Alice Cooper Reveals Three Songs From ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’
Alice Cooper has unleashed three songs from his upcoming album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare,’ into the world. He unveiled the first single, 'I'll Bite Your Face Off,' as well as the hard-charging 'Runaway Train' Friday night (Aug. 19) on his radio show. (You can check them out below.)
In addition, a clip from 'Bite''s B-side, 'Caffeine,' can be heard on Amazon.co.uk. The Coop has been playing the A-side on his ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ tour, which pretty much warped our fragile little minds, to quote our favorite foul-mouthed child. It’s a trashy number, hauling enough swagger to make the Rolling Stones jealous.
Cooper recorded 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' with longtime creative partner Bob Ezrin, the original producer of 1975's ‘Welcome To My Nightmare.’. He claims that he and Bob created the character, so they know how to write for him: “I play the part but we’re not writing for me, we’re writing for Alice.”
The story concerns Alice having another nightmare 35 years later, but now there’s less horror and a bit more humor. Still, one can expect ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ to remain cornered in the darkest recesses of Alice’s twisted mind.
The music will cross many boundaries, with a guest list that shocks as much as it rocks. Reuniting with original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neil Smith for three tracks is a dream come true for many fans. Aiming for a ‘70s sound on ‘When Hell Comes Home’, Cooper approached his mates with confidence, knowing that he wouldn’t have to request that they play a certain style because that’s just the way they play.
Country star Vince Gill contributes a fantastic guitar solo to 'Runaway Train.' On Friday's 'Nights With Alice Cooper,' the host explained how that came to be: "I asked him to play something that's kind of (like) Mike Bloomfield, and just, I said, rip it. [He] took out a telecaster and just blasted it. It's such a monster solo, I love it."
International pop star Kesha also guests stars on the track 'What Baby Wants,' which may seem like an unlikely pairing, but it’s one that Cooper feels strongly rebellious about. Claiming that she wrote the most disgusting lyrics in the song, Cooper admits that he likes working with people that may appear like they don’t belong as long as he's certain it’ll work out perfectly.
‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ will arrive Sept. 13 and later, in multiple formats, offering a variety of exclusive tracks and memorabilia depending on where and how (digitally, on vinyl or via the special fan pack) you buy it. Cooper’s nightmare will become more than an audio affair when the bloodcurdling experience comes to life in the form of a specially-designed horror maze at Universal studios this fall.
Listen to 'Runaway Train' and 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' from Alice Cooper