Icon says he’d consider re-recording tracks from the early 80s but is wary about altering “insane” history
Alice Cooper says he’d consider re-recording some of the material from his ‘blackout’ period of the early 80s.

The rock icon released Flush The Fashion, Special Forces, Zipper Catches Skin, and DaDa between 1980 and 1983 – four albums recorded while he battled alcohol and drug problems. And while he’s wary of altering history too much, he says revisiting certain tracks could be a possibility.

Cooper says on the first episode of Ask Alice: “Every one of those albums catches a different part of your life and is a portrait of where you were at that time. So in some ways it’s kind of taking away from the history.

“I was insane during these four albums and I think the insanity shows up on the albums and the lyrics and I don’t think I’d want to play with that. It was a certain insanity that was privately mine and everybody got to see it.”

But he adds: “There are certain songs that I keep going, ‘I want to redo that song – that song could be applicable today. It worked in 1981 but it would be really good today.’ So possibly, yeah. That’s something producer Bob Ezrin and I would talk about.”

Last month, it was confirmed that Paul McCartney is one of the guests on Cooper’s upcoming Hollywood Vampires project. He joins Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp on the album, which is a tribute to Cooper’s celebrity drinking club, which was based at LA’s Rainbow Bar in the 70s.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Scores $27.6 Million from Thursday Previews

There’s little question that Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures’ Avengers: Age of Ultron is looking to set a new opening weekend record now that it’s opened in North America, and it’s off to a great start with $27.6 million from Thursday night previews alone. That’s compared to the $18.7 million midnights for Marvel’s The Avengers on the same weekend in 2012.

The movie grossed $3 million of that amount on IMAX screens setting a new record for IMAX Thursday previews (over The Dark Knight Rises‘ $2.3 million IMAX previews).

By comparison, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 grossed $43.5 million in Thursday previews in July 2011 on its way to the highest-grossing single day ever with $91 million and a first weekend take of $169.2 million. It’s also below the $30 million Thursdays for The Dark Knight Rises and three of The Twilight Saga films, but as we’ve seen with previous Marvel movies like Iron Man 3, which grossed $15.6 million in Thursday previews on its way to $174 million opening weekend, there’s usually enough business for these movies to do just as well over the weekend.

If Avengers: Age of Ultron uses the same multiplier as Iron Man 3, it would open with $300 million, but since more people are going to movies on Thursday night more than ever, it’s probably likely to open somewhere higher than the $207 million opening weekend for Marvel’s The Avengers but still less than $230 million.

Going back to The Dark Knight Rises, that grossed $30.6 million on Thursday compared to the $18.5 million midnight gross of The Dark Knight, and Avengers: Age of Ultron has a smaller increase over The Avengers. Since The Dark Knight Rises only opened with $2 million more than The Dark Knight, we can probably expect that the opening of Age of Ultron won’t be much higher than the original movie.

Internationally, the movie has already grossed $287 million after nearly ten days playing in other countries for a global total of $314.9 million. The production budget is reportedly $250 million, so it should be close to recouping that amount by weekend’s end.

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Dave Grohl Recalls Kiss Army ‘Induction’ at ASCAP Pop Awards

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl honored Kiss’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons at the ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty

SOURCE: Rolling Stone

Dave Grohl spoke to the power of Kiss Wednesday night when he honored Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with an award recognizing their influence as a songwriting team. His speech was part of the ASCAP Pop Music Awards – put on by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, an organization that collects money and pays songwriters for performances of their songs – where he presented the duo with the ASCAP Founders Award. The Doobie Brothers and St. Vincent were also honored at the Los Angeles ceremony.


“Everybody remembers their first Kiss record, and this is how I remember mine,” the Foo Fighters frontman said of Kiss’ 1976 LP Destroyer, according to Billboard. “With nuclear anticipation, I let the needle drop on that legendary intro to ‘Detroit Rock City,’ perhaps the greatest introduction to any rock & roll album ever recorded. It filled my speakers and my imagination. Thirty-four minutes later and 27 seconds later, Kiss had filled my soul. I was now a member of the infamous Kiss Army.”


Grohl recalled turning his bedroom into a “fucking shrine” to Kiss as he became a fan, lining it with posters and action figures. “Every morning, I would wake up in my tiny bedroom and take a good look at my superheroes before walking to school,” he said. “They got me through those years and ultimately inspired me to follow this unreasonable dream of becoming a professional rock & roll musician.” He liked the band so much, he said, that Kiss “even made fuckin’ disco look cool” with their 1979 single “I Was Made for Lovin’ You.”


“Forty years later, my love of Kiss is still strong,” Grohl said. “And these days I still spend every morning before school with Paul Stanley…in the parking lot of our kids’ fuckin’ elementary school, chatting about Zeppelin and Electric Lady [studios] and touring and school fundraisers. So I’d say that my unreasonable dream definitely came true.”


