Entries tagged with: Alice Cooper
photo: Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already learned that Lady Gaga is doing a Bowie tribute at the Grammys this year, and the other rock legend who recently passed away, Lemmy, will get one too. This one includes some people who were a little closer to Lemmy than Gaga was to Bowie. It's by Alice Cooper and his band the Hollywood Vampires, which includes Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, and Johnny Depp, among others. Alice said to Rolling Stone:
"He was always funny," he continues. "I'm a 'healed' alcoholic and I haven't had anything to drink in 35 years. A lot of people that drink always feel a little bit like they owe an explanation to me. A couple weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, 'Alice, I've quit drinking.' And he's got a glass in his hand. And I go, 'Really?' And he says, 'Yeah, I don't drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka.'" Cooper laughs. "And I went, 'Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?' He said, well it's a step down from whiskey.' And I went, 'OK. Any step's a good step.'" He laughs.The Hollywood Vampires will also make the live debut of their song "As Bad As I Am" at the Grammys. It will be released as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of their 2015 debut that comes out three days before the performance.
Other recently-added Grammys performers include Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Adele, Rihanna, the cast of Hamilton, and a BB King tribute by Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr and Bonnie Raitt.
Alice Cooper is also touring this spring. Listen to the Hollywood Vampires song "My Dead Drunk Friends" below...
photo: Alice Cooper with Joan Jett in 2014 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Alice Cooper is constantly playing shows these days, and he's just announced a bunch of new tour dates, which include three NYC-area shows. He'll play in New Brunswick at the State Theatre on 5/10 and in Port Chester at the Capitol Theatre on 5/12, then head back to NJ for a show in Morristown at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on 5/15.
Tickets for the State Theatre go on Fan Club presale Wednesday (1/20) at 10 AM and then on sale to the general public Friday (1/22) at 10 AM. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre go on sale Friday (1/22) at noon, as do tickets for the Mayo Center show.
Check out all upcoming dates and Alice's classic "No More Mr. Nice Guy" video below...
photos by David Andrako
Manhattan Inn's new free At the Inn concert series continued on Monday (7/13) with a tribute to John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Alice Cooper. Performers for the night included Nicole Atkins, ex-Yellowbirds singer Sam Cohen, Delicate Steve/Saint Rich's Christian Peslak, funk band EMEFE, indie pop band TEEN, and a house band. They took turns paying tribute to the three legends, playing Lennon's "Jealous Guy," "I'm So Tired," "I Dig a Pony" and more; Nilsson's "Coconut," "One," "Gotta Get Up," "Without Her" and more; and Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Only Women Bleed."
You can check out more pictures and the full setlist below
Legendary songwriters John Lennon and Harry Nilsson will be paid tribute to by an impressive cast of musicians, including Nicole Atkins, Invisible Familiars (the project of Jared Samuel, who's worked with John Lennon's son Sean), Sam Cohen (ex-Yellowbirds), Emefe, TEEN, Christian Peslak (Delicate Steve, Saint Rich), and more. They're also promising some covers of Micky Dolenz, Alice Cooper and more surprises.
Like all At The Inn shows, it's totally free. RSVP is open.
Aggronautix, the people behind these GG Allin bobbleheads and these Lee "Scratch" Perry vinyl figures, have now introduced... three new masks! There's the Motorhead Warpig mask, the Misfits Fiend mask, and the Alice Cooper mask. All three are pictured above. You can pre-order them here, where you can also pick up three previously-released GG Allin masks.
Maybe you can wear the Fiend mask when you go see Danzig on tour, Doyle on tour, or to see Misfits play Earth A.D. without Danzig or Doyle. And maybe that Warpig mask will be in fashion on this year's Motorboat cruise.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
One of the most moving parts of the evening was Kathleeen Hanna's speech about you before her performance. She talked about how you helped her during a difficult part in her life. She also told a story about you getting knocked out cold when someone threw a bottle at you during a concert and it hit you in the head. Do you remember that incident and did you actually get knocked out?The annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala went down at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom this past Thursday (10/23). Following an auction and a performance by childrens a cappella group Sharkapella, the "Rocker of the Year" award was awarded to the evening's special guest, Joan Jett.
