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Alice Cooper to release first album in six years

Alice Copper is to release new album ‘Paranormal’ ahead of his planned shows in the UK in November

Alice Copper

Alice Cooper has signed to a new label and is set to release his first album in six years.

The 68-year-old shock rocker has inked a worldwide deal with earMUSIC to release brand new record ‘Paranormal’ on July 28, which features from U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover.

It has been record with the ‘Poison’ hitmaker’s long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin and original members of the Alice Cooper band, drummer Dennis Dunaway, guitarist Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce.

The LP, which will be available in a 2CD Digipak, 2LP, Limited Box Set and Digital formats, has a special bonus disc containing three brand new songs written between Alice and the trio.

The ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’ singer is to bring his freak show to The SSE, Wembley on November 16, and four other dates in Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester.

Joining Alice on the road is This Mission and The Tubes.

For Wayne Hussey, who formed The Mission in 1986 with his Sisters Of Mercy band mate Craig Adams, supporting Cooper is a dream come true as they remember looking on in complete awe of his performance at the Reading Festival in England in 1987.

He previously recalled: “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.

“Fast forward to 1987 and our first headline spot on the Friday night at Reading Festival. Headlining the Sunday was Alice Copper.

“And now we’ve been invited by Alice to join him on his UK tour next November.”

Alice’s last UK show was at London’s The O2 in June at Stone Free Festival.

Alice’s November 2017 UK tour dates are as follows:

11 – Leeds – First Direct Arena

12 – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro

14 – Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena

15 – Manchester – Manchester Arena

16 – London – The SSE Arena, Wembley

The Rolling Stones can’t play UK due to ‘lack of available venues’

The Rolling Stones have been unable to book any UK shows on their forthcoming European tour because of a number of sporting events take place

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones couldn’t add UK dates to their European tour due to a “lack of available venues”.

The legendary rock group have apologised to their loyal fans for not being able to put on any shows on their forthcoming ‘No Filter’ run as they have claimed there are a number of “sporting events” hogging up all of the stadiums.

However, the Satisfaction’ hitmakers – Sir Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts – have vowed to make it up to them with some shows next year.

In a tweet posted on their official Twitter account on Thursday (11.05.17), they wrote: “Sorry to our UK fans there are no UK dates on this, due to lack of available venues because of sporting fixtures. Hope to be here in 2018. (sic)”

The veteran rockers will embark on a 13-date stadium run, which will see them kick off their brand new set, at Hamburg’s Stadtpark on September 8 before wrapping up at the U Arena in Paris on October 22.

They will perform classic songs and a few “surprises” along the way with a new production and stage design.

Guitarist Keith, 73, said: “Hey Guys, here we come. See you there!!!”

And frontman Mick, also 73, added: “I’m so excited to be touring Europe this autumn and returning to some familiar places and some we’ve never done before.”

An insider teased last year that the ‘Satisfaction’ hitmakers were planning to hit the road this year.

At the time, the source said: “Mick will never lose that bug for performing.

“He’s keen to go back on the road and play in huge stadiums, and some have already been secretly booked out in preparation for a possible show.”

The Stones no doubt treat fans to some of the songs they covered for their latest record, ‘Blue & Lonesome’.

Marilyn Manson’s album changed to Heaven Upside Down

Marilyn Manson has decided to ditch the album title ‘Say10’ in favour of ‘Heaven Upside Down’

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson has changed the name of his album to ‘Heaven Upside Down’.

The 48-year-old rocker had originally planned to call it ‘Say10’ and he hasn’t said why he ditched the title, however, he teased that he will be hitting the road on a new tour this summer.

He tells Fabulous TV: “I just finished my new album and I’m going on tour in July. The record is called ‘Heaven Upside Down’.”

Last July, the ‘Tainted Love’ singer revealed his 10th studio LP was to come out on the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day, and that it would be called ‘Say10’ when he grabbed a pen and wrote just that on his hand.

At the time, he said: “‘Say10’, that is the new Marilyn Manson record coming out on Valentine’s Day.”

