The most famous villain in rock and roll known as Alice Cooper recently reunited with his original band during a pair of concerts back on May 14. It’s now been revealed that Cooper’s old bandmates including bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer Neal Smith will also be featured on two new songs set to appear on his upcoming album, Paranormal. The performance from the reunion can be watched in the video below.
Scheduled for a July 28 release on earMUSIC, the two new original tracks on Paranormal were written and recorded with original members, according to the announcement press release. The album will also feature guest appearances by Cooper’s classic rock comrades in ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen, and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover. The album’s first single, "Paranoic Personality," will be released next Friday, June 9.
In a recent interview with AXS, Cooper gave some insight as to what separates the veteran bands from his era to rock groups today.
“I wish that young rock bands were not so anemic. Rock bands anymore have forgotten how to be outlaws. If you are going to be a rock band, don’t be a wimpy rock band. Everybody wants to fit ‘in’ these days. When we were kids, we didn’t want to fit in. We wanted NOT to fit in. Every single rock band out there now all look the same. They all sound the same. They are all just cookie cutters.”
Like the true road warrior he is, Cooper is currently on tour throughout North America this summer. Fans can buy tickets to select shows on his summer tour by clicking here.
Alice Cooper North American Tour Dates:
June 7 - Appleton, WI - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
June 8 - Hinckley, MN - Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
June 9 - Mankato, MN - Vetter Stone Amphitheater
June 12 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre (Click Here For Tickets)
June 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
June 16 - Lincon, CA - Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater
June 17 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheatre
June 18 - Airway Heights, WA - Pepsi Summer Outdoor Concert Series
June 20 - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Theater (Click Here For Tickets)
June 21 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Theater
June 22 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheater
June 24 - El Paso, TX - KLAQ Streetfest