Words: Matt Innes
Godfather of Shock Rock Alice Cooper has revealed details of his latest album, titled ‘Detroit Stories’ in an homage to his hometown.
We get the first taste of ‘Detroit Stories’ on Friday 13 November with lead single ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’. The album proper is due for release on 26 February 2021 and is the follow-up to the 2019 EP ‘Breadcrumbs’.
On ‘Detroit Stories’, Alice Cooper pays tribute to the city’s notoriously tough and gritty music scene.
“Detroit was Heavy Rock central then,” Alice explains.
“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.”
Alice relocated his band from Los Angeles to Detroit to escape flower-power and create something much darker, coming to work with producer Bob Ezrin to hone their signature sound, resulting in third album ‘Love It To Death’.
“Los Angeles had its sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield,” he continues.
“San Francisco had the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. New York had The Rascals and The Velvet Underground. But Detroit was the birthplace of angry hard rock.
“After not fitting in anywhere in the US (musically or image-wise), Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper, guitar driven, hard rock sound and our crazy stage show. Detroit was a haven for the outcasts. And when they found out I was born in East Detroit… we were home.”
Alice has teamed up again with Bob Ezrin for ‘Detroit Stories’, along with an ensemble of legendary Detroit musicians.
“We had musical ideas and encouragement from John Varvatos, the support of the folks at Shinola, and we recorded at Rustbelt Studios in Royal Oak,” Bob Ezrin says.
“This was made in Detroit, for Detroit, by Detroit denizens!”
‘Detroit Stories’ is released 26 February 2021.
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