sky television, but neither has been officially released. However, there was a CD release of the Alexander Palace show. This was originally released as an 'instant Live' album, available at the end of the, with a blank disc for the owner to download the encores at a later date. However, it was also remixed and reissued as a proper release.

Susan Foreman 15th October 2016 08:23 AM

In October 2012, Alice embarked on his most extensive tour to date. The 'Raise The Dead Tour'' ran until December 2015!

The band for the first part of this tour consisted of:

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Ryan Roxie - Guitars
Tommy Henriksen - Guitars
Orianthi - Guitars
Chuck Garric - Bass
Glen Sobel - Drums

The basic setlist for the start of the tour was:
  • Hello Hooray
  • House Of Fire
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • I'll Bite Your Face Off
  • Be My Lover
  • Caffeine
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • The Congregation
  • Hey Stoopid
  • Dirty Diamonds
  • Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Ballad Of Dwight Fry
  • Go To Hell
  • He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
  • Devils Food
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Break On Through (Doors Cover)
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Revolution (Beatles Cover)
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Foxy Lady (Hendrix Cover)
  • 'Raise The Dead' - My Generation (The Who Cover)
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Under My Wheels
  • Poison
  • School's Out

Once again, the tour was split into different legs, but very few changes were made to the show.

The tour began in the UK, between October 24th - November 1st, with dates being played at Cardiff, Wolverhampton, Bournemouth, London (Wembley), Nottingham, Edinburgh (on Halloween) and Sheffield. Support for these shows came from Ugly Kid Joe and Loaded.

Fans were not happy with the 'Raise The Dead' segment, and questions were asked about it. Alice's manager, Shep Gordon, personally responded to the criticism:

"HELLO SICK THINGS!!!!!...HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!.....
Shep here... I had a chance this tour to get some quality time with many of the Sick Things. Really great to get to do more than wave while leaving the building........ Thank you all for your loyalty, honesty and concern... I know many of you are confused by the new show.. I read the postings and appreciated the comments, recommendations and concern... Glad to see most are feeling better.. A few more changes to come.....

I thought I would try and explain what our thoughts were in writing the new show which may help clear some things up for you, and for Alice and I...

Your comments that Alice breaks character at the tribute section was heard loudly by us. We realize we didn't explain what happens clearly enough. For over 40 years Alice on stage has done dispicable acts to society, has been killed for this and has immediiately returned reborn in white. This year Alice deals with the question of "what happens when Alice Cooper dies?" Is he burned in hell? No... he goes to join his friends who have also died... his friends from his drinking club THE HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES. He goes to the rockstar graveyard, as well he should, but nothing can keep Alice down.. it's not his time yet... so he raises the dead so he can come back!

Also please remember there are very special reasons for each artist as I'm sure as Sick Things you should know. Jimi Hendrix introduced Alice and I!!!!!! John Lennon gave Alice his first big show.. the show where the chicken was unleashed!!!!!!! Jim Morrison taught Alice how to REALLY drink!!!!!! And what needs to be said about Keith Moon.. He's Keith Moon and was Alices outrage buddy!!!!!! Who more fitting than Alice to raise these dead.

We are in the process of adding a few simple things to make this clearer to the audience thanks to all of your comments.. THANK YOU SICK THINGS FOR CARING!!!!!!!!

Shep Gordon."


After the UK dates, the tour moved to Europe for two shows in Germany and Switzerland before crossing the water for shows in Canada and North America between November 7th - December 1st

In June 2013, Alice embarked on the 'Masters Of Madness Tour' which covered North America between 1st June - 29th June. This was a co-headline tour with Marilyn Manson. Also appearing were Picture Me Broken. For this tour, the 'Raise The Dead' covers were dropped, resulting in the shows being slightly truncated

Marilyn Manson guested on 'I'm Eighteen' on all dates

A basic setlist for this tour was:
  • Hello Hooray
  • House Of Fire
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • I'll Bite Your Face Off
  • Is It My Body
  • Under My Wheels
  • Hey Stoopid
  • Poison
  • Dirty Diamonds
  • Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Go To Hell
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Ballad Of Dwight Fry
  • Killer (part only)
  • I Love The Dead
  • School's Out
  • I'm Eighteen

After the 'Masters Of Madness Tour', it was straight back into 'Raise The Dead' for more shows in Canada and the US between July 2nd - July 20th before returning to Europe for shows between July 26th - August 8th. These shows included a headline slot at The Wacken Festival in Germany on 3rd August (which was subsequently released on DVD and CD) and a headline show at The Cropredy Festival in Banbury, Oxfordshire on August 8th

The rest of August was taken off, but the tour resumed on October 5th for three shows in Russia, before returning to the US and Canada for shows between October 13th - November 27th. There were no real changes in the setlist for these dates:
  • Hello Hooray
  • House Of Fire
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Under My Wheels
  • I'll Bite Your Face Off
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Caffeine
  • Department Of Youth
  • Hey Stoopid
  • Dirty Diamonds
  • Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Go To Hell
  • He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Ballad Of Dwight Fry
  • Killer
  • I Love The Dead
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Break On Through
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Revolution
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Foxy Lady
  • 'Raise The Dead' - My Generation
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Poison
  • School's Out

There was then a break in the tour, and in March 2014, Alice did a sidestep and appeared on the bill for the 'Original Rock Meets Classics Tour', which was held in Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria between March 9th - April 5th. Alice, accompanied by Mat Sinner and the Bohemian Prague Symphony Orchestra, headlined these shows, which also included Joe Lynn Turner, Midge Ure and Kim Wilde.

