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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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Marilyn Manson Announces Dates For North American Fall Tour

Marilyn Manson Announces Dates For North American Fall Tour

Legendary shock rocker Marilyn Manson will be ushering in the Fall of 2017 with a brand new North American headlining tour which will kick off in Silver Spring, MD, on September 27 and close out on October 28th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets will go on sale this Friday 07/14. Visit www.marilynmanson.com for all additional dates and ticket info

Marilyn Manson North American Tour Dates:

9/27 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
9/29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
9/30 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
10/2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues – Boston
10/3 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
10/5 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
10/8 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!
10/10 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
10/11 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
10/17 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
10/19 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/23 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
10/27 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues – Las Vegas
10/28 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues – Las Vegas

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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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Alice Cooper Kicks Off North American Tour With Release of “Super Duper” DVD And New Guitarist

Alice Cooper Kicks Off North American Tour With Release of “Super Duper” DVD And New Guitarist

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Following the April premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the subsequent release of the documentary on DVD, Blu-Ray, Deluxe Editions, and digital formats this month via Eagle Rock Entertainment, rock’s greatest showman, Alice Cooper, heads out on a lengthy North American tour.

The summer trek starts with three shows in Michigan June 26-28 before Cooper joins Motley Crue’s final “All Bad Things Must Come To An End” tour as a Very Special Guest on July 2nd, running through late November.
The tour marks the debut of Alice’s new guitarist Nita Strauss, who was recently ranked #1 on Guitar World’s list of “10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know.”  She takes the place of Orianthi, who has toured with Alice for the past few years.  Nita, who has made her name in bands including the Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale, and LA Kiss, joins Alice’s band’s three guitar attack, which also features guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, plus longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.
Super Duper Alice Cooper was produced and directed by the Banger Films team of Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Reginald Harkema.  Banger previously delivered the award-winning documentaries “Iron Maiden: Flight 666” and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage.”  Eagle Rock Entertainment released the film in DVD and Blu-Ray on June 3rd, including a deluxe edition with extensive bonus material film footage from a rare 1972 Montreal concert and a full length recent Alice Cooper concert from the 2009 Montreux Festival on CD.
Alice recently marked the tenth anniversary of his radio show “Nights With Alice Cooper,” which airs five days a week across the USA, Canada and Australia, as well as in the UK and Germany, syndicated worldwide by United Stations.
Alice Cooper tour itinerary:
Thursday, June 26           Manistee MI, Little River Casino
Friday, June 27                 Sault Ste Marie, Kewadin Casino
Saturday, June 28            Bay City MI, River Roar Festival @ Veteran’s Memorial Park
Wednesday, July 2           Grand Rapids MI, Van Andel Arena
Friday, July 4                    Milwaukee WI, Summerfest @ Marcus Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 5                Noblesville IN, Klipsch Music Center
Sunday, July 6                   Cincinnati OH, Riverbend
Tuesday, July 8                 Columbus OH, Schottenstein Center
Wednesday, July 9           Maryland Heights MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Friday, July 11                   Des Moines IA, Wells Fargo Arena
Saturday, July 12              Wichita KS, Intrust Bank Arena
Sunday, July 13                 Tulsa OK, BOK Center
Tuesday, July 15                Cedar Park TX, Cedar Park Center
Wednesday, July 16          Dallas TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
Friday, July 18                   Albuquerque NM, Isleta Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 19              Phoenix AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Monday, July 21                Hollywood CA, Hollywood Bowl
Tuesday, July 22               Irvine CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Wednesday, July 23         Mountain View CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
Friday, July 25                  Reno NV, Events Center
Saturday, July 26              Ridgefield WA, Sleep Country Amphitheatre
Sunday, July 27                Auburn WA, White River Amphithreatre
Tuesday, July 29              Wheatland CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Friday, August 1                W Valley City UT, Usana Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 2           Denver CO, Pepsi Arena
Sunday, August 3              Kansas City MO, Sprint Center
Tuesday, August 5            Sturgis SD, Buffalo Chip
Wednesday, August 6      Sioux City IA, Tyson Events Center
Friday, August 8               Tinley Park IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 9           Clarkston MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sunday, August 10            Toronto ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Tuesday, August 12           Cuyahoga Falls OH, Blossom Music Center
Wednesday, August 13     Burgettstown PA, First Niagara Pavilion
Friday, August 15               Pelham AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 16          Alpharetta GA, Verizon Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
Sunday, August 17             Tampa FL, Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tuesday, August 19           Charlotte NC, PNC Music Pavilion
Wednesday, August 20    Virginia Beach VA, Farm Bureau Live
Friday, August 22              Bristow VA, Jiffy Lube Live
Saturday, August 23         Camden NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
Sunday, August 24            Mansfield MA, Comcast Center
Tuesday, August 26          Saratoga Springs NY, Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, August 27    Allentown PA, Great Allentown Fair
Friday, August 29             Wantagh NY, Nikon Theatre @ Jones Beach
Saturday, August 30        Holmdel NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
Sunday, August 31           Darien Center NY, Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
Friday, October 10           Oklahoma City OK, Chesapeake Arena
Saturday, October 11       Woodlands TX, Cynthia Woods Pavilion
Sunday, October 12         Bossier City LA, Century Link Center
Tuesday, October 14        Louisville KY, KFC Yum! Center
Wednesday, October 15  Nashville TN, Bridgestone Arena
Sunday, Oct 19                  Jacksonville FL, Veteran’s Memorial Arena
Tuesday, Oct 21                Greenville SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Wednesday, Oct 22          Greensboro NC, Coliseum
Friday, Oct 24                   Atlantic City NJ, Borgata
Saturday, Oct 25               Atlantic City NJ, Borgata
Sunday, Oct 26                 Uncasville CT, Mohegan Sun
Tuesday, Oct 28               New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, Oct 29         Syracuse NY, OnCenter
Wednesday, Nov 5          Biloxi MS, Coast Coliseum
Thursday, Nov 6              Southhaven MS, Landers Center
Saturday, Nov 8               Detroit MI, Joe Louis Arena
Sunday, Nov 9                  Moline IL, iWireless Center
Tuesday, Nov 11               Green Bay WI, Resch Center
Wednesday,  Nov 12        Madison WI, Alliant Energy Center
Thursday, Nov 13             Omaha NE, Century Link Center
Saturday, Nov 15              St Paul MN, Xcel Energy Center
Sunday, Nov 16                 Fargo ND, Fargo Dome
Tuesday, Nov 18               Edmonton AB, Rexall Place
Wednesday, Nov 19         Calgary AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
Friday, Nov 21                  Vancouver BC, Rogers Arena
Saturday, Nov 22             Spokane WA, Arena
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Rob Zombie Discusses His Longevity, New Album And “The Lords Of Salem”

