Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 by TheWebMistress
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 by TheWebMistress
Sunday, June 17th, 2012 by La Carmina
Arr, it’s a Goth girl’s dream come true! Europea apartment rental site, Go With Oh, sent La Carmina to Wave Gotik Treffen, the world’s largest Goth music, style and culture festival. Every year, Leipzig, Germany becomes a sea of 20,000 Goths, who come from all over the world for 3 days of celebrations.
Everyone’s dressed to impress. I kept up by wearing a Lip Service tie dye belted jumpsuit. It has a summer festival spirit, don’t you think?
There’s so much to experience at WGT. A few recommendations:
- Take the 30 min tram from Leipzig Central Station to Agra, the main site. This is the best spot for people-watching.
- Here lies the Black Market, a hall filled with clothes and accessories from hundreds of sellers.
- Catch a concert – this year, Aesthetic Perfection, Combichrist and Grendel played at Agra.
- Party all night – highlights include a deathrock event, fetish ball, Japanese Visual Kei night, and New Romantic ball.
- Take time to relax outside the Pagan Village, and drink absinthe with friends (see above)
My friends Seventh Sin photographed these amazing outfits from WGT 2012. Love deathrock style.
So many Goths!
Punk and punkier.
Gothic Lolita style – that’s Nana from the band Lolita Komplex.
I also enlisted the photography skills of Dracula Clothing. Aristocrat lady gowns never go out of style.
On the first day, the Victorian picnic is a must. It’s running wild with Steampunk DIY fashion.
Burlesque, fairy… anything goes at Wave Gotik Treffen!
Next, join me as I explore vampiric Prague. The Goth scene there is fascinating… stay tuned to La Carmina blog so you won’t miss the coverage.
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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 by steffmetal
As a metalhead, you probably have a pretty decent music collection. Metalheads are, by nature, hoarders of music – from the rare and impossible-to-find bootleg live albums that sound as if they were recorded from a first generation iPhone stashed in someone’s shoe, to the expensive and extravagantly packaged digipacks with the four discs of live footage you never intend on watching.
What do we do with all these CDs, vinyl, and files upon files of musical happiness? Do we throw them in the corner of our bedroom and forget about them. Of course not. Metalheads need a way to organize their collection – we put more effort into devising a sensible cataloguing system than most museum curators put into the catalogues of priceless artefacts in their care.
But why, I hear you ask, is categorizing your music collection even a topic for discussion? Surely most metalheads know how to put things in alphabetical order? Ah, but there you are wrong.
I have never met a metalhead who alphabetizes according to band name, unless his girlfriend or iTunes did it for him, and even then, he’d change it in a second if he wasn’t so lazy. No, what would be the point in that? You’d have Mariah Carey next to Mastedon, Immortal next to Iron Maiden … no, no, no. NO. It just wouldn’t work.
Most metalheads I know, who all have more CDs than Germany has kebab shops, organize by genre. Death Metal CDs on one shelf, ranging from simple original death metal bands like Obituary and Cannibal Corpse on the left (each band’s back catalogue organised chronologically, obviously) through to melodic and technical death in the middle, followed by death/black, grind/death and other death crossovers, and the more obscure industrial death, folk death and barely-death at the end.
This photo is of one of the 5 different CD stacks we have in our house, not including the stacks in the bookshelf, in the car, under the bed, and in random piles across my husband’s desk.
Then there’s black metal – from Venom through the whole Norwegian scene, (Mayhem, Burzum, Immortal) through the un-black (Antestor) and not-really-black-but-sorta-fits (Cradle of filth, Dimmu Borgir). Power metal on the shelf below – from traditional power (Blind Guardian, Helloween etc) to more raunchy traditional inspired power in the middle (Iron Fire, DreamEvil etc) to wanky orchestral power bands like Nightwish and Kamelot at the end. Bands that – while not being metal themselves – have played a heavy influence on the genre go on the topmost shelf. That’s Pink Floyd, Uriah Heep, Alice Cooper, Led Zepp, etc. Bands that bear no resemblance to metal but we still kinda like them anyway go on the bottom. There’s mostly grunge there – the entire Kyuss catalogue – and a Sarah Maclachlan CD that’s never been listened to (honestly) but you just haven’t got around to throwing away.
