Always a thrill to talk to a legend like Alice Cooper! People always say don’t meet you heroes. I can assure you that Alice break that rule. Great guy!
I started by asking him about the return of guitarist Nita Strauss. He said there’s always a “Revolving door policy” when it comes to members of his band. “I think she missed the excitement of an Alice Cooper show.” He also spoke to working again with Kane Roberts.
As far as the album “Road” is concerned, he said he really wanted to show off the band. He talked about the live sound of the record. “I want it to sound like a band.” He mentioned that after “Detroit Stories”, he said he thought his band deserved to be totally involved in the record. He told me about brining in outside musicians, like Tom Morello, Roger Glover and other’s. He calls it a “Musical Fraternity”.
He said he still loves the road. “I’m a road rat.” He went onto say “There’s no retirement plan in me at all.” According to Alice, the next record is almost done.
As far as his favorite Detroit memories, he brought up baseball legend Al Kaline. He called him his hero. White Castle, Vernors and “Soupy” Sales were mentioned. He spoke to some of the classic music venues and more. “Detroit was the absolute capitol of Rock N’ Roll.”
As for the signing at Rock City Music Company, he said he only signs records in Detroit.
Up next, it’s ex Saliva drummer Paul Crosby. He’s in a band called Coldwards with two of his sons. The new single is called Bad News. He tells me about the process of writing songs with his kids, and more. He says they’ll be dropping songs here and there, including a song about the late Saliva guitarist, Wayne Swinny.
He did tell me about the passing of Wayne. He spoke to how underrated Wayne was, and what a guitar hero he was. He called him humble, said he’d give the shirt off his back to anyone. We talked a lot about Wayne, and some of the highlights of his time in Saliva. One of them included a couple WWE stints.
Former Saliva singer, Josie Scott is out on tour as well. I asked Paul about that and if he’d ever play with him again. “If he ever asked me to play some shows, of course I would.” He went onto say “I talk to him all the time….we’re still best friends.”
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