Alice Cooper said his upcoming album would feature the surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band, and it would feature “a lot of different flavors.”
He previously released his mostly-covers Breadcrumbs EP – designed to act as a taster for the new LP – which focused heavily on the Detroit sound that influenced him from his earliest days.
Guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith all appeared on several songs on both of Cooper’s most recent solo studio albums – 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare and 2017’s Paranormal.
“Breadcrumbs was sort of like leading you into the next album,” Cooper told Consequence of Sound (via Blabbermouth; listen below). “It’s all original stuff… The original band is going to be playing on it – the O.G.s, we call them. The original guys. There’s two or three songs that we wrote with the original guys, and they’re pure Detroit. … We’re probably more Detroit than we are L.A. or Phoenix or anyplace else.”
He said of the album: “We go to a lot of places that we wouldn’t normally go, because we’re working with writers that we normally don’t work with, and I kind of like that. I like breaking out of the mode where an Alice Cooper albums sounds like an Alice Cooper album. This will sound like an Alice Cooper album, but it will definitely have a lot of different flavors in it that we don’t normally go to.”
He reported that the LP’s backing tracks were completed in Detroit. “Now we’re going to be doing the vocals in Phoenix, just because I’m between tours at the time and I’ve got some days off in Phoenix,” he added. “I said, ‘I really have to be home for a few days, so let’s do the vocals in Phoenix instead of going back to Detroit for the vocals.’ The essence of the songs are all done, ready to go.”