Out Now: Alice Cooper Pays Homage to His Hometown with New Album ‘Detroit Stories’ (Listen)

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Shock-rock legend Alice Cooper returned today with a new album, but Detroit Stories is a more personal affair than usual for the man born Vincent Furnier.

“I always wanted to do a tribute to my hometown,” Cooper recently said in a teaser for the album. “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 end result of this focused effort is Detroit Stories, which blends original material with reverent covers and guest appearances from key musical figures from the scene, including MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Detroit Wheels drummer Johnny ‘Bee’ Badanjek and bassist Paul Randolph.

It also features a song called “Social Debris,” which was written by the original Alice Cooper Band:

Los Angeles had its sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield,” said Alice Cooper in a statement about Detroit Stories. “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.

The lead single from the record was Cooper’s rendition of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock & Roll”:

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.

Without Detroit music scene’s influence, Alice Cooper wouldn’t have amassed the legendary career he has — and Detroit Stories sums that up rather well.

Stream the album below:

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