ALICE COOPER Talks About Touring With ROB ZOMBIE, Upcoming Studio Album recently conducted an interview with legendary rocker Alice Cooper. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Is there a friendly rivalry between you and Rob [Zombie]?

Alice: I think we both know who's the student and who's the teacher (laughs). But I really do respect Rob — I've always said his show is like a tattoo parlour coming to life. And what I like about Rob that I don't find in anybody else's show is a sense of humour. The only other band I can think of with a sense of humour is GWAR. Most of the other bands are trying to be so heavy and so scary. We can be scary too, but there's humour. It's a good match. What can the crowd expect from you this time?

Alice: This is a brand-new show. It's actually the most produced show we've done in quite a while. Rob Roth, who did "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway, directed it. I asked him to shake it up and put me in situations where I have to stretch. So the first thing he did was for the song "Only Women Bleed". At the end of the song, a nurse is laying in my lap. I throw her off, rip off her uniform — including her wig — put it on, and end up standing on a garbage can with a noose around my neck. And then I sing "I Never Cry", standing on the garbage can. And at the end, I sing the very last line: "And you know I never cry, I never ..." But before I can say the last word, she kicks the garbage can out and I hang. It's my favourite part of the show. Is that the only time they kill you?

Alice: They kill me four times — they hang me, they cut my head off, they put a giant hypodermic needle in me, and they put me in this box with these giant spikes that go through me. And of course, Alice keeps coming back. You're one of the only people who could put on such a violent show without being protested.

Alice: It's so vaudevillian. And what makes it work is that the songs are done sincerely. I've told the band to look dead serious. I don't want any smiling up there. The humour comes from the absurdity of what we're doing. Any plans for a new album?

Alice: Ten songs are written already. It's going to be called "The Night Shift". The concept is, it's a really dark radio show where I'm the disc jockey, and every song I play will be by a different fictitious band. At some point, you'll realize this disc jockey is a little bit more than that. And I'm sure there will be some kind of a twist ending.

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