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The Legendary Alice Cooper Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Legendary Alice Cooper Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Rock icon Alice Cooper‘s catalog is rich with hits and anthems that have become definitive of a generation, among them “School’s Out,” “Elected,” No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “I’m Eighteen,” “Only Women Bleed,” “You And Me,” “I Never Cry,” “How You Gonna See Me Now,” and “Poison.” Due to this illustrious history and legacy, Cooper has been nominated for induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious “Performing Songwriter” category.

Listen to the “This is Alice Cooper” Playlist on Spotify here.

Many of Alice’s songs have been covered worldwide by other artists, everyone from Etta James, Elkie Brooks, Tina Turner, and Julie Covington to Anthrax, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, and Megadeth.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. Inductees will be feted at the organization’s Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 14, 2018, in New York City.

Cooper released his 27th album Paranormal this past July via earMUSIC.

Listen Paranormal on Spotify 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 long-anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members on several songs.

Additionally, Cooper, who is currently wrapping up a seven-month world tour in Europe, running from November 8 through December 7, will be back on the road in 2018 for a North American trek, dubbed “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper.” The tour kicks off on March 1 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and runs through March 29 in Indianapolis.

Further information about all Alice Cooper tour dates is here.

ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
3/1/18 — Windsor, ON —The Colosseum at Caesar’s
3/2/18  — Rama, ON  — Casino Rama
3/4/18  — Baltimore, MD  — The Lyric Theatre
3/5/18  — Englewood, NJ — Bergen Performing Arts Center
3/6/18 — Boston, MA — Boch Center Wang Theatre
3/8/18 — Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena
3/9/18 — Morristown, NJ — Mayo Performing Arts Center
3/10/18  — Wilkes-Barre, PA — FM Kirby Center
3/13/18 —  Moline, IL   — TaxSlayer Center
3/14/18  —  Madison, WI  — Orpheum Theater
3/15/18  — South Bend, IN  — Morris Performing Arts Center#
3/17/18  —  Cherokee, NC —   Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
3/18/18  — Jacksonville, FL  — Florida Theatre
3/20/18  — Melbourne, FL  — King Center
3/21/18 —  Ft. Lauderdale, FL  — Broward Center for The Performing Arts
3/23/18  — Clearwater, FL  —  Ruth Eckerd Hall
3/24/18   — Orlando, FL  —  Hard Rock Live
3/26/18  — Greenville, SC  — Bon Secours Wellness Arena
3/28/18  — Louisville, KY  — Palace Theatre
3/29/18  —  Indianapolis, IN  — Murat Theatre
#On Sale 11/17

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Legendary Rocker Alice Cooper Announces 2018 Tour Dates

Legendary Rocker Alice Cooper Announces 2018 Tour Dates

The legendary Alice Cooper has announced his early 2018 tour plans. The legendary rocker will hit the road for a North American trek, dubbed “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper.” The tour kicks off on March 1 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and runs through March 29 in Indianapolis.

Cooper released Paranormalhis first album in six years and 27th overall, via earMUSIC in August. Paranormal features special guests like U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., who plays on 9 of the 12 new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.

Upon release, Paranormal climbed the iTunes rock charts, landing at #1 in 12 countries and the Top 5 in 20 countries.

Press praise for Paranormal is as follows.

“He can still growl out a tune with bile in his throat and get almost seductive if the songs calls for it.” — Consequence of Sound

“…true to his legacy…” — Rolling Stone

“Sharpen up the guillotine, folks; he ain’t done yet.” — Paste

“…full of all the joy and vigor of those good old days.” — Under the Radar

ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
3/1/18 — Windsor, ON —The Colosseum at Caesar’s*
3/2/18  — Rama, ON  — Casino Rama+
3/4/18  — Baltimore, MD  — The Lyric Theatre*
3/5/18  — Englewood, NJ — Bergen Performing Arts Center*
3/6/18 — Boston, MA — Boch Center Wang Theatre*
3/8/18 — Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena*
3/9/18 — Morristown, NJ — Mayo Performing Arts Center*
3/10/18  — Wilkes-Barre, PA — FM Kirby Center*
3/13/18 —  Moline, IL   — TaxSlayer Center*
3/14/18  —  Madison, WI  — Orpheum Theater*
3/15/18  — South Bend, IN  — Morris Performing Arts Center#
3/17/18  —  Cherokee, NC —   Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center*
3/18/18  — Jacksonville, FL  — Florida Theatre*
3/20/18  — Melbourne, FL  — King Center*
3/21/18 —  Ft. Lauderdale, FL  — Broward Center for The Performing Arts*
3/23/18  — Clearwater, FL  —  Ruth Eckerd Hall*
3/24/18   — Orlando, FL  —  Hard Rock Live*
3/26/18  — Greenville, SC  — Bon Secours Wellness Arena*
3/28/18  — Louisville, KY  — Palace Theatre*
3/29/18  —  Indianapolis, IN  — Murat Theatre*

*On Sale 10/13
+On Sale 10/14
#On Sale 11/17

Further information about all Alice Cooper tour dates is here.

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Rock Legend Alice Cooper To Release ‘Paranormal’ Album On July 28th!

Rock Legend Alice Cooper To Release ‘Paranormal’ Album On July 28th!

earMUSIC has announced the worldwide signing of legendary shock-rocker Alice CooperParanormal, Alice Cooper’s new studio album and his first in six years, will be released on July 28, 2017 on earMUSIC as 2CD Digipak, 2LP, Limited Box Set, and Digital.

