Alice Cooper Reveals Details About New Album, “Paranormal”


Alice Cooper Reveals Details About New Album, “Paranormal”

–Joe Lund

Alice Cooper has issued a spate of new information about his much-anticipated new studio album. Titled Paranormal, the release will be available as a 2-CD Digipak, a 2-LP set, a limited edition box, and in digital formats. Slated for release on July 28, the 12-song record will be supplemented by a bonus “mini-album” featuring three new songs written and recorded with original Alice Cooper band members Michael Bruce, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway, as well as “carefully selected live recordings.”

Speaking recently on SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation, Cooper revealed that, in addition to Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, guests on the album include ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. Producer Bob Ezrin suggested bringing in Mullen Jr., while Cooper himself sought out Gibbons for a track titled “I’ve Fallen in Love and I Can’t Get Up.”

“After we cut the record I said, ‘If Billy Gibbons doesn’t play on this, we shouldn’t put this one out,’” said Cooper. “Because it is just so him. And [when] he got the record, he said, ‘I got the flu, but, man, this song makes me feel better.’ He just killed it.”

Notwithstanding the provocative album title, Cooper said the new record is not a concept album, nor does it reflect themes related to the supernatural. “It’s not really a scary record … but [instead] paranormal meaning ‘other than normal,’” he explained. “This is not a normal Alice record. Bob and I decided, no theme this time, we’re going to make a record of things that just get us off, things that we like. And it might go in a lot of directions.”

The veteran rocker also said he’s no longer trying to woo new fans, but instead is directing his efforts toward songs that appeal to longtime followers. “I have a world of fans out there,” he said, “and it took me 45 years to build that fan base. So when I make records now, I’m making them for those people. I’m not trying to break a new audience.”

Meanwhile, this past Sunday (May 13), Cooper and classic-era members Bruce, Smith and Dunaway performed a stellar show the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Below, check out a clip of the group performing “Billion Dollar Babies.”