Sweden's THE HELLACOPTERS, who feature in their ranks former ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson on guitar/vocals, are compiling another collection of their singles and rare recordings, titled "Cream Of The Crap! Vol. 2". The set will reportedly contain 22 tracks recorded between 1995 and 2000 and is tentatively due in January 2004. In addition, the band recently recorded cover versions of "Pack Of Lies" and "Eighteen" for upcoming tributes to THE NOMADS and ALICE COOPER, respectively.
THE HELLACOPTERS' first-ever DVD, titled "Goodnight Cleveland", will be released through Escapi (escapi.com) on September 29. Region 1 (U.S.) will be released through Music Video Distributors (musicvideodistributors.com) on November 11. The 114-minute disc is "a fly-on-the-wall documentary following THE HELLACOPTERS on their 2002 tour of America," according to an official press release. "Informed by the techniques of cinema verité and direct cinema developed in the 1960's by master documentary filmmakers such as the Maysle brothers, the band is allowed the space to do what they do without intrusions of any kind from the filmmaker, allowing for glimpses into the magical and mundane moments of everyday life in a hard working action rock band abroad. 'The Hellacopters: Goodnight Cleveland' is a relaxed and open-handed portrait of a band on the road. Essential viewing for anyone pondering a career in the music business, or anyone merely curious." Bonus-material footage includes "Search & Destroy" (STOOGES) featuring Howlin' Pelle (THE HIVES), "I Got a Right" (STOOGES) featuring Nicke Borg (BACKYARD BABIES) & Odd (ROBOTS), vintage home-video clip of THE HELLACOPTERS' second-ever gig, BACKYARD BABIES/ex-THE HELLACOPTERS guitarist Dregen singing "Didn't Stop Us" (performed live only one time), plus an hour of outtakes from "Goodnight Cleveland".
On the touring front, THE HELLACOPTERS will be teaming up with SEPULTURA and DEEP PURPLE for four Kaiser Music Festival Brazilian dates in September, to be followed by another trip to Australia. Confirmed dates are as follows:
"Kaiser Music Festival" w/ SEPULTURA, DEEP PURPLE:
Sep. 18 - Sao Paulo, BRA @ Joquey Club (cap: 10,000)
Sep. 19 - Curitiba, BRA @ Pedreira (cap: 15,000)
Sep. 20 - Porto Alegre, BRA @ Joquey Club (cap: 15,000)
Sep. 21 - Belo Horizonte, BRA @ Mineirinho (cap: 15,000)
Oct. 10 – Adelaide, AUS @ Loudmouth
Oct. 11 – Sydney, AUS @ Livid Festival
Oct. 12 – Melbourne, AUS @ Livid Festival
Oct. 18 – Brisbane, AUS @ Livid Festival