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15th June 2017

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Alice Cooper's 2017 UK tour dates were announced late last year but now, the master shock rocker has confirmed that original band members bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer Neal Smith will be in the line-up for the November dates.

On May 14th this year, following Alice Cooper's customary execution via guillotine on stage at his Nashville concert, fans were treated to something rarely seen since 1973. The stage went dark and original band members, Dunaway, Bruce and Smith reunited to perform a five song mini-set of their classic hits with Alice.

This followed the announcement that his forthcoming album, 'Paranormal', which is released on July 28th on earMUSIC, will include two new songs written and recorded by the original line-up, 'Genuine American Girl' and 'You And All Of Your Friends'.

Now, Alice announces that the three members of the original Alice Cooper band will join him on tour in the UK, returning to these shores 46 years after they first shocked and enthralled us on their historic 1971 tour.

In Nashville, they were joined by current band member Ryan Roxie filling in for the late Glen Buxton on guitar. The band ripped through 'I'm 18', 'No More Mr Nice Guy', 'Muscle Of Love', 'Billion Dollar Babies' and then closed with 'School's Out', bringing back current band members - drummer Glen Sobel, bassist Chuck Garric, and guitarists Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen for a grand finale.

And they enjoyed it so much that they decided to bring the show to the UK.

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Alice says:

"When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood. There were no lawsuits - we had just burned out the creative process.

"We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five Platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for ten years.

"Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow.

"But last year Neal called me up and said, 'I have a couple of songs'. I said 'great, bring 'em over'. Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, 'I got a couple songs'. So, I thought, 'hey, let's do this'!

"When you listen to the record, it just fits right in."

Alice Cooper plus The Mission and The Tubes presented by AEG live in the UK:

11th November 2017: Leeds - First Direct Arena
12th November 2017: Glasgow - The SSE Hydro
14th November 2017: Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena
15th November 2017: Manchester - Manchester Arena
16th November 2017: London – The SSE Arena, Wembley


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