The Glorious Corner: Alice Cooper’s Nightmare, Gregg Allman’s Blood Portrait, Don Ohlmeyer Passes and More

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G.H. Harding 

ALICE’S NIGHTMARE — Alice Cooper’s classic Welcome To My Nightmare concert video has been reissued as a special edition that features both the 1976 concert film Welcome To My Nightmare and, appearing on DVD for the first time, the 1975 TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare.

Alice Cooper: The Nightmare is the rarely seen 1975 TV special that aired on ABC, in conjunction with the release of the legendary Welcome To My Nightmare album.  The TV special stars Alice Cooper as Steven and Vincent Price as The Spirit of the Nightmare, and showcases every song from the Welcome To My Nightmarealbum, including “Only Women Bleed,” “Department of Youth,” “Cold Ethyl” and the title track.

Welcome To My Nightmare also features hits and classic songs, including “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out,” “Only Women Bleed,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy “and, of course, “Welcome To My Nightmare.”

Cooper’s nightmare visions vividly comes to life on the rock stage, bringing forth a plethora of skeletons, giant spiders, a cyclops, the “magic” movie screen and the voice of horrormeister Vincent Price, all designed to thrill you and keep you uneasy in your sleep.

ALLMAN BLOOD — A portrait of Gregg Allman painted with the late rocker’s own blood will be packaged with certain editions of his new album.

The painting was commissioned from surrealist Vincent Castiglia, who used Allman’s blood – as well as blood from Allman’s children – in the work. The portrait is based on a photograph by Neal Preston and has been included in the deluxe edition and the initial run of vinyl copies of Southern Blood, the album Allman was working on when he died on May 27.

Castiglia said he was approached by Allman in late 2015 to paint the album art for Southern Blood, which was released last Friday. The artist stored vials of Allman’s blood in his refrigerator for more than a year, starting work on the piece soon after Allman’s death.

“This is the single most important work I’ve ever painted,” Castiglia says in a news release. “When Gregg shipped me the vials of his blood, no one could have foreseen what was to come — that ultimately the painting wouldn’t be created until his after his passing. Painting Gregg’s portrait in his and his children’s blood, memorializing him posthumously, was one of the most emotively intense experiences.”

Allman had completed most of the work on Southern Blood with his touring band and producer Don Was at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals before he died at age 69 from complications from liver cancer. The record marks his first album since 2011’s Low Country Blues.

OHLMEYER PASSES — Don Ohlmeyer, former NBC West Coast president and the man who transformed Monday Night Football into a pop culture phenomenon, died yesterday at age 72. Sportscaster Al Michaels announced the news during the telecast of the Giants-Cowboys game on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Ohlmeyer was born in New Orleans on February 3, 1945 and grew up in Chicago. He began his career with ABC Sports, working on Wide World Of Sports, and was the first producer of Monday Night Football. He also produced Olympics broadcasts.

In 1977, he went to NBC where he worked as the executive producer of the network’s sports division through 1982. He served as EP of NBC’s coverage of the Super Bowl and World Series and created many series including SportsWorld, Games People Play, and produced the made-for-television movie The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story. He expanded sports coverage, introduced innovative production techniques including a 1980 NFL telecast with no announcers.

In 1982, he created the Ohlmeyer Communications Company, a production company that produced several made-for-TV movies, network series, and specials. In 1983, he won an Emmy for Special Bulletin, which depicted nuclear terrorism.

He returned to NBC in 1994 to become the West Coast division president. The network was saying goodbye to popular TV shows Cheers and The Cosby Show and was third place in the ratings. During his time there, the entertainment division, then run by Warren Littlefield, developed series such as Seinfeld, ER, Friends, Will & Grace, Frasier and other shows that would later become “Must-See TV” staples.

One of the most notable moments in Ohlmeyer’s time at NBC was in 1998 when Norm Macdonald was removed from the coveted anchor seat of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment. One side of the story said that the reason for Macdonald’s removal was because of a decline in ratings, while others believed the dismissal was because of a series of O. J. Simpson jokes during and after the controversial headline-making trial. He and O. J. had been fast friends for years and the relationship remained a blight on Ohlmeyer’s career for years.

In 2000, Ohlmeyer returned to and reinvigorated Monday Night Football by making numerous changes to on-air talent, music, graphics, clips of players introducing themselves, and the use of a sideline Steadicam.

He was the recipient of many accolades including two Peabody Awards, 16 Emmys as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Sports Emmys.

SHORT TAKESCongrats to Debbie Gibson who’s on the next edition of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars;their 25th season. I wish though they’d stop referring the Ms. Gibson as a 80’s teen idol … The Prince of Pop Bios Mark Bego will host the release of next book, with The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, October 19 at Steve Walter’s

Cutting Room. Should be stellar … Amazing that Graydon Carter, editorial lord over at Vanity Fair for many moons, is stepping down. Pundits say that he did notwant to start several major budget upheavals. Rumors abound that Janice Min, late of the Hollywood Reporter, will step in to assume the editorial reigns. Strange times indeed … Of all the festival movies being unspooled in Toronto and Venice, The Battle of the Sexes; with Emma Stone and Steve Carell, as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, is generating the most buzz. I hear Stone’s performance is Oscar-worthy. Can’t wait to see … The Improper’s major domo Keith Girard lunching at Bryant Park Grill with PR-pasha David Salidor … and, Broadway Records’ Tyce appears at The Metropolitan Room, Wednesday, September 27.

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