Rob Zombie Discusses His Longevity, New Album And “The Lords Of Salem”

No matter if it is rocking the stage as one of music’s greatest frontmen or reinvigorating the horror genre as a director of of some the most intriguing films in recent years, Rob Zombie always seems to have a story to tell. His work in both music and film seems to be steeped in an indescribable mythology that continues to capture the imaginations of generation after generation. In the 20 plus years since his impressive debut, his hard work and dedication to his craft have left an undeniable mark on the pop culture landscape. With a track record of undeniable success, there is little doubt that he has incredible insight on the ever-changing entertainment industry. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Rob Zombie to discuss his longevity in the industry, his upcoming return to the studio, his highly anticipated feature film, “The Lords of Salem,” an upcoming web series for The Nerdist Channel and much more!

Rob Zombie

You work in the worlds of music and film certainly inspired many people through the years. Looking back on your career, did you think you would be still going strong all these years later?

Not in the early days, no. There was a point when I realized, a couple of years ago, that, “Yeah, I guess this could go on forever if you really wanted it to.” Which is pretty weird! But back in the early days, you just didn’t know. I mean, you didn’t know about anybody. No one knows if it’s gonna last, even if you are The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, you just really don’t. Now I realize that nothing really goes away, everything goes as long as possible, so it is great. But did I think I would still be going? No. Who knew?! Who knew you could make it last too long — around 20 years!

