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Alice Cooper during his performance at Rock Fest Barcelona 2017 Festival in Santa Coloma, Spain on July 1st, 2017. Miquel Llop/NurPhoto/Getty Images

The latest episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify or check it out below.

In a deep, hilarious, career-spanning conversation with host Brian Hiatt, Alice Cooper talks about breaking up his original band, touring with Johnny Depp, his friendship with Glen Campbell, and much more – plus, he reviews Taylor Swift’s new single, “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify and tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear the show live on Sirius XM’s Volume Channel.

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ALICE COOPER TOPS THE ALBUM SALES CHARTS WORLDWIDE

SORCE: Rock N Roll World Magazine

ALICE COOPER TOPS THE ALBUM SALES CHARTS WORLDWIDE WITH HIS NEW ALBUM PARANORMAL

JUST BEFORE PERFORMING IN FRONT OF 80,000 EXCITED FANS AT WACKEN OPEN AIR, COOPER DONATES 10.000 USD TO THE “WACKEN FOUNDATION” TO FIND “THE NEW ALICE”

Alice Cooper and earMUSIC are celebrating the worldwide chart success of Paranormal.

The album was produced by long-time Cooper producer Bob Ezrin for earMUSIC, the rock label part of the Edel AG group, which markets and distributes the album worldwide through its international network.

Paranormal features guests as Larry Mullen of U2, who plays on 9 of the 12 new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.

Media and fans worldwide have praised the album as a return to Cooper’s early years rock and roll sound.

Some of the chart positions achieved by the album so far are among the highest for Alice Cooper in the last 30 years:

*Germany: #4 (Highest charts entry in 45 years since the classic School’s Out)

*Australia: #4 (Highest chart entry in 39 years).

*Belgium: #5

*USA: #6 (Current album charts (#32 Billboard 200, #1 Hard Music Albums, #3 Current Physical)

*UK: #6 (Highest chart entry in 23 years; #1 Rock Charts #1 independent Charts)

*Sweden: #6 (Highest charts entry in 28 years since the smash hit album “Trash” in 1989).

*Finland: #9 (Best charts entry ever; #1 physical album sales.)

On release date, Paranormal climbed the iTunes rock charts at #1 in 12 countries and the Top 5 in 20 countries.

Alice Cooper’s manager Shep Gordon commented, “Working with the earMUSIC team made me remember the days when record companies really contributed to the work and success of an artist.”++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Just one day after Alice Cooper’s triumphal return at the top of the charts, the legendary rock icon took over the main stage at Wacken Open Air, the biggest metal festival of its kind, where he was greeted by over 80,000 excited fans.

This year’s edition of Wacken was dedicated to the memory of Motorhead’s Lemmy, who has been a long-time friend of Cooper.

Cooper closed his show with a joyful version of Motorhead’s classic “Ace of Spades.”

When asked to share his memories of Lemmy, during the festival promoter’s press conference, Cooper surprised everybody by offering a donation of $10,000 USD to the Wacken Foundation with one condition: the amount would be spent to give a new talented band the chance to record in a professional studio for the first time — to be one day “the new Alice” or “the new Lemmy.”

Wacken’s founder Thomas Jensen then “relaunched” by promising that he would offer the band the opportunity to play in front of the Wacke’s audience.

ALICE COOPER'S PARANORMAL IS EVERYWHERE

ALICE’S NEW ALBUM PARANORMAL IS EVERYWHERE THESE DAYS!  CHECK OUT THESE QUOTES FROM ALBUM REVIEWS COMING IN FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
“While it benefits from a wide-screen production from the studio legend Bob Ezrin, the music is otherwise exactly like Alice’s legendary early work!”– 4 out of 5, Kerrang Magazine, UK

“An ace slice of modern metal theatre.”– 4 out of 5 – MOJO Magazine, UK

“Exciting, sarcastic, playful, hypnotic and theatrical. Paranormal has it all!”– 8 out of 10 – Aardschok, NL  

“Coop can still do it! Very contagious, melodic rock music from a musical giant!”– 7,5 out of 10 – Rock Tribune, BE

“Alice Cooper is America’s Most Beloved Villain” –  AXS, USA

“‘Paranoiac Personality’, a straightforward rocker about conspiracy theorists that, in this age of Infowars and Louise Mensch, resonates that much more.” – Consequence of Sound, USA

“‘Paranormal’ shows that even though Cooper might be nearly fifty years into his career, he is still creating brilliant albums that hold his name right up there with the best in the business.’ – 4 out of 5 – Heavy Mag, Australia

