Alice Cooper fans are counting down the days until the 60-year-old American rocker hits the stage at CN Centre Sept. 23.
In the meantime, Michelle Pucci of Don Jones Productions gives us a gruesome glimpse into the kind of things we can expect from a guy who let’s face it has always liked to shock. Hence the name given to his eerie music genre shock rock along with glam rock and hard rock and grisly on-stage gimmicks like guillotines, electric chairs and fake blood.
Now he’s back and planning to up the ante.
For his new concept album Along Came a Spider, Alice Cooper reportedly wanted to create a serial killer people could, well, like. The background goes like this:
“It’s very easy to pull for a fictitious character like a Hannibal Lecter or a Jason Voorhees,” says Cooper.
The album came out July 29, and introduces us to Spider ,who wraps his victims in silk that matches their eye colours and cuts off one of their legs to create his own arachnoid appendage.
“I don’t think anyone was ever cheering for Ted Bundy or Richard Speck or anything like that but when it’s a fictitious serial killer, you can get behind him. I think Spider’s got a romantic sense. He’s got a sense of humour,” said Cooper.
“I think in the end you kind of like him. You have somebody you could actually listen to and go, I like this guy…'”
Cooper’s touring band plays on the album’s 11 tracks with Slash, of Velvet Revolver, contributing guitar on Vengeance is Mine. Cooper co-wrote the song Wake the Dead with Ozzy Osbourne. Listeners should brace for a plot twist that the singer calls “very Alice Cooper.”
The singer-songwriter turned actor, radio DJ and restauranteur first turned the music world upside down in the 1970s. Cooper’s previous conceptual epics include Welcome to My Nightmare, From the Inside and The Last Temptation, and he is planning a full-fledged stage show to support Along Came a Spider but he won’t have it on the road until 2009.
“Right now I’ve got people that are drawing things up,” says Cooper who’d also like to offer a visual treatment of the album with different horror directors creating videos for each song. “We’ve started thinking about What can do to make this really interesting and what new things can we do with the stage?’ I’m going to definitely create a new way for Alice to die, something nobody’s seen.”
“A lot of clever minds are out there are working on it,” he said. “It’s weird to be working on a show for a year from now but at the same time, I can at least give myself a good head start.”
Maybe he’ll pick up some ideas playing Prince George. Cooper plans to play some of the new songs on his current Psychodrama Tours North America.
Alice Cooper plays the CN Centre Tuesday, Sept. 23. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations.