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Alice Cooper To Release ‘A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris’ Live Album On August 31st!

Alice Cooper To Release ‘A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris’ Live Album On August 31st!

Following the release of the 2017 studio album Paranormal, which was the best chart-performing album by Alice Cooper in decades, the American rock legend took his exciting live show all over the world, accompanied by “the best band he has ever had.”

After an entire year spent on the road, the Paranormal Tour ended in Paris on December 7, 2017 at the world renowned Olympia, a theatre that is iconic in the truest sense of the word.

The Olympia, since opening in 1888, has witnessed changes in entertainment and pop culture for 130 years from the can-can through Édith Piaf to Johnny Hallyday and the Beatles and now…

… Alice Cooper!

This 90-minute rock show is a journey through Alice Cooper’s timeless creations: classics like “Poison,” “School’s Out,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” are alternated with hand-picked gems for the joy of true Cooper connoisseurs like “Pain,” “Woman of Mass Destruction,” and “Paranoiac Personality,” the first single from the album Paranormal.

The album captures a rock ‘n’ roll show at its peak and is one of the best live releases by Alice Cooper, featuring his longtime band guitarists Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel in front of an excited audience.

The album will be released on August 31 on earMUSIC as 2CD digipak, 2LP Gatefold (white and red LP), and digitally.

In July 2017, the artist released Paranormal, his first studio album in six years. Produced by Bob Ezrin, it was immediately saluted as a classic Alice Cooper album, featuring collaborations with iconic guests such as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, U2’s Larry Mullen, Jr., and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway and Michael Bruce — the three original Alice Cooper band members.

The album charted at #4 in the German and Australian official album charts, #6 in the UK and in Sweden and overall, it reached the highest chart positions for Alice in several decades.

TRACK LISTING:
CD1:
1. Brutal Planet
2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
3. Under My Wheels
4. Department of Youth
5. Pain
6. Billion Dollar Babies
7. The World Needs Guts
8. Woman of Mass Distraction
9. Poison
10. Halo of Flies

CD2:
1. Feed My Frankenstein
2. Cold Ethyl
3. Only Women Bleed
4. Paranoiac Personality
5. Ballad of Dwight Fry
6. Killer/I Love the Dead themes
7. I’m Eighteen
8. School’s Out

2LP COLORED:
SIDE A:
1. Brutal Planet
2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
3. Under My Wheels
4. Department of Youth
5. Pain
6. Billion Dollar Babies

SIDE B:
1. The World Needs Guts
2. Woman of Mass Distraction
3. Poison
4. Halo of Flies

SIDE C:
1. Feed My Frankenstein
2. Cold Ethyl
3. Only Women Bleed
4. Paranoiac Personality

SIDE D:
1. Ballad of Dwight Fry
2. Killer/I Love the Dead themes
3. I’m Eighteen
4. School’s Out

Listen to Paranormal on Spotify here.

ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
8/3 — West Allis, WI — Wisconsin State Fair
8/5 — Sioux Falls, SD — Washington Pavilion
8/6 — Kansas City, MO — Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts
8/8 — Colorado Springs, CO — Pike’s Peak Center
8/10 — Las Vegas, NV — The Pearl at the Palms Hotel + Casino*
8/11 — Temecula, CA — Pechanga Resort + Casino
8/12 — Los Angeles, CA — Greek Theatre*
8/14 — San Jose, CA — City National Civic
8/15 — Jackson, CA — Jackson Rancheria Casino
8/16 — Reno, NV — Grand Sierra Resort + Casino
8/18 — Bonner, MT — Kettlehouse Amphitheater
8/19 — Everett, WA — Angel of the Winds Arena
8/20 — Vancouver, BC — Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8/22 — Calgary, AB — Southern Jubilee Auditorium
8/23 — Edmonton, AB — Northern Jubilee Auditorium
8/25 — Saskatoon, SK — SaskTel Centre
8/26 — Estevan, SK — Affinity Place
8/28 — Winnipeg, MB — Burton Cummings Theatre
8/29 — Thunder Bay, ON — Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
8/30 — St. Paul, MN — Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 — Ft. Wayne, IN — Foellinger Theatre
9/2 — Huber Heights, OH — Rose Music Center at The Heights
9/4 — Cincinnati, OH — Taft Theatre
9/6 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
9/7 — York, PA — York Fair
9/8 — Atlantic City, NJ — Tropicana Atlantic City
10/4 — Albany, NY — Palace Theater
10/9 — Charlotte, NC — Ovens Auditorium
10/10 — Atlanta, GA — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10/12 — Chattanooga, TN — Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
10/13 — Biloxi, MS — Beau Rivage
10/14 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hill Lawn
10/16 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/17 — Park City, KS — Hartman Arena
10/19 — Memphis, TN — Orpheum Theater
10/20 — St. Louis, MO — Peabody Opera House
10/21 — Cedar Rapids, IA — Paramount Theater
10/23 — Des Moines, IA — Des Moines Civic Center
10/24 — Rockford, IL — Coronado Performing Arts Center
*Featuring Ace Frehley

