Alice Cooper Announces New Band Line-Up
March 7, 2011
For Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr Nice Guy” summer tour, taking place May-August 2011, Alice has announced a revamped band line-up. The tour will kick off in North America May 12-21, then go to South America May 25-June 3, and England and Europe June 7-July 16, before returning to North America again for the month of August.
Alice is bringing back to his stage show guitarist Steve Hunter, who famously toured and recorded with him for several years. Additionally, Tommy Henriksen will be replacing Keri Kelli on guitar, and Damon Johnson will be continuing with the band, making for a three guitar attack.
Glen Sobel will be joining the band on drums, replacing Jimmy DeGrasso, while bassist Chuck Garric will continue to anchor the rhythm section.
Said Alice, “Steve’s always been one of my favorite guitarists since the first time I ever heard him play, and I’ve been working with Tommy a lot on the new album. Oh, and yes, a new snake might make the band lineup…you never know. We will miss Jimmy and Kerri, but I know we will be sharing a stage again in the future.”
Alice has also revealed that he has completed ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ for release in the near future. The album is, like the 1975 original, is produced by Bob Ezrin and in an interview last year Alice revealed the story behind the new album.
“I’m very happy with working with Bob again. It’s ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’, and it’s the next nightmare. Thirty years later, he has another nightmare, and this one is even worse than the last one. . . I haven’t worked with Bob in a long time. After the 35th anniversary of ‘Nightmare’, I said, ‘Why don’t we start writing something else?’ And he said, ‘Why don’t we just do part two?’ We’d never done part two, so I went, ‘That’s a great idea. Let’s get me and you together, I think we can still get Steven Hunter and Dick Wagner. We’ll put some of the original people on it and add some new people.”