The epic era of Alice Cooper, which gave them five gold or platinum albums in a space of three years, including the monster hits, Schools Out and I’m Eighteen, appears to be back! Alice says he is ready to reignite that original sound… 43 years later.
Cooper spoke with The Weekender about a new collaboration with the old band, which includes Michael Bruce on guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass and Neal Smith on drums. The missing member is Glen Buxton who sadly passed away in 1997.
“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 flavour of what album do we want to go to here to give it that flavour. 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 Neil Smith and Mike Bruce,” Cooper said. “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 wrote two or three things,” the singer added. “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.”
This sounds AWESOME. We can’t wait to hear what the new-old Alice Cooper album brings!