It comes after actor Charlie Hunnam revealed he and Manson have remained close friends ever since they met on the set of hit American drama series ‘Sons of Anarchy’ in 2014, when the ‘Tainted Love’ singer had a role as prison shot caller Ron Tully, and often go around each other’s houses and cook food for one another.

Sharing his love for his former co-star, Hunnam – who portrayed Jax Teller in the American drama series – said recently: “We met on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ – Manson came in and did five or six episodes and we just became palls. We’re an unlikely duo, but we love each other.”

Manson – whose real name is Brian Warner – admitted he doesn’t have many friends, but he and Hunnam are “like brothers”.

He said: “We are strangely like brothers. I don’t have a lot of close men friends at my round table, so to speak. I don’t even have a table, but Hunnam and I always cook food for each other.”

However, the hunky star said he also loves to impress his girlfriend Morgana McNelis – who is been dating since 2007 – with his kitchen skills.

He said: “Going out [and] buying favorite groceries and cooking the meal that my lady likes. I’m an excellent cook – that’s the thing I enjoy the most in my free time.”

Bruno Mars joins Capital’s Summertime Ball line-up

Bruno Mars is the final act announced for Capital’s Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium on June 10

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is the final artist confirmed to perform at Capital’s Summertime Ball.

The 31-year-old pop megastar will make his debut performance at the one-day festival held at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 10, it comes after the ‘That’s What I Like’ hitmaker’s UK arena tour and phenomenal performance at the BRIT Awards earlier this year.

It follows the huge announcement that One Direction star Niall Horan, Dua Lipa, Olly Murs, Anne-Marie, James Arthur, Martin Jensen and ‘X Factor’ runners-up 5 After Midnight are also set to join the star-studded line-up.

Ashley Tabor, founder & executive president of Global, said: “This morning on Capital Breakfast, Roman closed our big reveal week on a high with the news that Bruno Mars – one of the biggest selling solo artists on the planet – will be joining us for Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone. He’s responsible for some of the biggest hits of the past five years and is renowned worldwide for his incredible showmanship. We can’t wait to welcome Bruno to the stage at Wembley stadium together with all the other huge acts for the UK’s biggest summer party!”

Niall is already feeling “nervous” about performing in front of 80,000 fans, he said yesterday (10.05.17): “You’re stepping out in front of 80,000 people, it’s going to be scary! But you have to relish it at the same time, you know they’re your songs, people know them that are coming to watch because they listen to the station, they’re going to have a good day and you’re amongst a great line-up.”

It will be a great chance for Niall and his pal Shawn Mendes to remind each other of the collaboration they’ve been planning to do for ages, as the ‘Treat You Better’ singer is also performing.

Of the gig, Shawn previously said: “I’ve never even seen that many people in front of me so I’m very excited … I’m going to see if I can get the crowd to sing – I’ve never actually had the opportunity to make 80,000 people sing along to a song so I’m hoping I can do that.”

Other performers include Little Mix, Rag’n’ Bone Man and Sean Paul, Julia Michaels, Zedd, Louisa Johnson and JP Cooper.

Liam Payne teases topless video from his Migos video?

Liam Payne stripped off and showed off his muscles in a new video teaser which fans believe is his song with Migos

Liam Payne video teaser (c) Instagram

Liam Payne has posted a topless video teaser of his song with Migos.

Following the news that the One Direction hunk has teamed up with Ed Sheeran for his debut solo single, the 23-year-old heartthrob has shared with his 13.3 million fans a sexy new promo clip of him massaging his neck flexing his muscles along with music with vocals which appear to be the hip-hip trio in the background.

Alongside the racy video, Liam simply put the look here eyes emoji.

Liam can be heard simply singing: “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.”

It comes after Quavo from outfit – also comprised of rappers Offset and Takeoff -revealed they have filmed a music video for the forthcoming track.

The ‘Slide’ hitmaker recently said: “I just came from a video shoot with my boy Liam from One Direction. Crazy vid, crazy visuals, crazy team, cool guy.”

As well, Liam has reportedly managed to nab the ‘Shape of You’ hitmaker to co-write his first song from his much-anticipate album.

