Alice Cooper Previews ‘Detroit Stories’ LP with Teaser: ‘I Always Wanted to Do a Tribute to My Hometown’

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“I always wanted to do a tribute to my hometown,” said shock-rock icon Alice Cooper of his new album, Detroit Stories, in a teaser video shared recently.The record is due out on Feb. 26 and is a love letter of sorts from Cooper to the rock and roll history of the Detroit region.

“To make my dream come true, I went to Detroit and asked all my Detroit players to play songs that were about, or inspired by, the Motor City.”

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The minute-long clip features an extended narration from Cooper, who also describes the allure of Detroit as a performer, and what drew him to the project:

“You went on stage and just killed the audience. You went out there and you didn’t go with ‘Oh, I hope you like us tonight.’ You kinda grabbed the audience by the throat and shook them. Detroit was about attitude … all about attitude.” 

Cooper has been previewing Detroit Stories for a few weeks now, sharing a handful of songs from the record as a taste of what’s to come. The most recent, an original tune titled Social Debris, was debuted on Feb. 4 to coincide with the 73rd birthday of the man originally known as Vincent Furnier:

“Social Debris,” interestingly, was written by the original Alice Cooper Band:

We never thought that we would ever fit in; the Alice Cooper band didn’t fit in with anybody, because we were doing things that no other band did. We didn’t fit in with the folk scene, we didn’t fit in with the metal scene, we really didn’t fit in with anything that was going on at that time. We just always felt like we were outsiders. We felt like we were social debris, we were in our own little world. So “Social Debris” was just the original band writing a song about us, essentially. And it came out sounding like it belonged into 1971. That’s just the original band – you can’t change that, it’s great.”

There’s also a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock & Roll,” which served as the album’s lead single:

As well as “Our Love Will Change the World,” originally a 2005 song by Outrageous Cherry:

Detroit Stories features guest appearances from key musical figures from the scene, including MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Detroit Wheels drummer Johnny ‘Bee’ Badanjek and bassist Paul Randolph.

Los Angeles had its sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield,” said Alice Cooper in a statement. “San Francisco had the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. New York had The Rascals and The Velvet Underground. But Detroit was the epicenter for angry hard rock. After not fitting in anywhere in the US (musically or image-wise) Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar driven, hard rock sound.

“Detroit seemed to be a haven for the outcasts. When they found out I was born in East Detroit … we were home.”

The album combines the forces of Cooper and producer Bob Ezrin, who first linked up way back in 1970:

50 years later Alice and Ezrin gathered some legendary Detroit musicians in a Detroit studio to record Detroit Stories, Alice Cooper’s new album that celebrates that spirit for a new era. If 2019’s “Breadcrumbs” EP laid down the trail to the city, Detroit Stories drives like a muscle car right down Woodward Ave.

Here’s the album’s track listing:

1. Rock ‘n’ Roll
2. Go Man Go (Album Version)
3. Our Love Will Change The World
4. Social Debris
5. $1000 High Heel Shoes
6. Hail Mary
7. Detroit City 2021 (Album Version)
8. Drunk And In Love
9. Independence Dave
10. I Hate You
11. Wonderful World
12. Sister Anne (Album Version)
13. Hanging On By A Thread (Don’t Give Up)
14. Shut Up And Rock
15. East Side Story (Album Version)


  • David Maceira says:

    It’s good to know Alice Cooper is still “rockin” at the age of 73! Love the new tracks and videos. I’ve been a fan from the beginning and love his shows. Fact is right now I’m wearing his “No more mister nice guy” concert shirt from 2014. It’s one of my favorites and everyone that sees it and knows Alice’s work makes complements about it. Just hope that after covid is over we’ll be able to see him live again! By the way as a fellow humanitarian that serves the unsheltered my hats off to Alice for his Cooper’s Town Christmas. All the best!

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