“Alice Cooper is 69 years old, still laughing under his make-up and does not intend to retire at all!” – 7,5 out of 10 + album of the month – Classic Rock, Italy

“A collection of stories of discord between the “normal” and “paranormal” that spells out another masterpiece!” – Japanese Metal God “Masa Ito’s” TV show

“There are brilliant songs on the Paranormal album. At a time when so many bands are retiring, it’s great to see that Alice Cooper is at the peak of his powers”. – Roadie Crew Magazine, Brasil

“Album of the month” – Custom Machines Magazine (Aug issue), Spain

 

PARANORMAL HQ

GET THE LATEST INFO ON ALICE COOPER’S LATEST STUDIO ALBUM “PARANORMAL” BELOW!  YOU’LL VIDEOS, SONG PREVIEWS, LINKS ON WHERE TO BUY AND MORE!

 


ALICE COOPER’S PARANORMAL IS OUT NOW!


FULL “PARANORMAL” ALBUM PREVIEW VIDEO


NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR “PARANORMAL”


NEW TRACK BY TRACK VIDEO FOR “PARANORMAL”


 NEW VIDEO FOR SINGLE “PARANOIAC PERSONALITY”


Alice Cooper – Paranormal (Single)


TRACK LISTING

1. Paranormal

Alice Cooper – Paranoiac Personality (Single)

TRACK LISTING

1. Paranoiac Personality
2. I’m Eighteen (Live in Dallas)

Alice Cooper – Paranormal (album)

TRACK LISTING
1. Paranormal
2. Dead Flies
3. Fireball
4. Paranoiac Personality
5. Fallen In Love
6. Dynamite Road
7. Private Public Breakdown
8. Holy Water
9. Rats
10. The Sound Of A

Studio recordings with the original Alice Cooper band:
11. Genuine American Girl
12. You And All Of Your Friends

Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6th, 2016 with the current Alice Cooper band:
13. No More Mr. Nice Guy
14. Under My Wheels
15. Billion Dollar Babies
16. Feed My Frankenstein
17. Only Women Bleed
18. School’s Out


ALICE COOPER’S NEW SINGLE “PARANOIAC PERSONALITY” PREMIERED ON NIGHTS WITH ALICE COOPER JUNE 8TH AND IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

THE FULL ALBUM “PARANORMAL” IS OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW AND WILL BE RELEASED JULY 28TH!

ABOUT ALICE COOPER’S PARANORMAL:
By Brad Tolinski

“PARANORMAL is like 12 great episodes of The Twilight Zone,” laughs Alice Cooper, “each song tells its own twisted little tale.”

Yes, the inimitable King of Shock Rock is back with his first album of original material in six years. It’s a weird and wonderful collection of guitar-driven delights, but what else would you expect from the composer of beautifully warped classics like “Under My Wheels,” “I’m Eighteen” and “Billion Dollar Babies”?

Produced by long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Deep Purple), and featuring guests like ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members, Paranormalis full of surprises and riveting turns.”My definition of paranormal is something that is ‘other than normal’ or ‘alongside of normal’,” says Cooper. “You could say my whole career has been that. I would look at what was normal and step left of it. That’s what gets people’s attention. They’d listen to our music and see our show and say, ‘That’s so strange…oh yeah, that’s so Alice.”In keeping with his passion for the unexpected, the singer decided to steer clear of writing another concept album like 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare, and focused on creating an explosive collection of unforgettable standalone songs.”Bob Ezrin and I wanted to break the mold,” says Alice. “I said, let’s get 20 different ideas from 20 different places, put our spin on them, and go with whatever turns out the best.”

Out of the 20 tunes, they picked a dozen to immortalize, each played for thrills, chills and even a few laughs. “Dynamite Road” tells the story of a band that has a deadly encounter with the devil. In “Fireball,” the singer has a bad dream about the end of the world, only to wake up in time to see it happening in real life. “Genuine American Girl” is about a tough guy who is transgender and not afraid to let the world know about it, and the title track is the tender story about a girl and her best ghoul friend.

“Alice doesn’t have a problem being scary,” Cooper says about his rock and roll alter ego. “He likes to be a villain, but he also has a slapstick side. He’ll threaten to slit your throat, and then slip on a banana peel.”

Banana peels aside, perhaps the biggest surprise on Paranormal is the historic two-song mini-reunion with his former bandmates, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith.

“When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood,” explains Cooper.  “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 10 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 record, it just fits right in.”

One could argue that the two songs, “Genuine American Girl” and the Who-inspired “You and All Your Friends,” do more than fit in. They stand out, as in their iconic sound being instantly recognizable.

