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10 Darkest Musical Personalities

10/25/2014 8:00pm EDT
10 Darkest Musical Personalities
No matter how warm and fuzzy a song like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” makes everyone feel on the inside, not all musicians have the same optimism and ‘good vibes’ of the multifaceted musician. Some find their best inspiration in dark things – blackness, the grotesque, and sometimes the hellish (cue the sound effects now!). The definition of ‘dark’ is broad, and all 10 of the ‘darkest’ musicians that grace this list possess their own style. What they all have in common is, they are known for their intensely dark musical personalities.

1) Marilyn Manson

Boy, oh boy! Phew, could anyo...

The 10 Most Powerful Frontmen In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock

6/14/2014 9:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Powerful Frontmen In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock
Amazing performers, distinctive voices, memorable style and working with a ‘metal’ band (not hard rock, grunge, punk or hardcore); these are the criteria for becoming one of the ten most powerful frontmen in heavy metal and hard rock. These performers not only lead their band on stage, they command a presence that is undeniable to fans who have been lucky enough to catch them live. Some are no longer here, some are a little long in the tooth, but their contribution to their genre will always be felt.

1. Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf)

Dio is credited...

Blu-ray Review: 'Prince of Darkness - Collector's Edition'

9/26/2013 11:10am EDT
Ready to revisit the John Carpenter devil classic on Blu-ray?  Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray release of "Prince of Darkness - Collector's Edition" out now from Shout! Factory’s horror division Scream Factory.  We review the battle of good vs. evil below!



   Title: "Prince of Darkness - Collector's Edition'

   Grade: 4

   Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Alice Cooper

   Director: John Carpenter

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 102 minutes

   Release Company: Shout! Factory Home Entertainment



The Flick: "Prince ...

Alice Cooper Doles Out Cash At L.A. Concert

6/7/2013 6:32pm EDT
Alice Cooper
On Thursday night, Alice Cooper ensured dozens of his fans were in the money at a concert by handing out 100-dollar bills from the stage.

The rock veteran was performing a show with renowned guitarist Orianthi at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles when he produced an ornamental sword with thousands of dollars impaled on it.

The School's Out hit-maker then began throwing the notes into the audience as fans in the front rows scrabbled to collect the cash.

Cooper is currently on the road on his Raise The Dead tour.

Alice Cooper To Donate Concert Proceeds To Snake Center

3/4/2013 4:10pm EST
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper is donating a portion of profits from an upcoming show in Switzerland to a struggling reptile zoo.

The rock legend, who frequently appears onstage in the U.S. with his beloved albino pet python Alice, contacted officials at Vivarium de Lausanne, which boasts the largest collection of venomous snakes in Europe, to borrow a boa constrictor for his set at the Caprices Festival in the heart of the Swiss Alps on March 14th.

A festival aide tells Britain's Daily Star, "Alice and the promoters were shocked to hear that the Vivarium is in dire financial straits and wanted to help."...

Alice Cooper's Concert Cruise Kaput

2/19/2013 11:27am EST
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper's Halloween concert cruise has been cancelled due to slow ticket sales.

The rock legend had been due to set sail on The Ship of Fear Cruise from Miami, Florida to the Bahamas on October 28th for five days of live performances at sea.

However, the excursion has now been scrapped and organizers have blamed a lack of "consumer demand" for the cancellation.

A statement posted on the cruise's official website reads, "After careful consideration, we have decided not to continue with The Ship of Fear Cruise and we will not be sailing in 2013. Those guests who already purchased c...

Religious Celebrities - A Bit Too Much Or Just What They Needed?

12/15/2012 11:00am EST
Religion is a beautiful collection of beliefs that can impact one’s life, change the way you look at life and sometimes segregate you from others. When speaking about celebrities in general, they usually like to stand out and go against the grain and when you add religion into the mix, we sometimes ask- is it a bit much? Some celebrities take their beliefs overboard and others simply find religion and turn their lives around for the better. Here are a few stars whose religion has changed the direction of their career.

Recently, Two and a Half Men actor, Angus T. Jones made headlines when...

Alice Cooper: 'Everybody Cheats At Golf'

10/31/2012 4:20pm EDT
Alice Cooper
Legendary rocker Alice Cooper has confessed he regularly cheats at golf - and he's outed celebrity pals including former President Bill Clinton and tycoon Donald Trump for also bending the rules on the links.

The School's Out hit-maker is a famed fan of the fairways and has credited the sport with helping him to kick his crippling booze addiction in the 1980s.

