Alice Cooper Plans to Resurrect Original Backing Band


He’s spent the better part of the last year raising the dead with Hollywood Vampires, but now Alice Cooper has his sights set on a different kind of resurrection—the 68-year-old godfather of shock rock spilled the beans to The Weekender that he’s planning to reunite the surviving members of his original backing band for his next LP.

Aiming to recreate the sound of their 1971 album, Killer, Cooper has been working on new material with drummer Neal Smith, guitarist Mike Bruce and bassist Dennis Dunaway (guitarist Glen Buxton died in 1997).  The band recorded seven albums together before disbanding in 1975, but has reunited a handful of times over the years.  Each of the members collaborated with Cooper on songs for his last solo effort, 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare, and most recently, they reconvened for a spontaneous 8-song set last October at a book signing for Dunaway’s new memoir.

“I’ve always liked the idea that Alice Cooper has always been a Detroit rock band,” Cooper told The Weekender.  “We’ve always been a hard rock band, guitar rock, and I’ll never give that up.  But every once in a while, though, there’s just a flavor of what album do we want to go to here to give it that flavor.  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.”

He continued, “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.”

Cooper didn’t provide a timeframe on when the album would be released, but until then, you can catch him on tour with Hollywood Vampires from May 24 through July 25.  Check out the list of dates here: