Welcome 2 My Nightmare

Written by on August 25, 2011 in August 25, 2011, Music Reviews - 2 Comments

Alice Cooper Returns with a New Album, New Nightmare

Alice CooperThe Long-Awaited Sequel to his 1975 classic out on September 13, 2011

August 1, 2011, Santa Monica, CA: Alice Cooper’s widely anticipated new album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, will be released September 13, 2011, by Universal Music Enterprises. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum Welcome To My Nightmare album in 1975, the album picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.

The original release is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneering U.S. TV special, and certified Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer whose influence persists today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theatre, television, film and much more.

More than 35 years later, Alice and Ezrin have resurrected the horror and humor for a new generation.

“This is Alice’s nightmare 35 years later,” explains Alice, “Bob and 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 for Alice. 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 Cooper members Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith reunited on 3 tracks; global pop superstar Ke$ha, who affectionately calls Alice “dad”; and legendary Alice and Lou Reed guitarist Steve Hunter, who is part of Alice’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 of the Rolling Stones. And then there’s the ballad “Something To Remember Me By,” described by Alice as “the prettiest song we have ever released.”

Glimpses of themes from the original album are intertwined throughout, each track representing a different aspect of Alice’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 with Ke$ha, “What Baby Wants,” this album is a reminder that albums just aren’t made this way anymore.

And musicians do not play together like Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith anymore.

“I wanted a ‘70s feel for ‘When Hell Comes Home,’ says Alice, “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, Bob and 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 aforementioned Bob Ezrin, Ke$ha, Dunaway, Bruce and Smith, plus Buckcherry’s Keith Nelson, Desmond Child (who famously co-wrote and produced “Poison” with Alice), longtime collaborator Dick Wagner, current touring band member Chuck Garric, and film composer Jeremy Rubolino.

“That’s my rebellion,” says Alice of 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 off 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 wicked 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.”

With Steve Hunter, one of rock’s great guitarists, added to the band’s lineup of guitarists Damon Johnson and Tommy Henriksen, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel, Alice has been tearing up venues worldwide on his 2011 “No More Mr. Nice Guy” tour.

Alice gave fans an up close and highly personal experience in June with a surprise performance at London’s legendary 100 Club, when actor Johnny Depp joined the band on guitar. Alice showcased the powerful band that had blown away the Download Festival crowd the previous weekend.

This year, the original Alice Cooper group was inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and Alice was honored with both the Kerrang! Icon Award in the U.K. and the Revolver Golden God Award in the U.S.

Tracklist:

  1. I Am Made Of You
  2. Caffeine
  3. The Nightmare Returns
  4. A Runaway Train
  5. Last Man On Earth
  6. The Congregation
  7. I’ll Bite Your Face Off
  8. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
  9. 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

Alice Cooper’s Worldwide “No More Mr. Nice Guy” 2011 Tour Continues:

August 5 Billings, MT Alberta Bair Theatre

August 6 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Campground

August 7 Moorhead, ND Bluestern Center for the Arts

August 9 Akron, OH Civic Theatre

August 11 Grand Rapids, MI Rock The Rapids

August 12 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE

August 13 Mashantucket, Connecticut Foxwoods

August 15 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center

August 16 Reading, PA Sovereign Center

August 17 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion

August 19 Lewisburg, WV State Fair

August 20 Englewood, NJ Performing Arts Center

August 21 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre

August 23 Scranton, PA Cultural Center

August 25 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre

August 26 Buffalo, NY Erie Canal Harbor Park

August 27 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Center

September 22 Auckland, New Zealand Trusts Stadium

September 24 Brisbane, Australia Soundwave Revolution

September 25 Sydney, Australia               Soundwave Revolution

September 26 Sydney, Australia               Enmore Theatre

September 29 Melbourne, Australia Palais

September 30 Melbourne, Australia Soundwave Revolution

October 1 Adelaide, Australia Soundwave Revolution

October 3 Perth, Australia Soundwave Revolution

October 5 Singapore Marina Bay Grand Theatre

October 7 Jakarta, Indonesia Venue TBA

October 12 Rome, Italy Atlantico

October 13 Padova, Italy Gran Teatro Rex

October 14 Milan/Bergamo, Italy Live Club

October 16 Basel, Switzerland St Jakobshalle

October 18 Vienna, Austria Gasometer

October 20 Chemnitz, Germany                Stadthalle

October 21 Goppingen, Germany EWS Arena

October 22 Mannheim, Germany Rosengarten

October 23 Zoetermoor, Holland Silverdome

October 25 Sheffield, England City Hall

October 26 Bristol, England Colston Hall

October 27 Birmingham, England NIA

October 29 London, England Alexandra Palace

October 30 Manchester, England O2 Apollo

October 31 Glasgow, Scotland Clyde Auditorium

November 2 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique

November 3 Lille, France Zenith

November 5 Toulouse, France Zenith

November 6 Lyon, France Halle Tony Garnier

November 8 Paris, France Zenith

November 9 Rouen, France Zenith

November 10 Rennes, France Liberte

November 12 Bremen, Germany Pier III

November 13 Mulheim An Der Ruhr, Germany RWE Arena

November 14 Berlin, Germany Columbiahalle

November 17 St Petersburg, Russia Oktiaborski

November 19 Moscow, Russia Crocus City Hall Expo, 3rd Pavilion

CONTACT:

Sujata Murthy, UMe 310 865 7812 sujata.murthy@umusic.com

Keren Poznansky, UMe 310 865 7797 keren.poznansky@umusic.com

Briele Douglass, Sunshine Sachs 212 691 2800 douglass@sunshinesachs.com