A: We didn’t expect this thing to last longer than a month. Our last big show was with Queen at the big football stadium in Australia. There were 95,000 people and we didn’t know this would be our last show in a year and a half. When the pandemic was just starting, we thought, “Well, they’re going to take control of this. They will never shut down the world. Two weeks later, everything was closed. It was a bit of a shock to our system. Any band that’s been touring for 50 years like Elton, the Stones, myself, Aerosmith and people like that, now that we’re off drugs and alcohol, a highlight of our day is adrenaline. for two hours a night on stage. All of a sudden it cuts off and you sit there saying, “Oh, okay, what am I going to do? So you do a lot of writing, a lot of song writing and stuff.
Q: What kind of other things?
A: In fact, I started painting again. I was an art student in school and finally got to a point where I needed to put my creative energy somewhere. I’m currently working on three albums at a time and I’m working on two or three things for a movie. It wasn’t like I had nothing to do, but we miss the pace of the road. It’s almost like the bands are stunned now just because they start rehearsing. Getting back on stage in front of people will be awesome.
Q: How was your experience with the coronavirus?
A: I had it all December. I didn’t have all of the normal symptoms but I was exhausted. I felt like I had done 15 laps with Roberto Duran. I didn’t have a congestion or a cough. I didn’t have the headache or the lack of taste. I was just devastated. I had difficulty walking from the couch to the kitchen and back and it lasted two or three weeks. Then all of a sudden he started to let go. I started to heal so I weathered the storm. Now I’ve had my two shots so I’m like a walking antibody.
Shock rocker Alice Cooper, whose latest album, “Detroit Stories,” debuted at number one when it was released in February, presents her horror-inspired theatrical show at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Tuesday 28 September.
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Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Q: What is your stamina now?
A: Oh, I’m 100% now. I’m now running two or three miles a night in 106 degree weather so I’m definitely getting ready to play. This stage show is not an easy show. You better be in good shape for this show. I say to the guys in the band, “Don’t just start practicing guitar, bass and drums, go out and get physically ready. It is not going to be easy. We do four or five concerts a week so it’s going to be tough but I can’t wait to do it.
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Q:. How did this album come about?
A: Thanks, we were surprised he debuted at number one, but it was awesome. Bob and I wanted to make an album that was downright rock’n’roll. Just 12 great hard rock songs. It turned into, where are we going to do it? Nashville? No, it’s not conducive to hard rock. Los Angeles? No, New York? No. We said, “Well, what is the homeland of hard rock? “It’s Detroit so let’s go. This is the influence you want there. It’s my hometown anyway. When we got there, we took it a step further and said, “Well, why don’t we write all the songs here? Why not make the album on Detroit and use all the players in Detroit? ‘ It was great.
Q: What were the recording sessions like?
A: We realized that we couldn’t really layer the songs we wrote. With an album like “Welcome to My Nightmare”, we put the drums, bass and guitar down, then we put the vocals on it. You wanted this band to play live so we taught them the songs. Everything you hear on this album was live in the studio. We weren’t trying to make a record like Def Leppard or Queen that was surprisingly perfect. The idea of doing it live in the studio was to make an album that had a lot of feel. I don’t care if it speeds up a bit or if there is a bit of slag as long as the sensation is there.