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Alice Cooper Extends ‘Paranormal Evening’ Tour Dates Through October 2018!

Alice Cooper Extends ‘Paranormal Evening’ Tour Dates Through October 2018!

Rock icon Alice Cooper, who released his 27th album Paranormal last July via earMUSIC, has extended his previously-announced North American tour, announcing additional 2018 shows throughout October. The trek picks up again this summer, starting on August 3 in Wisconsin and now running through the end of October, including a lengthy section in Canada, from Briitish Columbia across to Ontario.

The Las Vegas (August 10) and Los Angeles (August 12) dates will feature a special guest as support — original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley.

Further information about all Alice Cooper tour dates is here, while all dates are posted below.

Cooper is fresh off his critically acclaimed performance as King Herod in the live television production of Jesus Christ Superstar! The special aired on Easter Sunday on NBC and was a ratings bonanza.

Paranormal features special guests, such as U2’s Larry Mullen, Jr., who plays on 9 of the 12 new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.

Listen to Paranormal on Spotify here.

ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
8/3 — West Allis, WI — Wisconsin State Fair
8/5 — Sioux Falls, SD — Washington Pavilion
8/6 — Kansas City, MO — Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts
8/8 — Colorado Springs, CO — Pike’s Peak Center
8/10 — Las Vegas, NV — The Pearl at the Palms Hotel + Casino*
8/11 — Temecula, CA —  Pechanga Resort + Casino
8/12 — Los Angeles, CA — Greek Theatre*
8/14 — San Jose, CA — City National Civic
8/15 — Jackson, CA — Jackson Rancheria Casino
8/16 — Reno, NV — Grand Sierra Resort + Casino
8/18 — Bonner, MT — Kettlehouse Amphitheater
8/19 — Everett, WA — Angel of the Winds Arena
8/20 — Vancouver, BC — Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8/22 — Calgary, AB — Southern Jubilee Auditorium
8/23 — Edmonton, AB — Northern Jubilee Auditorium
8/25 — Saskatoon, SK — SaskTel Centre
8/26 — Estevan, SK — Affinity Place
8/28 — Winnipeg, MB — Burton Cummings Theatre
8/29 — Thunder Bay, ON — Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
8/30 — St. Paul, MN — Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 — Ft. Wayne, IN — Foellinger Theatre
9/2 — Huber Heights, OH — Rose Music Center at The Heights
9/4 — Cincinnati, OH — Taft Theatre
9/6 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
9/7 — York, PA — York Fair
9/8 — Atlantic City, NJ — Tropicana Atlantic City
10/4 — Albany, NY — Palace Theater
10/9  — Charlotte, NC — Ovens Auditorium
10/10 — Atlanta, GA — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10/12 — Chattanooga, TN — Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
10/13 — Biloxi, MS — Beau Rivage
10/14 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hill Lawn
10/16 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/17 — Park City, KS — Hartman Arena
10/19 — Memphis, TN — Orpheum Theater
10/20 — St. Louis, MO — Peabody Opera House
10/21 — Cedar Rapids, IA — Paramount Theater
10/23 — Des Moines, IA — Des Moines Civic Center
10/24 — Rockford, IL — Coronado Performing Arts Center
*Featuring Ace Frehley

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Rock Legend Alice Cooper Announces Dates For Summer 2018 Tour

Rock Legend Alice Cooper Announces Dates For Summer 2018 Tour

Rock icon Alice Cooper, who released his 27th album Paranormal last July via earMUSIC, has announced his summer 2018 tour plans. Following on his current “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper” March run, the tireless legend will embark on another North American trek. The summer tour kicks off on August 3 at the Wisconsin State Fair and winds through the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up in September.