Joan Jett: Yes I do remember it. I don't think I was knocked out cold, but I was knocked to the ground and I was in a daze. But during Kathleen's speech, I was on the verge of tears. I guess I just didn't realize how much I meant to Kathleen, and what our experience meant to her. To me, it was just two musicians, and two girls from slightly different generations, relating but having the same experiences. It was really moving. To tell you the truth, I'm still processing it. I don't know what to say. [100.7 WZLX]
To pay tribute to Joan, Cheap Trick performed "I Hate Myself For Loving You," Gary U.S. Bonds and Jake Clemons performed "Eye to Eye," former Distillers singer Brody Dalle did "Victim of Circumstance," Jessie Malin did "Bad Reputation," Darlene Love did "Little Liar," Social Distortion singer Mike Ness played "Love Is Pain," and Bikini Kill/Le Tigre/etc's Kathleen Hanna teamed up with her husband and former Beastie Boy Ad-Rock for "Fake Friends," which Kathleen prefaced with a moving speech (as you can see above).
Joan took the stage herself a few times too. Once with Tommy James to perform his massive hit "Crimson and Clover," (she told the crowd that Tommy wrote one of her biggest hits), again with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong for "Don't Abuse Me," and once more with Alice Cooper for "Be My Lover." Finally, all the performers took the stage to end the night with "I Love Rock N Roll."
Alice Cooper is in NYC again tonight to open for Motley Crue at MSG.
More pictures from the Little Kids Rock benefit below...
Joan Jett at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
The annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala (which Brian Wilson played last year) happens this year at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 23 and honors Joan Jett. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will present Joan with the award and Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, Jake Clemons, Glen Hansard, Brody Dalle and Jesse Malin will all be on hand to perform Joan's songs as a tribute to her. The event is produced by Jake's fellow E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen (both also of The Sopranos). You can reserve a seat now ($25,000 seats are the cheapest ones remaining, but there's a waiting list for the two lower levels).
Joan doesn't have any regular shows in NYC on her tour schedule, but she will be nearby not long before the gala for a show at NJ's Count Basie Theatre on October 11 with Jesse Malin. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All of her dates are listed below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre (more by Greg Cristman)
Big news in the burger world as Alice Cooper was just inducted into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame at the White Castle Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio yesterday. AC, who owns his own restaurant in Arizona, is a big time White Castle fan since way back, having mentioned being a fan of WC's sliders in interviews over the years. He even served White Castle at the afterparty for the premiere of the Alice Cooper documentary Super Dooper Alice Cooper.
Alice Cooper is currently opening up on Motley Crüe's massive farewell tour, which isn't going so hot for he headliners. On the opening date in Grand Rapids, MI, the Crüe got bööed. The band had technical difficulties after a few tracks, and things got worse from there, with the band stopping the show at one point, Vince Neil apologizing, and Nikki Sixx saying that the band forgot their own song. Here's a bit from a review of the show on MLive.com, which called the show "an anticlimactic wheeze over the finish line":
Three songs in, during "Primal Scream," drummer Tommy Lee broke the head on his kick drum, prompting Mick Mars to fill time with a guitar solo. After five minutes of noisemaking and riffing on Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" - Mars seemed hung out to dry - singer Vince Neil took the mic and apologized, tossing in a forced laugh as he told the audience it would be a few minutes before they were ready to play again. The house lights came up, and the crowd got restless.Hope they figure it out, as they've got about 70 more shows to get through. According to the review, though, Alice Cooper was great. The show hits Madison Square Garden on 10/28. Tickets are on sale.
After a 10-minute delay, the band made a decent recovery, chugging through "Same Ol' Situation" and "Looks that Kill." "On With the Show" was supposed to merge with "Too Fast for Love," but the band stopped dead in its tracks. "He broke something again," Neil said of Lee. "The band forgot their own song," bassist Nikki Sixx said. They restarted and powered through the number, Sixx visibly upset and off his game, and Neil looking confused. Then Mars experienced problems with his monitors and guitars. Cue another delay, and a few boos.
"Oh man. First-night (expletive). We're breaking down. You guys can always say you were here," Neil half-heartedly joked.
Speaking of ACs that are playing or have played Madison Square Garden getting honored with awards, AC/DC's Brian Johnson recently received an honorary degree from Northumbria University. This comes the same day that AC/DC provided an update on their forthcoming yet-to-be-named album -- it's finished -- and an update on guitarist Malcolm Young's health. The band says he's very likely to tour in 2014. That will be AC/DC's 40th anniversary, and Johnson has teased the possibility of a 40th anniversary tour. Get better, Malcolm!