Liam – who has two-month-old son Bear with his girlfriend Cheryl – is believed to have jetted over to the UK from Los Angeles after learning that the flame-haired singer – who worked with One Direction on the track ’18’ from their LP ‘Four’ in 2014 – had written a song with him in mind and the pair recorded it swiftly.

An insider said recently: “Liam and Ed have been friends for years, ever since Ed first wrote for One Direction on their debut album.

“The collaboration actually came about very quickly ­earlier this year.

“Liam was in Los Angeles and was told that Ed was beginning to write a song with Liam in mind.

“Liam rushed back to the UK and the pair of them wrote the track together and then recorded it.

“With Ed’s expertise in creating a hit Liam knows they can’t go wrong. They have produced something special together.

“Having Ed on board is a clever move too, as it means he will reach music fans beyond just 1D obsessives.”

Taking the Stairs a Better Pick-Me-Up Than Coffee

You’ll feel more energized if you do some easy stair walking rather than drinking caffeine, a new study recommends.

The study included college women who said they were chronically sleep deprived, meaning they got less than 6.5 hours of sleep a night.

On separate days, they consumed capsules with 50 milligrams of caffeine (roughly the amount in a can of soda) or a placebo, or spent 10 minutes walking up and down stairs (about 30 floors in total) at an easy pace.

“We found, in both the caffeine and the placebo conditions, that there was not much change in how they felt. But with exercise they did feel more energetic and vigorous,” said study co-author Patrick O’Connor, a professor at the University of Georgia’s Department of Kinesiology.

The exercise boost was immediate but short-lived, he said in a university news release.

The researchers wanted to focus on an easy and convenient way for office workers to be active.

“Office workers can go outside and walk, but weather can be less than ideal. It has never rained on me while walking the stairs,” O’Connor said.

He said even a short walk up and down the stairs seems to make workers feel more motivated and refreshed.

The study was published online recently in the journal Physiology and Behavior.

Get Out There and Exercise

Everyone’s made excuses for skipping exercise. It’s too cold outside, you’re too busy or you’re just too tired to get out of bed.

But it’s important to make exercise a priority. Besides helping you lose any extra pounds, regular exercise can do your body and mind a world of good.

Take heart health, for instance. A brisk walk for a half hour a day on most days can help keep cholesterol levels in check. It also can help protect you from high blood pressure, another heart disease risk factor. Researchers have found that people who exercise four hours a week outside of work can lower their chances of developing high blood pressure by almost 20 percent.

Exercise helps with sleep, too. One poll found that people who get regular exercise also get a good night’s sleep more often than those who don’t exercise.

Moving also is a mood booster. A University of Toronto study found that moderate daily exercise can help prevent depression.

A key to sticking with exercise is doing something you enjoy. Walking, biking or even running around with the kids in the yard can get your heart pumping. Just remember to talk to your doctor before jumping into an exercise program.

Once you get the OK, start right away. Making exercise a regular part of your day will make it easier to stick with it in the long run.

Exercise and Vitamin D: A Heart-Healthy Combo

A combination of exercise and sufficient vitamin D levels may reduce the risk of serious heart problems more than either one alone, a new study suggests.

An analysis of data spanning 20 years from more than 10,000 U.S. adults found that those who got the recommended amounts of exercise and had adequate vitamin D levels had a 23 percent lower risk of heart attack or stroke.

People who met physical activity targets but were deficient in the so-called “sunshine vitamin” did not have a lower risk.

The combined benefit of having adequate vitamin D and exercise levels was better than either factor alone, according to the Johns Hopkins University study. It was published recently in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

While the observational study does not prove cause and effect, it does support the idea that adequate exercise and vitamin D are signs of good health, the researchers said. Vitamin D is produced when the body is exposed to sunlight and is found in some foods.

“In our study, both failure to meet the recommended physical activity levels and having vitamin D deficiency were very common,” study co-author Dr. Erin Michos said in a university news release.

“The bottom line is we need to encourage people to move more in the name of heart health,” Michos added.

She is associate director of preventive cardiology and associate professor of medicine at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins.