This leg is also “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper.” The Las Vegas and Los Angeles dates will feature special guest — guitarist Ace Frehley.

Further information about all Alice Cooper tour dates is here.

Paranormal features special guests, such as U2’s Larry Mullen, Jr., who plays on 9 of the 12 new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.

Paranormal on Spotify
Paranormal on iTunes
Paranormal on Amazon

In other Alice Cooper news, he will portray King Herod in the upcoming live television production of Jesus Christ Superstar! The show is set to air on Easter Sunday (April 1) on NBC.

ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
8/3 — West Allis, WI — Wisconsin State Fair
8/5 — Sioux Falls, SD — Washington Pavilion
8/6 — Kansas City, MO — Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts
8/8 — Colorado Springs, CO — Pike’s Peak Center
8/10 — Las Vegas, NV — The Chelsea
8/12 — Los Angeles, CA — Greek Theatre
8/14 — San Jose, CA — City National Civic
8/15 — Jackson, CA — Jackson Rancheria Casino
8/18 — Bonner, MT — Kettlehouse Amphitheater
8/19 — Everett, WA — Angel of the Winds Arena
8/20 — Vancouver, BC — Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8/22 — Calgary, AB — Southern Jubilee Auditorium
8/23 — Edmonton, AB — Northern Jubilee Auditorium
8/25 — Saskatoon, SK — SaskTel Centre
8/26 — Estevan, SK — Affinity Place
8/28 — Winnipeg, MB — Burton Cummings Theatre
8/29 — Thunder Bay, ON — Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
8/30 — St. Paul, MN — Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 — Ft. Wayne, IN — Foellinger Theatre
9/2 — Huber Heights, OH — Rose Music Center at The Heights
9/4 — Cincinnati, OH — Taft Theatre
9/6 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
9/7 — York, PA — York Fair

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UNLEASHED: Beastö Blancö’s Chuck Garric On Creating A Rock ’N’ Roll Monster!

UNLEASHED: Beastö Blancö’s Chuck Garric On Creating A Rock ’N’ Roll Monster!

Legendary rock bassist Chuck Garric cut his teeth in the business playing with a diverse array of chart-topping acts ranging from L.A. Guns to Dio. His devotion to the music he loves paid off in spades in 2002, when he landed a spot as the bassist for rock legend Alice Cooper. While some musicians would be content to sit back and enjoy the ride, that’s not Chuck Garric’s style. In 2012, he joined forces with guitarist Brother Latham to sow the seeds of an ambitious new project. Together, they creatde a live, raw power, rock & roll band that let them indulge their influences and imagery that shaped their collective musical background. It wasn’t long before a potent mix of heavy riffs, driving bass and melodic choruses bubbled to the surface and Beastö Blancö was born! Their debut release “Live Fast Die Loud” (2013), as well as their successful 2016 self-titled sophomore release, soon captured the hearts and minds of rock fans around the globe.

In 2018, Beastö Blancö furthers their quest for world domination with a captivating live release via Rat Pak Records. “Live From Berlin” was recorded at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany during the 2016 sold-out Böhse Onkelz tour. The release features songs from their debut release “Live Fast Die Loud” (2013) as well as their successful 2016 self-titled sophomore release “Beasto Blanco.” Front-man Chuck Garric said, “It was an honor to be invited to tour with the legendary Bohse Onkelz. Every show was sold out, every night a feast of rock ‘n’ roll. The music was loud, the crowd was louder! Berlin was a special night and we want to invite you to the party!” Calico Cooper added, “Beasto is a band that’s driven by the crowd. The more they scream for it the more we give it and Berlin was howling, it was an electric show!” Guitarist Brother Latham continued, “Blood, and sweat, it makes for any great story …this one, for sure, will be written in the books. Berlin knocked us up beyond our wildest potential, living up to our motto: ‘Live fast die loud!’”

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Chuck Garric to discuss Beastö Blancö. In the interview, Garric discusses the formation of the band, its creative evolution, the songwriting process for their forthcoming third studio album and much more.

You lived the better part of your life playing the music you love. When did you catch the bug?