I once met a metalhead who organized his CDs in chronological order. Albums released in the same year are organised alphabetically. Looking at his rack demonstrated the evolution of metal music for the past three decades. It’s interesting to look at, but seems difficult to maintain to me.
Some people throw their CDs in the corner, and they get mixed up with the dirty laundry, and they stand on them and break them and can’t afford to replace them. This is why I no longer lend out CDs.
Once upon a time, before the great joining of the CD collection that is my marriage, I alphabetised by the second letter of the band or artists name. So Metallica would be filed under “E”, Iron Maiden under “R” and Tyr under “Y”.
But alas, my husband declared this perfectly sensible system strange and unwieldy, I reorganized all our CDs according to the age-old genre tradition, but it lasted all of three days when CDH discovered that Iron Maiden – his then favourite band of all time – had been placed near the bottom of one of the stacks due to their position in the rankings. Now we function on a purely shove-it-anywhere-and-come-here-for-some-sex system, which works very well indeed.
So, how do YOU categorize your CDs, if at all? Do you even own CDs, or are you all about the vinyl? Are you all about electronic music files or holding the CD booklet in your hand? Do you buy the special editions in the fancy cases with the extra DVDs and artwork (they annoy me because they don’t fit in the racks)?
I’m Steff. Born in New Zealand, raised on a steady diet of metal and out-of-print archaeology books, I’m now a freelance writer, accessible formats producer, and full-time iron maiden.
You can keep up to date with all the metal madness at my Steff Metal blog. I update 4 times a week with reviews, articles, advice and silliness about living the metal lifestyle. I also write a webcomic about black metal cats at Corpsepaint Kitty. And, for alternative biz owners, I run a creative business community for the dark side at Grymm & Epic.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 by TheWebMistress
Chuck Garric here – bass player for Alice Cooper. Sending all you rock fans some pictures and updates from the road this year!
Today we started rehearsals in Mississippi at the Beau Rivage Casino.
Let me introduce the band to you: On Guitar we have Tommy Henriksen, Orianthi and we’re happy to welcome back one of the best Alice Cooper alumni – Ryan Roxie. On Drums – Glen Sobel, yours truly on Bass and you know who on vocals.
Everyone sounded killer and it didn’t take long before we started playing at full volume.
Coop and Bob Ezrin will come in tomorrow and we’ll run through the set a couple of times. The tour kicks off here in MS on the 8th of June. If you’re close – C’mon over!!!
I’ll be back soon with more pics and updates from tour PLUS some news regarding my new record and more ROCK!!! CG
Monday, June 4th, 2012 by La Carmina
La Carmina is busy packing her suitcase with Lip Service clothing again… Get ready for my biggest Global Gothic journey yet. I’m going to Spooky Europe!
Go With Oh, an extraordinary site for European apartment rentals, is sending me to Berlin, Leipzig and Prague. This will be my first time at Wave Gotik Treffen festival, and I can’t wait to bring you video and photo coverage.
Apartment rental company Go With Oh is doing cool collaborations with bloggers. With their support, I’ll explore three of the world’s spookiest cities, and stay in their short-term rental flats.
First stop, Berlin. Many of my Japan friends are now based here, including DJ SiSEN. They’ll take me to the best Goth clubs, shops, and haunts — including Last Cathedral horror bar (above). Got any tips for us?
Finally, Prague. I’ve always wanted to go to this vampire city. Can’t wait for absinthe ice cream, a steampunk-ish bar, and ghost tours.
- What to wear? Here’s an example of a summer coordinate featuring the chinsed chiffon tail skirt from the Lip Service Widow collection.
- Got tips for my trip? Anyone going to Wave Gothic Treffen? Put on your favorite Lippy fashion, and I’ll see you there!
† Dark Wishes †
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 by Captain Theo
The World Steam Expo 2012 in Dearborn, Michigan was four days of Steampunk goodness! For the third year in a row, it was a weekend filled with concerts, shopping, amazing costumes, parties that run into the sunrise with much free-flowing booze for all, and so much more.