The 12-track album has been recorded in Nashville with long-time collaborator Bob Ezrinand features a very special bonus CD — a mini-album consisting of three brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith, and guitarist Michael Bruce, alongside carefully selected live recordings.

Paranormal also features special guest appearances by U2‘s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, and Deep Purple‘s Roger Glover.

Alice Cooper will be touring extensively this year in support of Paranormal, visiting cities in the U.S., Europe, and Australasia.

 ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
4/22 —Tupelo, MS — BancorpSouth Arena
4/23 — Springfield, IL — Prairie Capitol Convention Center
4/25 — Charleston, WV — Municipal Auditorium
4/26 — Norfolk, VA — Chrysler Hall
4/27 — Salem, VA — Salem Civic Center
4/29 — Cherokee, NC — Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
4/30 — Augusta, GA — The Bell Auditorium
5/2 — Birmingham, AL — Alabama Theater
5/3 —Little Rock, AR — Robinson Center Music Hall
5/4— Tulsa, OK — Brady Theater
5/6 — Durant, OK — Choctaw Grand Theatre
5/7 — Midland, TX — Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
5/8 — San Antonio, TX — Tobin Center for The Performing Arts
5/10 — Corpus Christi, TX — American Bank Center
5/11 — Shreveport, LA — Municipal Auditorium
5/13 — Columbia, SC — Koger Center for the Arts
5/14 — Nashville, TN – TPAC
5/16 — Columbus, OH — Express Live!
6/7 — Appleton, WI — Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
6/8 — Hinckley, MN — Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheatre
6/9 — Mankato, MN — Vetter Stone Amphitheatre
6/12 — Denver, CO — Paramount Theater
6/13 — Salt Lake City, UT — Kingsbury Hall
6/16 — Lincoln, CA — Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre
6/17 — Eugene, OR — Cuthbert Ampitheatre
6/18 —Airway Heights, WA — Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concert Season at Northern Qu
6/20 — Bakersfield, CA — Rabobank Theatre
6/21 — Temecula, CA — Pechanga Theater
6/22 — Tucson, AZ — AVA Amphitheater
6/24 — El Paso, TX — KLAQ Streetfest

DEEP PURPLE / ALICE COOPER / EDGAR WINTER:
8/12 — Las Vegas, NV — The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
8/13 — Los Angeles, CA — The Greek Theatre
8/15 — Phoenix, AZ — Ak—Chin Pavilion
8/16 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
8/18 — The Woodlands, TX — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/19 — Dallas, TX — Starplex Pavilion
8/21 — Atlanta, GA — Chastain Park Amphitheatre
8/23 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
8/24 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
8/26 — Wantagh, NY — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/27 — Boston, MA — Xfinity Center
8/28 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
8/30 — Indianapolis, IN — Klipsch Amphitheater
9/1 — Pittsburgh, PA — KeyBank Pavilion
9/2 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
9/3 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/6 — Chicago, IL — Tinley Park
9/8 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/9 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center
9/10 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center

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Hollywood Vampires Announce 18 North American Tour Dates

Hollywood Vampires Announce 18 North American Tour Dates

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Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup whose core members are Alice CooperJohnny Depp and Joe Perry, have just announced dates for their North American tour this summer.  The musicians supporting the high profile rockers include drummer Matt Sorum (the Cult, Guns N’ Roses), guitarist Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper’s band), Bruce Witkin (Johnny Depp’s group the Kids) and Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots).

Hollywood Vampires

Hollywood Vampires

How it all began…
In 1972, on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar.  It was a gathering place for rock stars living in or passing through L.A.  “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the Vampires.  “I would walk in on a typical night,” Alice says, “and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon—who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur—Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”

Roughly four years ago, Alice Cooper and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking).  An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Hollywood Vampires lives again with the release of the Hollywood Vampires new album.  Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and with producer Bob Ezrin, the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires.  The new album was released on September 11th, 2015 and all artist proceeds are being donated to MusiCares.

Hollywood Vampires Tour Dates
May 24 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino
July 1 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 2 – Mashantucket, CT @ The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino
July 3 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Resort Spas and Casino Event Center
July 5 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest BMO Harris Pavilion
July 7 – Aurora, IL @ River Edge Park,
July 8 – Orillia, ONT @ Casino Rama Entertainment Center
July 9 – Niagara Falls, ONT @ Stage at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
July 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater
July 12 – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
July 13 – Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
July 14 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
July 16 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18 – Fargo, North Dakota @ Scheels Arena
July 22 – Rohnert Park, CA @ Weill Hall
July 23 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion
July 24 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
July 25 – Paso Robles, CA @ Mid State Fair

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Hollywood Vampires Announce Two Shows At The Roxy This September!

Hollywood Vampires Announce Two Shows At The Roxy This September!

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In 1972, on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar.  It was a gathering place for rock stars living in or passing through L.A.  “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the Vampires.  “I would walk in on a typical night,” Alice says, “and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon—who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur—Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”

Now, returning to where it once began, the Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry) have announced today two shows at the notorious Sunset Strip music venue, The Roxy.  This will mark the Hollywood Vampires only U.S. appearances on September 16 and 17, and will surely be the most sought after ticket in town. Joining the Hollywood Vampires live will be Matt Sorum on drums, Duff McKagan on bass, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, and Bruce Witkin on piano and guitar. Tickets are on sale on August 14 for the September 16th show at http://ticketf.ly/1EdJvSI and September 17th show at http://ticketf.ly/1W5TvIT.