Like any great entertainer, Alice Cooper is compelled to over deliver. In addition to the 12 new tracks on Paranormal, the singer has included a bonus disc of his current band playing killer live versions of some of The Coop’s greatest hits, such as “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “School’s Out.” Think of it as a taste of what to expect at an Alice Cooper concert circa 2017, including a summer co-headline North American tour with the equally legendary Deep Purple.

“This album is like the sideshow at a circus,” Cooper concludes. “It’s a little creepy. There’s a three-headed monkey and the snake woman, but you’re intrigued. That’s where Alice lives, and it’s been the place to go for 50years.”


On his radio show “Nights With Alice Cooper” Alice debuted the first single, “Paranoiac Personality” off the forthcoming album Paranormal.  As previously announced, Paranormal features two songs written and recorded with the original members of the Alice Cooper band and also has guest appearances by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Roger Glover of Deep Purple. The album is out July 28th on earMUSIC and can be pre-ordered via Amazon and iTunes today. There will also be a limited run of blood-red vinyl available at indie retailers across the country.

The guitar-driven “Paranoiac Personality” is a perfect entry point to Alice’s searing rock record. An album that explores the fringes of society, the end of the world, encounters with the devil and more. Paranormal was produced by long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Deep Purple). In addition to the new studio album and the two new recordings from the original Alice Cooper band, fans will receive a bonus of 6 live tracks recorded at one of Cooper’s 2016 shows in Columbus, OH.
Alice Cooper’s North American tour also kicked off this week. He’ll join up with Deep Purple beginning in August. Highlights include The Greek in Los Angeles on August 13th and Jones Beach on August 26th. Alice Cooper is on a world tour throughout 2017. Full North American tour dates below.
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ALICE PREVIEWS NEW ALBUM AT LIVE LISTENING PARTY IN LONDON

SOURCE:  sickthingsuk.co.uk

Last night was the official ‘Paranormal’ album launch which took place at the ‘hidden masonic lodge’ in the  Andaz Hotel, London, which was a cool setting for the event, and has an interesting back story. The very plush hotel is built on the site of the old Bedlam hospital for the insane and was only discovered relatively recently during construction work, having been forgotten about for years. You can read a little history and see some pics here to give you an idea. Chairs were arranged in the center of the room with press folders for everyone including a welcome letter, a sheet of European tour dates, and a signed photo of the album cover.

[Warning: Possible spoilers below]

The evening began with a brief intro from our hosts from earMusic before they proceeded to play selected tracks from the forthcoming ‘Paranormal’ record. The sound system wasn’t great to be honest, and while good enough to get a feel for some of the songs it wouldn’t really be fair to completely judge things from just this single playback. Also bare in mind these are my personal first impressions and not meant to be a proper review of the record.
They began with the title track, ‘Paranormal’, which brings to mind early ‘The Who’. It sounded a little disjointed on first listen but I’m sure when we get to hear it properly it will all come together better. Next up was ‘Dead Flies’ which has a Hendrix feel/groove along the lines of maybe ‘Fire’ or ‘Crosstown Traffic’. “It’s all Lies, We’re Dead Flies”. They then skipped ahead to ‘Fallen In Love (And I Can’t Get Up) which has Billy Gibbons all over it, sounding not unlike Alice singing on a real ZZ Top track, with that familiar blues swagger. I also think I heard a few old song references including ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and Desperado’ in the lyrics.
By now it was becoming clear what Alice meant when a few months back he referred to the album having a “70s feel”. He didn`t really mean an Alice Cooper 70s feel, but more a general 70s rock feel, and I think comparing it to ‘Killer’ was a bit of a red herring!
‘Private Public Breakdown’ was next up and has more of an 80s big rock feel to it. Kiss (around the ‘Lick It Up’ period) was my first thoughts. ‘Holy Water’ though has another change of pace, with an almost jazzy groove (more ‘Blue Turk’ then ‘Last Man On Earth’) including horns, and what felt like a LOT of lyrics which could have had a duel meaning, both telling a story and having some religious undertones as well, but as with all these songs it really would need to be heard properly to fairly judge. This was probably the one that sounded most interesting up to that point, and I wrote “best???” in my hastily scribbled notes. That was until they followed it up with ‘The Sound Of A’. This sounds like the real winner on the album. Very Pink Floydian and maybe the longest track on the album, allowing the song to build naturally which is something I think has too often been missing on recent material. This could be a future classic and I can’t wait to hear it properly.
Finally, we got to hear one of the two new original Alice Cooper band songs, ‘Genuine American Girl’, which I think Alice later mentioned was a Neal Smith song. It starts with Neal laying down a drum beat before heading off into a kinda Beach Boys/Surf groove. If you are hoping for something that actually sounds like 70s Alice Cooper this isn’t really it, but it’s a cool number if not a classic. There’s some nice duel guitar playing which I think I heard is Michael Bruce and Nick Didkovsky of the ‘Pretties For You NYC band. There’s also a nice Mae West quote in there somewhere.
So that was the end of the playback. All in all most of the songs sounded promising with a couple of obvious stand outs, but as I say, I don’t really feel I could call it based on just this first hearing. I’m looking forward to hearing everything properly.

