2 March 2021
Artist: Vincent Damon Furnier aka Alice Cooper (73)
Active: since 1964
Album: DETROIT STORIES – 21st solo LP
Released: 26 February 2021
Info: Singing/telling about his hometown Detroit, featuring Detroit heroes Wayne
Kramer (MC5 guitarist), Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (drummer for The Detroit Wheels),
Paul Randolph (Detroit jazz and R&B bassist who’s worked with Amp Fiddler and Jazzanova) as well as the Motor City Horns and other local musicians.
Alice about his hometown: “Detroit was Heavy Rock central then. You’d play the Eastown and it would be Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, the Stooges and the Who, for $4! The next weekend at the Grande it was MC5, Brownsville Station and Fleetwood Mac, or Savoy Brown or the Small Faces. You couldn’t be a soft-rock band or you’d get your ass kicked.”
Rolling Stone says: “Part of Alice Cooper’s enduring appeal has been the fact that, unlike many of his Seventies FM-radio peers, he always rejected the notion that rock & roll should be Serious Art… That’s why his great Seventies albums like Love It to Death and Killer were great in the first place. You could be in on the joke (or not) and still feel a genuine connection to the group’s gritty Detroit rock. That spirit of rock & roll abandon still exists in Cooper’s music half a century later, and his inherent showmanship is why people still fill theaters to see his guillotine act. It’s also why his records are still fun to listen to: You never know where he’s headed.” Score: 3/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Alice is in Detroitland now. No funny horror tricks and no vicious snakes anymore, but ‘normal’ AOR. But hey, it’s poppy and catchy here and there and rocks & rolls here and there. School’s not out yet for Cooper.
Single: Rock & Roll…
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