Though the study found that the more people exercised, the higher their vitamin D levels, this was true for whites but not for blacks, the researchers said. Michos said people with darker skin may produce vitamin D less efficiently because their skin pigments act as a natural sunscreen.

Most adults can get adequate levels of vitamin D with a few minutes a day of sunlight in spring, summer and fall, along with eating a well-balanced diet that includes oily fish such as salmon and fortified foods like cereal and milk, according to Michos.

How Playing Sports Can Help Special Needs Kids On and Off the Field

Athletics can boost confidence for kids with autism and other developmental challenges.

Soccer players practicing drills on field.
For the best experience, let your child be part of the decision-making process when picking the right sport for him or her to play.

The two dozen or so adolescents and a handful of young adults in their 20s filed into the spacious lobby of a community ice rink in suburban Maryland in the pre-dawn darkness and quietly changed into their hockey gear – ice skates, pants and helmets.

Well before 7 a.m. on a Saturday, the players were on the ice, practicing their skating, puck-handling and shots on goal. They could have been any suburban sports team, but this squad was different. On the ice, a handful of teenage mentors partnered with some of the players, not only encouraging their play but engaging them in conversation.

The players are members of the Montgomery Cheetahs, a hockey squad in Montgomery County, Maryland, for kids and young adults with developmental disabilities. The Cheetahs range in age from 7 to 30 and include four girls. Most of the 70 or so players on the Cheetahs (they hold two separate practices, depending on their skill level) have autism spectrum disorder.

ASD covers a wide range of cognitive, motor and behavioral challenges, and common behaviors include failure to respond to one’s own name, poor eye contact and inappropriate and at times aggressive behavior with others. Some people with ASD may have repetitive body movements, such as rocking, or an obsessive attachment to objects like keys. While some kids with ASD are mildly affected, excel in the classroom and go on to attend prestigious universities, others are more profoundly affected and need more assistance to learn in school and with their social conduct.

For the Cheetahs, and for other special needs kids or adolescents, the primary purpose of participating in athletics is to have fun. But playing can also help people with ASD in important ways. For example, ASD can affect the motor skills such as agility, balance, strength and dexterityof some kids with autism, research has shown. Exercise can improve some of these skills, and being physically active also improves one’s mood, studies show.

Many youngsters with ASD have trouble making friends and socializing, in part because they have challenges reading social and emotional cues. Being part of a team helps kids bond and develop friendships outside the skating arena, Cheetah parents say. This flows from their love of the game.

Bonds Formed on the Ice

Like many teenagers, Cheetah Ryan DeSoto, 13, isn’t usually thrilled when his mom, Colleen DeSoto, rousts him to get up for school, she says. When she wakes him for hockey practice, he bounces up, anxious to play – and to see his friends on the team. “This is their tribe, their social group,” DeSoto says. Ryan has developed several friendships with other players and is routinely invited to social events such as birthday parties.

While there’s not much clinical research on the overall impact of playing sports on kids with autism, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that participating in athletics can help them build much-needed confidence, says Lisa Goring, chief program and marketing officer at Autism Speaks, a global science and advocacy organization that supports people with autism and their families throughout the life span. “They can master [sports] skills and get better, which helps with their confidence,” Goring says. Playing sports also helps kids with ASD “work on social skills such as turn-taking, waiting, cooperation and tolerating losing [good sportsmanship],” says Lauren Herlihy, a licensed psychologist at the Autism Center at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut.

Playing Builds Confidence

Cheetah parents say they’ve seen how playing hockey as part of a team has improved their child’s self-assurance and social skills. “This has been awesome for Ryan’s confidence,” DeSoto says. “He’ll tell his schoolmates he plays ice hockey – they’re all impressed. They don’t care that it’s special needs hockey.”

Ice hockey is just one of many team and individual athletic opportunities available for special needs kids nationwide. These include sports leagues created by parents of special needs kids and programs available through city and county recreation departments. There are Little League Baseball divisions and soccer programs, for example, for special needs kids. The Special Olympics has sports opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, and The Skate Connection, a nonprofit in Los Angeles, provides skateboarding clinics for people with disabilities. Many private schools for kids with special needs have sports teams that emphasize inclusiveness.

