The original band called Alice Cooper released its sixth studio album, Billion Dollar Babies, on this date, February 25th, in 1973. Billion Dollar Babies, which went to the Number One position on every chart, is a very special album for me. Favorite Song: “No More Mr. Nice Guy.”
Here I am on one of Alice Cooper Drummer Neal Smith’s drum kits. All of Neal’s Gold and Platinum Albums earned for sales of Alice Cooper band records are on the walls behind me. Billion Dollar Babies is in there, somewhere.
Original, Banned Cover With Alice’s Thumb Emulating a Penis
Photographer and renowned antique dealer, Roger Prigent, who snapped the infamous cover of 1971’s Love it to Death, the breakthrough third album by the band Alice Cooper, has passed away on December 15th, 2012, at the age of 89.
Primarily known for his fashion photography, Prigent became a prominent Manhattan antiques dealer when his eyesight began to fail three decades ago. Prigent died in New York City on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 after suffering a recent stroke that left him in a coma. Read more about Roger Prigent’s life and career at This Link.
Image Courtesy of Dennis Dunaway (Circa 1985, Click Photo to Enlarge)
How happy does Nikki Sixx look in the picture above, where he is book-ended by Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper) and Kub Coda (Brownsville Station) on the left and Neal Smith (Alice Cooper) and Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) on the right? Nikki’s arms appear to be virtually un-inked and I’ve never seen Neal and Dennis with shorter hair, so you can tell this photo is from another era entirely. Still, it’s a fun blast from the past. Motley Crue Bassist and Renaissance Man Nikki Sixx was born on this day, December 11th, in 1958. Happy Birthday, Nikki!
Dennis Dunaway, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Bass Player for the Band called Alice Cooper, celebrates 65 years on the planet today, December 9th. Read my two part interview with Dennis from 2004 at This Link. Happy Birthday, Dennis!
After the great success of our first-ever Zombie Magnet give away last month, we are having another contest with an even better prize! This time we are giving away a signed copy of KillSmith Two, the new solo project from R&R Hall Of Fame inductee, drummer Neal Smith of Alice Cooper fame. All you have to do is become a New Fan of the Worley Gig on FaceBook by visiting This Linkor scrolling down and clicking “Like” on the FaceBook Fan Page Widget located along the right hand margin of the Blog’s Home Page (Please note: just clicking “Like” on this post will not enter you into the contest). It’s so easy! The KillSmith Two contest will run until Midnight of Black Friday, November 25th and the winner will be announced two weeks from today! So, good luck, get clicking, and win!
On This Date, November 1st in in 1971: The Band called Alice Cooper released their fourth album, Killer, which went on to reach number 21 on the Billboard 200 album chart and sold one million copies in the US, initially. By now, the album has gone Platinum. Killer was the first Alice Cooper band album to not have a photo of the group on its cover. The snake featured on the cover of Killer is Kachina, a boa constrictor owned by drummer Neal Smith.
2011 has been a busy year for Neal Smith. The drummer and founding member of Alice Cooper – one of the most influential and popular American rock bands of the seventies – was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of that band back in March of this year. Neal was then invited to perform live with original Alice Cooper band members at Revolver magazine’s Golden Gods Awards ceremony and, later, the band filmed a groundbreaking holographic live video for the Jaegermeister brand. Neal also co-wrote the hit single, “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” from Cooper’s most recent solo album Welcome 2 My Nightmare. Now, Neal has another project to slap his name on, his latest CD, KillSmith Two.
Having been a couple of years in the making, KillSmith Two is the much anticipated follow up to Neal’s wildly popular 2008 release, KillSmith: Sexual Saviour. While KillSmith Two continues to explore Neal’s aggro side, with many of its songs flaunting an industrial-metal sound, Neal calls KillSmith Two “More radio friendly” than Sexual Saviour.
For a limited time, Killsmith Two will be on sale for just $15 and each disc comes autographed personally by Neal! Get your copy today at Neal Smith Rocks Online Store. Neal and the Killsmith band have been in rehearsals and hope to perform some live shows early in 2012.
Killsmith Two Track Listing is as Follows:
2000 MILES FROM DETROIT
CEMETERY OF THE DAMNED (23)
EVIL VOODOO MOON
DEATH BY THE NUMBERS
CRIMES OF HIGH PASSION
LEGEND OF VIPER COMPANY
DIE FOR THE NIGHT
KISS MY ROCK
SQUEEZE LIKE A PYTHON
Alice Cooper’s latest solo release, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, is getting a lot of attention currently, due in large part to the fact that original Alice Cooper Band members, Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway and Michael Bruce collaborated with Alice on three of the album’s songs. Neal Smith’s writing contribution, “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” is the first single and here’s the video, embedded below for your enjoyment. While this video is a live shoot from Alice’s ongoing tour, the audio track is from the studio recording and features Neal on drums, Dennis on bass and Michael on guitar. In case you’re curious and do not yet own the album, the other two tracks on which original band members collaborated/play are “Runaway Train” (co-written by Dennis) and “When Hell Comes Home” (co-written by Michael Bruce).