Alice Cooper Says Next Album May Feature Original Bandmates

12/10/2016

Alice Cooper Says Next Album May Feature Original Surviving Bandmates

–Joe Lund

For some Alice Cooper fans, nothing the shock rocker has done as a solo artist will ever match the heady days of the early ‘70s, when the original Alice Cooper band ruled the airwaves. Those fans may soon have reason to celebrate. Speaking recently with the Arizona Republic, Cooper revealed that his next album might feature some songs written and recorded with Michael Bruce, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway—the surviving members of the original group.

“We’re recording demos right now,” said the veteran rocker, referring to himself and producer Bob Ezrin, who manned the boards for all the early classic Cooper LPs. “We have three songs from the original band that we’re gonna look at and see if we can turn them into something. If not, we tried. But Neal and Mike and Dennis and I wrote songs together. And what we always do, we know the best 10 songs are gonna make the album. It doesn’t matter where they came from.”

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Notwithstanding that caveat, the revelation that Ezrin is producing might well tilt the scale toward including the “reunion” material. That, plus the fact that Cooper wants the new album to be “as close to [the original band albums] Killer and Love it to Death as possible.” Proof that the original group’s chemistry remains intact came last year, when Cooper, Bruce, Dunaway and Smith reunited for a one-off gig at one of Dunaway’s book signings. Performances of “I’m Eighteen” and “Is It My Body” were culled from that show and released as a 7” single, for this year’s Record Store Day Black Friday.

“I’m gonna always write the lyrics,” said Cooper. “And I’m gonna always arrange it. And Bob’s always gonna produce it. If the song comes from Neal, Mike and Dennis, great! I would love that. We have those songs sitting there. We just have to see if they fit in.”

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