Alice Cooper Reunites Original Band for U.K. Tour


Alice Cooper Reunites Original Band for U.K. Tour

–Joe Lund

The surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band – Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, and Dennis Dunaway – are reuniting with the shock rocker for a series of U.K. shows in November. The announcement comes as Cooper prepares to release Paranormal, his first studio album since 2011. Two songs on the LP — “Genuine American Girl and “You and All of Your Friends” – were written and recorded by Bruce, Smith, Dunaway, and Cooper, specifically for the forthcoming album.

As reported previously, the original lineup performed a five-song mini-set in Nashville last month, with regular Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie filling in for founding member Glen Buxton, who died in 1997. After the show, Dunaway penned a blog post expressing hopes that the reunion would continue. “I was on cloud nine over how many amazing fans had gone to such lengths to be there,” he wrote. “Some came from Canada, France and even Australia. As far as future reunion shows, hopefully our fans will make a big enough noise to reach the ears of the concert promoters.”

More recently, Cooper went into some detail regarding the circumstances that brought the original group back together.

“When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood,” Cooper said, in a statement posted on his website. “There were no lawsuits — we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for 10 years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow.

“But last year Neal called me up and said, ‘I have a couple of songs.’ I said great, bring ‘em over. Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, I got a couple songs. So, I thought, hey let’s do this! When you listen to the record, it just fits right in.”

There’s been word yet regarding the possibility of additional reunion shows in the U.S., but we’ll certainly keep you posted. Meanwhile, Paranormal is slated for release on July 28.

Alice Cooper 2017 U.K. Tour Dates with Original Band:

11/11 – Leeds – First Direct Arena

11/12 – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro

11/14 – Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena

11/15 – Manchester – Manchester Arena

11/16 – London – The SSE Arena, Wembley