Thursday, May 22, 2008

Alice Cooper Creeps Back To Life With 'Spider' Tour

Veteran shock-rocker Alice Cooper has revealed dates for a lengthy summer/fall tour in support of his forthcoming new album, "Along Came a Spider."
The singer/songwriter and, more recently, radio DJ, will kick off the run July 31 in Redmond, OR. The 35-city trek will consist of a US outing running through early September, followed by an extensive Canadian leg before the tour winds down in Upstate New York in late October. All dates are below.

Cooper will also tackle a slate of European dates in July. Consult the singer's official website for his full international itinerary.

Cooper's backing band for the tour will feature guitarists Kari Kelli and Damon Johnson (Brother Cane), bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Eric Singer (KISS).

"Along Came a Spider," Cooper's 25th studio album, will be a concept album, featuring a storyline that centers on a serial killer named Spider, Cooper told last month. "Every song is sort of a letter to the police. They think they're investigating it from the outside, but he's actually woven them into the whole thing."

The album, due for release this August, is about 75% complete, Cooper added. The new set follows "Dirty Diamonds," which hit stores in 2005.

Born Vincent Damon Furnier in 1948, Cooper broke into the music business in the late '60s, releasing his first album, 1969's "Pretties For You," as lead singer of the band that bore his name. He scored his first hit with the cut "I'm Eighteen," featured on 1971's "Love It to Death."

[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist websites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]
July 2008
31 - Redmond, OR - Deschutes County Fair

August 2008
2 - Great Falls, MT - State Fair
3 - Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip Campground
15 - Imperial, NE - Chase County Fair
16 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's Stir Cover
17 - Duluth, MN - Fortune Bay Resort Casino
23 - Florence, IN - Belterra Resort & Casino
28 - Oshkosh, WI - Waterfest Concert Series

September 2008
5-7 - Las Vegas, NV - Orleans Hotel & Casino
12 - Hutchinson, KS - State Fair
19 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Centre for the Performing Arts
20 - Vernon, British Columbia - Multiplex
21 - Kamloops, British Columbia - Interior Savings Center
23 - Prince George, British Columbia - Canada Centre
24 - Grand Prairie, Alberta - Crystal Centre
26 - Red Deer, Alberta - Centrium Arena
27 - Edmonton, Alberta - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
28 - Lethbridge, Alberta - Enmax Centre
29 - Calgary, Alberta - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

October 2008
1 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Conexus Arts Centre
2 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - TCU Place
4 - Thunder Bay, Ontario - Auditorium
6 - Hamilton, Ontario - Hamilton Place
7 - Barrie, Ontario - Molson Centre
8 - Oshawa, Ontario - General Motors Centre
10 - London, Ontario - Centennial Hall
11 - Ottawa, Ontario - Civic Centre
14 - Kitchener, Ontario - Centre In The Square
15 - Montreal, Quebec - St Denis Theatre
17 - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Metro Centre
18 - Saint John, New Brunswick - Harbour Station
19 - Moncton, New Brunswick - Coliseum
21 - St John's, Newfoundland - Mile One Stadium
22 - Cornerbrook, Newfoundland - Pepsi Centre
26 - Schenectady, NY - Proctor's Theater

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