Monday, July 30, 2012

1987, Metal Hammer pullout poster

16x11.25 Metal Hammer pullout poster
I believe this is from 1987 since it has the Alice Cooper logo 
from "Raise Your Fist & Yell" album.

Friday, July 27, 2012

2000, Brutal Planet Press Kit

I believe this is the last press kit of Alice Cooper I have found at the collectible shows.
Brutal Planet is an excellent recording that is close to Industrial Rock. Alice just left his short lived Guardian label to Spitfire that lasted up to Dragontown recording.

This press kit is small w/ 1 black & white photo of Alice. 4 photocopy pages include bio and about Brutal Planet album.

8x10 photo

Bio from KAYOS Productions
(this was photocopied on to stock paper)

3 pg, Brutal Planet

Thursday, July 26, 2012

2003, Hampton Club Casino, N.H.

October 21, 2003The Hampton Club Casino, N.H.

I couldn't believe Alice performed at The Hampton Club Casino in New Hampshire. It's a small place and during this time Alice was doing his Bare Bones Tour although I notice on SickThingsUK they list it as The Eyes of Alice Cooper Tour. I say Bare Bones because a friend worked backstage gave me his pass the day after the concert along w/ a concert t-shirt. Maybe they just had a few Bare Bones passes left over  and used them up during The Eyes of Alice Cooper Tour.

This was the first time I ever made it to the front of the stage at an Alice Cooper concert. It wasn't a big crowd I don't know if it was because of being in October the off season. Hampton Club Casino is along the beach is a very crowded area during the summer. I was actually in ear shot distance to Brian Nelson but didn't want to bother him. He was very busy running around on stage setting things up.
It was an great show w/ limited theatrics because the stage is small. I remember my friend who worked there told me that previously I think it could of been Brutal Planet tour they tried to get Alice to perform but when Alice's people came down to check it out they said the stage was too small to fit all the props.
But it was good for them to comeback when Alice did a stripped down version and just played songs. Of course Alice used the smaller props like sword and such.

Backstage Working Pass


Hello Hooray / No More Mr. Nice Guy / Man Of The Year / Billion Dollar Babies / Between High School & Old School / Long Way To Go / Be My Lover / Lost In America / What Do You Want From Me? / I’m Eighteen / Desperado / Halo Of Flies / Welcome To My Nightmare / Cold Ethyl / Only Women Bleed / Ballad Of Dwight Fry / School’s Out / Poison / Novocaine / I’m So Angry / Under My Wheels

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

1999, Welcome To My Nightmare DVD, Rhino Press Kit

Rhino release of "Welcome To My Nightmare" on DVD.
I notice this version was edited. I compared it to the original VHS that came out in 1975. Example during "Some Folks" they edit out the dancers w/ the white cane between their legs while the other dancers perform oral sex.  "Department of Youth" they censoring out the word "hell" in the song. When Alice sings the line "...Hell that doesn't matter...".At the time I asked Brian Nelson and was told that this may have been the only print Rhino had to copy of. My opinion is this is about the time Alice was becoming a little strict w/ his religious beliefs. 
I know he said there were certain songs he would never sing on stage. He may have had second thoughts when viewing this during the commentary and had them edit out. What I did like on the DVD is the the commentary with Alice and his assistant the late Brian Nelson as they walk you through the whole concert. I found this very funny such as when the Cyclops comes out Alice interjects "If we came out with a kitchen sink we would still get the same effect". The DVD also includes an interview with Alice Cooper. I would suggest to get the DVD for the extras but see the '75 VHS for the concert.

This press Kit includes one photo and a slide. Unfortunately I don't have a backlight so the scan of the slide is very bad. I added it in since you may be able it make out.

8x10 photo

Rhino Folder Cover

Press Release

2 pg, Alice Cooper Bio

Color Slide of performance
As you can see it's Alice on stage w/ balloons.
I don't have a backlight scanner so it came out like this
but you get the idea.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

1999, The Life And Crimes of Alice Cooper, Press Kit

From Rhino the 4 CD box set of Alice Cooper. This is an excellent collection of songs from way back to The Spiders days up to The Last Temptation. Some people say it could of been more rare tracks. Well of course it could but I was happy w/ the songs and the packaging. This included a cool 80 page book that includes quotes from Alice Cooper past and present band members. Also many great photos and plenty of information for any Alice fan.

The Rhino cover folder

Inside folder

10x8 photo

Rhino Letter

2 page Press Release

2 page Bio

2 page Tribute by John Lydon.
This was inside the box set book.

