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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Alice Cooper: "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" Cover Artwork Unveiled; Complete Details
Alice Cooperwill release his hugely anticipated new album,"Welcome 2 My Nightmare", later this year viaUniversal Music Group. Recorded with longtime collaboratorBob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum"Welcome To My Nightmare"album in 1975, the record picks up right where they left off, withAlicetrapped in his own warped mind. That original album is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneering U.S. TV special and cementedAlice Cooperas a visionary trailblazer whose influence persists today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theater, television, film and much more. More than 35 years later,AliceandEzrinhave resurrected the horror and humor for a new generation. "This isAlice's nightmare 35 years later," explainsAlice, "Boband I created this character and we know how to write for him. I play the part but we're not writing for me, we're writing forAlice. We kept the first'Nightmare'album very personal to us, on this one we found more humor and we were more open. This was our world and we want to present it to the fans. The original album was my first solo album after all those huge hit records with the original band and now that nightmare is exposed, this one can be a little bit more open. The music crosses all sorts of boundaries; we went where the lyrics took us." There is an array of collaborators on the new album, including original Alice CoopermembersDenis Dunaway,Michael BruceandNeal Smithreunited on three tracks; global pop superstarKe$ha, who affectionately callsAlice"dad"; and legendaryAliceandLou ReedguitaristSteve Hunter, who is part ofAlice's current touring band and featured prominently on the first"Nightmare"album. Musically, the album ranges far and wide, from trashing disco to garage punk, pop balladry to a rocking number very much in the spirit ofThe Rolling Stones. And then there's the ballad"Something To Remember Me By", described byAliceas "the prettiest song we have ever released." Glimpses of themes from the original album are intertwined throughout, each track representing a different aspect ofAlice's nightmare. From the opener,"I Am Made Of You", through the already established live favorite and first single"I'll Bite Your Face Off", to the surprising duet withKe$ha,"What Baby Wants", this album is a reminder that albums just aren't made this way anymore. And musicians do not play together likeDennis Dunaway,Michael BruceandNeal Smithanymore. "I wanted a '70s feel for'When Hell Comes Home'," saysAlice, "and I didn't even have to ask for it, it's just how they play and they did it live in the studio. When they got done playing the basic track,Boband I just looked at each other, that sound is built into their DNA. We didn't need to go and fix anything. The way they finished was a little bit ragged and that's the way we used to finish songs, that's what I like about it." Co-writers on various songs include the aforementionedBob Ezrin,Ke$ha,Neal,Dennis,Michael, plusBucksherry'sKeith Nelson,Desmond Child(who famously co-wrote and produced"Poison"withAlice), longtime collaboratorDick Wagner, current touring band memberChuck Garricand film composerJeremy Rubolino. "That's my rebellion," saysAliceof the more surprising guests, "I like people that don't belong and yet what they're doing works perfectly. I don't care where it comes from, as long as it's right. If you tell me something doesn't work, I'll work my head of until it does then shove it down your throat. "I think a lot of my audience is going to go 'KE$HA!?', but she probably wrote the most disgusting lyrics in the song - we had to rein her in. I like people to know that just because artists are put in a pigeon hole, that doesn't mean that's what they are. Give people a little room." WithSteve Hunter, one of rock's great guitarists, added to the band's line-up of guitaristsDamon JohnsonandTommy Henriksen, bassistChuck Garric, and drummerGlen Sobel,Alicehas been tearing up venues worldwide on his 2011"No More Mr. Nice Guy"tour. Alice gave fans a treat in June with a surprise performance at London's tiny 100 Club, when actorJohnny Deppjoined in on guitar.Aliceshowcased the powerful band that had blown away theDownloadfestival crowd the previous weekend. This year, the originalAlice Coopergroup was inducted into theRock And Roll Hall Of Fame, andAlicewas honored with both theKerrang! Icon Awardin the U.K. and theRevolver Golden God Awardin the USA. * U.K. fan pack album release / global album release: September 16 * U.K. general album release: October 17 Single:"I'll Bite Your Face Off" * Limited-edition seven-inch picture vinyl: September 12 with exclusive live version as the B-side * Digital: August 22 with"Caffeine"as B-side "Welcome 2 My Nightmare"will be released first as a "fan pack" in conjunction withFuture Publishingin September, with a conventional release following in October. The fan pack includes the album, a giant poster, a facepaint set, a metal badge, anAliceface mask and a 132-page magazine dedicated to all thingsAlice. "Fan Pack" track listing: 01.I Am Made Of You 02.Caffeine 03.The Nightmare Returns 04.A Runaway Train 05.Last Man On Earth 06.The Congregation 07.I'll Bite Your Face Off 08.Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever 09.Ghouls Gone Wild 10.Something To Remember Me By 11.When Hell Comes Home 12.What Baby Wants 13.I Gotta Get Outta Here 14.The Underture Exclusive fan pack bonus tracks: 15.Under The Bed 16.Poison (Live at Download Festival) Standard U.K. and international track listing: 01.I Am Made Of You 02.Caffeine 03.The Nightmare Returns 04.A Runaway Train 05.Last Man On Earth 06.The Congregation 07.I'll Bite Your Face Off 08.Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever 09.Ghouls Gone Wild 10.Something To Remember Me By 11.When Hell Comes Home 12.What Baby Wants 13.I Gotta Get Outta Here 14.The Underture Standard bonus track: 15.We Gotta Get Out Of This Place Deluxe U.K. and international track listing: 01.I Am Made Of You 02.Caffeine 03.The Nightmare Returns 04.A Runaway Train 05.Last Man On Earth 06.The Congregation 07.I'll Bite Your Face Off 08.Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever 09.Ghouls Gone Wild 10.Something To Remember Me By 11.When Hell Comes Home 12.What Baby Wants 13.I Gotta Get Outta Here 14.The Underture Deluxe bonus tracks: 15.We Gotta Get Out Of This Place 16.No More Mr. Nice Guy (Live at Download Festival) 17.The Black Widow (Live at Download Festival) General album formats - released viaUniversal Music Group: 1. 2xLP blood-red vinyl with poster and exclusive track"Flatline" 2. Deluxe digipak CD with exclusive "ticket to hell" not available anywhere else, plus poster and bonus tracks"We Gotta Get Out Of This Place","No More Mr. Nice Guy (live at Download Festival)","Black Widow (Live at Download Festival)" 3. Standard CD/Digital Album with bonus track"We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" 4.iTunes-exclusive album with bonus track"A Bad Situation"and track-by-track commentary Chris Ingham, group publisher at niche publishing houseFuture, which is pioneering "The Fan Pack" format, tellsThe Independent, that the fanpack 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 "fanpacks" include Slash's self-titled solo CD,Motörhead's"The Wörld Is Yours"and Whitesnake's"Forevermore".