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12th May 2016

alice cooper

Alice Cooper has started work on his next studio release and has reunited the surviving members of the original Alice Cooper Band for an upcoming album inspired by the sound of his 1971 release, 'Killer'.

"I've always liked the idea that Alice Cooper has always been a Detroit rock band. We've always been a hard rock band, guitar rock, and I'll never give that up," Cooper said. "But every once in a while, though, there's just a flavor of what album do we want to go to here to give it that flavor. And it seems to be going toward the 'Killer' album. And I kind of go, that album, let's revisit the sound of that album and what we were kind of thinking. You can never go back and totally recapture it, but you can certainly look at the elements that made that album work the way it did.

"I wrote three or four songs with Alice Cooper Band drummer Neil Smith and guitarist Mike Bruce. And so we worked together in Phoenix for about two weeks just writing songs and demoing songs. And you never know which ones are going to make the album, but I said let's do that.

"Dennis Dunaway [bassist in the Alice Cooper Band] wrote two or three things. We haven't seen those yet, but I know Dennis has always written great stuff. It's fun to go back and work with guys you haven't worked with in a while. It's not trying to recapture your youth. It's trying to recapture a sound. And it's a very elusive sound."

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Those three musicians, along with lead guitarist Glen Buxton, played on the original 'Killer' album which was released in 1971 and along with Cooper's next two albums, 1972s 'School's Out' and 1973s 'Billion Dollar Babies', are considered peak Cooper albums that not only established him as a major star, but also solidified his own particular brand of hard rock.

Many of the stage antics that Cooper created in the early 1970s remain cornerstones of his live shows today and he is doing as much as he can to cram as many goodies into his set list and stage show as possible as he tours this year.

"You know, when you get to this point, the hardest part is picking the songs because you've got thirty albums to go to," he said. "There are theatrical hits and then there are the radio hits also, the ones people hear on the radio. Then there are things they want to see like 'Feed My Frankenstein' and 'Dwight Fry' and songs like that that are almost like essential because you've got to see the guillotine.

"You've got to see the straight jacket. You've got to see the insane nurse. We're actually taking some excerpts out of 'Welcome To My Nightmare' from 1975 because we haven't done some of that stuff in a while and we're putting it back in the show. I just said we haven't done that in a while. Let's put that in. So it's a fun show. It's always a fun show."

As well as his solo shows Cooper also has a run of dates in July with his side band the Hollywood Vampires, a band that also features Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor/guitarist/recording artist Johnny Depp.

"The cool thing about the Vampires is it's a totally opposite thing than my show, than the Alice Cooper show," he said. "I don't think about theatrics when I think about the Vampires. It's basically, when we put it together, all of us started out as bar bands. We all started out learning the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, the Who and Chuck Berry and Paul Butterfield, all the stuff we learned from, the Beatles. We said that's basically what we are."

The band released their first album last year with bassist Duff McKagen and drummer Matt Sorum of Guns N' Roses joining in on the fun. Along with a pair of originals, it includes songs originally done by musicians who have since passed away.

Covers on the guest-filled Hollywood Vampires album included 'My Generation', 'Jump Into The Fire', 'Manic Depression' and many others with several guest musicians, most notably Paul McCartney who is featured on a version of 'Come And Get It', a song he wrote for Badfinger.

Cooper said he expects the second Hollywood Vampires album to feature original songs: "I think that's really what it's going to be," he said. "I think the Vampires next album will be almost 90 percent new stuff."


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