Hollywood Vampires

Hollywood Vampires

Additionally on September 24, in what will be their only international appearance, the band will head to Brazil for “Rock in Rio.” Before that show, the band will partner with Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization that has provided more than 1.8 million free hearing aids to people in need in more than 100 countries, to offer and fit hearing aids to more than 150 people in need.   After the hearing aid fittings, the Hollywood Vampires and Starkey Hearing Foundation will bring a number of individuals to the show so they can hear music for the first time in their lives.

“Hearing connects us to life, our families and to the world around us,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “It’s a precious gift, and we are excited to work with the Hollywood Vampires to introduce so many to the world of sound and help them hear music for the first time.”

Three years ago, Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking).  An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Hollywood Vampires live again with the release of the Hollywood Vampires new album.  Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and with producer Bob Ezrin, the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires.  The new album is set to be released on September 11 and all artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.

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HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES: Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry’s Supergroup Announces Debut Album

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES: Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry’s Supergroup Announces Debut Album

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In 1972, on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar.  It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A.  “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the Vampires.  “I would walk in on a typical night,” Alice says, “and John LennonHarry Nilsson, Keith Moon—who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur—Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie TaupinJimi HendrixJim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”

Three years ago, Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking).  An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Hollywood Vampires live again with the release of the Hollywood Vampires new album.  Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires.

For the next two years, Alice, Joe and Johnny, joined by producer Bob Ezrin and an amazing group of modern day vampires, including Perry FarrellDave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartneyJoe Walsh, Slash, Robbie KriegerZak StarkeyBrian Johnson and Kip Winger, recorded tracks by their dead friends and heroes.  Also included are two original songs that tell the story of the Vampires, one of which, “Raise The Dead,” has an intro by Sir Christopher Lee, recorded just prior to his death.

Hollywood Vampires

Hollywood Vampires

The album package, an antique book, was created by noted men’s fashion designer (and rock fan) John Varvatos in his signature vintage style.  Alice and Varvatos, both Detroit natives, have been partners in fashion for several years with Alice lending his classic rock style as a brand ambassador.

A sneak peek at the liner notes, penned by original Hollywood Vampire Bernie Taupin, “I’m not here to defend their vices. Over-indulgence of any sort does not ultimately constitute for a healthy mind and body. And while on the periphery of those involved, wives may have come and gone, career choices may have been deemed dubious, and heartbreak in some cases stalked a dark corridor, but in the lair of the Hollywood Vampires only joy and laughter reigned.”

“I’m not completely sure what constituted bad behavior back then, but in this lair it existed in a bubble, a hermetically sealed dome of fun. It may not have been the round table at the Algonquin, but these were witty, intelligent guys who often got raucous and loud, but rest assured there were no bystanders or animals hurt in the making of the Hollywood Vampires.”

All artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.

The Hollywood Vampires track listing:

The Last Vampire:
Narration:   Sir Christopher Lee
Keyboards and Sound Design: Johnny Depp, Bob Ezrin and Justin Cortelyou

Raise The Dead:
(Johnny Depp, Bruce WitkinTommy HenriksenAlice CooperBob EzrinRob Klonel)
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Johnny Depp, Tommy HenriksenBruce Witkin
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Background Vocals: Alice CooperTommy HenriksenBob Ezrin

My Generation:
Vocals:  Alice Cooper
Guitars:  Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Drums: Zak Starkey
Background Vocals: Tommy Henriksen

Whole Lotta Love:
Vocals: Brian JohnsonAlice Cooper
Guitars:  Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp
Orianthi, Tommy HenriksenBruce Witkin
Harmonica:  Alice Cooper
Drums:  Zak Starkey
Bass:  Kip Winger
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen
Backing Vocals: Alice CooperTommy Henriksen

I Got A Line:
Vocals:  Alice CooperPerry Farrell
Guitars:  Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp, Tommy HenriksenBruce Witkin
Drums:  Abe Laboriel Jr.
Bass:  Kip Winger
Background Vocals:  Perry FarrellTommy HenriksenBob Ezrin

Five to One/Break On Through:
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Robby Krieger, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Abe Laboriel Jr.
Farfisa: Charlie Judge
Bass: Bruce Witkin

One/Jump Into The Fire:
Vocals:  Alice CooperPerry Farrell
Guitars: Robby Krieger, Johnny Depp, Tommy HenriksenBruce Witkin
Drums: Dave Grohl
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Keyboard: Bob EzrinBruce Witkin
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen

Come And Get It:
Vocals:  Paul McCartneyAlice Cooper
Guitars:  Joe Perry, Johnny Depp
Piano:  Paul McCartney
Drums:  Abe Laboriel Jr.
Bass:  Paul McCartney
Background Vocals: Johnny Depp, Alice CooperAbe Laboriel Jr.Bob Ezrin

Jeepster:
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen
Background Vocals: Bob Ezrin

Cold Turkey:
Vocals:  Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen
Background Vocals: Alice CooperTommy Henriksen

Manic Depression:
Vocals:  Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums:  Zak Starkey
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Piano: Bob Ezrin

Itchycoo Park:
Vocals:  Alice Cooper
Guitars: Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen
Background Vocals: Alice CooperTommy HenriksenBob Ezrin