You endured so many changes in the music industry since you started out and outlasted many of your peers. To what do you attribute your longevity in this ever-evolving industry?

Basically, I guess it would be that I am not trying to be a trend jumper. That is the main thing. I mean, I pay attention to what is going on in the industry because you don’t want to live in a vacuum and you have to understand the business you try and function in because you have to understand the business side of things just to survive. With that being said, I also like to stay within my own bubble of “This is what I do.” I think a lot of times, the bands that have crashed and burned are the ones that have tried to change and pretend by saying, “Oh, now we are that style too!” It was like when all the hair metal bands decided, “No, no! We have flannel stuff too! We are grunge rock.” Everybody starts jumping these trends and doing these bullshit moves. That always backfires. I have always been ahead of the curve, behind the curve or I just don’t know where the curve is, I don’t know, but that seems to have worked in my favor.

Looking back on your body of work, you evolved greatly as an artist. Is there something you are doing differently now as opposed to when you started out?

John 5, Rob Zombie, Piggy D and Ginger Fish

I think the main thing that I don’t do is worry as much. When you are starting out, every little thing seems like it is going to be the end of the world because you don’t know. Maybe it is. Every little move seems like it could be the end of your career or the biggest disaster. As time goes on, you sort of calm down. You have to stay hungry, you don’t want to get complacent in what you are doing but you have a calmer sense of how things will get done, ya know? You know you will figure it out eventually and you know you will finish that song, movie or that thing, even though some days it seems absolutely impossible you will find the solution. Sometimes in the early days, when everything seemed like the end of the world and there was a giant meltdown about everything. Now, and maybe it is because of the guys that are in my band, you have to take a moment to enjoy the process of what you are doing. We really enjoy touring and playing together. We enjoy being out there! I see a lot of bands and a lot of them really don’t enjoy it. They sort of exist in a constant state of misery and chaos, which really is kind of sad because it really is the best job you could ever ask for. You really appreciate it because at any moment, it really could be over. You never know.

You mentioned the band and I know you are headed back to the studio in June to work on a new album. What can we expect this time? What do you have up your sleeve?

There are a couple of things going on for this record that have never happened before. For the first time ever, I think we have four band members that are all mentally on the same page with what we are trying to accomplish. That is usually impossible! [laughs] Usually, you get three together but one is not. Getting all four together is tough but we have that. The other thing is that we have an idea of what we want. Our goal this time was to make a dark, heavy, crazy record — as simplistic as that sounds. Sometimes you say that in the past but then other songs pop up and you veer off into other directions. This is the first time we have really tried to stay on target, like, “That is what we are saying and that is what we are going to do!” We have a goal!

How are you tackling the songwriting these days? How does it seem to be getting broken up as you are preparing to enter the studio?

Rob Zombie

At this point, everybody is off coming up with ideas. We aren’t going to get together in the studio until June, which is nice because we are touring through May and we will go right from the tour into the studio. That is something we don’t typically do either. That is nice because you are all geared up and ready to go. Right now, everyone is off writing riffs and coming up with their own ideas. Then we will get together, see what everyone has got and start putting it together.

It sounds like the band is really firing on all cylinders at this point. Is it safe to say you are all in a great place creatively?

Yeah, it’s great. Everything with the band is fantastic! It has never been better, it’s an ongoing process. It is something I have said before and I have meant it before because at the point that I had said it, things hadn’t been better. But now, for the first time in 25 years, this is the best place a band has ever been for me, so it is terrific. Sometimes, at this stage in a career, things could be winding down and there is an ability to phone it in but to have four people who are this fired up is really important and something I think will really show.

You are currently in post-production on “Lords of Salem.” I am sure that has been taking up a lot of your time. How does this film differ from your previous outings?

“Lords of Salem” is a very different movie from the other films that I have made. I mean, the last two films I made, “Halloween” and “Halloween II,” were obviously based on preexisting material. This film is a completely original idea but it is also a more psychological sort of terror film as opposed to the “Halloween” films which are considered slasher movies. This is not that. This is a much grander, more composed film. Those other films are sorta handheld and real gritty and nasty. Everything about “Lords of Salem” is more stylistically different. It is a more composed and controlled film. I wanted to do something different. I didn’t want people to see it and go, “Yeah, that’s what I thought it would be.”

