Didn't get enough Alice Cooper in today's ENJOY?
Well, from the desk (or email box) of UMe (that's Universal, one of the few big labels still standing) here's some additional info on Coopers upcoming sequel to Welcome to My Nightmare
Show of hands, who's excited to hear a song called "Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever?"
...Me too. here ya go.
Also, I forgot to mention in the cover story that former Akronite and classic A.C. member Neal Smith appears on three songs!!!
Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Alice Cooper Returns with a New Album, New Nightmare
The Long-Awaited Sequel to his 1975 classic out on September 13, 2011
August 1, 2011, Santa Monica, CA: Alice Cooperâs widely anticipated new album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, will be released September 13, 2011, by Universal Music Enterprises. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum Welcome To My Nightmare album in 1975, the album picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.
The original release is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneering U.S. TV special, and certified Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer whose influence persists today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theatre, television, film and much more.
More than 35 years later, Alice and Ezrin have resurrected the horror and humor for a new generation.
âThis is Aliceâs nightmare 35 years later,â explains Alice, âBob and I created this character and we know how to write for him. I play the part but weâre not writing for me, weâre writing for Alice. We kept the first Nightmare album very personal to us, on this one we found more humor and we were more open. This was our world and we want to present it to the fans. The original album was my first solo album after all those huge hit records with the original band and now that nightmare is exposed, this one can be a little bit more open. The music crosses all sorts of boundaries; we went where the lyrics took us.â
There is an array of collaborators on the new album, including original Alice Cooper members Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith reunited on 3 tracks; global pop superstar Ke$ha, who affectionately calls Alice âdadâ; and legendary Alice and Lou Reed guitarist Steve Hunter, who is part of Aliceâs current touring band and featured prominently on the first Nightmare album.
Musically, the album ranges far and wide, from trashing disco to garage punk, pop balladry to a rocking number, very much in the spirit of the Rolling Stones. And then thereâs the ballad âSomething To Remember Me By,â described by Alice as âthe prettiest song we have ever released.â
Glimpses of themes from the original album are intertwined throughout, each track representing a different aspect of Aliceâs nightmare.
From the opener, âI Am Made Of You,â through the already established live favorite and first single âIâll Bite Your Face Off,â to the surprising duet with Ke$ha, âWhat Baby Wants,â this album is a reminder that albums just arenât made this way anymore.
And musicians do not play together like Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith anymore.
âI wanted a â70s feel for âWhen Hell Comes Home,â says Alice, âand I didn't even have to ask for it, it's just how they play and they did it live in the studio. When they got done playing the basic track, Bob and I just looked at each other, that sound is built into their DNA. We didn't need to go and fix anything. The way they finished was a little bit ragged, and that's the way we used to finish songs, that's what I like about it.â
Co-writers on various songs include the aforementioned Bob Ezrin, Ke$ha, Dunaway, Bruce and Smith, plus Buckcherryâs Keith Nelson, Desmond Child (who famously co-wrote and produced âPoisonâ with Alice), longtime collaborator Dick Wagner, current touring band member Chuck Garric, and film composer Jeremy Rubolino.
âThatâs my rebellion,â says Alice of the more surprising guests, âI like people that don't belong and yet what they're doing works perfectly. I don't care where it comes from, as long as it's right. If you tell me something doesn't work, Iâll work my head off until it does then shove it down your throat.â
âI think a lot of my audience is going to go 'KE$HA!?', but she probably wrote the most wicked lyrics in the song â we had to rein her in. I like people to know that just because artists are put in a pigeon hole, that doesn't mean that's what they are. Give people a little room.â
With Steve Hunter, one of rock's great guitarists, added to the band's lineup of guitarists Damon Johnson and Tommy Henriksen, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel, Alice has been tearing up venues worldwide on his 2011 âNo More Mr. Nice Guyâ tour.
Alice gave fans an up close and highly personal experience in June with a surprise performance at Londonâs legendary 100 Club, when actor Johnny Depp joined the band on guitar. Alice showcased the powerful band that had blown away the Download Festival crowd the previous weekend.
This year, the original Alice Cooper group was inducted into the Rock ânâ Roll Hall of Fame, and Alice was honored with both the Kerrang! Icon Award in the U.K. and the Revolver Golden God Award in the U.S.
1. I Am Made Of You
3. The Nightmare Returns
4. A Runaway Train
5. Last Man On Earth
6. The Congregation
7. Iâll Bite Your Face Off
8. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
9. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By
11. When Hell Comes Home
12. What Baby Wants
13. I Gotta Get Outta Here
14. The Underture
Here's a bonus for reading this far
Alice Cooper on the old Muppet Show, If I remember correctly this was the first time I ever saw Alice Cooper as tyke planted in front of the Television on Sunday nights.
That Muppet Band is jammin' ain't it?