Good question! My dad was a big fan of outlaw country. He played the banjo and bluegrass music. I grew up loving music. I had older brothers who would come home and would turn me on to bands like Queen, Peter Frampton, AC/DC and things like that. So, I caught the bug at an early age and I knew I wanted to play music. When I was in school at an early age, in elementary school, I took the trumpet as my first instrument. I loved it! I loved playing the instrument, playing music and making music. It wasn’t until later on, in my early teens, that I had some neighbors who could play their instruments really well. They played guitar and drums. They wanted to start a band, so the only thing they were missing was a bass player. I worked, saved my money and did what I had to do to purchase a bass. I did, and I learned to play it. Along the way, I started discovering more and more different bands and players who influenced me as my journey progressed.

What influences shaped the artist we see today?

John Deacon of Queen was a huge influence on me, along with Cliff Williams from AC/DC. I love his bass playing. People have a tendency to think it’s really super easy. It’s easy to say that but when you got to learn some of that stuff, there is some really intricate, nice moving bass lines. I love that! Obviously, Bob Daisley, was another big influence on me with all of the Ozzy [Osbourne] material. Then you have Phil Lynott, Paul McCartney and guys like that who were geniuses at what they did. I was more of a fan of bands. I brought up John Deacon of Queen and while I loved his bass playing, I loved the band as well. I brought up Cliff Williams because I loved his bass playing but I LOVED that band with Bon Scott! I still do to this day and I listen to an old AC/DC record at least once a week. I loved Lemmy from Motorhead because I loved Motorhead. The energy and rawness of that band changed me. It wasn’t necessarily his bass playing but his vibe and what he brought to rock ‘n’ roll is undeniable. I was a product of rock ‘n’ roll, what it did for me and how it made me feel.

Has your perception of what rock ‘n’ roll means changed throughout the years?

It hasn’t really changed much. I’m still that guy. I still love it, listen to it, find myself trying to discover new music and I do. I love a lot of new music but, at the same time, I always go back to what I’m comfortable with and try to find bands from the old days. For example, bands from the ‘70s that might hit me differently now than they did when I was a kid. My ears are a little bit more tuned now and I’m listening differently than I used to listen. Rock ‘n’ roll has changed for me. I know that it may be a little bit different on the industry side of things … well, a lot different actually. You hear people talking about it all the time. Records are selling the way that they used to and rock, specifically, isn’t selling the way that it used to, and I believe that. I definitely do notice that but, at the same time, my approach has never changed. I’m not going to do anything that is so far in the outfield that it’s not considered rock ‘n’ roll anymore. I’m going to do what feels good to me and feels good to the band. Somehow we will find a way to make it come across, whether it’s in the studio, through a live record or through a live show. It’s just what we all know and what we love to do! It’s funny when you get in a room with people like that because you don’t have to tell people what to do and it just naturally comes out. That’s the thing I love most about Beastö Blancö. When you see us, you will see it’s a theatrical show and there are a lot of moving parts but if you come two nights in a row, you will notice some things that are different. We try not to choreograph it or set it all up the same way. It has its own freedom and movement; each night is different.

For people who may be discovering the band, how did Beastö Blancö form?

Ya know, I’m a songwriter and Brother Latham and I’ve written a lot of songs together over the years. We found ourselves with a collection of songs which were just sitting there. We had talked about forming a band together over the years and what it might sound like. We would look at three or four songs and say, “What would this be like?” We also talked about our influences and stuff like that. Finally, we just gave it a go! In 2012, we just decided we were going to put out a record and see what happens. Once we started to record a couple of songs, we came up with a name and concept. We realized that this thing could grow wings and take off, as long as we kept pursuing it. We brought in Calico Cooper to help add a different dynamic to the band; theatrically and vocally. She’s an incredible singer, an amazing person and one of the best performers I’ve ever seen on stage. She adds a huge dynamic to this band. We knew we had a lot of things that would make us viable and entertaining for people to take a listen to. It wasn’t until we started doing some of the tours over in Europe and in The States that we realized that the people really were getting this thing. It’s been an incredible journey and one I know is just beginning. We’re having a great time doing it right now!

Has your vision for Beastö Blancö changed since its inception?

