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Alice Cooper covering Bob Seger, MC5, Mitch Ryder and more on new EP

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

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Alice Cooper is dipping into his Detroit rock roots to give fans some "Breadcrumbs" in front of his next album release.

Cooper will release a six-song "Breadcrumbs" EP digitally and in limited edition vinyl on Sept. 13 before releasing a Detroit-inspired full album during 2020. Cooper's label earMusic describes the EP as "a tribute to the garage rock heroes of his hometown," including covers of Bob Seger's "East Side Story," the MC5's "Sister Anne," "Suzi Quatro's "Your Mama Won't Like Me" and Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels' "Devil With a Blue Dress." The songs were produced by longtime Cooper cohort Bob Ezrin and features guest appearances by the MC5's Wayne Kramer, Detroit Wheels and Rockets drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, former Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, Dirtbombs and Gories leader Mick Collins and longtime Detroit musician Paul Randolph.

"Breadcrumbs" also features a pair of new songs, "Detroit City 2020" and "Go Man Go."

Cooper -- who performed Saturday, July 20, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre -- and Ezrin started working on the album during March in Royal Oak and have also been recording in Los Angeles, with plans to finish by October. He says that, "there's "a certain Detroit sound we're looking for. It's undefinable. 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."

A title and release date for the full album have not been announced yet. Cooper also released a second album with Hollywood Vampires -- his all-star band with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry of Aerosmith -- earlier this year.

Web Site: www.ear-music.net

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