Jun 022017

The cover artwork for Alice Cooper‘s new album, titled “Paranormal”, can be seen below. The album will be released on July 28 via earMUSIC, it will be made available on 2CD digipak, 2LP, limited-edition box set and on digital formats — and will come with a special mini-album. The first single, ‘Paranoic Personality’, will be released Friday, June 9.

A statement from earMUSIC reads: “The 12-track album has been recorded in Nashville with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin and features a very special bonus CD — a mini-album consisting of three brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce, alongside carefully selected live recordings. “Paranormal” also features special guest appearances by U2‘s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ TOP‘s Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple‘s Roger Glover.”

During an appearance on the SiriusXM radio show “Trunk Nation”, Cooper said producer Bob Ezrin was responsible for getting Mullen Jr. involved in the sessions.

Bob Ezrin and I sat there, and Bob says, ‘What do you think about Larry Mullen on drums?’ And I went, ‘That’s a great idea. It’ll change things up so much on just the basic tracks.'”

Cooper also talked about the U2 drummer’s somewhat unusual approach to recording. Alice recalled: “Larry [said], ‘I wanna see the lyrics.’ I said, ‘Really?’ He [said], ‘Yeah, I play to the lyrics. I don’t play to the bass.’ And I said, ‘That is so cool — just the idea that you’re interpreting the lyrics on the drums.’ So that totally makes the album another album.”

Gibbons, meanwhile, plays guitar on a song called ‘I’ve Fallen In Love And I Can’t Get Up’. “After we cut the record, I went, ‘If Billy Gibbons doesn’t play on this, we shouldn’t put this one out,’ ’cause, I mean, it is so much him,” Alice said. “And he got the record, and he said, ‘I’ve got the flu, but, man, this song makes me feel better.’ He just killed it.”

In addition to performing on “Paranormal”, original Alice Cooper bandmembers Neal Smith (drums), Michael Bruce (guitar) and Dennis Dunaway (bass) were involved in the songwriting for the new record. “I wrote three songs [with them] for the new album. Dennis brought in two songs, Mike brought in a song. There’s one song called ‘I Wanna Be A Genuine American Girl’. It was gonna be ‘I Want A Genuine American Girl’, and I went, ‘No, no, no. I Wanna Be A Genuine American Girl! It’s really a tough song, so it’s this guy going, ‘I’ve gotta paint my nails, I’ve gotta do my hair.’ [Laughs]”

With regards to the “Paranormal” album title, Cooper said: “I love that title, ‘Paranormal’, but it’s not really a scary record. There’s a couple of scary songs on it, but [it is] ‘paranormal,’ meaning ‘other than normal.’ This is not a normal Alice record. Bob and I decided, ‘No theme this time. We’re gonna make a record of things that just get us off, songs that we like. And it might go in a lot of different directions, but these are just songs that get us off.”

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Jun 07 Fox Cities PAC Appleton, WI
Jun 08 Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater Hinckley, MN
Jun 09 Vetter Stone Amphitheater Mankato, MN
Jun 12 Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
Jun 13 Kingsbury Hall Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 16 Thunder Valley Casino Resort Lincoln, CA
Jun 17 Cuthbert Amphitheater Eugene, OR
Jun 18 Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concert Season at Northern Quest Casino Airway Heights, WA
Jun 20 Rabobank Theater Bakersfield, CA
Jun 21 Pechanga Resort and Casino Temecula, CA
Jun 22 Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater Tucson, AZ
Jun 24 KLAQ Streetfest El Paso, TX

Jul 01 RockFest Barcelona, Spain
Jul 21 Bukta City Festival Tromsø, Norway
Jul 24 Sentrum Scene Oslo, Norway
Jul 26 Liseberg Göteborg, Sweden
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Jul 29 Qstock Festival Oulu, Finland
Jul 31 Trakų pilis Vilnius, Lithuania
Aug 02 Junge Garde Dresden, Germany
Aug 03 Fezen Fest Szekesfehervar, Hungary
Aug 06 Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium

Aug 12 The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NV
Aug 13 The Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Aug 15 Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
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Aug 18 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX
Aug 19 Starplex Pavlion Dallas, TX
Aug 21 Chastain Park Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
Aug 23 Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA
Aug 24 BB&T Pavilion Camden, NJ
Aug 26 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY
Aug 27 Xfinity Center Mansfield, MA
Aug 28 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
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Sep 02 Budweiser Stage Toronto, Canada
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Sep 06 Tinley Park Chicago, IL
Sep 08 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Saint Louis, MO
Sep 09 Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sep 10 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH

Sep 21 Cidade do Rock Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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Sep 26 Allianz Parque Sao Paulo, Brazil
Oct 07 Mother Of All Rock Fest Monterrey, Mexico

Oct 17 Perth Arena Perth, Australia
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Nov 08 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
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Nov 29 Samsung Hall Zurich, Switzerland
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