For his Nashville concert on May 14, Alice Cooper brought his original band mates onstage for five songs — an extremely rare occurrence since the founding members parted ways in 1975.
Performing "I'm 18," "Billion Dollar Babies," "Muscle of Love," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," and "School's Out" were guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway, and drummer Neal Smith, with current Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie standing in for the late Glen Buxton (who died in 1997 of pneumonia).
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Even cooler, Cooper announced that his new album, Paranormal, will feature two brand new tracks by the surviving members of the original band. Paranormal is scheduled for a July 28 release on earMUSIC. Produced by long-time Alice Cooper Band and Alice Cooper (solo) producer Bob Ezrin, the new album also includes collaborations with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, U2's Larry Mullen, and Deep Purple's Roger Glover.
Bruce, Dunaway, and Smith were in Nashville to receive a historic achievement award — along with Cooper, of course — from The Music Business Association at its annual convention on May 15.
The current Alice Cooper band — which includes guitarists Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen (as well as Roxie), bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel — is continuing its 2017 tour. The North American dates are:
Jun 07 - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center - Appleton, WI
Jun 08 - Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater - Hinckley, MN
Jun 09 - Vetter Stone Amphitheater - Mankato, MN
Jun 12 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
Jun 13 - Kingsbury Hall - Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 16 - Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater - Lincoln, CA
Jun 17 - Cuthbert Amphitheatre - Eugene, OR
Jun 18 - Pepsi Summer Outdoor Concert Series - Airway Heights, WA
Jun 20 - Rabobank Theater - Bakersfield, CA
Jun 21 - Pechanga Theater - Temecula, CA
Jun 22 - AVA Amphitheater - Tucson, AZ
Jun 24 - KLAQ Streetfest - El Paso, TX
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Aug 12 - Chelsea Theater at The Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas, NV
Aug 13 - The Greek - Los Angeles, CA
Aug 15 - AK Chin Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
Aug 16 - Isletta Amphitheatre - Albuquerque, NM
Aug 18 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX
Aug 19 - Gexa Energy Pavilion - Dallas, TX
Aug 21 - Chastain Park Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
Aug 23 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
Aug 24 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ
Aug 26 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre - Wantagh, NY
Aug 27 - Xfinity Center - Boston, MA
Aug 28 P.N.C. Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Aug 30 - Klipsch Amphitheater - Indianapolis, IN
Sept 01 - KeyBank Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 02 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
Sept 03 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
Sept 06 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
Sept 08 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO
Sept 09 - Blossom Music Center - Cleveland, OH
Sept 10 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
The Nashville Concert May 14
The Convention Performance May 15