2 page Trivia Quiz

68 pages of text of the book box set.
I didn't copy all just 3 pages. The first 2 pages and a random page of quotes on a track.
It's the same as the box set book.

18 pages of the track info. Again just did the first 2 pages.

Rhino also included a Press Release of The Welcome To My Nightmare DVD.
Since both came out that year. I do have a Press Kit for the DVD that includes this letter.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Added items The Last Temptation Press Kit, Part 2

In 1994 these 2 items were added to the promo. First is a 5 page photocopy Marvel Age #136 issue was from May 1994. The second is a Billboard article from April 1994.
I am not familiar w/ the way promotions are passed out so I am guessing since this was purchased at a local collectible show the dealer or vendor added some other material to sell this promotion.

Billboard, April 16, 1994

Thursday, July 19, 2012

1993, The Last Temptation Press Kit, Part 1

I really miss going to the local collectible shows. They seem to be the way of vinyl records few and far in between. The ones that do exist are small events and some not worth the time to travel as they are further away from the city.

The Last Temptation album is one of my favorites. Interesting to know Alice's working title was Along Came A Spider. It's a great concept as Alice shows us Steven as a teenager. This album was combined w/ my 2 loves music and comic books. Alice joins up w/ writer Neil Gaiman who was known for his gothic comics most famous Sandman. Teaming up w/ artist Dave McKean who did all 3 covers and album cover and Michael Zulli who illustrated the comic books. Later they would reissue a trade paperback of all 3 stories. One was in color and one was in brown and white. Just pen and ink style w/ a sepia tone of ink looking brown very cool.

The album itself was one of the best. Alice had three producers Andy Wallace, Don Fleming and the team of Duane Baron and John Purdell. Andy Wallace is one of my favorite producer since he worked w/ another of my favorite band Blind Melon. Alice also had a number of guest one I have to point out is Chris Cornel of Soundgarden. Chris gave Alice 2 songs "Stolen Prayer" and "Unholy War". Chris also sings background vocals on "Stolen Prayer". If you have a chance to listen to Chris's demo of "Stolen Prayer" it's pretty cool hearing Chris sing this song.
Two other tracks that didn't make it co-written by Tommy Shaw (Styx) and Jack Blades (Damn Yankees) made it to only demos "I Dare You" and "Invisible Strings". Plus two other songs that didn't make it for one reason or another "Blood Brother" which later became "Bad Place Alone" and "Best Friend".

This again would of been a great live show. I could even see this as an animation of the album. But Alice did sing 4 tracks "Sideshow", "Lost In America", Cleansed By Fire", "Nothing's Free" during his Rock and Roll Carnival Tour.

On to this promo everything was photocopied except for one photo of Alice. They also included the 1st issue that was given away w/ the CD.

First page was the intro letter of The Last Temptation

This comic book is the first issue that was w/ the CD purchase. The cover is different if you bought this on the stand.

This was a stapled folder of The Last Temptation.
The package also included a type written version on Epic letterhead which later was transferred in this booklet w/ Titles in each chapter.

8x10 photo

Friday, July 13, 2012

Michael Bruce / Josiah Bruce

I remember getting this through Michael Bruce's Torn Ticket Production. This is all photocopies including 2 photocopies photos of Michael Bruce. One from his '73 Billion Dollar Babies Tour photo that was signed in marker and other looks like a 1990 photo from Josiah Bruce.

A short Bio of Bruce and his brief 1990 band Josiah Bruce which Michael play guitar and Josiah vocals.

This also included a cassette tape that has Bruce's bands throughout his career. The tape list 4 songs by 1965 Wild Flowers that is very British band influences like The Beatles and The Yardbirds. It sounds like they took this from a 45. You can hear the needle on vinyl w/ some hiss and crackles.
3 songs by 1990 Josiah Bruce that are bluesy rock. The rest of the tape includes solo and 2 Billion Dollar Babies, Battle Axe songs.

The cassette list as followed...

Wild Flowers: (1965)
A Man Like Myself, One A Day Like Today, More Than Me, Moving Along With The Sun

Michael Bruce: (1975) In My Own Way album
King of America, In My Own Way, Rock Rolls On (Alice Cooper background vocals) 

Billion Dollar Babies: (1977) Battle Axe album
Rock Me Slowly, Winner

Michael Bruce: (1983) Rock Rolls On album
Rock Rolls On, Gina, Too Young, In My Own Way

Josiah Bruce: (1990)
Not Afraid To Live, No More Time, Not Gonna Take It

Folder is a silver stock w/ Michael Bruce label