The set consisted of:
  • Hello Hooray
  • House of Fire
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Only Women Bleed
  • Welcome to My Nightmare
  • Poison
  • School's Out

Then, between May 30th 2014 and June 8th, the 'Raise The Dead Tour' continued, with dates in the Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Sweden and France.

Orianthi left the band at the end of these shows. Her replacement was announced as being Nita Strauss, who was previously a guitarist in an all female Iron Maiden tribute band called The Iron Maidens! (She 'played' Dave Murray)

With 'Raise The Dead' running since October 2012, fans were angry and disappointed when it was announced that Alice was going to be the support act for the entire Motley Crue 'farewell' tour. Not only was it to be effectively the same show, it was also going to be cut short. Even worse for UK fans, the announced dates between July 2nd - November 28th were all in the US and Canada.

The band for these dates was:

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Nita Strauss - Guitar
Tommy Henriksen - Guitar
Ryan Roxie - Guitar
Chuck Garric - Bass
Glen Sobel - Drums

The setlist for the support slot was:
  • Hello Hooray
  • No More Mr Nice Guy
  • Under My Wheels
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Poison
  • Dirty Diamonds
  • Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Ballad Of Dwight Fry
  • Killer - I Love The Dead
  • School's Out

When these dates had finished, there was more anger and disappointment when it was announced that for 2015, a) the 'Raise The Dead Tour' was going to continue and b) headline dates were only to be played in the US! These dates were between February 7th - 23rd. The full setlist remained:
  • Hello Hooray
  • House Of Fire
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Under My Wheels
  • I'll Bite Your Face Off
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Caffeine
  • Lost In America
  • Hey Stoopid
  • Dirty Diamonds
  • Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Go To Hell
  • He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Ballad Of Dwight Fry
  • Killer
  • I Love The Dead
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Break On Through
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Revolution
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Foxy Lady
  • 'Raise The Dead' - My Generation
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Poison
  • School's Out

Alice resumed support dates on the The Motley Crue tour, with dates in Australasia between 9th May - 23rd May
  • Department Of Youth
  • No More Mr Nice Guy
  • Under My Wheels
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Poison
  • Dirty Diamonds
  • Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Ballad Of Dwight Fry
  • Killer - I Love The Dead
  • School's Out

before a handful of festival headline dates between 19th June - 4th July in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden
  • Hello Hooray
  • House of Fire
  • No More Mr Nice Guy
  • Under My Wheels
  • Iīll Bite Your Face Off
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Be My Lover
  • Lost in America
  • Hey Stoopid
  • Dirty Diamonds
  • Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Go to Hell
  • Wicked Young Man
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Ballad of Dwight Fry
  • Killer-I Love The Dead
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Break On Through
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Revolution
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Foxy Lady
  • 'Raise The Dead' - My Generation
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Poison
  • Schoolīs Out

then back to the US and Canada for MORE Crue dates between 22nd July 6th September

Then there was something new! The fledgling 'Hollywood Vampires', featuring Alice, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, played two shows in the US and one in Brazil between 16th September - 24th September to support their still-to-be-released covers album
  • Raise The Dead
  • My Generation - The Who cover
  • I Got A Line On You - Spirit cover
  • Cold Turkey - John Lennon cover
  • Five To One - Break On Through - The Doors cover
  • Manic Depression - Jimi Hendrix cover
  • One - Jump Into The Fire - Harry Nilsson cover
  • Seven And Seven Is - Love cover
  • Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin cover
  • Jeepster - T-Rex cover
  • I'm A Boy - The Who cover
  • School's Out - Another Brick In The Wall - Alice Cooper Group, Pink Floyd cover
  • My Dead Drunk Friends - Original song
  • Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper Group
  • Train Kept A Rollin' - The Yardbirds
  • I'm Eighteen - Alice Cooper Group

then MORE US dates with The Crue between 5th October - 22nd October. Finally, Alice returned to the UK with two headline dates on 29th October and 30th October 2015 in Plymouth and Swindon. Support on these dates came from Michael Munroe
  • Black Widow
  • House Of Fire
  • No More Mr Nice Guy
  • I'll Bite Your Face Off
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Be My Lover
  • Lost In America
  • Hey Stoopid
  • Dirty Diamonds
  • Go To Hell
  • Wicked Young Man
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Ballad Of Dwight Fry
  • Killer - I Love The Dead
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Five To One, Break On Through
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Cold Turkey
  • 'Raise The Dead' - Manic Depression
  • 'Raise The Dead' - My Generation
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Poison
  • School's Out

UK support dates with The Crue followed between 2nd November - 6th November at Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and London (SSE Arena) before European dates between 8th November - 28th November. Then the whole package moved back to the US, with the 'Raise The Dead' tour finally being laid to rest on 22nd December!

Demdike@Cult Labs 15th October 2016 12:05 PM

According to reviews, Nita Strauss is supposed to be a bit of a 'wow' when it comes to performing live. Let's hope she stays to actually record something with Alice.


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