Alice Cooper and his band of freaks are taking back Halloween... WITH ADDED FIRE!
Alice Cooper has announced that following last year's successful reclamation of London's Halloween celebrations with his two nights at Camden's Roundhouse, this year he will go even bigger and better.
Alice and his loyal fans, friends and assorted freaks will be descending on the capital's Alexandra Palace on 29th October to entertain and shock the nation.
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This year, Alice has invited the 'God Of Hellfire' to join him, the incredible, 'Crazy' Arthur Brown. The man who first set his head on fire in the name of rock 'n' roll, Arthur and his band, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, were to the 1960s what Alice was to the 1970s - the realization of a whole new possibility in music, the chance to bring theatre, shock and awe into the live performance.
His 1968 Number 1 'Fire' and it's proclamation "I am the God of Hellfire and I bring you FIRE!' had a massive influence on Alice and a generation.
"We have a fire theme this year and we're in the UK - I couldn't NOT invite Arthur Brown," says Alice, "This is a guy who set his head on fire on TV. Can you imagine the young Alice Cooper watching that with all his make-up and hellish performance? It was like all my Halloweens come at once! He was like Screaming Jay Hawkins on... Fire!"
The pair will join the fire breathers, angle-grinders, stilt walkers and other freaks in the spookily decorated gothic, Victorian, Alexandra Palace. Arthur will be joining Alice on stage to duet and promises a hair-raising finale to his performance...
Alice Cooper once again takes control of Halloween this year, bringing all the thrills, blood spills, guts and gore we can take as Alice Cooper's Halloween Night Of Fear hits the UK.
Following last year's outstanding Halloween gigs at London's Roundhouse, which left fans gasping for more, Alice takes to the road in the UK, extending his reign of terror to Sheffield, Bristol, Birmingham, London´s Alexandra Palace, Manchester and Glasgow.
But the insatiable Alice wants more. In London, he called together the spectacular ghouls, depraved weirdos and the hottest fire starters. Taking on the role of a sadistic Simon Cowell, he hunted down spectacular fire acts and VERY bizarre performance artists to bring that hellishly warm glow to the night.
"It takes a lot to shock me," says Alice, "But even my stomach was churning. Britain really has got freaks. That's what's Halloween is all about. It's my favourite time of the year. Bring on the gore!"
The night will be London's largest costume party with cash prizes. Last year at the Roundhouse, hundreds of people showed up in costume... this year thousands.
The legendary New York Dolls join as support and Alice's band has been described as the best he has ever worked with. Lou Reed and original Alice sideman Steve Hunter has joined to present an unprecedented three guitar attack, pushing the group to new heights.
New album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', the sequel to 1975's classic 'Welcome To My Nightmare' will be released prior to the gigs, in September. Once again produced with Bob Ezrin, it will feature in the new shows. The original spawned a worldwide, full theatrical tour so expect Alice's comic book cruelty to be taken up a notch.
TUESDAY 25 SHEFFIELD CITY HALL
WEDNESDAY 26 BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
THURSDAY 27 BIRMINGHAM NIA*
SATURDAY 29 LONDON ALEXANDRA PALACE*
SUNDAY 30 02 APOLLO MANCHESTER*
MONDAY 31 GLASGOW CLYDE AUDITORIUM*