Alice Cooper is set to return to the U.K. for his first headline tour since 2012. Joining the shocker for the five dates which are set to take place in November 2017, are goth icons The Mission and legendary punks The Tubes. The dates follow on from Alice's trimphuant headline slot at the inagural Ston Free Festival in London, which tooke place in June 2016.
Starting in Leeds on 11th November, and ending in London on 17th November, the full list of dates can be viewed below. Pre-sale tickets go on sale from 9am on Wednesday 14 December, with general tickets on sale from Friday 16 December HERE. General admission tickets are priced from £40.00-£47.50, excluding VIP packages. Alice is offering several VIP packages at www.alicecooper.com, including meet and greet and a backstage tour.
The seeds for the shows have been sewn this year, with Alice having just ended his more than ninety show 2016 tour with a final night at the legendary Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The former Vincent Furnier was joined at that show for a celebratory 'School's Out' by rocker Butch Walker and fellow Hollywood Vampire Johnny Depp.
Elsewhere, America's Black Friday Record Store Day saw the instant sellout of a limited edition vinyl seven inch single of 'I'm Eighteen / Is It My Body' recorded live in Dallas in 2015 by Alice with fellow original Alice Cooper members Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce. The old high school and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame friends had reunited for a surprise performance at local store Good Records. Alice has also talked about his former fellow band members writing songs together for a new Alice Cooper album, being recorded with longtime producer Bob Ezrin this winter, due for 2017 release.
For the UK tour, Alice is bringing two bands with him to reflect two of his best sides - outrageous theatrical controversy and the darker, gothic rock that Alice influenced.
The Mission were formed by two members of Sisters Of Mercy in 1986, Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams. Songs like 'Wasteland', 'Tower Of Strength' and 'Deliverance' became classics of the 1980's goth rock scene and beyond.
Speaking about the shows, The Mission frontman Hussey comments: “I remember during the summer of 1972 being on scout camp and hearing this new song on the radio that absolutely mesmerised me. 'School’s Out' by Alice Cooper. Loved it, still do."
He continues; "Fast forward to 1987 and our first headline spot on the Friday night at Reading Festival. Headlining the Sunday was Alice Cooper. And now we’ve been invited by Alice to join him on his U.K. tour next November."
The Tubes meqanwhile, come from the same art school, shock rock background as Alice Cooper and, originally, the same city (and actually the same schools), being formed by Phoenix, Arizona natives and appalling some of the same UK cities in the 1970s.
They made their name in psychedelic San Francisco however, honing their satirical act, concept albums and ambitious stage shows that showed an Alice level preference for self made props and costumes. Frontman Fee Waybill's characters – like addled British glam rocker Quay Lewd caused outrage in the U.K., as did their bondage gear. 1977 saw their show banned in many British cities but the music cut through with the seminal 'White Punks On Dope' defining their sound and they are still going strong with latest album 'Mondo Pulp'.
Alice Cooper, plus The Mission and The Tubes 2017 UK Dates:
11 Nov - Leeds - First Direct Arena
12 Nov - Glasgow - The SSE Hydro
14 Nov - Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena
15 Nov - Manchester - Manchester Arena
16 Nov - London – The SSE Arena, Wembley