Yeah, it has changed and it’s forever changing. I try not to just get stuck in one thing. You will hear a growth from the band over the course of the first record to the second record. When you create a show, as a lot of bands will attest, you want to be able to have ups, downs, movements, emotions and maybe even have the songs tell a story. That holds true whether you are a theatrical band or not; you want to be able to tell a story through your music. That happens not only by having different sounding songs but through different tempos, song lengths, etc. You will hear that approach on our second record versus our first record. The first record is very straight ahead. With the second record, we had a couple of songs that we slowed down a little bit and had different grooves because we wanted to add to our show and our set. We wanted it to have a movement and a feeling to it. That’s something we weren’t necessarily thinking of in 2012. We were just thinking about going out and ripping people’s faces off with this fast, aggressive music! We had a purpose! We still want to rip people’s faces off but, at the same time, we are growing as artists and we’re able to do that in a way that’s very musical. We are about to head out on the Monsters of Rock tour and we’re always coming up with new ideas and things we can do to change and add to our show to make it better. We’re doing that! We’re growing as Beastö Blancö. We’re forever growing and forever changing. We’ll continue to do that for the life-span of this band. I think it’s very important and very entertaining to the fans as well.

Beastö Blancö has a new live record, “Live From Berlin.” Many bands put out live records with mixed results. However, this album delivers when it comes to energy. How did it come together and was difficult to pull off?

This was my first live record, so I don’t know how difficult it is. I found that once we opened up the session and realized what we had, we heard the energy. The energy already existed in the live performance. We had no idea that we were being recorded to be honest with you. We were on tour with Böhse Onkelz, which is one of the biggest German bands. They’ve been around since the ‘80s and they still sell out arenas wherever they go throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland and more. They’re a very popular band. We were very fortunate that the front-of-house engineer decided to record it. Böhse Onkelz were recording their live record and he tracked a couple of shows for us. He pretty much just handed me the sessions and said, “Hey man, I recorded last night’s show. Take a listen and let me know what you think.” On there were four shows and we couldn’t believe what we were hearing! Everything sounded really good and we picked the second night in Berlin as our go-to. It had a great energy. There was a great energy from the band and extremely great energy from the crowd. I think part of it might have had to do with the fact that we didn’t know. Maybe that helped a little bit. Maybe we were a little bit more free when we were up there on stage, as opposed to putting your head down and making sure you are performing everything exactly perfect. We just let it out and did our thing and that might of helped a lot with the energy. We’re a band that’s full of energy, rawness and power. It’s something that comes out in our music and it’s a natural thing. It’s not something we have to search for. It’s not something we have to summon; it exists in our music.

Where do you see Beastö Blancö headed in the future — both short and long term?

I have a busy schedule, but I fit in time for it. We are in the studio right now, as we speak. We’ve got half the third studio record done and we’re working on finishing it. I’ve got a great group of people around me and a fantastic producer in Ryan Greene. Everybody is working when I’m not around, which means work is still getting done and things are being completed. We will have a third studio record to release this year. I just try to take advantage of everything that’s happening and when I do have downtime I try to take advantage of it. As far as Beastö goes, we’re going to keep on doing this until either we can’t, or they just stop coming. Right now, it’s growing and only getting bigger. We’re on this wave with the rest of the Beastö Blancö fans out there!

Since you’re in the studio, let’s talk about your songwriting process. How have things changed and stayed the same over the years?

We kind of have a similar process to the first record with this third record. We sit around and share riffs, song ideas, concepts to songs and discuss what we want the record to sound like. Like I mentioned earlier, we also talk about what would be cool to add to the set and what type of groove is missing from our show that could really help push the set along. We approach it that way. I do a lot of work here in my home studio in Nashville, Tennessee. I will send riffs back and forth to Brother Latham, who’s in Los Angeles. We start bouncing ideas and get together. My wife, Lindsay Garric, is a fantastic lyricist and writer. Nobody understands the Beast better than her and she can tell a story like nobody I’ve ever met before. She’s great with lyrics and helps us stay on track with that, so it’s a real team effort. I submit everything to our producer Ryan Greene, who then puts his own little twist on it, changes things up a little bit and does what he’s supposed to do! As long as everybody does their job, then you end up with a great quality song at the end of it!

Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper on stage.

You have an amazing body of work and the future looks bright for Beastö Blancö. What have you learned from the experience?

