Alice Cooper‘s next album — a mostly covers tribute to the Hollywood Vampires crowd that he ran with during the early 70s — is done.
The shock rocker tells us that, “I have it. It’s mixed, ready to go, and I’m very happy with it, very, very happy with it…I’m really happy with all the stuff and, y’know, McCartney’s on it…Dave Grohl is on it, Brian Johnson, y’know. It’s really a cool album, and they’re in places you wouldn’t expect them to be, that’s the cool thing.”
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and the Who’s current drummer Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr‘s son, have also been identified as part of the project.
Cooper wrote one new song for the collection — “All My Dead Drunk Friends” with Johnny Depp and producer Bob Ezrin — but he’s being coy about the specific songs he covered:
“Well, I can’t really say right now, but if you think of it, who was, who were the…John Lennon was there. Jim Morrison was an early vampire. We had Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon of course, Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan. These guys were all vampires, so…”
Cooper gave some possible previews of the covers during a recent show to open designer John Varvatos’ new store in Detroit, when he and his band played Hendrix’s “Foxey Lady,” the Doors‘ “Break On Through” and the Who’s “My Generation” as well as the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar.”
Cooper returns to the road as special guest for Motley Crue’s farewell tour on May 9 in Australia, heading to Europe in June and returning to North America in mid-July.
Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for John Varvatos |Story courtesy of 94.7 WCSX http://www.wcsx.com/gmi/classicrocknews/2015/04/21/alice-cooper-talks-hollywood-vampires-covers-album#.VTbVSyHBwXA