Alice Cooper published a song titled “Rock & Roll” from his upcoming album “Detroit Stories”, which will be released on February 26 via earMUSIC.
It’s a Velvet Underground cover as the original version was first released in 1970, on the album “Loaded”. The song was also covered by Runaways, Mitch Ryder’s band, Detroit, as well as Jane’s Addiction.
“Detroit was heavy rock central then,” explains Alice, “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.”
“Los Angeles had its sound with THE DOORS, LOVE and BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD,” he says, “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 U.S. (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.”
50 years later, Alice and Ezrin gathered some legendary Detroit musicians in a Detroit studio to record “Detroit Stories”, Alice Cooper’s new album that celebrates that spirit for a new era. If 2019’s “Breadcrumbs” EP laid down the trail to the city, “Detroit Stories” drives like a muscle car right down Woodward Ave.
“We recorded with Wayne Kramer (guitarist and writer from the MC5), Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (drums; from the legendary DETROIT WHEELS), Paul Randolph (legendary Detroit jazz and R&B bassist) as well as the Motor City Horns and other local musicians,” explains Ezrin, “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. This was made in detroit for Detroit by Detroit denizens!”
“Detroit Stories” will be available on CD, CD+DVD digipak, CD box set (including CD, Blu-ray, t-shirt, face mask, torch light and 3 stickers), and 2LP gatefold.
The DVD and Blu-ray will show the incredible live performance “A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris” for the first time on video. With the whole concert culture being shut down due to covid-19, Alice Cooper felt the need to share one of his latest shows with his fans as he cannot wait to get back on the road — better than ever.
- Rock ‘N’ Roll
- Go Man Go (Album Version)
- Our Love Will Change The World
- Social Debris
- $1000 High Heel Shoes
- Hail Mary
- Detroit City 2021 (Album Version)
- Drunk And In Love
- Independence Dave
- I Hate You
- Wonderful World
- Sister Anne (Album Version)
- Hanging On By A Thread (Don’t Give Up)
- Shut Up And Rock
- East Side Story (Album Version)