Fans of rock icon Alice Cooper know there are some aspects to his live shows that they can expect, including a hard-rocking performance of horror theatrics; however, following Alice Cooper's customary execution via guillotine at his Nashville concert on May 14, fans were treated to something rarely seen since 1975. The stage went dark, and the original band, including bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer Neal Smith reunited to perform five classic songs with Alice. This followed the recent announcement that his forthcoming album — "Paranormal", out July 28th on earMUSIC — will include two new recordings featuring the original lineup.
Joined by current band member Ryan Roxie filling in for the late Glen Buxton on guitar, the band ripped through "I'm 18", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Muscle Of Love", "Billion Dollar Babies" and then closed with "School's Out", bringing back current band members drummer Glen Sobel, bassist Chuck Garric, and guitarists Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen for a grande finale.
The following day, the original band was honored by The Music Business Association at their annual convention, with an award for their historic achievements. The award was presented to them by Bob Ezrin, who produced their iconic albums "Love It To Death", "Killer", "School's Out" and "Billion Dollar Babies" as well as many subsequent solo Alice Cooper albums, including the forthcoming "Paranormal".
"Paranormal" features two songs written and recorded with original members — Alice, Dennis, Neal and Michael — as well as guest appearances by ZZ TOP guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen, and DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover. The first single, "Paranoiac Personality", will be released Friday, June 9.
Alice Cooper is on tour throughout the 2017.
Left to right: Music Business Association president Jim Donio, Neal Smith, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Alice Cooper and Baker & Taylor VP/GM Steve Harkins.
Photo courtesy of The Music Business Association