“We have a ‘show up and suit up’ approach,” says Brent Betit, head of The Fletcher School, a private nonprofit independent K-12 school in Charlotte, North Carolina, that’s geared toward kids with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “If they want to play, they can play; we don’t select out like some competitive teams at other schools.” The school has seven competitive teams in soccer, basketball, flag football and other sports, as well as 13 club athletic activities, including jump rope and karate.

With such a wide array of athletic options, figuring out which activity is right can be challenging. Experts and parents of kids with developmental challenges who play sports suggest these strategies:

Follow your child’s lead. It’s important that your child enjoy whatever sport or sports he or she plays, Goring says. Talk to your kid about the different sports opportunities available and “include your child in the decision-making process,” she says. This can help your child build self-confidence and promote a sense of independence.

Find the right fit. Not every sport will be appropriate, or safe, for every child with special needs. For example, ice hockey and basketball – fast-paced team games that involve physical contact and require good hand-eye coordination and on-the-go communication with teammates – may not be the right sport for every child with developmental delays.

For kids who don’t have great motor or communications skills, an individual endeavor that could be part of a team, like swimming or karate, might be best. Amy Kelly’s daughter, Annie, 15, is more profoundly affected by her autism, which affects her motor and verbal communications skills; she communicates with an electronic tablet. Annie’s two brothers taught her how to hit a baseball off a tee in the family’s backyard in the Philadelphia area, and Amy taught her how to run the bases. “She has a great time,” Kelly says. “It’s exercise in a fun way.”

Be creative. A special needs child may not want or be able to play sports, but could participate another way, says Dr. Danelle Fisher, chair of pediatrics at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. “A kid could help out as an equipment manager,” says Fisher, whose 5-year-old son has ASD. “Coaches can be creative in incorporating special needs kids into their teams.”

Look for a program with the right coaching philosophy. More important than finding a sport your kid enjoys is locating one where the coaching philosophy focuses primarily on the player’s social, emotional and behavioral growth rather than just mastering game skills or getting exercise, says David Lucia, the Cheetahs’ director and head coach. “It’s more important that they learn to play together as a team, learn to be patient, take turns, treat their teammates and others with dignity, respect and kindness than to be the best puck-handler on the team,” he says.

Celebrate successes. Acknowledge not just victories, but progress on and off the ice, the field or the court, says Tami Feldman, whose son is a Cheetahs mentor. “Try hard and celebrate the little steps,” Feldman says. “For one kid, it may be tying his skates for the first time. We cheer them. Every step is different for every child.”

Should You Try Carb Cycling for Weight Loss?

Is having your carbs and eating them too too good to be true?

Quinoa spinach eggplant feta salad.
Quinoa and brown rice could give you a healthier alternative to other high-carb foods such as pasta and pizza.

Erika Straus used to consider herself one of those lucky people who can eat whatever they want and not gain weight. So, naturally, she did – filling up on pasta, pizza and other dorm life staples while maintaining her fit figure. But when the then-college rugby player hurt her knees and stopped exercising regularly, she realized her luck had run out.

“I had all of these bad habits and gained 40 pounds” as a result, says Straus, now a 25-year-old opera singer in the District of Columbia, who also runs District CrossFit’s social media and marketing efforts.

After a few unsuccessful weight loss attempts and some internet research, she decided to try carb cycling, a strategy that promotes eating a very low-carbohydrate diet some days and a carbohydrate-rich diet on other days. To Straus, who loves pasta, the plan seemed far more bearable than following an entirely low- or no-carb diet all the time. The reality, however, was different.

“I’d go off carbs for two days, then have a meal with carbs and I would just overdo it,” Straus says. After a few months, she gained even more weight, quit the plan and continued to pack on pounds. “I didn’t necessarily believe it was possible to get in the best shape of your life in a healthy way,” she says.