School’s Out / Another Brick In The Wall pt.2:
Vocals:  Alice CooperBrian Johnson
Guitar: Slash, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy HenriksenBruce Witkin
Drums:  Neal Smith
Bass: Dennis Dunaway
Background Vocals: Kip WingerBob Ezrin

Dead Drunk Friends:
(Johnny Depp, Bruce WitkinTommy HenriksenAlice CooperBob Ezrin)
Vocals:  Alice Cooper
Guitars:  Johnny Depp, Bruce Witkin
Drums:  Glenn Sobel
Programming:  Tommy Henriksen
Bass:  Bruce Witkin
Piano: Bruce WitkinBob Ezrin
Background Vocals: Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Tommy HenriksenBruce WitkinBob Ezrin

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THAT METAL SHOW: This Week’s Episode To Feature Ace Freely, Mark Farner And Nita Strauss

THAT METAL SHOW: This Week’s Episode To Feature Ace Freely, Mark Farner And Nita Strauss

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Episode 10 of season 14 of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show” marks the return of Kiss original guitarist Ace Frehley and the debut of former Grand Funk Railroad singer and guitarist Mark Farner. Ace chats with hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine about Kiss’s long overdue induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, being on stage with his former band mates, and his frustrations with the original Kiss lineup not performing together at the ceremony. Mark Farner shares stories of the early Grand Funk Railroad days, even telling about a time they opened for Led Zeppelin and how he was blown away watching them perform. He says it is still one of the best performances he has ever seen to this day.

The episode also features the debut of Nita Strauss from Alice Cooper as the guest musician. Nita is only the second female musician to grace the second stage. Nita tears it up on the guitar and also talks about playing with Alice Cooper, being discovered while performing the national anthem at an LA Kiss football game, and the solo album she is currently working on.

This week’s “Rank” segment finds Frehley creating the definitive list of the Kiss albums he performed on. He jokingly states that he couldn’t rank certain albums higher because his recollection of recording them was a blur. Eddie continues to impress the panel during this week’s “Stump The Trunk” and this week’s “Throwdown” puts the debut Led Zeppelin album against the debut Black Sabbath album. The panel is split but the audience declares a clear-cut winner between the two. The “TMS Top 5” takes a week off but “Take It Or Leave It” returns, as the topic is the recent announcement of the retirement of Twisted Sister.

Fans can watch all previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app as well as the new “That After Show” segment.

Season 14 has showcased some of the biggest names in music. This season featured Rush’s Geddy Lee, Frank Bello/Charlie Benante/Scott Ian of Anthrax, John 5, Chris Jericho, Kerry King of Slayer, Dave Lombardo formerly of Slayer and now with Philm, Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, punk rock legend Marky Ramone, rap icon Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless, Max Cavalera. With 2 episodes remaining this season, Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat, Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides, and Mark Slaughter will appear on the penultimate episode.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week, Season 14 of “That Metal Show” finishes with TMS alum Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob making his TMS musical debut and Billy Sheehan returning to dazzle the crowd with his unmatched bass playing skills. Previous Season 14 performers included Alex Skolnick of Testament, John 5 of Rob Zombie/John 5 Trio, Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Frank Hannon of Tesla, the berserker Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, double-neck shred-master Michael Angelo Batio, Rich Ward of Fozzy, and Damon Johnson of Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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Mötley Crüe Announce Final Additional North American Dates

Mötley Crüe Announce Final Additional North American Dates

 

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Mötley Crüe announced today the details of their final addition of North American dates. The select new shows will take place in October and December as part of the band’s two year Final Tour cycle. Mötley Crüe’s touring career will conclude on New Year’s Eve, December 31 at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles where the band’s career began 34 years ago.

The new North American shows announced today will see the band visit cities such as Little Rock, AR and Lincoln, NE in the US and Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon in Canada. All dates will be taking place in arenas exclusively to ensure fans get to experience the full show production of the Final Tour.

THE FINAL TOUR 2015
Remaining North American Dates
(with Very Special Guest Alice Cooper except dates marked with *)
Newly announced dates in RED

7/22/15 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
7/24/15 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
7/26/15 – Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
7/28/15 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
7/29/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
7/31/15 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/3/15 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
8/5/15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
8/7/15 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
8/8/15 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
8/9/15 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/11/15 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
8/12/15 – New York, NY – Barclays Center
8/14/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
8/15/15 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
8/16/15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
8/18/15 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
8/19/15 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
8/20/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/22/15 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
8/23/15 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
8/24/15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
8/26/15 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
8/28/15 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
8/29/15 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
8/30/15 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
* 9/2/15 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
9/4/15 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
* 9/5/15 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
* 9/6/15 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
* 9/8/15 – Monterrey, NL – Arena Monterrey
* 9/10/15 – Mexico City, DF – Arena Ciudad de Mexico
10/5/15 – Hidalgo, TX – State Farm Arena
10/7/15 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
10/8/15 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
10/10/15 – Evansville, IN – The Ford Center
10/11/15 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
10/13/15 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
10/14/15 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagra Center
10/16/15 – Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
10/17/15 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
10/18/15 – Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
12/4/15 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
12/7/15 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
12/8/15 – Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center
12/10/15 – Saskatoon, SA – SaskTel Centre
12/12/15 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
12/13/15 – Calgary, AB – ScotiaBank Saddledome
12/15/15 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
12/19/15 – Phoenix, AZ – U.S. Airways Center
12/20/15 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
12/22/15 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
*12/27/15 – *Las Vegas, NV – MGM Arena
*12/28/15 – *Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
*12/30/15 – *Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
*12/31/15 – *Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

