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Alice Cooper addresses pandemic with new song, video

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

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Alice Cooper weighs in on the novel coronavirus pandemic with the release of a new song, "Don't Give Up," on Friday, May 15.

The track was culled from one of the songs the Detroit native recorded at Rust Belt Studios in Royal Oak last fall, with the lyrics modified and a new vocal. The video features Cooper and his band performing the song, each from home quarantine, alongside some of the 15,000 photos submitted by fans holding up a sing with a word from the song. The track will be released as a vinyl single on Aug. 14.

"Don't Give Up" is a one-off but may be included on Cooper's new album, tentatively titled "Detroit Stories," which he's been recording with producer Bob Ezrin and Detroit musicians such as Wayne Kramer, Paul Randolph, Matthew Smith, Garrett Blelaniec (who all play on "Don't Give Up"), Johnny "Bee" Badanjek and others for expected release later this year.

Because of the pandemic, Cooper had to cancel planned appearances at the Motor City Comic Con in May and the DTE Energy Music Theatre during June, but his 2019 "The Breadcrumbs" EP won the Detroit Music Award for Best Major Label Recording last month.

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