More than 40 years after they first made music together, Alice Cooper will reunite with three with original Alice Cooper band members for a one-night-only “mini-set” next month. Cooper will be joined by Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith, who played with his band before he embarked on a solo career in 1975, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.
Cooper must be feeling a little nostalgic. Last year he met up with his former bandmates in the recording studio to work on his forthcoming studio album, and in 2015 he reunited with them at a book-signing session in Dallas.
Cooper revealed that he wrote “three or four songs” with Smith and Bruce, while Dunaway also wrote some songs. “It’s fun to go back and work with guys you haven’t worked with in a while,” Cooper said at the time. “It’s not trying to recapture your youth – it’s trying to recapture a sound, and it’s a very elusive sound.”
Alice Cooper was still named Vince Furnier when he originally formed his band in 1964 with Bruce (rhythm guitar, keyboards), Dunaway (bass guitar), Smith (drums) and lead guitarist Glen Buxton. The band hit it big in 1971 with the single “I’m Eighteen,” and went on to greater fame with the 1973 album, Billion Dollar Babies, which featured the hit “No More Mr. Nice Guy.”
During his '70s band’s heyday, Alice Cooper was part of the celebrity drinking club the “Hollywood Vampires,” which included fellow rock stars John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, Bernie Taupin and The Monkees singer Mickey Dolenz. Cooper once told Billboard the club members’ main goal was to out drink one another as they partied at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Los Angeles.
In 2015, Cooper went on to pay homage his “dead, drunk friends” by forming the supergroup The Hollywood Vampires with Aerosmith legend Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp. “Joe and I got to the crossroads and realized: You can either die, or you can make 20 more records,” Cooper said.
Alice Cooper will reunite with his former Alice Cooper bandmates at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on May 14. The rock legend will hit the road for a U.S. Tour with Deep Purple on April 21 through June 24. Check out AXS for tickets and more information on Alice Cooper's tour dates.