With Road, Alice Cooper proves that he's not just a survivor of it, he's its master, a reminder that the journey, with all its bumps and triumphs, is where the true magic lies. Guests include Tom Morello, Kane Roberts, and Wayne Kramer.
With over 50 years of touring behind him and still more in front of him, the King of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper is certainly no stranger to the road and its stories. And his new album Road channels that spirit with his trademark gusto and plenty of grit. It’s everything you’d hope for from him and more. The album isn't just a collection of tracks, it's a visceral journey through the heart and soul of old school Alice, loaded with his signature snarl and witty words.
The road, they say, can chew you up and spit you out if you're not built for it. But Cooper isn't just built for it; he thrives on it. Last year, in his rare time off the road, the Coop huddled in his creative cave with his touring band and longtime producer, Bob Ezrin. The result is an album that pulsates with the band's collective live energy and narrates tales inspired by a life on the move. With every riff, fans can taste the camaraderie and shared stories that fuel the album's tank.
The album's opening salvo, "I’m Alice," is a clarion call, a sonic declaration that Cooper is here, alive, and as fierce as ever. His razor-sharp vocals cut through the mix like a blade through silk, inviting us all into his madcap world. "I’m Alice. I’m the Master of Madness; the Sultan of Surprise… so don’t be afraid, just look into my eyes."
Road feels like a reunion of rock 'n' roll warriors. Alice Cooper and his trusty comrades - Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, Tommy Henrikson, Glen Sobel, and Nita Strauss - join forces once more and rev up the engines for a ride like no other. And in a move I’m not sure anyone saw coming, former Cooper bandmate Kane Roberts roars back into the spotlight, again wielding his guitar like Conan does his axe on the riotous track "Dead Don’t Dance."
But the surprises don't end there. The album also boasts star-studded contributions from Alice fans and rock stars in their own right like Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, who not only co-wrote "White Line Frankenstein” but also sings and adds his signature guitar sound to it. Fans know the monster is no stranger to Alice, having appeared throughout his career in songs like “Feed My Frankenstein” and “Teenage Frankenstein.” As if that weren't enough, Keith Nelson of Buckcherry and long-time Cooper pal from his Detroit days, Wayne Kramer of the MC5, also stepped into the fray with songwriting contributions.
Alice Cooper himself speaks of Road as a celebration of his touring band's raw energy, a sonic revelation of their chemistry honed on countless stages. "I only see these guys when we’re on the road. So, I wanted them to be as tight as they are for the show but on all new material," he explains. "When you have a band this good, I believe in showing it off, and this is my way of doing so."
To complement the new studio recording, the album comes with a bonus DVD/Blu-ray of Cooper's explosive live show from Hellfest 2022, giving you a front-row seat to the madness. In the show, classic hits mingle with rarities, offering a complete picture of Cooper's history.