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Interview:
Alice Cooper looking for a "Detroit sound," in Detroit, for his next album
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Alice Cooper is coming home this week -- without plans to step on a stage or, most likely, a golf course.



The veteran shock rocker and Detroit native will instead be ensconced in recording studio in his birthplace of Detroit, working on new music with longtime producer Bob Ezrin. "There's a certain Detroit sound we're looking for," says Cooper, 71, who created his breakthrough album, 1971's "Love It To Death," after he and his band relocated for a time from Los Angeles to Detroit.



As for what that sound is, Cooper notes that, "It's indefinable. There's a certain amount of R&B in it. There's a certain amount of Motown in it. But then you add the guitars and you add the attitude and it turns into Detroit rock. I feel like if we mine around with all Detroit players, we're gonna find that sound."



Cooper will be both writing and recording with fellow Detroit musicians -- including, he says, Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, the drummer for the Detroit Wheels, Rockets, Edgar Winter and Nils Lofgren who's also worked with Cooper in the past. He's keeping the other names mostly mum, though Cooper did say he's reached out to Suzi Quatro and members of his original band, as well as Bob Seger, who he recently saw perform in Phoenix, where Cooper currently resides.



"I can tell you Seger and I will be working on something on this new album. I talked to him and he said, 'Oh, yeah, that's be fun,' and I said, 'OK, let's do it.' So that's going to happen in the future."



Cooper expects to record four tracks during this week's sessions, possibly for an EP to coincide with his summer tour -- "A taster, sort of breadcrumbs," he says -- and also for a full album he hopes to release during 2020.



"I think this will definitely be a tip of the hat to Detroit," says Cooper, who brings his Ol' Black Eyes Is Back Tour with Halestorm and Motionless In White to the DTE Energy Music Theatre on July 20. He'll also be touring with the all-star Hollywood Vampires, including Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, during the spring and will be releasing both live and studio albums with that group.



"If anybody should do a Detroit album, it's mean. I'm the one who goes out in the press and says that rock 'n' roll only exists, inherently, in Detroit. It's part of the DNA -- and it's true. You look at Jack White, whoever, even our rappers are a little different than anybody else. Detroit's got its own thing, and that's what I want to capture."

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