How did the concept of the “Lords of Salem” initially come about?

I am not really sure to be honest. It was an idea I had about five years ago or so. As ideas come up or I think of new things, I will write them down and file them away. Like I said, this was about five years ago. I had started writing the script and I had written about a third of it and stopped. I filed it away and really didn’t know what to do with it. Then it popped up again. I have other things like that too. It does seem like every idea I come up with will eventually get made, some time, somehow, somewhere — just not necessarily in the timeline in which I have thought of them. So this was an older idea that I picked up and revisited.

Rob Zombie

I know you have been hard at work on it. What was the biggest challenge that presented itself on that project?

The biggest challenge was to stylistically fight what I had done before, truthfully. It is really easy to get in the rut of doing things the same way every time. That was one of the biggest challenges. My cinematographer and I sat down and said, “OK, this is the style we are going to use.” Once we are committed to it, we were committed. We can’t shoot half of the movie one way and then change your mind. It was sort of tricky to do it that way but I think it works out. It works for the type of movie that it is. This style might not have worked for the other movies that I have made but it does work for this.

That is pretty exciting to hear and we are looking forward to seeing the film. Another exciting project in the works is a web series for Chris Hardwicke’s Nerdist Channel. What can we expect there?

I’m not really sure yet. That is something I am going to do after we complete the album. I have been friends with Chris Hardwicke, who does all the stuff for The Nerdist, I believe we met in 1995. We have been friends since then. He called me up and said that he had this new channel and he was getting all of his friends like Weird Al Yankovic, Neil Patrick Harris and a bunch of other people to do shows for it. He asked me if there was a show I wanted to do. I sorta had a half-assed idea and I am still refining it. By the time we get to shooting it, which will probably be in July, I will have it all figured out. It’s a comedy thing.

Do you think there are any misconceptions about yourself out there at this point in your career?

Yeah, I am sure there are tons. I mean, I know there are tons of misconceptions because I don’t really tell people much about myself. Most people, aside from my close friends, don’t really know anything about me, so pretty much everything is a misconception, but that’s OK!

That being said, do you think there might be a point in time where you pull back the curtain a little bit for an autobiography?

Probably not. And that could change because your feelings on subjects change as time goes on. Maybe 10 years from now I might have a different thought on it. Basically, right now I would say no because I am kind of a private person and I like to keep everything to myself. I don’t think most people need to know. I don’t think it informs the work that you do, in fact I think sometimes it takes away from it. I have seen people over the years and when you find out too much about their private lives or personal lives or their thoughts on other subjects, it kinda takes away from your enjoyment of their work, so I try to keep that stuff separate.

It goes without saying you are a grizzled veteran of the entertainment industry. What is the best piece of advice you can offer to someone looking to blaze their own trail?

Rob Zombie

The biggest piece of advice I can give people is that you have to do it because you have no choice. If you are doing it because you want to be rich or you want to be famous or you want people to like you — you should quit, NOW! None of those things may ever happen and if they do, it’s going to take a long time. You have to do it because you feel like you have no reason to live unless you do it — that you don’t know why you exist unless you make music or art or whatever it is you do. Those are the people who achieve all of the other things, usually. That’s why you have to do it first. There are so many people and this has become such a trend, because of shows like “The Voice” or “American Idol,” people think they are going to win a contest and be a superstar overnight. And, ya know, maybe for one person out of a billion, it works that way but for the most part, that sort of reason for doing things won’t work. You just have to do it because you love it and you love it no matter what. Back in the early days of White Zombie, we had a long stretch, seven years of being in a band of complete failure and misery before any good started happening. But we kept doing it! Ya know, there are many days I would wake up and couldn’t figure out why I wanted to do it anymore because no one seemed to like the band, no one was at the shows and the band didn’t get along. It was endless. But somehow, you just kept doing it because you have to. If you feel that way, then maybe it is for you.

In your opinion, what does the future hold for Rob Zombie? — No plans on packing it in any time soon I hope!