The concerts at WSEx had local bands, larger acts, and even a band from London, with a line-up including Abney Park, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Eli August, and Steam Powered Giraffe! There was a little something for everyone this year, as the Expo has only grown with each passing year, and camaraderie that crossed virtually all lines. Every performance I attended had the bands sticking around to meet fans, sign merchandise, and take pictures; none of them ran off and nobody bit. I managed to completely lose my voice by Sunday from all of the excitement and screaming, and possibly being a bit of a fanboy for a certain London punk act. There was infectious energy in the rooms during each performance, and it was intense. Steampunks can get just as loud as people at a metal show and party just as hard too!
Oh the shopping, the wonders, the horrors, the damage to my wallet! Everything was for sale: trinkets, candy, mundane clothing, accessories, weaponry, gadgets, fancy hats, and wonderful outfit pieces, too. With wonderful merchants such as The Cogbots, Raygun Robyn, The Blonde Swan, and more attending, you could easily sink a few hours (and a few hundred dollars…) into the merchant hall alone or, if you’re like me, you would spend all of the money on hats, precious hats.
The best parts of the Expo for me, though, were seeing all of the wonderful people again and the parties. What is better than a pool party? A pool party with free booze. Yes, you heard me right; for the second year in a row, the Ace of Spades and the crew of the HMRAS Valkyrie (what we refer to as “The Dastardly Alliance”) hosted their wonderful liquor-fueled pool party of fun, madness, and debauchery that ran far into the night.
In the upcoming months, I will be reporting in more complete detail on every aspect I possibly can about the World Steam Expo. Keep your eyes peeled, because the best is yet to come. This is but a small taste of the future, so be prepared for full reports on everything and many fabulous pictures to record this event for the ages! If you didn’t make it this year, go join the World Steam Expo mailing list to be ready to place ticket orders for next year.
photo credit: All photographs by Lezlee Downing and Terri Gower
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 by Chad Cherry
MASCARA and MONSTERS
At the movies with a fistful of Alice Cooper.
Seeing that Lip-Service is ghoulish enough to be giving away Alice Cooper concert tickets (Check out the Lip Service Events Calendar or the Official Alice Cooper Tour Terror page for more details and show dates!) it is imperative that we go over Alice’s filmography this month and check out some of the amazing flicks he has shined in! Not only just a mere rockstar is he, but a true creep on your t.v. as well. But you should all know this by now.
Alice has been “Feeding your Frankenstein” for movie addiction since 1970 when the original Alice Cooper Band had a cameo appearance performing at a loft party in the “Diary of a Mad Housewife.” Your eyeballs must feast upon his concert/feature film’s, episode guest star action, TV specials, documentary and feature films. Here’s the rundown.
1974: “Good to See You Again.” A movie slash concert. Great footage from the “Billion Dollar Baby” tour!!! I stole this one from Danny Smash’s collection. (He’s my bass player.) He’ll never know cuz he never reads my shit. That fucker! Hey Danny. What do you call a guy that hangs out with musicians? A bass player. I joke, I kid..
1975: “Alice Cooper: The Nightmare.” It was a concept television special with the music of the Welcome To My Nightmare album. (Had this on VHS. It had one of those puffy ass cases that was the size of a pillow. Vincent Prince is in this too!)
1976: “Welcome to My Nightmare.” Purely horror-themed concert chaos!
1977: “Alice Cooper and Friends.” A live TV music special (Damn, old television rules!) This was the first night of Cooper’s “King of the Silver Screen” tour, in support of his album Lace and Whiskey.
1978: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” In this oddball but cool film filled with the best drugged out era rock stars ever, Alice plays “Father Sun.” That same year Alice hit up The Muppet Show! Youtube it. NOW!
1979: “The Strange Case of Alice Cooper.” concert footage from the “Madhouse Rock” Tour in support of the album “From The Inside.”
