Alice Cooper’s New Album “Paranormal” To Feature Guest Appearances From U2‘s Larry Mullen Jr. & ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons

Alice Cooper has revealed that his new album “Paranormal” will be released in July. During a chat with Eddie Trunk on his SiriusXM Trunk Nation show, he also confirmed that the effort will feature guest appearances from U2‘s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, and three members of his original band (Neal Smith, Michael Bruce, and Dennis Dunaway).

Cooper said that it was producer Bob Ezrin’s idea to work with Mullen Jr.:

“I said, ‘that’s a great idea, it’ll change things up so much, just on the basic tracks.’”

He also added the following about Mullen’s recording method:

“He said, ‘I play to the lyrics, I don’t play to the bass,’” Cooper explained. “And I said that is so cool, just the idea that you’re interpreting the lyrics on the drums. It totally makes the album another album.”

He also talked about Gibbons contribution to the new track “I’ve Fallen in Love and I Can’t Get Up.”:

“After we cut the record I said, ‘If BIlly Gibbons doesn’t play on this, we shouldn’t put this one out,’” Cooper declared. “Because it is just so him. And [when] he got the record, he said, ‘I got the flu, but, man, this song makes me feel better.’ He just killed it.”

He added the following about the song “I Wanna Be a Genuine American Girl,” which was one of three songs featuring Smith, Bruce, and Dunaway:

“It was going to be ‘I Want a Genuine American Girl’ … and I went, ‘No, no, no, ‘I Wanna Be a Genuine American Girl!’ It’s really a tough song, it’s this guy going “I gotta paint my nails, gotta do my hair … ”

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