For a full list of dates, visit http://motley.com

The band’s exclusive VIP Packages (including opportunities to meet band members, new exclusive merchandise, up-close and personal view of the encore performance like never before in the CRÜESNEST, and more) and Fan Club pre-sales for these dates start 4/22. Check out VIP offers at http://motleyvip.com. To join the Fan Club go to http://fanclub.motley.com

Local ticket pre-sales start this Thursday, 4/23 at 10am local time before the public on-sale begins on Friday 4/24 at 10am local time with some dates going on sale on Saturday, 4/25. For more information go to www.motley.com

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MÖTLEY CRÜE: Legendary Band Announces Last Leg of ‘The Final Tour’

MÖTLEY CRÜE: Legendary Band Announces Last Leg of ‘The Final Tour’

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It’s been a wild ride but all good things must come to an end. Just days after tickets for iconic rock ‘n’ roll band MÖTLEY CRÜE’s The Final Tour went on sale, nine shows sold out, with many more headed in that direction. The band added on dates in Detroit, Spokane, Hollywood, FL and an Oct. 28th date at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, which will be MOTLEY CRUE’s last NYC show ever. Tickets for the Madison Square Garden show will go on sale Saturday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m. local time.

The sold out shows are:
Aug. 9 – Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Aug. 10 – Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amp)
Oct. 7 – Hollywood, FL (Hard Rock Live)
Oct. 25 – Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata Events Center)
Oct. 26 – Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
Nov. 15 – St. Paul, MN (XCEL Energy Center)
Nov. 16 – Fargo, ND (FargoDome)
Nov. 18 – Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
Nov. 19 – Calgary, AB (Scotiabank Saddledome)

MÖTLEY CRÜE announced The Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement, solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles on Jan. 28. Celebrating the announcement of The Final Tour, the band performed on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” later that night and appeared on “CBS This Morning” on Jan. 29.

With over 80 million albums sold, MÖTLEY CRÜE has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 MÖTLEY CRÜE branded items, sold in over 30 countries. MÖTLEY CRÜE has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different. Fans can expect to hear the catalogue of their chart-topping hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. “When it comes to putting together a new show, we always push the envelope and that’s part of Mötley Crüe’s legacy,” explains Nikki Sixx (bass). “As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch The Final Tour.”

The Final Tour, presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation, will kick off in North America on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich. and reach 73 markets before hitting international territories in 2015. To Live Nation, MÖTLEY CRÜE tours are not only box office successes but artistically have set the bar for production and entertainment value. “There’s no arguing that Mötley Crüe have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock ’n’ roll,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s regional president of North America concerts. “But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history. They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse. Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard-working and extremely talented gentlemen. The music industry will never have another Mötley Crüe.”

The Dodge Brothers were a notorious duo, so it seemed only natural to partner with the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. “Whenever I talk to people about Mötley Crüe, the common thread is how cool and relevant the band remains, even after 33 years,” said Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO, Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This irreverent ‘staying power’ resonates deeply with the Dodge brand as we turn the corner on our 100-year anniversary. What better way to celebrate the band’s final tour and the 25th anniversary of Kickstart My Heart than to do it together?”

Fans can look forward to very special guest ALICE COOPER joining MÖTLEY CRÜE for an incredible package; Alice invented the rock ‘n’ roll genre and MÖTLEY CRÜE put steroids in it! “Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days,” said Alice. “Mötley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that’s to blow the audience away. That’s exactly how we do it. Putting Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really NEEDS. We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can’t wait to see Mötley on stage. Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper—a match made in…Armageddon?”

As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement the band signed at the Jan. 28 press conference, the band will not tour after this final tour. Band attorney Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law explains: “Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is mutual among all four original members and a peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.” Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy two-year touring cycle. Tommy Lee (drums) explains: “Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big f***king bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members! Our job here is done!!!” Of the band’s tumultuous history, Mick Mars (guitar) adds: “(It has been) more drama than ‘General Hospital;’ it keeps ‘em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.” Vocalist, Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour: “I’ll miss playing with the guys, but I won’t quit playing rock ‘n’ roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Mötley.”

All tickets and packages can be obtained via Ticketmaster.comLiveNation.com, or via MotleyVIP.com.

Click here for a full list of tour dates.

About MÖTLEY CRÜE
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet—Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums)—has commandeered the rock pantheon for over 30 years. In that time, they have accumulated worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million, seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations, four New York Times bestsellers (including the band’s biography, THE DIRT) and countless sold out tours across the globe, playing to millions of fans. Motley Crue was the first rock band in history to have completed an epic sold-out Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band continues to remain on the forefront of entertainment reinventing themselves via not only their music but also their mind blowing live shows featuring never seen before elements, such as Tommy Lee’s 360 drum roller coaster. Motley Crue was featured in KIA MOTORS’ award winning 2012 Super Bowl commercial.

Website: Motley.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/motleycrue
Twitter: @MotleyCrue
Follow the Band on Twitter: @TheVinceNeil, @NikkiSixx, @MrTommyLand, @mrmickmars

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THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL: An Interview With Burt Sugarman and Mark Goodman

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL: An Interview With Burt Sugarman and Mark Goodman

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In the period between American Bandstand and MTV, sev­eral shows tried to bring rock ‘n’ roll to television.  In the wake of Elvis Presley and the Beatles’ debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, ’60s series like Hullabaloo, Shindig and The Music Scene featured rock and pop performers.  But it wasn’t until The Midnight Special premiered on August 19, 1972, that rock ‘n’ roll found its own home on the air.

