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Alice Cooper Group make the grade

December 15, 2010, 12:58 pm

News had been circulating over the past few days that Alice's nomination to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had turned into an actual INDUCTION into the Hall. This news was confirmed by Alice yesterday and by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today in their official announcement. It's remarkable that an institution that continually snubbed Alice for an eon could write something that should suggest what what most of already knew. This was LONG overdue.

"Before there was Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson or KISS, there was Alice Cooper, the original self-proclaimed "rock villain." Born Vincent Furnier, Cooper and his mighty band of the same name - lead guitarist Glen Buxton, rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, bass player Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith - pioneered the dark spectacle of heavy metal with their huge blues-rock sound and extravagant stage show. Drawing from horror movies and vaudeville, Cooper brought a new level of visual theatrics to arenas with guillotines, electric chairs, boa constrictors and fake blood; their 1973 tour broke box office records previously held by the Rolling Stones, and raised the bar for major rock tours. What made it stick were some of the catchiest, most reckless hard-rock songs of all time: "Eighteen," "School's Out," "No More Mr. Nice Guy." Along with the New York Dolls and David Bowie, Alice Cooper was a starting point for the glam rock of the 1970s; it's impossible to imagine the hair metal of the 1980s without them. You can hear and see the band's influence in bands from the Sex Pistols to Guns n' Roses. The original lineup split in the mid-Seventies, and singer Cooper would continue on with an evolving lineup; in the meantime, the pure shock value of America's first shock rockers has faded, but their legacy is safe."

Congrats to Alice, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, Michael Bruce, and the late great Glen Buxton, on making the Class of 2011. Better late than never! The original band are set to perform at Alice's Christmas Pudding on December 18th, and are sure to perform in some fashion at the Induction Ceremony in New York in March.

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New Vinyl Releases

December 23, 2010, 9:59 am

Night of the Vinyl Dead have released Dirty Diamonds on vinyl in very limited numbers and in special packaging in Italy. The release is limited to only 500 hand numbered copies and the deluxe gatefold sleeve has a pop-up picture of Alice inside. As of right now the release is completely sold out via Night of the Vinyl Dead but there might be still places in Europe that have copies for sale (HHO-Records).

Rhino are continuing to release the original Alice Cooper Group's back catalog on vinyl. They have already released Pretties For You and Easy Action, and now Love It To Death gets a release. These releases have been fairly standard with single sleeves unlike their original counterparts with gatefold sleeve; Easy Action did receive the colored vinyl treatment. Love It To Death seems similarly unexciting, but what is interesting about the release is that it appears to have the legendary thumb cover. Alice's thumb original held his cloak together around the groin area, and this was felt to be too suggestive so the thumb was airbrushed out after the initial release. Most later releases featured this censored cover.

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