All Motley Crüe and Alice Cooper dates below...
by Ian Chainey
After Rocks Off's inaugural film festival last year, the rock n' roll film fest is returning to NYC for a second year from May 15 through May 17 at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village. So far, this year's schedule includes screenings of the Stones Throw documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (tickets) and the acclaimed "doc opera" Super Duper Alice Cooper (tickets), which tracks the rise of the shocking rocker/DJ/golf enthusiast throughout his career.
Super Duper Alice Cooper candidly recounts both the virtues and vices of stardom through the mascaraed eyes of Alice Cooper portrayer Vincent Damon Furnier, who would rise to prominence thanks to a theatrical and over-the-top stage show in an era of theatrical and over-the-top stage shows. The documentary provides greater context for the Detroit native's exploits, making it clearer exactly how and why Cooper was regarded as an innovator by the generation of rockers and metallers that continued his nightmare. The film also includes a deep look into Cooper's struggles with addiction while unpacking the various legends which endeared and vilified the group in equal measure. But, most of all, it explores what happens when the character begins to overtake the player.
The documentary was helmed by directors Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, and Scot McFadyen, all of whom have found a niche with documentaries focusing on metal and hard rock. Their previous filmography includes Rush: Behind the Lighted Stage, Iron Maiden: Flight 666, and Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Super Duper Alice Cooper, though, might be their biggest venture thus far, slated to play on 250 domestic screens with loads of international engagements on the docket, as well. And now you can catch the flick by heading down to the Rocks Off film festival. If that doesn't do it, perhaps this Rocks Off tease will: "Did we mention we bought a freakin' popcorn machine?"
Want more Alice, just in the flesh? He'll be hitting the road soon on the Mötley Crüe farewell tour which hits NYC and the surrounding area on 8/29 at Jones Beach, 8/30 at PNC Bank Arts Center, and 10/28 at MSG (tickets).
All the dates, along with the Super Duper Alice Cooper trailer, and an example of a late '70s Alice Cooper concert appear below...
By Doug Moore
Morbid Saint at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Since it's impossible to avoid, you surely already know that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. NYC show options are thus a little thin that day, but there are some good ones coming up this weekend nonetheless.
Tonight (1/31), Coliseum will hit Saint Vitus alongside Primitive Weapons & Tidal Arms (tix). On Saturday (2/1), you have a few options: Morbid Saint at Saint Vitus (tix), Nomad / Sad Boys / EEL at the Acheron (tix), and Throaat / Blackout / Call of the Wild / Hessian at Union Pool. Keep an eye on our NYC Metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.
In other news:
Local live staples Tiger Flowers have signed to Melotov Records.
Ævangelist, who headlined a sick show last Saturday, have released a new track. Stream it below.
Agalloch will release their much-anticipated new album, The Serpent & The Sphere, on May 13 via Profound Lore.
Mötley Crüe are breaking up after roughly 35 years as a band. They've even signed a contract that bars them from reforming to tour again. Tens of people are surely heartbroken. Alice Cooper opens their final tour, which hits Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center (tickets).
On a darker note, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman was not included in the "In Memoriam" portion of the Grammys Awards ceremony, drawing their fanbase's ire. Hanneman would've turned 50 today.
Check out that new Ævangelist song below. Anything else?
Chelsea Light Moving at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston Moore, the guitar visionary of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and many other collaborations (he just wrapped up a residency at The Stone with various collaborators), is set to receive The Fly's Living Legend Award in London this February, and ahead of that The Fly asked him to list his Favorite Songs of All Time.
That list includes songs by Patti Smith, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, T. Rex, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Lou Reed, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Minor Threat, Black Flag and more. Check out his full list below...
Speaking of NYE shows, The Jim Jones Revue are playing Bowery Electric on New Year's Eve (12/31). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photos by Greg Cristman
Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre - 7/18/13
Behind all the shock rock makeup and theatrics, Alice Cooper has some undeniable rock classics like "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "I'm Eighteen," "Billion Dollar Babies," "Hey Stoopid," "Feed My Frankenstein," and of course "School's Out" (to name a few), all of which were heard at his hits-filled set at Beacon Theatre last night (7/18). Alice and co. also took a portion of the set for some of the covers they've been known to play, including The Doors' "Break On Through," The Beatles' "Revolution," Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady," and The Who's "My Generation."
Pictures of the elaborate makeup, costume, and boa constrictor filled stage show continue below...
by Andrew Sacher
Weezer at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
So it turns out that totally awesome cruise that Mark McGrath was going to do with a redonkulously stacked lineup of Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, Vertical Horizon, and more isn't going to happen after all. "It's a real bummer," says Mark McGrath. We feel you bro, a real bummer for sure. Mark blames "that poop cruise" (aka the Carnival cruise that got stuck at sea) for the cancellation. Can you imagine what would have happened if Mark McGrath's cruise got stuck at sea? Would Smash Mouth just play "All Star" on repeat until we got home to encourage us? Alice Cooper cancelled a cruise recently too. Can you imagine if that one got stranded at sea?
