Alice Cooper is in the news again with word that he has signed with German record label Steamhammer/SPV.
Cooper is currently working on his new album, “Along Came A Spider,” which is scheduled for release sometime in the fall. Currently, Cooper is taking a break from the recording studio to perform in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Later on this year the venerable shock rocker will embark on another tour which will take him to various locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. There’s little doubt that Alice Cooper is a busy man.
Veteran New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL will embark on a tour of U.S. and Canada this fall. Support on the trek will come from TOXIC HOLOCAUST and WARBRINGER.
Sep. 26 – San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Sep. 27 – Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Sep. 28 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Sep. 29 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
Sep. 30 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Brickhouse
Oct. 01 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Oct. 02 – San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
Oct. 03 – Mexicali, MX @ El Jardin
Oct. 04 – Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
Oct. 05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 06 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 07 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
Oct. 09 – Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
Oct. 10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Oct. 11 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Oct. 12 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
Oct. 13 – Toronto, ONT @ El Mocambo
Oct. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Oct. 15 – Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
Oct. 16 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Oct. 17 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct. 18 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 12, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.
Vicious Rumors’ new Axe man Kiyoshi Morgan completes the 2008 line up!
Kiyo is a long time SF Bay Area pro, playing lead guitar in several tribute bands covering the styles of Slayer, Priest, Maiden & Alice in chains.
With the support of Gibson Guitars and Sfarzo Strings, Kiyo has found an identity in Vicious Rumors as an old school Rock and Metal guitarist with powerful anthem riffs and blistering, yet musical leads!
Geoff Thorpe on Kiyo and the new line up:
“Kiyo just fit in and sounded great!! Our guitar styles blend really well…
…and this guy can shred!! Our new line up is as strong as ever. I cant wait to unleash the new VR beast”
The new line up is:
Geoff Thorpe: guitar/vocals
Larry Howe: drums/vocals
Stephen Goodwin: bass/vocals
Ronnie Stixx: lead vocals
Kiyoshi Morgan: guitar
The first show is on Sat. March 22nd-Kennel Club in Sacramento Ca.
Then 2 shows in 1 night!!!
Sat. March 29th, at the SF Independent in San Francisco at 9pm with Testament, Laaz Rockit and Sadus. Then VR will headline the Britannia Arms in Cupertino Ca. at 11:59pm with Mudface, Imagika, Bomb and Scary… that show starts at 9pm.
VR rocks on. March 30th at the SF Independent for a 2 day run with Testament.
The VR ball is back crushing the Bay Area!!! Vicious Rumors has just added these 4 killer shows.Don’t miss the first shows with the killer new line up!!! The VR ball picks up speed!
More dates coming soon!
3/22 The Kennel Club in Sacramento, Ca (headline)
3/29 the Independent in SF, Ca ( VR at 9pm W/ Testament)
3/29 Britannia Arms in Cupertino, Ca ( VR headline at 12am 3/30)
3/30 the Independent in SF, Ca ( VR at 9pm W/Testament)
Check out Meldrum’s video, Purge. This is from the album, Blowin’ Up The Machine, which is in stores now!
Tesla and Cinder Road returned to Cincinnati, Ohio’s Bogarts on Sunday Night.
Cinder Road took the stage shortly after 8 P.M. and put on one great high energy set. The first Cinder Road tune I’m So Sorry(in the video below) was complete
Guitarmageddon! This was a hell of a tune to open the show with, and got the crowd completely pumped up. The band did several of their songs off of their
album Superhuman, as well as a blistering good cover of Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell and Queen’s We Will Rock You. This is the first time I have ever seen Cinder Road live, and I was pretty impressed with their performance.
Tesla took the stage at roughly 9:15 P.M. The sold out crowd swelled to a point where everyone was shoulder to shoulder. Tesla blazed through Cummin’ Atcha Live, and the crowd was completely fired up. This set the mood for the whole rest of the show. Jeff Keith has been sick for a few weeks now (including tonight), but you would have never known it from the sound of his voice. The band performed several cuts off all of their albums with Mechanical Resonance, and the Real to Reel albums, probably having the most tunes in their set. The band also introduced a brand new, and very cool song, Private Ledbetter (in the video below).
All night long the band was on fire. Frank Hannon and Dave Rude were trading off lead guitar licks and never sounded better. Troy Luccketta and Brian Wheat were excellent and still prove to be one of the better rhythm sections in rock today.
Once again, Tesla has never disappointed me with their live performance. They were great Sunday night! The new song has me excited about the new album they are working on. I am glad to see my favorite band still able to sell out shows in 2008. I can’t wait for Tesla to play live in Cincinnati again. I may have to get my next fix at Rocklahoma 2008!
Cummin’ Atcha Live
Private Ledbetter (BRAND NEW SONG!!!)