by Alisha Jackson
Back in February, Alice Cooper let the cursed black cat out of the bag when he revealed that he’d been writing songs with some familiar old friends. “[Drummer] Neal [Smith] and [guitarist] Mike [Bruce] and I just wrote two or three songs,” he said about his old Alice Cooper Band mates. “[Bassist] Dennis [Dunaway] and I wrote some songs together,” he added.
Now we’re finding out why the mini-reunion took place. Cooper is trying to recapture the sound of the band’s 1971 studio album, Killer. And what better way to recreate it than to call on its original players? “I’ve always liked the idea that Alice Cooper has always been a Detroit rock band,” Cooper tells The Weekender. “We’ve always been a hard rock band, guitar rock, and I’ll never give that up, but every once in awhile, though, there’s just a flavor of what album do we want to go to here to give it that flavor,” he explained. “And it seems to be going toward the Killer’ album. And I kind of go, that album, let’s revisit the sound of that album and what we were kind of thinking. You can never go back and totally recapture it, but you can certainly look at the elements that made that album work the way it did.”
“I wrote three or four songs with Neil Smith and Mike Bruce,” Cooper disclosed. “And so we worked together in Phoenix for about two weeks just writing songs and demoing songs. And you never know which ones are going to make the album, but I said let’s do that.” He added in that “Dennis Dunaway wrote two or three things,” but that he hadn’t seen those yet. That doesn’t worry Cooper, though, as he stated that “Dennis has always written great stuff.”
If any rockstar were able to magically go back in time, it would be Cooper. But according to the Godfather of Shock Rock, he isn’t interested in re-living his glory days; he’s just interested in capturing its sound. “It’s fun to go back and work with guys you haven’t worked with in awhile. It’s not trying to recapture your youth. It’s trying to recapture a sound. And it’s a very elusive sound.”