Munich Alice Cooper is considered the godfather of shock rock. With dark make-up and a bloody guillotine show, he has shaped a genre. Now he’s bringing out a new album and he has to admit: He probably won’t be able to shock anyone with it anymore.
“Los Angeles had its own sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield. In San Francisco there was The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. In New York The Rascals and The Velvet Underground, ”says Alice Cooper. “But angry hard rock was born in Detroit.”
He now wants to erect a memorial to this angry hard rock in his hometown. Alice Cooper is releasing a new album. The title: “Detroit Stories”.
“We wanted to make a heavy, guitar driven album. We like to work with topics and concepts, which is why we decided: Let’s go to the home of hard rock, ”said the now 73-year-old shock rocker (“ Poison ”) in an interview with the German press agency.
Detroit has changed from a dark drug capital to a cosmopolitan metropolis. “But that hard rock thing survived there. They don’t like soft rock in Detroit, they want their rock. It is not a particularly cultivated city, an auto-industrial city. The people there work on loud machines and they want their music to be loud too. “
To capture the spirit of the city, the album was made there, as Cooper says – and exclusively with musicians from Detroit. The result is an old-fashioned rock album in the best sense of the word. A nostalgic trip with hard guitar sounds, which might not sound innovative, but very powerful and which should nevertheless (or perhaps because of that) inspire fans who have accompanied the shock rocker’s decades-long career.
The first single and the first track on the album are simply called “Rock ‘n’ Roll”. “A homage to the most turbulent and toughest rock ‘n’ roll scene that ever existed,” the record company advertises, not without good reason.
Shock rocker Alice Cooper has created bloody stage shows that are legendary, also because a guillotine plays an important role. “Our band was once very dangerous, but I know that I can’t shock anyone today,” he told the dpa. In the past, parents would have really thought that he – now a grandpa of four – was living in a dark, haunted castle. But: “The times in which we live are more shocking than anything I could do.”
Even if the big rock bands are more his age than part of a youth movement today, he believes in the future of rock music. “The only music that has survived since the 1960s until today is rock music,” he says in an interview with dpa. “A young band should take a close look at it: If you want to survive in the music business, don’t follow a trend, just play rock music.”
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