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Monday, February 22, 2010

Rock News for Monday 22nd February, 2010

Gruesome Twosome Tour to hit the road

Well, this may not be everyone's cup of tea, but following on from my posting yesterday regarding Alice Cooper's upcoming 'Theatre of Death tour,' it seems he's hooked up with another horror showman, Rob Zombie for a double header. Prepare for the, 'Gruesome Twosome tour!'

  Horror Rock Icons Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper to Share Stage for the Gruesome Twosome Tour

(New York, NY) – It’s a bill that fans of horror and hard rock could only dream of until now: Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper sharing the stage for a night of theatrical rock n’ roll madness. For the first time ever, the “gruesome twosome” will play an exclusive limited run of North American tour dates beginning April 26th at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, MB. Rob Zombie commented, “The dream or the nightmare comes true! Me and The Coop have been talking about touring together for the last 15 years and finally the moment is here. This will be without a doubt a Rock ‘N’ Roll Spooktacular for all the Cool Ghouls.” Alice Cooper added, “I’m looking forward to theses concerts with Rob. It’s sort of like Dracula Vs. Frankenstein. We’re like this generation’s classic monsters. When we’re not onstage frightening audiences, we’ll be backstage trying to scare each other.”
Following the dates with Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and longtime bandmates guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Tommy Clufetos will hit the road for an extensive North American trek to co-headline this year’s Mayhem Festival (visit: or or please see below for all tour dates).

It’s been a busy year for multi-platinum hard rock artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie. Zombie’s brand new album HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 just debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, marking his second Top Ten debut in 6 months. The Zombie-helmed Halloween 2 landed at #3 at the box office in August, 2009 and went on to become one of the biggest horror movies of the year, grossing more than $37 million to date. Zombie will make his television directorial debut with an episode of CBS’ highly-rated show CSI: Miami set to air on Monday, March 1st at 10:00PM, EST.

With more than 15 million albums sold, 7 Grammy nominations, the helming of 5 major motion pictures and dozens of music videos under his belt, Rob Zombie is a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape. Zombie’s unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician, and more recently his vision as a director and writer.

Alice Cooper, the rock innovator generally credited with pioneering theatrics and bringing stagecraft to the rock idiom, has been a huge influence on successive generations of artists. On tour with Rob Zombie, he will be performing his Theatre of Death production that he will subsequently take it on the road in North America and Europe throughout 2010. He is backed in concert by longtime band members Damon Johnson and Keri Kelli (guitars), bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso. Alice is preparing to release a live Theatre of Death DVD, filmed in London late last year, and is currently in pre-production on a new album.

Alice Cooper is the host of Nights with Alice Cooper, produced and distributed by the United Stations Radio Networks. Alice anchors 30 hours per week of original Classic Rock programming. Alice's time slot reaches 1.1 million listeners (12+) each week, and his affiliates have a weekly reach of over 6 million listeners.
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'Gruesome Twosome Tour dates:'
April 2010

Mon 04/26/10 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Tue 04/27/10 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Wed 04/28/10 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Thu 04/29/10 Calgary, AB Stampede Corral
May 2010
Sat 05/01/10 Vancouver, BC P.N.E. Pacific Coliseum
Sun 05/02/10 Kennewick, WA Toyota Arena
Tue 05/04/10 Casper, WY Casper Events Center

Uriah Heep's Mick Box continues his 'Appy Days column

Original Uriah Heep man, Mick Box continues to contribute his very entertaining and interesting weekly blog of life on the road and beyond with the Uriah Heep man, to UK magazine, Classic Rock.
He's just back from a Russian jaunt, so to read more on that and his support of his Premier League football team Spurs (Tottenham Hotspur) and much more, go to:  

Also, for those that missed it previously, Uriah Heep have lined up their first tour in the USA since 2002, albeit a little brief.
Those US dates are as follows:
June 2010
Fri 06/18/10 Chattanooga, TN Riverbend Festival Grounds
Sat 06/19/10 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
Sun 06/20/10 Wilkes-Barre, PA F.M. Kirby Center For Perf. Arts
Tue 06/22/10 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
Thu 06/24/10 Saint Charles, MO Ameristar Casino St. Charles
Fri 06/25/10 Kansas City, MO Ameristar Hotel & Casino
July 2010
Fri 07/02/10 Algona, IA Freedom Park

Scorpions Sting in the Tail first USA tour date leaked ...
German rockers the Scorpions have not yet announced their full North American tour yet, in support of their forthcoming new album, 'Sting in the Tail,' but one date late in June has popped up on their tour dates page.
That date is Saturday June 19th, where they will headline the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD.
They top a very impressive bill ..., but more on that in my next news item.
'Sting in the Tail' has the following release dates:
March 19th 2010 (North America March 23rd, Japan End of March)
It certainly looks like the US tour then will start around late June and run through July and possibly August too, as their next date showing on their tour dates page is not until September.
'M3 Rock Festival' - Impressive line up
On Saturday June 19th, Columbia, MD will host an impressive line up of rock talent featuring some bands they have not toured in a few years and well as some that are summer festival favourites.
Check this out:
With the Scorpions headlining the festival with their first announced date in the USA on their farewell world tour, in support of their forthcoming new album, 'Sting in the Tail.'
Other acts confirmed are:
Vince Neil as the guy heads out without Mötley Crüe, for one of his famous summer solo runs.
Kix who reformed back in 2004 and are making their name again on the road.
Winger, who last year released the excellent 'Karma' album, to many great reviews.
L.A. Guns join who are constantly on the road.
Warrant, who seem to go back and forth on lead vocalists in recent years.
Then there's Nelson with a first major live appearance away from their Scrap Metal all star project in more than a few years. They are also due to release a new album, 'Lightning Strikes Twice,' later this year through the Frontiers label.
The festival line up is completed by Trixter, Jetboy, Ozzy Reed, Bang Tango, ZO2 and Black Mambooza.
More details can be found right here:
Looks like a great day for rock fans, if you can make it!

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