Back in the early ’70s, the only ways for fans to see their favorite rock stars were in concert or in the pages of magazines like Rolling Stone or Creem. So the idea for The Midnight Special, which ran on NBC from 1972 to 1981, came to creator Burt Sugarman in a light-bulb moment. A veteran of producing Grammy Awards telecasts, Sugarman was frustrated by the network’s lack of programming after the The Tonight Show — the screen reverting to test patterns at 1:00 a.m. A next-door neighbor to Johnny Carson, Sugarman recognized this TV wasteland for what it was: a place where he could cater to an audience that craved seeing its latest rock ‘n’ roll heroes brought into their living rooms every Friday night. And, with the pilot, which premiered at 1:00 a.m. on August 19, 1972 with Johnny Rivers rendition of “The Midnight Special,” Leadbelly’s classic gospel song, he did just that.

The Midnight Special’s eclectic lineup reflected the show’s commitment not only to rock, but also to mirroring the Top 40 melting pot of the 70s, including genres such as folk, blues, R&B, soul, country and pop. For much of the run, the show was presided over by the legendary, gravelly-voiced DJ Wolfman Jack (Brooklyn-born Bob Smith), who was recruited as a perma­nent announcer and made his debut in Episode 2; he would go on to become the living symbol of the show and a powerful draw for perform­ers who were more than happy to share the stage with him. A variety of guest hosts appeared along with Wolfman Jack over the years including such ’70s music icons as the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Loggins and Messina, Richard Pryor, The O’Jays, Electric Light Orchestra, KC & the Sunshine Band, plus frequent host Helen Reddy. Viewers and members of the studio audience were treated to one-of-a-kind concert events direct from The Midnight Special stages featuring anyone from Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire to Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Jim Croce or John Denver, performing their biggest hits live.

The TV DVD archivists at StarVista Entertainment/Time Life will bring consumers back to the ’70s for the seminal, groundbreaking live music TV show on DVD, featuring extensive bonus features! The Midnight Special Collector’s Edition, available exclusively online at MIDNIGHTSPECIALDVDS.COM has been released in a beautifully-packaged 11-disc set, featuring nearly 5 hours of specially-produced bonus features and a 32-page collector’s book.  There are also two retail configurations: a 6-disc set and a single DVD; which are now available in stores.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the creator of this iconic series, Burt Sugarman, and former MTV VJ Mark Goodman to get a look inside their careers and bringing this awesome new collection to the masses!

You’ve been involved with projects that have really impacted the lives of many music fans, both with Midnight Special and of course, Mark, with MTV. What are some of your first musical memories and what impact did music have on your lives?

Burt Sugarman and his wife, Mary Hart.

Burt Sugarman and his wife, Mary Hart.

Burt Sugarman: Obviously, I’ve liked music forever, growing up as a kid and this and that, and my music taste changed. Country music was always in there, always important to me, but everything, everybody, and how many of these people were characters and what happened in their lives, et cetera, et cetera, that had nothing to do with Midnight Special, but that continually went through my psyche. I went to concerts here in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium or wherever it might be, just loved it always, didn’t ever know early if I’d be in the music business.

Mark Goodman: My taste has been all over the place as well. My parents were into music big time. They loved jazz music, so I grew up listening to great jazz vocalists like Sarah Vaughan, Eartha Kitt, people like that, Dinah Washington. That was my earliest experiences. Then as a young teenager, while all my friends were listening to pop music, I was listening to black music in Philadelphia where I grew up, so I was listening to Smokey Robinson and the TSOP, which would come along a little bit later on, The Sound of Philadelphia. That was my thing, until all of sudden, I heard Cream, “Sunshine of Your Love,” and between that and a couple of other things that were going on with my generation at the time, I got into rock and roll, and the rest, as they say, is rock history.

I was curious what challenges you might have originally faced in bringing Midnight Special to life. I imagine it was quite the undertaking.

Burt Sugarman: Well, they were big, of course, at the time. I look back on that quite often. But first, I had trouble getting any of the networks. I wanted NBC because I wanted to follow The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Johnny was a next-door neighbor of mine. We played tennis all the time together. I knew that that rating, when he went off, would be terrific to lead in to something but the network felt that the rock and roll people were all drugged out and half of them wouldn’t show, and what happened then was I said, “I’ll tell you what, I’ll put up the money,” and I said, “I’ll give you another reason. It’s a voting year, and I’ll make it a get-out-to-vote show for young people.” That’s pretty hard to turn down.
When I said that and the money, they said, “OK, go for it. If you’ll do that and they don’t show up, it’s your problem, not ours. We’ll give you the time.” But that was the toughest thing to overcome, and it took a few months of hard meetings to get it finished, Jason.

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Mark Goodman

Mark Goodman: Burt, I got a question for you that maybe Jason would like to hear the answer to. I’m wondering what the bands thought because certainly at that time, it was, like, Before Midnight Special, it was really, like, American Bandstand. There really wasn’t that much going on, and certainly at that time of night, you have the freedom to do a lot more. Were the bands really into that idea of being able to play on TV for a national audience live? Was that a cool thing or was that something that everybody thought, “That’s never going to work. I don’t want to do that. It’s going to sound like crap?” What was their response?

