Watch Alice Cooper Reunite With Original Band Members for Special Live Set
Alice Cooper treated concertgoers to a special reunion performance with his surviving original band members last night in Nashville — and thanks to the magic of fan-shot video, you can check it out right here.
As previously reported, the reunion with Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith was scheduled as a five-song “mini-set” during Cooper’s show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall. “With so many musician, songwriter and producer friends here, as well as great rock fans who come to our concerts, it’s special to be performing with Neal, Michael and Dennis in Nashville for them,” he said in a statement.
“It’s fun to go back and work with guys you haven’t worked with in a while,” Cooper added in a separate interview. “It’s not trying to recapture your youth – it’s trying to recapture a sound, and it’s a very elusive sound.”
The Cooper band’s “mini-set” arrives ahead of a special “mini-album” set to be appended to Cooper’s upcoming Paranormal LP, featuring three new songs written and recorded with Bruce, Dunaway and Smith. The album’s main track listing also makes room for visits from an array of special guests, including U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover. Hinting that the record “might go in a lot of directions,” Cooper has also promised that longtime fans will come away thoroughly satisfied.
“I have a world of fans out there, and it took me 45 years to build that fan base,” he pointed out. “So when I make records now, I’m making them for those people. I’m not trying to break a new audience.”
Watch Cooper joined by his original bandmates as well as members of his current band for “School’s Out” above, and watch the surviving classic Alice Cooper lineup run through “I’m Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Muscle of Love” below.
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