Nevertheless, he's now admitted he can't help moving his ball to a better position when his opponents are not looking, and insists he's not the only star who likes to get a sneaky helping hand on the course.

Cooper tells Q magaz...

12 Music Acts That Need To Headline Halftime At The Super Bowl

10/17/2012 3:01pm EDT
Now that Beyonce has officially been named the headliner for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, we've decided to put together a little wish-list of acts that we think should provide the entertainment during the 30 minutes of downtime the players have to get rejuvenated for the second half of the big game.

With this year's addition of Beyonce, last year's headliner Madonna, and 2011's Black Eyed Peas shows we also think it's time to get back to some tried-and-true rock and roll.

Check out our picks after the jump...

Alice Cooper

The original shock-rocker puts on a ...

Alice Cooper Advises Kids To Skip Reality TV

8/28/2012 4:08pm EDT
Alice Cooper
Rock veteran Alice Cooper is urging youngsters not to watch reality TV shows as he fears children will aspire to finding fame instead of carving out a proper career.

The musician admits he can't stand shows which give participants a fleeting moment in the spotlight and he worries young people are being unduly influenced by the lure of instant fame.

In a blog for the Huffington Post, Cooper writes, "There's one thing that really gets my horned goat in this grand scheme of things. Reality TV! Please, don't get your head turned in an Exorcist style and think it's the way to fame and fortune,...

Alice Cooper Invites Johnny Depp To Join Him On Tour

8/16/2012 10:38am EDT
Alice Cooper
If Johnny Depp wants to get away from it all - and move on from his split from longterm partner Vanessa Paradis - he may want to consider going on tour with rocker Alice Cooper.

Depp played with Cooper at a show in London last year, and the rocker has issued an open invitation to join him on stage in a larger capacity.

Cooper said, "Johnny came to Hollywood to play guitar. He didn't come as an actor at all... I always say to him, 'If you really want to go out on tour, let me know and you can come with us.' I wouldn't be surprised if he did."

In recent months, Depp has been dabbling more ...

Alice Cooper Joins 'Rock Of Ages' On Stage In London

8/15/2012 9:39am EDT
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper thrilled theatre-goers in London on Tuesday night by joining the cast of West End musical Rock Of Ages for a one-off performance.

The legendary rock star took to the stage at London's Shaftesbury Theatre to perform his hit track School's Out to mark the 40th anniversary of the single hitting the number one spot in the U.K. chart in 1972.

A post on Cooper's website reads, "Alice paid a visit to the cast of Rock Of Ages UK on Tuesday, August 14th, where he delivered a relentless version of the classic School's Out."

Footage of the night shows Cooper singing the track with m...

10 Stars Besides Adam Lambert Who'd Be Great Judges On 'American Idol'

7/10/2012 11:04am EDT
Taylor Swift
"The X Factor" is starting its second season this fall with two brand new judges: Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. And it appears that "American Idol" is looking for some fresh blood too. Jennifer Lopez has hinted she might not return for a second season, and execs may be looking to completely shake up the judging line up.

Rumors suggested Adam Lambert was in talks to return to the show for the upcoming 12th sesason, and he is thrilled by the possibility. But would he be a good fit?

What about Taylor Swift? She released her first album at age 16. Her sophomore album "Fearless" went gold i...

Check Out Alice Cooper Covering Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' At Bonnaroo

6/12/2012 8:35am EDT
Alice Cooper
On the surface, Alice Cooper covering a Lady Gaga song seems like an odd combination. But once you see it, you can't help but think it sounds pretty good.

Wearing a t-shirt with "Die Yuppie Scum" on it, the rocker took on "Born This Way" without missing a beat. He declared at one point, "You may be crass, you may be dumb...but hell with that, are you having fun?"

He continued, "They killed me once. They killed me twice. They hung me high, but that's the price. Of fame and fear and fortune too, I'm standing here at Bonaroo!"

And of course, the song wouldn't have had the Alice Cooper touch...

Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Tyler & More Celebs Attend 'Dark Shadows' Premiere

5/8/2012 12:00pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" hits theaters on Friday, and several celebrities attended the red carpet premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

The film centers on an imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), who is set free and returns to his ancestral home in the 1970s.

Depp wore a brown suit that matched his hair, and he accesorized with several necklaces (we can't expect him ever to go the traditional route with a tie.)

Aerosmith rocker and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler also wore several chains around his neck. But all eyes were drawn to his funky bellbottom pants.

Michelle ...