1980: “Roadie.” The film has Meat Loaf in it. (Not that kinda Loaf! The rock star “Meat!”) There are also cameo appearances by musicians such as Roy Orbison, Hank Williams Jr., Blondie and the Coop.
1982: “Alice Cooper a Paris.” Commonly known as Alice in Paris but it’s a French television thing.. What can ya do?
1985: “Monster Dog.” Holy shit! It’s a monster… dog. “Identity Crisis” is the main tune.”Classic flick!
1987: “Alice Cooper: The Nightmare Returns.” The concert was filmed live in Detroit, Michigan, USA on Halloween! And that same year he played the possessed demonic killing street bum zombie that looked exactly like him self without stage clothes on that stabs a dude with a tireless bicycle in John Carpenter’s under rated bad ass of a movie “Prince of Darkness.”
1988: “The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years.” Highlights for me in that documentation are Alice, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and fuckin’ Lemmy.
1990: “Alice Cooper Trashes the World.” The concert was filmed in Birmingham, England. Awesome cod piece!
1991: “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.” Alice is Mr. Underwood. Iggy Pop sings the theme music.
1992: “Wayne’s World.” We are definitely “Not worthy.”
1997: “A Fistful of Alice.” TV Special.
2000: “Alice Cooper: Brutally Live.” Concert goods.
2001: “That ’70s Show – “Radio Daze” episode: Alice Cooper made a mid-show cameo where he is in Eric Forman’s dream, and a cameo in the end credits where he is playing Dungeons and Dragons. And “The Attic Expeditions” feature film.
2005: “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.” Cool documentary.
2006: ” Monk – “Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike” episode: Alice Cooper appeared as a murder suspect in a fantasy sequence. And Alice Cooper: Live at Montreux concert video.
2010: “Horrorween” Horror comedy starring f/x master Tom Savini about a group of people hunting Zombies. Horrorween is a homage to John Carpenter’s classic Halloween.
2012: “Dark Shadows” A new film based on the 1966–1971 gothic horror soap opera of the same name. The film is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a 200-year-old vampire. Alice completely rocks the party!
Whew! You have a lot of shit to watch before one of you lucky cretins win those tickets!!!! So even away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur and, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show “Nights with Alice Cooper” and he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Wow! I better get busy if I wanna keep up with the COOP! Some of the above Alice stuff I recommended still isn’t on DVD so you will have to dig deep if yer a real Cooper junkie like me.
DO NOT FORGET TO KEEP GLUED TO LIP SERVICE WEBZINE TO FIND OUT IF YOU WON COOPER TICKETS!!!
As for me, I’ve been in the New York City Groove for the last month enjoying the “Big Apple” for all the right reasons. Gettin’ geared up for summer time shows, festivals and song writing with my ever-so-scatter-around-the-world band, The Last Vegas. I still don’t know how we balance all this shit when we’re always in different parts of the planet at times, but that’s our style. Everywhere all at once. Life is good.
Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by TheWebMistress
Will you be at World Steam Expo? Want to score some dandy Lip Service swag and discounts for new orders at lip-service.com? Well, we’ve got just the thing! Our Webzine’s own Captain Theo will be on hand at the festivities with a veritable cornucopia of Lippy goodies, plus a special coupon code for discounts just for attendees of World Steam Expo! If you’ve donned Lip Service finery for the event, make sure he gets a photograph for us to share, too. We’ll have a grand recap with all the highlights soon and we’d love to see how you steam up your Lippy!
Safe travels, all!
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by Kim Kelly
When it comes to doom, all roads lead to Birmingham. It’s been several decades since those first Sabbathian rumblings first erupted, but Brum has done a good job of keeping up its reputation as the spiritual home of heavy metal. One of the most exciting new(ish) cadres of doomed souls to emerge from the area, Alunah, melds classic UK doom with psychedelic shades and stoner fuzz, tossing in a heavy dose of acid rock and dirty blues for color. Vocalist Soph Day is a formidable talent, both onstage and on record, and an all-around lovely person besides. Her voice drives the band, in turns sweet and sultry, and always powerful. The band are currently working on some new tunes, and are understandably still high off the fumes of their recent and very successful Desertfest appearance alongside heavyweights like Corrosion of Conformity and Orange Goblin. I spoke to Soph about their upcoming LP, Janis Joplin, and the Devil’s music.
