On May 14, following Alice Cooper's customary execution via guillotine on stage at his Nashville concert, fans were treated to something rarely seen since 1973. The stage went dark and original band members, bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer Neal Smith reunited to perform a five song mini-set of their classic hits with Alice. This followed the recent announcement that his forthcoming album — "Paranormal", out July 28 on earMUSIC — will include two new recordings written and recorded by the original lineup ("Genuine American Girl" and "You And All Of Your Friends").
Now, Alice announces that the three members of the original ALICE COOPER band will join him on tour in the U.K., returning to these shores 46 years after they first shocked and enthralled us on their historic 1971 tour.
In Nashville, they were 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 grand finale.
And they enjoyed it so much that they decided to bring the show to the U.K.
Alice says: "When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood, there were no lawsuits — we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for ten years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow. But last year Neal called me up and said, 'I have a couple of songs.' I said, 'Great. Bring 'em over.' Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, 'I got a couple songs.' So, I thought, 'Hey, let's do this!' When you listen to the record, it just fits right in."
The next logical step is to rekindle their friendship, doing what they do best — performing as one the greatest live rock bands in history.
Alice Cooper U.K. tour dates:
Nov. 11 - Leeds - First Direct Arena
Nov. 12 - Glasgow - The SSE Hydro
Nov. 14 - Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena
Nov. 15 - Manchester - Manchester Arena
Nov. 16 - London - The SSE Arena, Wembley