Johnny Depp & Marilyn Manson Rock Out Together At Golden Gods Awards (Video)

4/12/2012 11:53am EDT
Johnny Depp & Marilyn Manson
Johnny Depp was a surprise performer at the Golden Gods Awards show on Wednesday night as he took to the stage with Marilyn Manson.

The Revolver magazine prize giving took place at the Club Nokia venue in Los Angeles and featured a closing set by Manson, who performed with Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen before introducing Depp to the stage.

The actor, who began his career in music before turning to Hollywood, thrilled the crowd by playing guitar with Manson on his cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" and hit track "The Beautiful People."

During the show, Motley Crue star N...

Alice Cooper Asks Fans For Help After Archive Burglary

3/30/2012 10:12am EDT
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper has asked his fans to help track down priceless items of memorabilia which were stolen from his storage facility in Los Angeles this week.

Thieves broke into the building which houses the Alice Cooper Archives on Tuesday and took a number of original vinyl records and a sculpture featured on the cover of the star's 1991 album Hey Stoopid.

The burglars also stole a jacket worn by the rocker during an appearance in 1992 movie Wayne's World, and a message posted on Cooper's official website asks fans to keep an eye out for anyone trying to sell the unique piece.

The message ...

Alice Cooper Receives Second Honorary Doctorate Degree

3/19/2012 8:47am EDT
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper was the special guest at Los Angeles' Musicians Institute on Saturday as he picked up an honorary doctorate and delivered an entertaining graduation speech to students.

The veteran star was feted for his contribution to the arts with an honorary degree, the second of his career, and he joked to the audience at the famed music school, "One more of these and I can write prescriptions!"

He also addressed around 600 students to give the Commencement Speech during their graduation ceremony, and he told the audience, "First of all, the fact that I am here as your keynote speaker ra...

Legendary Talent Lines Up To Record Paul McCartney Tribute Album

2/10/2012 5:10pm EST
Brian Wilson, Billy Joel and B.B. King are hitting the studio to record Paul McCartney's greatest hits for a new tribute album.

Willie Nelson, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Jeff Lynne and The Cure will also cover tracks from McCartney's back catalogue, extending from his time in The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.

The as-yet-untitled collection will be released to coincide with the pop legend's 70th birthday in June, and a behind-the-scenes documentary is also being filmed during studio sessions.

Producer Ralph Sall, who is curating the album, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Beatles icon...

Alice Cooper To Ring In 2012 With Weird Al & Michael McDonald In Hawaii

12/31/2011 5:30pm EST
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper will ring in 2012 in Hawaii with the oddest band of the year - he'll be joined onstage by 'Weird Al' Yankovic and Michael McDonald as part of a charity show.

According to The Maui News, Cooper and his band will perform at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on New Year's Eve - and Yankovic and former Doobie Brothers star McDonald will be among the guests.

Funnyman Tom Arnold will reportedly host the odd concert, which will benefit Maui charities.

It will be the second year the "School's Out" rocker Cooper has ushered in the New Year in Hawaii - last year, he performed the...

Alice Cooper To Play Himself In Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

10/28/2011 8:57am EDT
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper has landed a horrific new cameo role in Tim Burton's new movie Dark Shadows.

The rocker will star opposite Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in the spooky film.

According to insiders, Depp's vampire character hires Cooper to headline a private ball at his home in Maine.

The film also features Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz and Eva Green.

It won't be the rocker's first turn in a horror movie - he appeared in Nightmare On Elm Street: Freddy's Dead and John Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness.

Marilyn Manson Dominates Scariest Musician Poll

10/27/2011 9:02am EDT
Marilyn Manson has scared off competition from Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper to be named the world's most frightening musician in a Halloween-themed online poll.

The shock rocker's creepy videos, gravelly voice and bondage-style outfits spooked editors at so much they placed him at number one in a countdown of scary stars.

They state, "Congratulations Marilyn Manson! If there were a musical human embodiment of the word 'nightmare,' it would be you."

Manson saw off competition from Lady Gaga, whose bloody performance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards landed h...

Alice Cooper: 'Legalize Drugs And Ban Alcohol And Cigarettes'

10/25/2011 12:58pm EDT
Alice Cooper
Rocker Alice Cooper has called for governments to legalize hard drugs - and slap a ban on booze and tobacco instead.

The School's Out hit-maker battled alcoholism in the 1970s but turned his back on drinking for good in 1983.

He admits he steered clear of drugs during his heyday because harsh punishments were being handed down for possession of illegal substances - but he's adamant alcohol and tobacco are far more dangerous and the law needs to be reversed.