Kim Kelly: It seems like 2012 has already been a busy year for you! Can you tell me a bit about what’s going on with Alunah? What are y’all working on right now?
Soph Day; Yeah, I can’t believe it’s only May, seems like a lot further into the year! We’ve been working on our second album “White Hoarhound” which is coming out around Summer time on PsycheDOOMelic. We’ve had Greg Chandler record us again, he’s the main man in Esoteric and has worked with acts such as Serpentcult and Moss previously, so in good company! This time, Tony Reed from Stone Axe is mixing and mastering. He has just worked on the new St. Vitus so, again, good company! The album should be ready mid-june and then all the press will be handled! As well as that, we’ve been gigging, most notably we played DesertFest back in April, and have some cool shows coming up including a date with Karma to Burn.
KK: For those who don’t know you yet, could you give me some background on your musical adventures, and tell me what the relationship is between you and Alunah?
SD: I’ve always been involved in music in some form or another, I played violin, clarinet and organ as a child/teen and then moved onto the harder stuff hahaha! I helped start Alunah along with Dave and Jake back in 2006 and apart from Gaz who joined a few years back when our previous bassist left, that line-up is the same. Originally I solely provided vocals but the last four years or so has seen me on guitar also.
KK: What is your day job? How did you get involved in that field, and what do your colleagues think about your bands & involvement in metal?
SD: I’m an Internet Marketing Consultant for a small firm based out in the Leicestershire countryside. My degree is actually in Graphic Design and for years that is the field I worked in, then a combination of that and marketing. As online marketing and search engine optimisation has become more prevalent, I developed an interest and that’s what I do now. It comes in mighty handy for the band! I don’t think my colleagues are bothered either way, they ask questions about the band and some of them are into rock / metal themselves, but I have never received any negative feedback from anywhere I’ve worked. My last boss (I had a marketing role in a Solicitor’s firm) was a huge Black Sabbath fan, massive! In fact, when I first spoke to him to arrange the interview, we were on tour and had to decline the interview. When asked why I couldn’t make it I “came clean” and told him I was touring – he thought it was the best thing ever and we struck up a conversation about Sabbath – needless to say I got the job!
SD: I must admit I don’t read as many books as I would like to, and the last books I read were the complete Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) collection hahaha. A book which frightened the living daylights out of me, and probably had some part to pay in me being vegetarian, was Iain Banks’ “Wasp Factory”. It just seemed so horrific to me and really struck a chord, I couldn’t stop thinking about it months after I’d finished reading it and I’ve probably read it 50 times! I really love Irwin Welsh’s writing too, “Trainspotting” got me interested and I then sought out his other novels and plays.
KK: What’s in your purse right now?
SD: Haha great question! I’m guessing you mean handbag (forgive me, I’m English!). If so, I have a purse/wallet, Blackberry phone, tin of Vaseline, a letter reminding me to get my ass down to the opticians for my contact lense check haha, some Ibruprofen tablets, a spoon (??),
another tin of Vaseline, some plectrums, hairbrush, White Hoarhound rough mix CD, a bottle of water, and a Filofax. Some right shit in
KK: How did you get into metal in the first place, and what inspired you to pick up a microphone?
SD: Originally, when I was 13/14, I was well into my indie rock and Britpop, and from that I moved onto Grunge which I still love today. I kinda got into metal once I met my Husband and band member, Dave, when I was 15 – he was big into Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, Anthrax, Iron Maiden etc and, apart from Maiden (who I can’t stand), I started listening to them and found more bands I loved such as Testament – one of my personal favourites! We both kinda got into the kind of music we play through Kyuss and Cathedral, and then had fun finding all of the other bands that make up those genres! Our third and fifth gigs, respectively, were supporting the legendary bands Trouble and Paradise Lost, which were really special shows for us. I definitely listen to less metal now and more of those offshoot genres – stoner, doom, sludge, psych etc. As for who inspired me to pick up a microphone, I have three names… Tairrie B Murphy, Janis Joplin and Lori S!! Big Brother and the Holding Company and Acid King are two of my favourite bands of all time, totally different in style musically but both with kick ass ladies on vocals! Same goes for Tairrie B, who I have followed since her Manhole days. I met her this year and she was very kind about Alunah. We had the pleasure of supporting Acid King last year and to see Lori nodding her head down the front was a dream come true. Sadly I’ll never meet Janis, but I have seen Big Brother and the Holding Company play with a very brave lady on vocals; they’re big shoes to fill and she did Janis’ memory proud.