That all changed last spring when Straus moved to the District of Columbia, began biking to work and joined CrossFit, where she saw people carb cycling – and succeeding. So she decided to try it again, but with a different approach. This time, instead of bingeing on pasta on her carb-heavy days, she eats quinoa, brown rice or beans. Instead of haphazardly planning her low- and high-carb days, she aligns them with her workout schedule. Instead of leaving her eating choices to chance, she cooks batches of vegetables, chicken and hard-boiled eggs. And, instead of gaining weight, she’s flattened her belly, thinned her face and neck and watched muscle definition emerge. “I’ve already seen things that I did not see before,” she says.

What Is Carb Cycling?

Carb cycling – which isn’t a “diet” so much as a concept that emphasizes when you eat certain foods – seems to have originated among bodybuilders, fitness models and elite athletes trying to achieve peak performance. The idea was that by starving the body of carbohydrates, they’d improve its ability to increase glucose, or the stored form of carbohydrate energy, later. Then, when they ate large amounts of carbohydrates before competition, they’d soar.

“For example, sprinters [wanted] to see if they could tap into that extra stored form of glucose or energy even for an extra second longer, which would improve their times,” says Jessica Crandall, a registered dietitian in Denver who works with athletes.

But while the jury is still out on whether carb cycling actually works for that purpose, the eating pattern has nonetheless made its way into more mainstream circles like CrossFit gyms, social media posts and diet books, which mostly highlight carb cycling as a way to lose fat while building muscle.

“The way I describe it is: You need carbs to sustain activity levels, but until you’re at 10 percent body fat or below [for men], you might as well burn your body fat as fuel and teach your body how to do it well,” says Jim Loperfido, founder of Solace New York, who’s been using variations of carb cycling for nearly four years.

But whether carb cycling works to lose weight or improve body composition is debated, too. On one hand, you’re likely to lose weight, at least at the beginning, since carbohydrates hold onto water and cutting them out periodically can shed water weight, says Jim White, a registered dietitian and personal trainer with studios in Virginia. “That tends to motivate people,” he says. Some also find carb cycling is more reasonable and nutritionally balanced than diets that eliminate carbs entirely or require followers to obsessively count calories. “I’m just living life and eating what feels good,” Straus says.

On the other hand, carb cycling isn’t safe or effective for everyone. Here’s what experts suggest considering before giving it a shot:

1. Know the risks.

If you have diabetes, heart disease or any type of metabolic syndrome, steer clear of carb cycling or any diet that restricts healthy carbohydrates. Women, too, should be cautious about trying carb cycling since their bodies need more fat than men, Loperfido says. Anyone can experience negative side effects like irritability, lack of energy and moodiness from carb cycling, too. “I’ve heard it hasn’t worked for [people who’ve tried it] because they can’t deal with those ups and downs,” Crandall says.

If you’re carb cycling to boost athletic performance, keep in mind that novelty can backfire, “You would never train out your tennis shoes on your marathon day, so putting a different fuel source in your body on marathon day may completely ruin how you feel during that run,” Crandall says.

2. Consider your activity level.

Carb cycling doesn’t just mean eating lots of carbs one day and few or none the next. While plans vary in exactly how many grams of carbohydrates you eat on how many days of the week, the point is to match your high-carbohydrate days with your most active days. If you don’t exercise, the plan might not make sense for you.

3. Eat smartly.

As Straus learned, portion sizes, carbohydrate sources and patience all still matter. “Healthy weight loss and good body change is not going to happen overnight,” she says. It’s also important to keep your overall calorie intake relatively stable, White says. “By decreasing carbs and restricting that, when you load up on carbs, people are going overboard and binge eat,” he says. “It can lead to binge eating disorders.”

4. Talk to a pro.

Before starting a carb cycling plan, recruit the guidance of a registered dietitian or personal trainer with expertise in nutrition, who can make sure you’re following it in a way that meets your nutrient and energy needs. “If it’s a jump-start and you get that psychological edge, why not try it out?” White says. “But if it’s harmful for health and body, it’s not worth the risk.” Ultimately, Crandall adds, the pattern was never meant for weight loss or long-term use. “Do what you know you can do,” she tells clients, “instead of reaching for something you can’t adhere to long-term.”