Playback over, it was time for Alice to make his appearance at the back of the room, making his way down to the front while marvelling at the decor, and promptly tripping up, landing face first on the stone floor! At first I thought he was joking around but no it was for real. Luckily he seemed okay and made his way to the large ‘throne’ at the front of the room. Amusingly, if you look at the photos you’ll see some latin writing above the chair which we were told actually translates as ‘Very Big Chair’! Who said secret societies didn’t have a sense of humour!
There followed a brief Q and A with Alice, most of which to be honest readers here will have heard before, but Alice is always a great interview so it’s easy to just enjoy it. They covered a little background on the album recording, the guests, and the November UK shows with Dennis, Michael and Neal, confirming the basic setup will be the same as the recent Nashville reunion. Alice also took a few minutes out, unprompted, to mention the sadly missed Glen Buxton, praising him as a truly unique talent and character who he still misses to this day. The affection for his fallen friend was clear even after all these years.
A mention that the interviewer had been with Pink Floyds’ David Gilmour earlier in the day (can I have his job!!) who had told him to say “hi” to Alice saying they went “way back” prompted the old Pink Floyd stories about the band with Syd Barrett staying with the original band for a few days back in the late sixties. All very cool.
After a few more questions from the assembled audience of radio and magazine journos everything wrapped up with photos and autographs for those who wanted them before Alice and Sheryl headed off, hand in hand, to the next interview or event he was probably late for!
All in all it was a very enjoyable evening, and I extend my thanks to Toby for the invite, and the lovely people at earMusic for being such friendly hosts and making me feel so welcome at their event. Now I just need the real album even more!

Phew, well with all that written up I should also mention Alice’s was up and about again first thing this morning, appearing on ‘The Chris Evans Breakfast Show’ again on BBC Radio 2, this time in person along with various other guests including Steve Winwood who plays a few songs live in the studio. This interview was much more disjointed then yesterdays ones, being that Alice was just one of four or more guests on air at the same time, but you can listen again now on the Radio 2 site.

Alice Cooper Webchat – Your questions answered on pranks, makeup remover and Bowie

SOURCE:  The Guardian

You can re-read Alice’s entire LIVE webchat with The Guardian HERE

Check out this excerpt!

Neville63 asks:

Hi Alice, I would like to know if there was any fun rivalry between you and David Bowie when you both were the top of the glam scene and did you go to see each others shows?

Alice Cooper responds:  “David Bowie used to come to our show when he was David Jones. He’d bring his band, the Spiders from Mars, and say “watch this”. Everybody pushed everybody which was good. People wanted there to be an animosity between Bowie and I, but there never was. He created characters, I created Alice, and we both wrote from our character’s point of view. We had dinner two or three times. I think there was a nice artistic push – when we heard each other’s albums we went “Oh, I see where you’re doing with this”. Rock is the most theatrical music in the world, so why not bring it alive on stage.

For me, all of my big brothers and sisters were characters that were bigger than life. Hendrix, Joplin … they died young. Because they tried to be their character off stage. I realised I couldn’t be Alice all the time because he was too theatrical. Pretty soon your character will kill you. I didn’t want to go out on the street with a snake around my neck! That character doesn’t belong in a bank! They only belong on stage. I didn’t want him to be in daily life. As soon as the curtain came down, I wasn’t him anymore.

Even to this day I can co-exist with Alice. I can play him onstage. I look forward to playing Alice, I can’t wait. But I know that pretty soon I will be off stage too. He never talks to the audience if you notice – that would make him more human. He’s an arrogant villain. I leave him where he belongs.

There were two Alices – the Alice when I was drinking, who was society’s whipping boy. He represented all the disenfranchised. The artistic kids, the gay kids, the kids who were too weird to be with other kids. They all flocked to Alice. Because he was the outsider, and got hung, and beheaded. When I got sober I realised that Alice was gone. This new Alice was going to be an arrogant villain. And he would look down on the audience, and have total control over the audience. That’s the way people love to see him now – he comes out mad and angry and dangerous. But I like him being vulnerable to silliness too. If you don’t have humour and horror together, you’re missing out on stuff.”