Yeah, man. Thank you. I think I’ve really learned to listen, calm down when I’m playing and just let it out to be more free. I don’t try to control everything that’s happening. I think it’s been really important for me to just let the music take over, let the show take over and let what’s going to happen, happen. There are a lot of moving parts to Beastö and it could easily be one of those things where it could get kind of distracting on stage, but I’ve let it become part of the show. I’ve learned a lot of that from Alice [Cooper]. I’ve watched him have things so right and wrong and his reaction to it as well. It’s always part of the show. It’s a live show, so whatever happens is happening live, so we just roll with it. I’ve learned that, as well as to trust my instincts and gut feeling on what’s working and what’s not working or what sounds right and what doesn’t. I also surround myself with people that I trust where they can give me their honest opinion. At the end of the day, when we go back and listen to what we created, we all feel that it’s the best music we are making at that time. I don’t have anybody in there that I feel is in it for any other reason than to make great music!

What are the biggest challenges you faced with Beastö Blancö?

I think we’ve been fortunate to have a guy by the name of Nicolas Kostadimas, a booking agent in Europe, be behind us the entire time. He’s really stuck his neck out to book tours and build the brand for us. The biggest hurdle for any band is to get out there and promote your music and the only way for you to promote your music is for people to see you live. The biggest hurdle we’ve overcome is that we’ve managed to get through these first few years of touring over in Europe and The United States and survive. We’ve come out okay, which is great because a lot of those things can put a beating on bands. There are a lot of tours where you’re not getting paid enough money to survive and those things are difficult for young bands. That’s something I’m very proud of. It’s one of those things you visualize as the smoke beginning to clear and you see the band walking through the smoke and fire — That’s Beastö Blancö! We’ve managed to come through all of that in one piece with the same brothers and sisters getting along for the sole purpose of making music. Once you clear those hurdles, there is nothing that can really stop you at that point.

Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper bringing Beastö Blancö to the masses.

You carved out quite a career in rock ‘n’ roll. What are the keys to longevity?

When I first got my break with Ronnie James Dio, it was just circumstantial. Obviously, when I got the phone call, I made sure I was prepared to be the best I could possibly be musically. I made sure I knew the songs and made sure I went in there and had a good audition. I knew that way I could give myself a chance. Then some of it has to do with luck. I didn’t realize when I joined Alice Cooper that I was going to be in the band for 15 years. I honestly didn’t. I thought it would last a couple of years, but I didn’t know how long he was going to go or what was going to happen in his career. It’s been 15 going on 16 years now and there’s still many more years to come. I think it’s finding yourself and finding out what you are willing to fight for and what you’re not. It also has a lot to do with being a team player and being able to shape, twist and bend. That has been my main goal. Being a bass player, you just do your part. You do your job regardless of whether you think it’s right or wrong. You may not love the song you’re playing if you aren’t in your own band, but you still have to perform it right. I’ve had a really great opportunity working with Alice [Cooper] and Shep [Gordon] to backup guys like Steven Tyler, Michael McDonald from the Doobie Brothers and everyone from Weird Al to Sarah McLachlan to Cheap Trick to Ted Nugent. I’ve had the opportunity to back all those people up on bass for charity events and other things we have done. None of that would have happened without Alice Cooper and their belief in me as a musician and as a person who will be able to step up to the plate and play whatever the situation calls for. You’ve got to be able to play your instrument and do your homework to make sure everybody has a good time. I would say to anybody that once you get the opportunity, make the best of it. Learn your part, learn it live and in the studio, learn your vocals and show up the gig and be ready to go. Don’t be the one person that’s slowing anybody up, man. Just do your part and be ready for whatever is next. Also, don’t let your ego get in the way and ruin something for you because you think you’re something that you’re not or wanting something that’s just not possible.

As we discussed, you’re a busy man between your gig with Alice Cooper and the hard work you put into Beastö Blancö. However, it’d be foolish not to ask if there is other musical ground you want to explore.

I don’t know if I have time, man! [laughs] Being a songwriter and living here in Nashville, you never know what you’re going to come up with or what type of music you might pop out. I don’t know, maybe one day I will do a bizarro studio solo record that would allow me to get some of the other songs I have on my hard drive out there for the rest of the world to listen to. Maybe I would do something like that; something out of left field that not everybody would be expecting from Chuck Garric, ya know.

The future looks bright for you and I can’t wait to see where the journey takes you. We’ll be out spreading the word.

Thank you, man. You’re the best. It’s people like you that we appreciate and are extremely grateful for. Obviously, that’s the whole reason Beastö is in the position we are because of dedicated people from our label, booking agents, band members and people like yourself. We appreciate it and we couldn’t do it without you, so thank you so much!

