Cooper, Zombie Get Gruesome

Fans get a double-dose of thrills as Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie star as the music world’s favorite “Gruesome Twosome” in The Halloween Hootenanny Tour playing a select number of cities beginning at the end of September and running through the last week of Rocktober.

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Knoxville Aud. & Coliseum, Knoxville, Tenn.

Beginning in Universal City at the Gibson Amphitheater At Universal CityWalk Sept. 30, the tour plays San Diego at Harrah’s Rincon Oct. 1; hits Tucson’s Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre Oct. 2; Salt Lake City’s USANA Amphitheatre Oct. 4 and Kansas City at Independence Event Center Oct. 6.

Other stops include St. Charles, Mo., Bloomington, Ill., Binghamton, N.Y., Portland, Maine, Uncasville, Conn., Worcester, Ma., and Roanoke, Va. Last stop on the schedule is Nashville at the Municipal Auditorium Oct. 20.

Cooper is also collaborating with Zombie on an album scheduled for an early 2011 release, Coop’s 26th studio effort.

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill.

After wrapping up The Halloween Hootenanny Tour with Zombie, Cooper heads across the pond, playing a string of Euro dates as well as his Halloween Night Of Fear scheduled for Oct. 31 at London’s Camden Roundhouse. Billed as “the full Theater of Death show and more,” special guests include The Jim Rose Circus, Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction.

Also joining Cooper at the Roundhouse will be the four finalists selected from auditions he personally supervised at the London Dungeon. Each one will perform as sideshow acts, giving Halloween night an extra dose of the macabre.

There’s Syban Manticore, who performs a ballet while sticking needle-mounted feathers into her arms and face and Vivid Angel who dances vaudeville-style while hammering a nail up her nose and putting a hook with weights attached through her eyelids.

But that’s only half of the fun. Preacher Maud-Dib gets drilled through the nose while lying on a bed of nails as an accomplice sledgehammers a tile on his stomach. Rounding out this sideshow package of wholesome entertainment is Damon Fears, whose audition performance featured him using hooks driven through his arms to lift beer barrels and putting his tongue into a mousetrap. Now that’s entertainment!

Meanwhile, Cooper fans can look forward to a live DVD documenting his Theatre of Death tour, scheduled to be released this fall.

For more information on The Halloween Hootenanny Tour, click here for Alice Cooper’s website and here for Rob Zombie’s web HQ.