Alice Cooper has announced that his new album, “Detroit Stories,” will be released on February 26, 2021. The effort’s first single, “Rock ‘N’ Roll,” will be released on Friday (November 13).
“Detroit Stories” Track Listing:
01. “Rock ‘N’ Roll”
02. “Go Man Go” (Album Version)
03. “Our Love Will Change The World”
04. “Social Debris”
05. “$1000 High Heel Shoes”
06. “Hail Mary”
07. “Detroit City 2021” (Album Version)
08. “Drunk And In Love”
09. “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)
Cooper discussed how the city of Detroit influenced the record:
“Detroit was heavy rock central then. You’d play the Eastown and it would be Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, The Stooges and The Who, for $4! The next weekend at the Grande it was MC5, Brownsville Station and Fleetwood Mac, or Savoy Brown or the Small Faces. You couldn’t be a soft-rock band or you’d get your ass kicked.
Los Angeles had its sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield. San Francisco had the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. New York had The Rascals and The Velvet Underground. But Detroit was the birthplace of angry hard rock. After not fitting in anywhere in the U.S. (musically or image wise) Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar-driven hard rock sound and our crazy stage show. Detroit was a haven for the outcasts. And when they found out I was born in East Detroit… we were home.”
Producer Bob Ezrin added:
“We recorded with Wayne Kramer (guitarist and writer from the MC5), Johnny “Bee” Badanjek (drums; from the legendary Detroit Wheels), Paul Randolph (legendary Detroit jazz and R&B bassist) as well as the Motor City Horns and other local musicians. We had musical ideas and encouragement from John Varvatos, the support of the folks at Shinola, and we recorded at Rustbelt Studios in Royal Oak. This was made in Detroit for Detroit by Detroit denizens!”
“Detroit Stories” will be available on CD, CD+DVD digipak, vinyl, and as a box set. Notably the box set will include a CD, a Blu-ray featuring Cooper’s “A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris” performance, a shirt, a face mask, a torch light, and three stickers.