For the latest news and dates for Beasto Blanco, visit the band’s official website at www.beastoblanco.com. Beasto Blanco’s ‘Live From Berlin’ is available now, in a variety of bundles and formats, via Rat Pack Records!

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Rock Legend Alice Cooper Premieres Official Music Video For “The Sound of A”

Rock Legend Alice Cooper Premieres Official Music Video For “The Sound of A”

The legendary Alice Cooper has released official video for The Sound of A.” The song has a special meaning; it is, in fact, the first song that Alice Cooper wrote entirely on his own back in 1967. The song was forgotten until Dennis Dunaway, the bass player of the original Alice Cooper Band, rediscovered it and played it to Alice, suggesting he consider it for his new album.

What a discovery — with its psychedelic sound, swirling guitars, and the mysterious Hammond organ, it is one of the most hypnotic songs on Paranormal.

Watch the video here.

The Sound of A” is going to be released on February 23, 2018, only a few days after Alice Cooper’s birthday. In addition to the title track, the single —available as limited edition CD single, 10″ white vinyl— includes four previously unreleased live songs recorded in Columbus, Ohio, on May 6.

Earlier this December, Alice was awarded with the Best International Artist prize at the 19th Annual SSE Scottish Music Awards. The event is held in Glasgow every year and raises funds for the Nordoff Robbins Scotland music charity — only this year, over £148,000 were collected for the music therapy activities.

In July 2017, Cooper released Paranormal, his first studio album in six years. Produced by Bob Ezrin, it was immediately saluted as a classic album, thanks to collaborations with iconic guests such as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, U2’s Larry Mullen, Jr., and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover.

The album charted at #4 in the German and Australian official album charts, #6 in the UK and in Sweden and overall, it reached the highest chart positions for Cooper in several decades.

Cooper just finished a hugely successful world-wide tour, with over 100 shows played in all five continents. Alice even found the pleasure to reunite with the original Alice Cooper band: Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, and Michael Bruce during various shows in USA and UK. The Alice Cooper band split in 1974, after releasing some of the most iconic rock albums of all time. After the band’s split, Alice went on to continued success as a solo artist.

TRACK LISTING (CD):

1. The Sound of A
2. The Black Widow    (Live)*
3. Public Animal #9     (Live)*
4. Is It My Body           (Live)*
5. Cold Ethyl                (Live)*

“The Sound of A” is taken from the studio album Paranormal.
All other songs* are previously unreleased and recorded live in Columbus, OH, May 6, 2016.

TRACK LIST 10″ VINYL:

SIDE A:
1. The Sound of A
2. The Black Widow    (Live)

SIDE B
1. Public Animal #9     (Live)
2. Is It My Body           (Live)
3. Cold Ethyl                (Live)

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SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER: Official Documentary of a Rock ‘N’ Roll Icon To Be Unleashed!

SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER: Official Documentary of a Rock ‘N’ Roll Icon To Be Unleashed!

A look at a legend!

A look at a legend!

Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with Banger Films, are proud to announce the world premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, where it will screen as part of their Spotlight section. Taking us through his life and career, ALICE presents his story in the first ever “doc opera” film – a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera.

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as ALICE COOPER, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60’s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare.

The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City.

For more information on Super Duper Alice Cooper, please visit: www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com or like the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/superduperalicecooper

Alice Cooper needs no introduction.  Still touring the world, with over 100 concerts scheduled in 2014, and hosting his internationally syndicated “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show five nights a week for over a decade, Alice shows no sign of slowing down.

For more information on Alice Cooper, please visit:

Website: http://www.alicecooper.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AliceCooper

Twitter: https://twitter.com/realalicecooper

Banger Films is a multiple award-winning film and television production company based in Toronto.  Banger’s catalogue includes the smash-hit documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (2006), SXSW Audience Award and Juno-winning Iron Maiden: Flight 666(2009), Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Award-winning Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010), the biggest-ever heavy metal doc series Metal Evolution (2011), and the eagerly anticipated “doc opera” Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014).  Currently, Banger is producing a number of film and TV projects including The Messagea double-feature doc on the history of hip-hop, and Rock Icons, a new music-bio series featuring exclusive, intimate portraits of the most legendary artists in the history of metal and rock.

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