Still, other cruises are alive and well, as evidenced by Weezer, whose Weezer Cruise is returning for a second run from February 13-17, 2014 from the coast of Jacksonville, FL to the Bahamas, just over two years after its inaugural cruise. How can Weezer's cruise still happen after that poop cruise ruined cruises forever? Maybe the real reason is Weezer books bands people care about now (the first cruise had Dinosaur Jr., The Antlers, Yuck, Wavves, and more) and Mark McGrath books bands that no one has listened to since people actually bought Now, That's What I Call Music! CDs. Weezer hasn't announced their lineup for this year yet, but we're assuming Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth aren't going to be on it. A trailer video for Weezer's 2014 cruise (which includes info about when tickets go on sale) is below. Stay tuned for the lineup.
Alice Cooper at Prudential Center, July 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Some call him one of the originators of corpsepaint, others call him that guy from Wayne's World, but those who know remember Alice Cooper from his awesome early days in the 1970s. The pro-am golfer spent last summer out with Iron Maiden, and now you can catch the rock favorite blessing a stage all his own: Beacon Theater on July 18. The show is one of only five known dates so far for the painted one, and tickets go on presale on Wednesday (2/27) at 10AM (code: COOPER) and then hit regular sale on Friday (3/1).
Check out Alice's tour schedule and some classic Cooper clips below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper brought their tour to Newark's Prudential Center last night (7/2), after playing Jones Beach last week. Like the Jones Beach show (and other shows on the tour), Alice Cooper played a hits heavy set, delivering tracks like "I'm Eighteen," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Billion Dollar Babies," and ending with "School's Out," which included the chorus of "Another Brick In The Wall" (you'll hear more of that song when Roger Waters performs The Wall at Yankee Stadium this weekend).
Like they've been doing on the whole tour, Iron Maiden focused the show most heavily on their 1988 album, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, giving us songs like the album's title track, "Can I Play With Madness," "Moonchild," "The Clairvoyant," and "The Evil That Men Do." And of course we were given other favorites as well, like the ever popular "Run to the Hills," "The Number of the Beast," and more.
More pictures and setlists of both bands from last night's show are below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin ; words by Fred Pessaro/BBG
Iron Maiden teamed with Alice Cooper to play Jones Beach last night (6/28), the first of two NYC area shows for the pair as part of their tour together. The bands play Newark, NJ at Prudential Center on July 2nd (tickets).
Due to traffic issues (read: getting pulled over), I missed most of Alice Cooper's set, settling into my seat in time to watch an on-stage beheading (seriously). Clad in studded leather, Cooper finished out his set with the fan favorite "School's Out" (on the last day of NYC public schools) which worked in the "Another Brick In The Wall" chorus.
Iron Maiden entered shortly therafter, performing with a large elevated section made to look like ice and mimic the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son LP background. The Maiden England tour was focused on the era, so the LP was more than adequately represented (more than half, namely, "Moonchild", "Can I Play With Madness?", "The Evil That Men Do", "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son", "The Clairvoyant") along with early favorites ("Iron Maiden") and just plain classics ("Aces High", "The Number of the Beast", "Run To The Hills", etc). Every song was accompanied by its own separate backdrop, set of pyrotechnics, and insanely-energetic Bruce Dickinson cardio workouts and costumes. Just a phenomenal set from the metal legends, but that comes as no surprise. Full setlist is below.
Lets be fair though, the show wasn't just a string of superlatives. The sound from my seat was rather abysmal (elevated at an outdoor concert, go figure) and the entire set was peppered with mini bouts of feedback. Guitarist Janick Gers seems pretty much wholly unnecessary, save for theatricality like the occaisonal guitar toss, double jump-kick, and guitar spin (his solos aren't as bountiful as either Adrian Smith or Dave Murray). And sadly, its clear that Bruce Dickinson can't hit those high notes quite as easily anymore.
Nevertheless, for one picturesque night on the shores of Long Island, Iron Maiden ruled all. And in the spirit of the Nostradamus-focused material on Seventh Son, I predict they'll rule Prudential Center too.