Burt Sugarman: I’ll start with the musicians. The artists that were most comfortable walking in front of the camera, or, remember, I had an audience of a couple of hundred people there, were the country artists, and the reason is because they toured all the time, so that was just easy for them.
Some of the mainline artists, and I’m not going to go on who they are, were panicked, just panicked to walk out in front and see a red light on three or four cameras and start to sing or talk or something. The other thing is with me, they had to sing live. There was no lip syncing. So all that made it very interesting, but we got through it and loved every second of it.

Mark Goodman: And some of the performances are so incredible, and like you said, because they’re live, that’s what impresses me the most. Four months later, after you went off the air, MTV debuted, and of course, we were all lip sync.

Burt Sugarman: Yes, right. I remember Jim Croce coming out and looking at the camera, and he said, “I don’t know, man. I’m out of here,” and he actually wanted to leave. Fortunately, we could talk him into staying, and then his performance was sensational, and he wanted to come back three, four weeks later and do the show again, and unfortunately, he had that airplane accident.

Mark Goodman: Oh, jeez, oh. Wow.

Burt Sugarman: One other thing with Jim, somebody, it might have been Gladys Knight, somebody wanted to present me with a gold album for being responsible, they said, for selling all the records. Croce was the one who was going to give it to me. I said, “Look, I don’t go on camera. It’s just not what I want to do, and thank you so much.” He said, “Well, you don’t go on camera, then now that I’m ready to go on, I won’t go on. You have to go on camera.” I actually did for the first and only time I went on camera because of the way Jim said that to me. He had me nervous.

Mark Goodman: That’s great! Oh my God, that’s fantastic.

Burt Sugarman: He was a classic.

Mark Goodman: I hope that’s good, Jason.

Definitely, thank you. Obviously, you guys have experienced music from very different perspectives. I was curious, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned that you could pass along to people today looking to pursue a career in the music industry?

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Burt Sugarman

Mark Goodman: Don’t.

Burt Sugarman: This is probably the only time that I will disagree a little bit with Mark, in the spirit of cooperation, but I always feel, period, follow your dream.

Mark Goodman: I agree with you. I’m kidding, of course.

Burt Sugarman: Oh, I know that.

Mark Goodman: It’s a hell of a business. I think musicians now have to be, and in whatever genre, they have to understand that there has to be a bit more to what’s going on. I think honesty is key. I think people smell a phony. People smell hype, and we are more averse to hype than ever. So as an artist, you have to make sure that you are speaking honestly.

From the other side of it, from the business side of it, you have to understand how to use social media. You have to understand how that works and how that can feed your career because, like I was saying before, it is a level playing field in many ways, and there’s story after story after story of people who hosted a video on YouTube and wound up being signed in six months. After they get a million views on YouTube, you’re discovered. Does that make sense, Jason?

Yeah, I guess just as a followup, you mentioned your book, Mark. Any chance we might see some type of collaboration where we could get a book out of Burt as well?

Mark Goodman: I would love to see Burt write a book. Burt should write a book, just the stories that he’s told today.

Burt Sugarman: Burt is not going to write a book. He loves reading books. But I’ve just given it a long and hard thought, and I am not going to write a book.

It’s great to hear all these stories. I was wondering, looking back on both of your careers, are there any moments that you might wish you went a different direction or made a different decision and see how they played out, so to speak?

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Mark Goodman

Burt Sugarman: For me, there’s been times certainly that I wished I had made a different decision. I mean that just goes along with it. Do I really want this act, and what happens if they go on the green room? My God, I should be very careful but not putting these two people, et cetera, et cetera. There’s times, and that’s just a small example, when you just make the wrong decision. You hope it’s not a serious one, and you want your correct decisions to be 75% and the wrong ones to be 25, and I think in life, you’ll be better.

Mark Goodman: By the way, it seems to me that Burt made those decisions. He went all over the place. You did everything that you could do.

Burt Sugarman: Exactly.

Mark Goodman: I have to say for me that I never doubted for a minute. I was one of these lucky kids who, by the time I was 13 years old, I realized that I was a crappy musician and I didn’t have the patience to practice, so I was trying to figure out what else I could do to be involved with music, and I realized at that age that radio was going to be my way, and I never looked back really. That was what I pursued, what I wanted to do, was what I pursued in college. I graduated with a degree in communications. I was working before I left college at two radio stations. I never, for a second, thought about television until I was working in New York in a radio station and somebody told me about this weird TV channel where they were going to be playing videos all the time. I segued into that by accident, but I never, ever … I have no discernible skills, is the problem, so I can only do this.

What’s up next for you both? Where do you have your eye on in the meantime that we can look forward to in the years to come?

Mark Goodman: I want to go into business with Burt Sugarman.

Burt Sugarman: Thank you for the compliment. As I said earlier, I’m curious, and that curiosity leads me into different ventures. My eyes are always open. I enjoy those things, and I continue to do them. Mark, how terrific it is at a very young, young age you knew what you wanted to do. That’s fabulous.

Mark Goodman: Yeah, I do feel really lucky, especially we all … Burt, you mentioned that you have your college-age kids. I have a 22-year-old daughter. So many have no idea, so I feel really, very, very lucky.

