Apr 132012

A new book spanning the career of legendary rocker Alice Cooper will be published on June 13 in the U.K., and September 1 in the USA via Omnibus Press. Titled Welcome To My Nightmare: The Story Of Alice Cooper, it is written by Dave Thompson, who has many rock books under his belt.

The book’s official description: “Drawing from exclusive and unpublished interviews with a variety of names and faces from throughout Alice‘s career, the book follows Cooper‘s tale from his life growing up as a preacher’s son in Arizona, through the early years of struggle in Phoenix and then Los Angeles, and then onto the roller coaster ride that has been the years since then.

Includes interviews with original bandmates Michael Bruce and the late Glenn Buxton, drummer Neal Smith, the late Frank Zappa, manager Shep Gordon and producer Bob Ezrin. Includes tributes and recollections from many of the artists who call Alice an influence — from The Damned and The Cramps, to White Zombie and GWAR. Session players and songwriters who have made their own contributions to the Alice story recall their days spent with this Prince of Hell-raisers. The result is a story that alternately thrills, shocks, surprises and delights. Includes full discography and bibliography.”

Alice Cooper’s 2011 album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, which debuted at #22 on Billboard’s Top 200, is a testament to Cooper’s ability to incorporate various collaborations – including global pop superstar Ke$ha – into his own unique musical style.

When it comes to touring, Cooper provides his fans with a visual and aural extravaganza including everything and more from his trademark guillotines, decapitations, predatory snakes, as well as a non-stop, hard rocking show featuring his classic hits, and other fan favorites.

Cooper, who single-handedly masterminded the rock-horror genre, joins Iron Maiden this summer as their very special guest on their Maiden England North American Tour from June 21 to July 21. [more summer dates are listed below].

June 08, 2012 Beau Rivage Resort, Biloxi, MS
June 09, 2012 Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN
June 11, 2012 North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC
June 12, 2012 Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
June 13, 2012 Fraze Pavilion, Kettering, OH
June 17, 2012 Burlington Steamboat Days, Burlington, IA
June 19, 2012 Iroquois Park, Louisville, KY
June 21, 2012 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
June 23, 2012 Aarons Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
June 26, 2012 Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
June 27, 2012 Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
June 29, 2012 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 30, 2012 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
July 02, 2012 Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
July 04, 2012 Summer Fest – Marcus Amphitheater , Milwaukee, WI
July 05, 2012 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
July 08, 2012 Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC Canada
July 11, 2012 Centre Bell, Montreal, QC Canada
July 13, 2012 Molson Amphitheatre,Toronto, ON Canada
July 14, 2012 Bayfest, Sarnia, ON Canada
July 16, 2012 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
July 18, 2012 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
July 19, 2012 Klipsch Music Centre, Noblesville, IN
July 21, 2012 Rock Fest, Cadott, WI

July 27, 2012 Suikerock, Tienen, Belgium
July 28, 2012 Rock Of Ages Festival, Seebronn, Germany
July 30, 2012 Civic Arena, Milan, Italy
August 02, 2012 Festival de Carcassonne, Carcassonne, France
August 03, 2012 Rock Oz’ Arenes Festival, Avenches, Switzerland
August 05, 2012 Zappanale, Bad Doberan, Germany
August 07, 2012 Wrightegaarden, Langesund, Norway
August 08, 2012 Liseberg amusement Park, Gothenburg, Sweden
August 10, 2012 Skogsrojet, Rejmyre, Sweden
August 12, 2012 Bloodstock Open Air Festival, Walton-On-Trent, England

Related articles:
‘Alice Cooper’ – ‘I’ll Bite Your Face Off’ – Video Premiere  (August 2011)
‘Alice Cooper’ Confirmed For U.K.’s ‘Bloodstock Open Air’ August 2012 [Nov. 2011]
‘Alice Cooper’ Drummer ‘Glen Sobel’ Talks Gear In New Video Interview [Dec. 2011]
‘Alice Cooper’ Documentary In The Works [Dec. 2011]
‘Alice Cooper’ Featured On Debut EP From His Son’s Band [Jan. 2012]
‘Alice Cooper’ Announce ‘Maiden England North American Tour’ & ‘European’ Tour [Feb. 2012]
‘Alice Cooper’ Gets First Bobblehead – “There’s Never A Game Where You Jump Out Of Your Seat As At A Hockey Game” [Feb. 2012]
‘Alice Cooper’ To Speak On Importance Of Music Education [April 2012]

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