Pictures and setlists from Jones Beach are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Das Racist / Battles... get a leg up
While Bonnaroo's roots come from the jamband scene, the festival's outlook has grown each year. The Red Hot Chili Peppers set provided a nod from the festival's past without losing the band's foothold in the present day. In various combinations, members Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer along with touring percussionist Mauro Refosco improvised their way before returning to the next number on the setlist... Earlier in the day, HR of Bad Brains looked and acted nowhere near the part of a hardcore hero. His bandmates kept the music's mix of powerful, fast numbers with an occasional reggae cooldown. The latter style was necessary after a dust cloud erupted from the crowd moshing and bodysurfing. A pleased Flea of the Chili Peppers watched from the side of the stage. -[Jambands]Bonnaroo 2012's third day (on June 9th) featured a trio of headline performances including Alice Cooper, Spectrum Road (which featured John Medeski, Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid and Cindy Blackman Santana), and a "Superjam" put on by Questlove of The Roots that featured Mr. Brown Sugar himself, D'Angelo, in his first US appearance in over ten years. The "Superjam" also featured appearances from members of The Time and Parliament-Funkadelic, who covered somgs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Hendrix and more across the 90 minute set. Setlist and video from that set is below.
More photos from Day 3, including Bad Brains, Das Racist, Battles, Santigold (who plays a free show in Chicago Thursday), Gary Clarke Jr., Mogwai (who performs in NYC twice this week), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Skrillex, Danzig Legacy (who went on an anti-photo tirade), GZA with Grupo Fantasma (who perform together in Brooklyn twice this week) and more are below. If you missed it, check out photos from Bonnaroo's first day HERE and second day HERE.
Iron Maiden at Madison Square Garden in 2010 (more by Justina Villaneuva)
IRON MAIDEN are back on the road this summer with a series of Arena, Amphitheatre and Festival shows in the U.S.A. and Canada, opening in Charlotte, NC, U.S.A. on June 21, and finishing in Houston, TX, on Aug 18 (dates listed below), to be followed by further dates around the World in 2013. The MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR will closely mirror, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour".Iron Maiden will play shows with Alice Cooper on some dates and Coheed & Cambria on others. Look for Alice Cooper at both NYC area shows: June 28th at Jones Beach and July 2nd at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Maiden will release details on fan presales in the near future via their website, but ticketing info is otherwise unavailable.
Alice Cooper is also playing Bonnaroo this year.
All Iron Maiden tour dates and some video from that production in 1988, below.
"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...
Beach Boys @ The Grammys
Though the Bonnaroo lineup won't be announced until later today (via Spotify), Knoxville.com has supposedly leaked some of it via a photo gallery which includes Beach Boys, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Phish, Foster the People, Alice Cooper, Ludacris, Black Star, Skrillex, Punch Brothers, The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Flogging Molly, Feist and Aziz Ansari. We can't know for sure if this is all correct, but I did hear that the Beach Boys were playing, and many of those bands have been rumored for a while, and the Beach Boys have promised more dates, so... well, we'll see soon! UPDATE: Yep, they are!
If it is all true, I really hope that this time Foster the People stay off the Beach Boys' stage unlike at the Grammys, as you can watch below...
"the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced the Alice Cooper Band, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits as its 2011 performer inductees. Also being inducted this year as individual recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award are Jac Holzman and Art Rupe. The Award for Musical Excellence (previously the Sidemen category) will be presented to Leon Russell. The 26th annual ceremony will take place on Monday, March 14, 2011, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and be broadcast on Fuse, Madison Square Garden's national music television network."Catch Darlene Love at BB King Blues Club in NY tonight (12/19).
words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
While many designers tagged trendier (see younger) performers to appear at their Fashion Week soirees, many of which happened the day before for Fashion's Night Out, John Varvatos and show curator/drummer Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses) stayed true to the spirit of the Bowery store located where CBGB once stood, picking a lineup that would make Wayne and Garth tremble with a lack of self worth (Mike Meyers sitting on the side of the stage with a giddy grin would seem to confirm that).
Alejandro Escovedo performed first on Saturday night (9/11), churning out garage crunch with no less than 4 guitarists blazing on the Varvatos store's small stage. Ian Hunter (lead singer of Mott the Hopple) followed and was joined by Escovedo for a performance of glam cornerstone anthem "All The Young Dudes."
To break up the boys club, former Runaways singer Cherie Currie, one of rock's more underappreciated female frontwomen, came on next. Currie performed "Cherry Bomb," the Runaways' ode to young female rebellion, with a still palpable sense of angst, proving at the same time you're never too old to stop flaunting sex appeal (and to fit into leather corsets).
