97.7 THE RIVER & JMAX PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
Without Alice Cooper, there might never have been the NY Dolls, KISS, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Slipknot or Rob Zombie ... maybe not even David Bowie, or at least not Ziggy Stardust. The iconic hard rocker, who literally invented the concept of the rock concert as theater, returns to what he does best on “Along Came a Spider” (SPV Records), the 25th studio album of a long and illustrious career which began in 1969 with the release of “Pretties for You” on Frank Zappa's Straight label.
From his first solo album, 1975's “Welcome to My Nightmare” through releases such as 1994's “The Last Temptation” and 2000's “Brutal Planet,” concept albums have been a specialty of Alice's, and this time he spins the story of a serial killer who imagines himself as the most predatory of all insects, trapping his prey, killing them, then enveloping his eight victims in silk, taking a leg from each of them. A web of intrigue, wrapped around some serious hard rock.
As he heads back out on the concert trail again this year now that “Along Came a Spider” is unleashed, Alice insists he's still motivated to continue touring and making albums, as well as making time for such side projects as Cooper'stown (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports bar), his Alice Cooper: Golf Monster book, and his Nights With Alice Cooper nightly radio show (as heard on the River 97.7 FM Mon –Fri 6-11PM), syndicated domestically and worldwide on over 100 stations. "If there's nothing standing in my way, why not?," he shrugs. "It's what I love doing. And no one puts on a show as good as ours, musically and visually. I'm glad to be an elder statesman, and a healthy one. I look to guys like Ozzy, Iggy and Steven Tyler as fellow survivors. We're carnivores, not dinosaurs. We eat whatever bands are in our path."