Video has surfaced of ALICE COOPER‘s “Christmas Pudding” event benefiting his and wife Sheryl Cooper‘s “Solid Rock Foundation”, a Phoenix, AZ-based organization centered on helping young people get involved in music, the arts, community service, etc. The event took place Saturday, December 13th at The Commercia Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Alice and band played a one-hour headlining set with full production. Other acts on the bill were NIGHT RANGER, P.O.D., a band dubbed “Super Group” consisting of Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Johnny Lang, Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) and Cooper sticksman Glen Sobel. Christian hard rockers THOUSAND FOOT CRUTCH performed as well as did CO-OP, fronted by Alice Cooper‘s son Dash Cooper.
To conclude the event Alice and band invited all performers on stage for the grand finale, a cover of THE BEATLES’ “Revolution”, dedicated in part to recently deceased guitar tech Chris Leahy who had worked for Alice, TOOL, and many others. Video of the finale can be seen below as well as footage of the Super Group performing RAINBOW‘s “Stone Cold” and also NIGHT RANGER performing “Sister Christian” with Glen Sobel on drums giving drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy a chance to step out front and sing lead.
Alice Cooper band and all guests – “Revolution”
Super Group – “Stone Cold”
Night Ranger – “Sister Christian” w/ Glen Sobel on drums
Glen Sobel online: http://www.glensobel.com
According to A.R. Management, Drummer Glen Sobel (IMPELLITTERI, ORIANTHI, SIXX A:M, PAUL GILBERT) has posted footage of the MONTROSE classic “Rock Candy” from the annual ALICE COOPER benefit for the Maui Food Bank which took place on New Years eve in Maui, Hawaii.
Alice Cooper and band were joined on stage by actors and rock legends performing their biggest hits, covers and some left field surprises with the AC band members serving as house band. Steven Tyler (AEROSMITH), Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN), Richie Sambora (BON JOVI), ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic, Pat Simmons (DOOBIE BROTHERS), producer Bob Rock (METALLICA, MOTLEY CRUE) and actor Keith Carradine all performed along with actor Tom Arnold as the evenings emcee.
Original MONTROSE frontman Sammy Hagar and Richie Sambora took the stage with the band on “Rock Candy” which can be viewed below:
Alice’s band for the night consisted of Orianthi and Ryan Roxie on guitars, Chuck Garric on bass, and Glen Sobel on drums.
Glen Sobel online:
According to Ayres Rock Management, ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel (IMPELLITTERI, ORIANTHI, SIXX A:M, PAUL GILBERT) will enter the studio on Monday, December 16 to begin tracking songs for DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell‘s forthcoming solo record. Sobel is a member of Campbell’s club band, SIR SODOFF & THE TRAINWRECKS, who can be seen playing shows around the Los Angeles area.
Sobel has also tracked drums for the upcoming ALICE COOPER covers record which is due out in 2014. A collection of classic tunes, it will feature a variety of yet-to-be disclosed special guests. Cooper will resume touring next year, including a confirmed Sweden Rock Festival headline appearance on June 5, 2014.
Drum-cam footage of Sobel’s solo from the Cooper band’s August 2013 performance in Slupsk, Poland can be seen below:
ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel — whose other credits include Vivian Campbell, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, SIXX: A.M. and IMPELLITTERI — has posted video of his recent appearance at the Tam Tam Drum Festival in Néris Les Bains, France. The event concluded with late-night set and Sobel joining the French house band for a cover of the DEEP PURPLE classic “Burn” at 3 a.m. in front of a packed house. Sobel also conducted a master class/clinic earlier in the afternoon, followed by a late-night performance where he played to tracks by ALICE COOPER and former MICHAEL JACKSON guitarist Jennifer Batten, whose 1997 album, “Momentum”, Sobel appeared on. Other Tam Tam festival participants included Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez (SANTANA, Stevie Winwood), Dirk Brand (AXXIS), Canadian drum phenom Emmanuelle Caplette, and French standouts Eric Thievon and Nicolas Bastos, among others.
Sobel will be with Alice Cooper and band as they head out next week to Crans-Montana, Switzerland for a headline appearance at the 10-year anniversary edition of the Caprices Festival on March 14.
Cooper will be teaming up with Marilyn Manson for the “Masters Of Madness” tour of the U.S. starting in early June.
ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel — whose other credits include Vivian Campbell, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, SIXX: A.M. and Paul Gilbert — was interviewed by Full Metal Rock‘s Craig C. at the Mapex booth at this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Sobel debuted his new Mapex MyDentity drum set on the ALICE COOPER “No More Mr Nice Guy 2012″ tour.
Mapex filmed a promotional video of Glen showing off the new MyDentity line and how anyone can custom order kit details such as sizes and drum and hardware finish options via an online kit builder program.
Glen‘s new MyDentity kit is outfitted with a custom Gibraltar rack, another new addition to his setup.
ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel — whose other credits include Vivian Campbell, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, SIXX: A.M. and Paul Gilbert — has uploaded drum-cam footage of the song “Dirty Diamonds” from the very last show of the 2012 Cooper tour in Indio, California. The concert marked the end of a six-month run, which saw Sobel missing five weeks in the middle due to a neck injury before returning at the beginning of the fall leg.
Cooper will host the 12th annual Christmas Pudding charity event this Saturday, December 8 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The event will see Alice and his band backing up and playing host to special guests Sebastian Bach, former EAGLES guitarist Don Felder, and once again, Johnny Depp on guitar. Depp joined Alice and company on stage for eight songs in Los Angeles last Thursday at The Orpheum Theater.
In other news, Sobel will be back with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell‘s L.A. cover band SIR SAWOFF & THE TRAINWRECKS who are scheduled to appear at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood, California on Friday, January 11.
Drummer Glen Sobel has been forced to take a temporary leave of absence from the ALICE COOPER band due to a persisitent neck injury. Taking over drum duties for Sobel is veteran drummer Jonathan Mover whose credits include Joe Satriani, FUEL and GTR, among many others.
Commented Alice Cooper: “Glen Sobel‘s been having some neck problems, and has been playing the shows in a lot of pain. Because of this, he needs to take a short break to heal. Luckily for us, and for you, Jonathan Mover (from the ‘Trash’ tour and the ‘Trashes The World’ live concert video) was available to help out on short notice. We rehearsed with Jonathan yesterday in New York City and we’re all excited about tonight’s show in Camden with him. We’re looking forward to having Glen back soon.”
Said Glen: “I’ll be off the Alice tour for a few weeks. I’ve played the last several shows on pain meds due to an inflamed neck situation. We’ve had some of the best shows on tour with IRON MAIDEN, so I wanted to do everything I could to stay in the game. I need to get back to L.A., have this treated, and then return to finish out our tour dates. In the meantime, my main man Jonathan Mover, an ALICE band alumni himself, will be sitting on the drum throne covering for me. I have the utmost confidence that he will deliver the goods along with all my brothers (and sister) in the ALICE band. Don’t worry about me, I’ll be back sooner than later.”
A video statement from Glen can be viewed below.