The Darling Stilettos
Taking a cue from the icon that preceded them, the night's youngest performers, The Darling Stilettos (think rock's answer to the Pussycat Dolls), danced and felt each other up in all the right places while screaming classic rock covers (and one original tune) like over-sexualized banshees.
There were new groups from established rockers as well. New York icon Jessie Malin performed with his latest musical collective The St. Marks Social, and recently formed rock super group Black Country Communion, consisting of former Deep Purple frontman/bassist Glenn Hughes, blues guitar god Joe Bonamassa, and prodigal son Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) gave a sneak preview of some of the heavy tracks from their upcoming self-titled debut.
After a brief pause, Los Angeles superstar cover band Camp Freddy settled in as the house band for the remainder of the show, welcoming on stage a revolving door of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alumni as the evening catapulted upward in intensity. Some played covers, like ZZ Top (who were in town to play two nights at Beacon Theatre) evoking the spirit of Hendrix with "Foxy Lady" and Perry Farrell aggressively launching into the audience during "Sympathy for the Devil." Others did their own songs, like MC5's outspoken guitarist Wayne Kramer urging the crowd on during "Kick Out the Jams" with help from Handsome Dick Manitoba, or Alice Cooper being diabolically stylish while performing "I'm 18" and "School's Out."
By the time Farrell ended the night with Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song," the Varvatos store crowd had finally reached the feverish level of turbulence one would expect for such a night. In fact the performers throughout the night consistently displayed more energy than the predominantly younger audience. For an event full of aging rockers, it really just felt like a riotous gathering of all the young dudes.
The crowd was full of familiar faces as well. Chris Brown, Jimmy Kimmel, Rachael Ray, and Matt Pinfield were among those getting their picture taken on the red carpet and mingling with the fashioned-out crowd. Iggy Pop (who played Don Hill's the night before) and Robert Plant (who played Bowery Ballroom the next day) were nowhere in sight though. More pictures and some videos from the whole night below...
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played the Fashion Week party at Don Hill's on Thursday. Iggy Pop and The Stooges played there Friday, and according to the above Tweet by Eli Mizrahi, Courtney Love is playing there tonight.
Eli's Tweet also reminds us that tonight is the John Varvatos's 10th Anniversary party in the store previously known as CBGB. There will be a concert from: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Supposedly confirmed performers include Alejandro Escovedo, Alice Cooper, Wayne Kramer, Ian Hunter, ZZ Top, Black Country Communion, Camp Freddy, Cherie Currie, Darling Stillettos, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social, and Perry Farrell . Rumored performers include Iggy Pop and (thanks John) Robert Plant (who plays Bowery Ballroom Sunday).
Who else is playing fashion week parties tonight?
DOWNLOAD: Vampire Weekend - Horchata (MP3)
Noisecreep: Who are some of the young musicians you admire?Alice Cooper will probably not be checking out the new Vampire Weekend record, Contra, which comes out January 12th, 2010 on XL. It's the follow up to their 2008 debut that recently ranked #51 on Pitchfork's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s.
Alice Cooper: There are some very inventive people. Jack White is incredible, because he goes against all the rules. He makes records that really are kind of sloppy and yet his voice and his guitar make it work. Everything that guy does is catchy. I am very encouraged that a lot of bands sound like they're going back to the garage and they're not depending on high-tech crap to be their music. But two guitars, bass, drums, and a lead singer, to me that's rock 'n' roll.
I do get a little annoyed that it seems like a lot of bands that come out now that I read, "The greatest band that I've ever heard." And I see them and I go, "There's absolutely no testosterone in this band." I heard the title Vampire Weekend and I thought, "Oh, man, that's gonna be great. I gotta see it." And there are these guys with little Gap T-shirts on and they're singing about I don't know what, it was so light I couldn't listen to it. And I'm going, "What happened to the balls in rock 'n' roll? Why are American bands so wimpy?"
I'm getting a lot of bands that are kind of going, "Oh, the summer in the rain and aren't lightning bugs wonderful?" And I'm going, "What kind of drug are you on?" I think if you asked Ozzy, Iggy and all the other people that come from our generation, we're kind of hoping the young guys step it up a little bit when it comes to being guys.
After a myserious countdown on VW's site, the new album's first track, "Horchata," was posted as a free download today. In turn it is/was/will be posted to every blog on the Internet including this one. You can find it above to download at your convenience. After listening to it, I'd say I think they are on their way to continued success. Album art above. Album tracklist below...