No. I think this can be part two of the last question but I think if you really feel that way about what you do, you pack it in when you die. You see that a lot, ya know? You just do it because you have to and when you get too old to do it, you will figure out a way to get it done. No one who feels that way ever quits. I mean, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis are still on tour! No one like that ever quits when they are still alive, they only quit because they die.

Truer words have never been spoken! Thanks for your time today, Rob. Best of luck with all of your projects!

No problem, man. Thank you!

For all the latest news, tour dates and more, visit Rob Zombie’s official website at www.robzombie.com!

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Marilyn Manson: ‘Born Villain’ Cover Art and Track Listing Revealed!

Marilyn Manson: ‘Born Villain’ Cover Art and Track Listing Revealed!

Legendary Marilyn Manson is set to release his highly anticipated new album, “Born Villain”, on May 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Cooking Vinyl and Manson‘s own label Hell, Etc. The tracklisting and cover art for the album have been revealed and you can check them out below.

Marilyn Manson - 'Born Villain'

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Hey Cruel World…
02. No Reflection
03. Pistol Whipped
04. Overneath The Path Of Misery
05. Slo Mo Tion
06. The Gardener
07. The Flowers Of Evil
08. Children Of Cain
09. Disengaged
10. Lay Down Your Goddamn Arms
11. Murders Are Getting Prettier Every Day
12. Born Villain
13. Breaking The Same Old Ground

Source: Blabbermouth

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Alice Cooper – ‘Along Came A Spider’ –  CD Review

Alice Cooper – ‘Along Came A Spider’ – CD Review

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Alice Cooper - Along Came A Spider

Alice Cooper - Along Came A Spider

By STEVE JOHNSON

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Alice Cooper is a living legend of rock who’s career has spanned an amazing five decades.?His career has managed to shape modern heavy metal and introduce shock rock into the mainstream.?Most modern metal bands owe a huge thanks to Alice for helping usher in metal’s relevance in the music industry.?Alice has released 25 studio albums as part of a band and as a solo artist, with Billion Dollar Babies being the pinnacle of those recordings.?While Alice has not been able to top the success of Billion Dollar Babies, he has continued to turn out albums that have been both entertaining and diverse in style.

Alice’s long-delayed Along Came?a Spider is an album that weaves an intricate story throughout each of its tracks.?It revolves around a serial killer named Spider and his lust for hunting down victims.?Alice takes on the persona of the killer and delivers a haunting and at times sinister portrait of a man driven by a lust for taking lives.?The darker tone of the album is a welcome return to Alice’s roots and is reminiscent of his earlier works, such as Welcome to My Nightmare.

Along Came a Spider features a great lineup of musicians, most of which will be touring in support of the album with Alice.?Keri Kelly, Jason Hook and producer Danny Saber supply the guitars and do a fantastic job.?Chuck Garric returns as bassist on his third album with Alice, while drums are handled by Eric Singer of KISS fame.?Alice’s vocals and storytelling take center stage, but there is no denying the talent of these musicians and what they have brought to the album. ?

Along Came?a Spider also features two guests who need no introduction and stand as icons in the world of metal and hard rock.? ?Vengeance Is Mine,? one of the best tracks, features Slash, who delivers a blistering performance?on lead guitar.?Ozzy Osbourne also appears as co-writer of ?Wake the Dead? and as the harmonica player on the track.??Wake the Dead? is not the strongest song on the album, but it is interesting to hear the result of two powerhouses of rock getting together creatively.

Although tracks such as ?Vengeance Is Mine,? ?(In Touch wth) Your Feminine Side? and ?Catch Me If You Can? are rockers, it is the ballad ?Killed by Love? that is the album’s finest moment.? Not your typical ballad, ?Killed by Love? is a beautifully haunting and dark love song that only Alice Cooper can deliver.?His vocals are exceptional and represent some of his best work in years.

Along Came?a Spider is a good album that delivers a great story and is highly recommended for any hardcore Alice Cooper fan out there.? New listeners of Alice’s work may want to check out a few of his earlier albums before giving this one a listen.

THE VERDICT: 4.5/5

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