Last year, Stanley told Rolling Stone how he has seen Grohl every day for the past three years at their kids’ school, as well as what a big fan of the Foo Fighters he was. “There were times that I would hear music on the radio – just something great – and not know who it was and very often it was Foo Fighters,” he said. “It’s incredible to think of somebody coming out from behind the drums with such a full concept as Dave has had and create music. I mean, the first Foo Fighters album, that’s just Dave. So the template and everything he’s been working from is bigger than anyone expected from the guy who was just viewed as the drummer of Nirvana.”

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Cow Punk pioneer Pete Berwick rocks with Little Class


by Tom Lounges/

Indie label, Little Class Records of Kansas City has signed longtime Midwest roots rocker Pete Berwick to the roster ( A well-seasoned troubadour, Berwick was a pioneer in the early “Cow Punk” movement of the ’80s and ’90s who had spent over 35 years recording and touring.


Berwick has bent the strings of his guitar in smoky bar rooms and honky tonks across much of America and over a dozen of his original songs have been heard in various TV shows and films over the year.


“There are times when I’ve been out on the road, sleeping in my car with just enough gas to get to the next gig if I’m lucky, that I have asked myself, ‘Why the h… do I keep doing this?,” Berwick confessed to this columnist over a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs recently at Cooper’s Hawk in Merrillville. “The answer is simple really,” he continued. “It’s who I am, it’s what I do.”


One of the first items of business for Berwick under his new record deal was to cut a full length record at Electric Cat Studios in Kansas City. He was in the studio laying down tracks before the ink on his contract was even dry, working on what will be Berwick’s first album of all new studio recordings in 5 years. His last release in 2014 – “The Essential Pete Berwick” – was a stellar and very generous compilation of tunes from the artist’s first four albums. “That one is my ‘Greatest Non-Hits’ album,” he joked.


“I finished up the record and performing on it are several innovative and eclectic musicians of the Kansas City area, ranging from blues rockers to rockabilly to country and beyond,” said Berwick. “This album will be a hardcore return to my country and Americana-folk roots. I am very excited about it. I also picked up a sponsorship from Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jameson Whiskey. After almost 40 years of hard work things appear to be looking up for me these days.” More:


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DANZIG’s ‘Legacy’ Special Can Now Be Streamed For $9.99

Legendary frontman Glenn Danzig (DANZIG, MISFITS, SAMHAIN) has released the long-awaited “Danzig Legacy” TV special, produced and directed by Mark Brooks (Adult Swim’s “Metalocalypse”) and Evilive Records. A 50-minute showcase with appearances by former MISFITS guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, PRONG’s Tommy Victor and Steve Zing, the special — which was was filmed in May 2012 in Glendale, California — is available for rent now for a 24-hour streaming period for $9.99 through Vimeo On Demand.

Says Brooks: “My idea was to do a take on the Elvis ’68 special, only with Danzig, showcasing all the aspects of his legendary career from MISFITS to SAMHAIN, and ultimately to his self-titled outfit DANZIG, that finally achieved him worldwide success.”

In an April 2013 interview with Full Metal Jackie, Danzig stated about “Legacy”: “The ‘Legacy’ TV special was an idea that was brought to me and it was an idea that Mark Brooks had; he does ‘Metalocalypse’. It was basically to do like a DANZIG ‘Legacy’ TV show loosely based on the Elvis [Presley] ’68 Comeback special; it revisited a lot of his past and a lot of stuff. So we did that with the ‘Legacy’ TV show. It was performance pieces that I do, then there’s the band playing live, we do [songs from] DANZIG, SAMHAIN. Then for the MISFITS thing, we did what Elvis did when he sat down with Scotty Moore and the Memphis Mafia and we just did them all right there live, sitting and everyone’s around us; there’s no backstage, we’re just on a little podium in from of everybody. And so we did a bunch of MISFITS songs and Steve [Zing] was just playing on a cylinder or something; it was pretty cool. We were doing the ‘Legacy’ shows anyway around that same time period, so we just thought we’d put it on film while everybody was there.”

He added: “Especially when we were doing the shows, and then going and doing the TV special with the very intimate audience, it was really cool just seeing how much the music affected all of the people that are really into it. It’s so many different generations of fans. It put a really cool perspective on it, and I think everyone’s going to enjoy it. I know the people that were there really enjoyed it. I think I’m playing one of the songs and my tooth falls out, like a cap or whatever it is like in the middle when I’m about to sing. I’m, like, Hey, my fucking teeth fell out,’ so it’s just stuff like that that’s just happening spur of the moment because it’s live.”

In other news, Danzig is readying a series of catalog reissues, in some cases will be issued on new formats (including vinyl) for the first time ever. All titles will see release on Danzig’s own Evillive Records in 2015.

The new studio album from Glenn Danzig’s namesake band is set for a fall 2015 release, and his long-awaited covers effort is due later this year. He is also working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers.

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