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Monday, June 13, 2011
Alice Cooper: "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" As "Fan Pack" In September
According toThe Independent, legendary rockerAlice Cooperwill release his new album,"Welcome 2 My Nightmare", in the U.K. in September as a magazine with high production values and assorted merchandise (a format that is being dubbed "The Fan Pack") and as an iPad app with exclusive video interviews. The content of both products will be edited by Cooperhimself. The album's official physical release will follow in mid-October, whenAlicewill perform a major show in London. Chris Ingham, group publisher at niche publishing houseFuture, which is pioneering "The Fan Pack" format, tellsThe Independent, that the fan pack format has the potential to transform the relationship between the magazine industry and the music business. "Record companies have acknowledged that music magazines are amplifiers but they have also thought they were parasites," he says. "Moving forward, magazines will be seen much more as partners and something to rely on." Other albums that have been released in the U.K. as "fan packs" include Slash's self-titled solo CD,Motörhead's"The Wörld Is Yours"and Whitesnake's"Forevermore". "Welcome 2 My Nightmare"features the original"Nightmare"tandem ofSteve HunterandDick Wagner, withVince Gillguesting on a track called"Runaway Train". In addition, survivingCooperband membersMichael Bruce,Dennis DunawayandNeal Smithappear on the song"When Hell Comes Home". In an interview withBillboard.com,Coopersaid about the forthcoming CD, "I had an idea to do a part two to (2008's)'Along Came a Spider'. I came to (producer)Bob (Ezrin;Pink Floyd,KISS) with it, and he listened and goes, 'Eh. I would be more excited if'Along Came a Spider'was a No. 1 record.' He wasn't really into it. Then we started talking about'Welcome to My Nightmare''s 35th anniversary or something like that, and he said, 'What ifAlicehad another nightmare?' All I was trying to do was getBobto say, 'Yeah, I want to produce the album,' so we found a place where both of us really felt comfortable, and that was doing'Nightmare 2'." "There are certain songs where we let some of the themes from (the original)'Nightmare'slip in,"CoopertoldBillboard.com. "All of a sudden you'll hear the little piano part from'Steven'or from'The Awakening'. I wanted (the albums) to be married together. I think we even make reference to a couple of characters from the original (album)."