Burt Sugarman: Yeah, you did good, but they’ll find their way. Let them follow their dream, right?

Mark Goodman: That’s the advice I always give, is to love because everything becomes a job sooner or later, and if you love it, at least you’re still going to be able to go to work every day.

Burt Sugarman: You get up in the morning with a smile.

The 6-DVD and single-DVD versions are in-stores now. Click here to order via Amazon. The 11-disc Collector’s Edition is available to order exclusively through Time Life – Click here to order >

The Midnight Special

The Midnight Special

A “must-have” for fans of ’70s music and ’70s pop culture, THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION, priced to add to every music lover’s home entertainment collection  at $99.95, features eight discs of 130 incredible live performances from the era’s greatest stars (carefully selected from 423 complete shows), one disc of comedy performances and two discs of specially-produced, exclusive bonus programming, including interviews with Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Loggins & Messina, Eddie Money, George Benson, Charlie Daniels, Todd Rundgren, Helen Reddy, Neil Sedaka, creator Burt Sugarman and many more; as well as 12 featurettes, including “The History of The Midnight Special,” “Wolfman at Midnight,” “Star-Studded Stage Fashion,” “No Safety Net: Live on TV,” “I Am Woman: Helen Reddy as Host,” “Benson & Frampton Talk Shop,” “The Making of The Midnight Special”  “The Legacy of The Midnight Special“, a Burt Sugarman featurette and more.  Additionally, the collector’s set includes a 32-page, full-color booklet with an intro from Burt Sugarman, artist photos, liner notes and more.

With nearly 10 hours of live performances, THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION features a roster of “who’s who” in ’70s music, including:

  • Aerosmith/ “Dream On”
  • Alice Cooper/ Medley: “Eighteen/Only Women/Billion Dollar Babies”
  • Bee Gees/ “Nights on Broadway”
  • Earth, Wind & Fire/ “Shining Star”
  • Electric Light Orchestra/ “Evil Woman”
  • Fleetwood Mac/ “Over My Head”
  • Gordon Lightfoot/ “Sundown”
  • Heart/ “Crazy on You”
  • Helen Reddy/ “I Am Woman”
  • Jim Croce/ “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”
  • John Denver/ “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
  • KC and the Sunshine Band/ “That’s the Way (I Like It)”
  • LaBelle/ “Lady Marmalade”
  • Linda Ronstadt/ “When Will I Be Loved”
  • Marvin Gaye/ “Let’s Get It On”
  • Neil Sedaka/Captain & Tenille/ “Love Will Keep Us Together”
  • Peter Frampton/ “Show Me the Way”
  • REO Speedwagon/ “Keep on Loving You”
  • The Doobie Brothers/ “Listen to the Music”
  • Tom Petty and  the Heartbreakers/ “American Girl”

THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION also includes some unique collaborations that were a hallmark of The Midnight Special, such as:

  • Aretha Franklin & Ray Charles/ “Takes Two to Tango”
  • Carlos Santana & George Benson/ “Breezin'”
  • Etta James & Dr. John/ “I’d Rather Go Blind”
  • Gladys Knight & B.B. King/ “The Thrill Is Gone”
  • Helen Reddy & The Bee Gees/ “To Love Somebody”
  • John Denver & Cass Elliot/ “Leaving on a Jet Plane”
  • Neil Sedaka/Captain & Tenille/ “Love Will Keep Us Together”

The 6-disc retail set ($59.95srp) and the single ($12.95srp), will include 96 and 16 live performances, respectively, and a host of bonus features.

“It was so electric in the studio. We knew we were blazing new trails.” — Creator Burt Sugarman

A musical micro­cosm of its era with highlights offering some of the most indelible moments of the ’70s airwaves, The Midnight Special has, at long last, been preserved for music lovers everywhere.  And with in-depth featurettes and interviews, home audiences can truly visit the ’70s anytime, courtesy of StarVista Entertainment/Time Life.

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THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION (11 DISCS)

Pre-order Begins: August 12, 2014

Price: $99.95

Run time: Approx. 16 hours

Online Exclusive Collection includes:

  • 11 DVDs in deluxe collector’s edition packaging
  • 130 Complete Live Performances
  • Classic comedy from The Midnight Special by Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin and Freddie Prinze, and more.
  • 32-page collector’s booklet with an intro by creator Burt Sugarman, liner notes from The Hollywood Reporter’s Contributing Editor Roy Trakin and archival photos
  • Almost 5 hours of hours of specially-created featurettes, in-depth interviews and more.
  • Twelve featurettes including: “Benson & Frampton Talk Shop,” “Burt Sugarman,” “George Benson: Early Influences,” “I Am Woman: Helen Reddy as Host,” “No Safety Net: Live on TV,” “Songwriting” Featurette, “Star-Studded Stage Fashion,” “The Musical Diversity of The Midnight Special,” “The History of The Midnight Special,” “The Legacy of The Midnight Special,” “Behind the Scenes of The Midnight Special,” and “Wolfman at Midnight”
  • Interviews with: Alice Cooper,  Burt Sugarman, Charlie Daniels, Christopher Cross, David Steinberg, Eddie Money, Frankie Valli, George Benson, Harry Wayne Casey, Helen Reddy, Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Loggins & Messina, Mark Goodman (MTV), Melissa Manchester, Neil Sedaka, O’Jays, Peter Frampton, Robert Bell, Thelma Houston, Todd Rundgren

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