KK: Female-fronted doom bands have been all over the place lately, from the psychedelic rock of Blood Ceremony to the harsher tones of Monarch, and all points in between. It’s not uncommon to see a woman slinging bass in a stoner rock band, or pounding the drums for a sludge outfit. Do you think the world of doom is more welcoming for female musicians, when contrasted to the other extreme realms (black, death, thrash, grind, etc)?
SD: Initially people hated us, and a lot more than likely still do. Even though there are many women in doom, I don’t think there are many with the same singing style as myself. That’s not me being egotistical, either, as I don’t consider my vocals to be technically sound or particularly strong, but I do think we’re doing something different, and it’s taken a while for people to get it. I’m not sure how accepted women are in the other genres you mention, as I’ve never really gotten into those kind of bands, so am pretty ignorant as far as that is concerned. I can only talk from experience with the doom/stoner genre and let’s just say, the majority of people don’t care as long as the band are decent, we will always get tagged “female fronted” but that comes with the territory. There are only a few neanderthals who don’t think a women should be fronting a band, let alone singing melodic songs and playing guitar. I know you get it too, shock horror a woman knowing her shit about music! A woman in a band should be a regular occurrence rather than a novelty, which it has the danger of becoming.
KK: The Devil’s always had the best tunes, and doom has more in common with the dirty Delta roots of blues and rock’n'roll than most of Black Sabbath’s bastard children. Your vocals and the guitar licks scattered throughout Alunah’s tunes bear a heavy mark of those slinky, smoky grooves; how big of an influence would you say that the blues has had on your sound, and how did you get into that kind of music?
SD: The blues has had a massive influence on my vocals and Dave’s riffs! As I mentioned earlier, Janis Joplin is my favourite vocalist. My love of the blues comes from her and also the likes of Led Zeppelin, Cream, Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix, and The Doors. Through them, I was exposed to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin Wolf, Bessie Smith, and Billy Holiday. Dave’s a huge blues fan, which led us to the USA and honeymoon in Memphis and New Orleans. In fact, we first met you at the Black Tusk/Monstro show in Memphis at the Hi-tone Cafe. Whilst we were out there we saw some awesome blues bands, but visiting Sun Studios, Graceland, Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Gibson guitar factory, and Stax Museum were equally amazing! With the blues, the music wouldn’t exist without the story, that’s what I love about all those early artists – they had a story to tell and they told it so damn well!
KK: Who are some of your favorite vocalists (male, female, whatever!)?
SD: Janis Joplin is my favourite vocalist of all time – raw and powerful, but beautiful and soft at the same time! Keeping with the women, I also love Joni Mitchell, Lori S, Tairrie B Murphy, Nancy and Anne Wilson, Beth Gibbons, and Grace Slick. Not forgetting the men, I’d say I’m most inspired by John Garcia and the way he forms melodies, but I also love Layne Staley, Robert Plant, Bob Marley, and Jim Morrison. So, yeah, a bit of a mixture right there for you!
KK: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
SD: Hahaha depends where I’m going, I generally cannot function without a shower – I’m a bitch all day without one! Probably about an hour but most of that is spent drying my hair!
KK: What’s your favorite non-metal record? Your favorite metal album?
SD: Non-metal its a toss up between “Dummy” by Portishead or “Trouble” by Ray Lamontagne but my favourite albums change constantly! As for my favourite metal album, I’m not really a fan of straight up metal but, if you’re talking favourite heavy album, I’d say it’s between Goatsnake’s “Flower of Disease” or Spiritual Beggars’ “On Fire”.
