Alice Cooper is getting the band back together -- but for one night only.
Cooper and the surviving members of his original band -- guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith -- will play a "mini-set" during Cooper's show on May 14 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville (guitarist Glen Buxton died in 1997). It's the group's first appearance together since October 2015, when they reunited to play at a book-signing event for Dunaway at a record store in Dallas, which yielded a 7-inch single for Record Store Black Friday in November.
Bruce, Smith and Dunaway also contributed to Cooper's last album, 2011's Welcome 2 My Nightmare, and have contributed to an upcoming album this year. He tells us that:
"I've written five songs with Neal and Mike, Neal Smith and Mike Bruce...Dennis wrote for or five songs in Connecticut...In my show it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a segment where certain guys come in, 'cause we do that anyway. If Dennis is in town Dennis comes up and plays with us. If Neal's in town he'll come up and play 'School's Out' or something like that. Same with Mike."
Meanwhile, in a statement announcing the mini-set Cooper said, "With so many musician, songwriter and producer friends here as well as great rock fans who come to our concerts, it's special to be performing with Neal, Michael and Dennis in Nashville for them."
Cooper's tour begins Friday (April 21) in Biloxi, Miss., and he'll be on the road later this summer with Deep Purple. No release date for the new album has yet been announced.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.