Cooper tells British magazine OK!, "The last thing I ever wanted to do was go to jail, and back then you didn't just get a slap o...

Alice Cooper: 'I Was Destined To Work With Ke$ha'

10/16/2011 7:30pm EDT
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper originally wanted to team up with horror film icon Christopher Lee for his track "What Baby Wants" but had to settle for Ke$ha when he discovered the actor was busy recording his own heavy metal album.

But Cooper isn't complaining - he feels he was destined to work with the "Tik Tok" singer, and their collaboration is far better than anything he would have created with Lee.

The rocker tells Revolver magazine, "I was gonna use Christopher Lee, but he was making a metal album of all things, so I missed out on him.

"I met Ke$ha at the Grammy Awards... and she looked like a fema...

Alice Cooper Would Like Johnny Depp To Tour With Him

10/15/2011 9:15am EDT
Alice Cooper
Johnny Depp has scored himself an open invitation to join Alice Cooper's band on the road after wowing fans by sitting in on a show at London's 100 Club.

The movie star hit the stage to play "Eighteen" and "School's Out" with Cooper and his group in June and the rock star offered him a semi-permanent role in the band there and then.

Cooper tells Revolver magazine, "We called him Johnny D from Kentucky. It was great, he has his own guitar tech (technician) and his own $10,000 custom rig.

"We kept it (his appearance) a good secret... People thought it was going to be Slash or (Jon) Bon Jov...

CD Review: Alice Cooper - 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' Is Surprisingly Great

9/20/2011 9:18pm EDT
Alice Cooper
Is it possible that with his latest, and 26th, album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, and after nearly five decades in the business, that Alice Cooper has not only not lost a step, but gained some in the process? The simple answer is yes. Welcome 2 My Nightmare is not a reboot, but a follow-up to 1975’s Welcome to My Nightmare, and not only is Cooper up to his old macabre tricks again, he is even resurrecting some familiar faces from his past, including members of the original Alice Cooper Band (Dick Wagner, Steve Hunter, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith) and producer Bob Ezrin.

The result of all thi...

Black Sabbath, Motley Crue & Kiss On Board For Ozzy Tribute Album

9/12/2011 10:15pm EDT
Ozzy Osbourne
Members of Ozzy Osbourne's former group Black Sabbath, Motley Crue and KISS are among the acts involved in a new album tribute to the Prince of Darkness.

"No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne" will also feature covers by Slaughter, Night Ranger, Alice Cooper, The Cult, Warrant and Spinal Tap.

Reports suggest Ozzy himself will rework one of his classic tracks for his own tribute.

Alice Cooper Collaborates With Ke$ha On New Album, 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare,' Out Sept. 13 (Pics & Video)

9/4/2011 3:00pm EDT
Alice Cooper and Kesha
Alice Cooper Returns with a New Album, New Nightmare

The Long-Awaited Sequel to his 1975 classic out on September 13, 2011

Alice Cooper’s widely anticipated new album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, will be released September 13, 2011, by Universal Music Enterprises. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum Welcome To My Nightmare album in 1975, the album picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.

The original release is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneering U.S. TV ...

Alice Cooper: 'Lady Gaga Is The Female Alice Cooper'

9/2/2011 5:50pm EDT
Alice Cooper
Shock rocker Alice Cooper is an unlikely fan of pop superstar Lady Gaga, insisting the singer is the female version of his outrageous alter ego.

The veteran musician was born Vincent Furnier, but he performs as heavy metal star Alice Cooper, complete with black face paint, whenever he hits the stage.

And the 63 year old admits he can see a lot of himself in the Paparazzi hit-maker, a native New Yorker whose real name is Stefani Germanotta.

Cooper says, "Lady Gaga is the female Alice Cooper. She totally gets it. She created a character named Lady Gaga and wrote songs for Lady Gaga, jus...

'Top Gear' 17.01 'Alice Cooper' Review

8/22/2011 10:21pm EDT
Top Gear
The greatest car show the world has ever seen is back. Tonight, Richard Hammond buys a cup of coffee, James May slips on some snow, and we show a picture of Steve McQueen.

Top Gear's seventeenth-season premiere opens with Richard introducing us to a new car called the "Marauder" which makes the Hummer look infantile. It weighs ten tons, is nine feet tall and looks like a tank as it trudges through the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa - and it can be yours if you pony up 300,000 GBP and pass a background check(?!). What to do with this insane vehicle? The Hamster crashes throu...