KK: The last words are yours!
SD: Cheers Kim, it’s a pleasure to be interviewed by your good self! We’ll be touring White Hoarhound end of the Summer / early Autumn and have our album launch in Birmingham in August. We also have some dates planned throughout the early summer also. Keep visiting our website www.alunah.co.uk for more information, and be sure to come and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alunah.doom.
Monday, May 14th, 2012 by steffmetal
Alice Cooper happens to be one of my favourite artists of all time. Growing up, my dad was a huge fan, and I have fond memories of dancing around the living room to “Welcome to My Nightmare”. He’s one of the most important figures in rock music, and has shaped much of the imagery and attitude of the heavy metal music we love so much.
I’ve seen him perform twice, once at a two-day festival Rock2Wgtn, where he stole the show from the other performers with a realistic hanging. The last time was in my city, Auckland, when he was touring his Welcome 2 My Nightmare album, and I was right up the front, only a few feet from one of my idols.
Since we’re all going a little Alice-mad over at LippyHQ, and because you’ve only got a few days left to enter the competition to WIN FREE Alice Cooper tickets, I thought it would be fun to entertain you all with a few Alice Cooper quotes and trivia.
“From the moment I leave my house or my hotel room, the public owns me. The public made Alice Cooper and I can’t imagine ever turning my back on my fans.”
Although he was born Vincent Damon Furnier, in 1974 he legally changed his name to Alice Cooper.
Alice’s first record deal came about after he discovered where Frank Zappa lived. Cooper took his band over to Zappa’s house at 7 in the morning, set up in Zappa’s yard and started playing. When Zappa came out and demanded to know what was going on, Alice said, “The band will continue playing until you do one of two things: give us a record deal or call the police.” Luckily for Alice, Zappa chose the former.
“He (Marilyn Manson) has a woman’s name and wears makeup. How original.”
Alice Cooper is an obsessive golfer, playing 6 days a week if he can. He’s played in a number of Pro-Am competitions and hosts his own annual celebrity golf tournament, with the proceeds going to his charity, the Solid Rock Foundation.
“I appreciate an audience that reacts to the music, even if they jump on stage and try to beat us up, I think that’s a fantastic reaction. I think that they’re really hearing something then.”
Starting in 2004 Alice Cooper hosted a radio show called “Nights with Alice Cooper” that was broadcast across in over 100 stations across the US and Canada.
The magician James Randi designed many of Alice Cooper’s stage props, including the famous guillotine, and the magician often appeared on stage in early performances as the executioner.
Alice Cooper co-founded the notorious drinking club, The Hollywood Vampires.
In 1978, Alice Cooper performed “Welcome to My Nightmare”, “You and Me”, and “School’s Out” on the Muppet Show, and played one of the devil’s henchmen attempting to dupe Kermit and Gonzo into selling their souls.
In 1994 Alice Cooper released an album called The Last Temptation, a concept album based on a three-part comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and released concurrently with the album.
At the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival show in 1969, a fan threw a live chicken on stage. Alice, who came from Detroit and wasn’t familiar with farm animals, generally didn’t realise that chickens can’t fly. He threw the bird in the air, assuming it would fly off to safety. Instead, it fell straight down into the mosh pit, where the fans tore it to pieces and threw the bits back on stage. Newspaper headlines later claimed Alice had bitten the head off the chicken and drank its blood. Frank Zappa advised Cooper not to correct them.
Readers, what other Alice Cooper trivia can you share (in the comments)?
Special thanks to AliceCooper.com (the official website of Alice Cooper) for article images.
I’m Steff. Born in New Zealand, raised on a steady diet of metal and out-of-print archaeology books, I’m now a freelance writer, accessible formats producer, and full-time iron maiden.
You can keep up to date with all the metal madness at my Steff Metal blog. I update 4 times a week with reviews, articles, advice and silliness about living the metal lifestyle. And, for alternative biz owners, I run a creative business community for the dark side at Grymm & Epic.