The reunion of the original Alice Cooper Group from 2015 will be released on September 30 as part of a vinyl + DVD combo called Live From The Astroturf. The show was originally billed as a book signing for bassist Dennis Dunaway, but fans who came out to the signing were surprised with a reunion of the original Alice Cooper Band lineup, which was active between 1964 and 1974. The nine-song set features Cooper, Dunaway, guitarist Michael Bruce, drummer Neal Smith, and current Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie who stood in for the late Glen Buxton.
Pre-orders for Live From The Astroturf via Ear Music are available now right here. A track listing for album can be found below.
- "Caught In a Dream"
- "Be My Lover"
- "I’m Eighteen"
- "Is It My Body"
- "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
- "Under My Wheels"
- "School’s Out"
As for Alice himself, in a new interview with Rolling Stone Deutschland, he shared what has made his phenomenal live production work decade after decade. If you've only got a second, I'll boil it down for you: don't be a jerk, and people will like working for you, is Cooper's advice.
"I think it starts at the top. I think that whoever's leading the band, the other guys mold into that. So I treat the guy that sweeps the stage with the same respect as I treat the guitar player, or the bass player – everybody gets treated the same," Cooper told RS. "If, we have a night off, for example. I'll invite everybody to dinner. We take 35-40 people to dinner. And that means everybody – the lowest guy on the totem pole is treated exactly the same as the band.
"And to me, once you do that, you get loyalty – you know, most guys don't even know who worked for them. I know everybody that works for me. And I know pretty much their families…And that way, every show, everybody wants to do the best show that night, make it represent the best thing. And I want them to have pride in the show. Not just the fact that, 'Oh, all I do is the lighting.' I go 'No. Without that lighting I don't look good. So you are as important as I am.' That's how I think you work a band."
Alice Cooper is currently working his band to pleasant perfection out on the road, and you can check all confirmed dates below.
9/7 — Bethlehem, PA — Wind Creek Event Center [Tickets]
9/9 — Alton, VA— Blue Ridge Rock Festival [Tickets]
9/11 — Windsor, ON — The Colosseum @ Caesar's [Tickets]
9/13 — Buffalo, NY — Shea's Buffalo [Tickets]
9/14 — Binghamton, NY — Visions Arena [Tickets]
9/16 — Albany, NY — The Palace Theater [Tickets]
9/17 — Atlantic City, NJ — Tropicana Casino & Resort [Tickets]
9/18 — Wallingford, CT — Toyota Oakdale Theatre [Tickets]
9/20 — Muncie, IN — Emens Auditorium [Tickets]
9/21 — Grand Rapids, MI — DeVos Hall [Tickets]
9/22 — Hammond, IN — The Venue @ Horseshoe Casino [Tickets]
9/24 — Louisville, KY — Louder than Life Festival [Tickets]
9/25 — Chattanooga, TN — Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium [Tickets]
9/27 — Memphis, TN — Orpheum Theater [Tickets]
9/28 — St.Louis, MO — Stifel Theatre [Tickets]
9/30 — Cedar Rapids, IA — Paramount Theater [Tickets]
10/1 — Springfield, IL — Bank of Springfield Center [Tickets]
10/4 — Loveland, CO — Budweiser Event Center [Tickets]
10/6 — Prescott Valley, AZ — Findlay Toyota Center [Tickets]
10/8 — Las Vegas, NV — TBA [Tickets]