ALICE COOPER: 'I Really Kind Of Do My Albums For My Fans'

Steven Patrick of recently conducted an interview with rock legend Alice Cooper. An excerpt from the chat follows. Would you agree that "Along Came A Spider" is a "return-to-form" album for you?

Alice: I really kind of do my albums for my fans. I realize I'm not breaking any new ground out there. I don't think OZZY is, or AEROSMITH is, either. We have our fans. We've had them for a long time. We are getting new fans because kids that like MARILYN MANSON immediately go, "Who's this ALICE COOPER that they're always talking about?" Then they bring up my website on the Internet and go, "Wait a minute…I like this guy even better…and he's got 25 albums out!" So, they rediscover me…but honestly, when I do an album, I'm not thinking about, "Boy, I really got to get the FOO FIGHTERS' audience." [laughs] I'm thinking that I've got to satisfy my audience. I spent more time in the production of this one, and I think that's what they mean by going "back to form." It probably reminds them more of "Welcome to My Nightmare", and that's fine because when we do this production on stage next year, it will be like "Welcome to My Nightmare". It will be a full-out Alice production. The album is already doing great. It's charting great, it's selling great, pre-orders are amazing. It's already surpassed in one week all the other albums combined. I must have found something in here that works. So much of your work deals with teenage angst and rebellion; how do you still tap into that at age 60?

Alice: Well, the good thing about it is that I don't. Alice does. I don't know how old Alice is. When he's doing "Eighteen" he's 18. When he's doing "School's Out" he's 15, 16, 17 years old, I guess. You know, because, how old is Dracula? How old is Batman? How old is any fictitious character? They really don't have an age. You know, so when I'm on stage and I'm doing "Eighteen", believe me, I'm as 18 as any kid out there that's 18…maybe more. When I get offstage, of course I go, "Well, I can't say you're 18"…you know, Alice has got to be 18. Then there are other times when Alice needs to be a hundred. You know, he needs to be coming out of a crypt somewhere, so I kind of adapt him to whatever I need him to be.

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