For the next three months, Alice Cooper is focused on touring — hacking and slashing his way through a fall jaunt with Heaven & Hell, a Halloween show at the Arizona State Fair and a November run through the United Kingdom.
But not long after that, the Detroit-born shock rocker (real name Vincent Furnier) will turn his attention back to his next album, “Along Came a Spider.”
“We were thinking we were going to get it recorded before this tour, but we just ran out of time,” says Cooper, 59, who published a memoir, “Alice Cooper, Golf Monster ...” in May. “So we’re gonna do this tour and then do the album. Since we have five months on the road to write another 10 songs, maybe we’ll do a double album.
“That would be great. I’ve never done one. I’d love to put out 30 brand new songs.”
Cooper, who’s working on the album with his current band, describes the new music as “garage rock ... a little less Hollywood and a little more Midwest this time. There’s a much harder edge to it, like ‘Feed My Frankenstein.’
“It features a story line about a serial killer named The Spider, but Cooper promises it’s more than an aural slasher story.
“This guy, you don’t really know if he’s Jack the Ripper or some kind of reincarnation — it’s very interesting,” Cooper explains. “He’s this almost supersleuth killer.
“And the songs fit right in. Even the work tapes are almost an album; if I went down in an airplane crash, you could actually put these demos out as an album and it would work. But let’s hope that doesn’t happen.”
Besides “Along Came a Spider,” Cooper is also involved in fund-raising for a teen center in Phoenix, where he lives, that’s being built under the auspices of his Solid Rock charitable foundation.
Alice Cooper performs at 8 p.m. Monday (Sept. 3) at the Michigan State Fair, Woodward Avenue at Eight Mile Road, Detroit. The concert is free with a regular State Fair admission; reserved seats are available for an additional $20. Call (313) 369-8227 or visit www.michigan.gov/mistatefair.
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