Alice Cooper, Deep Purple and Edgar Winter Band to Stage Summer Tour


Alice Cooper, Deep Purple and Edgar Winter Band to Stage Summer Tour

–Joe Lund

Fans of classic rock, take note: three of the genre’s biggest acts are joining forces for a mid-summer North American tour. Beginning August 12, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple will hit the road as co-headliners for an ambitious 19-city trek, with the Edgar Winter Band on-board as special guest. Kicking off in Las Vegas, the tour cuts a wide swath through the U.S. and includes a stop in Toronto, Canada, before wrapping up on September 10 in Cincinnati.

For Deep Purple, the dates constitute part of the band’s much-anticipated “Long Goodbye” tour. A new studio album, titled InFinite, is slated for release on April 7. On a serendipitous note, the LP was produced by longtime Cooper soundman Bob Ezrin.

Cooper, meanwhile, is said to be working on a new album that features contributions from original band members Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, and Dennis Dunaway. Ezrin is helming the sessions for the LP. Recently, Cooper touring guitarist Nita Strauss spoke with Ultimate Classic Rock about the challenges presented in performing some of the shock rocker’s classic material.

“One thing that I didn’t think of as a casual Alice Cooper fan was the amount of complexity that goes into a simple-sounding song,” she said. “A lot of these songs sound pretty simple–and some of them are kind of simple. ‘I’m Eighteen’ is not a very complex song. But there are songs like ‘Billion Dollar Babies.’ That song has a lot going on, and you don’t really hear it until you sit down with a guitar and you go, ‘Okay, there’s some inversions here and some interesting stuff…”

For more information about the tour–including dates, cities, and venues–visit the official Alice Cooper website.