Cooper also has in mind performing again with Bruce -- who's recovering from recent hand surgery -- Dunaway and Smith (original guitarist Glen Buxton died in 1997) after playing together last year to promote Dunaway's memoir Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group. "I would have no problem with that," Cooper says. "In my show, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a segment where certain guys come in. We do that anyway already; If Dennis is in town he comes up and plays with us. If Neal's in town he'll come up and play 'School's Out' or something like that. Same with Mike. He's really getting back into shape."
The Cooper group formed during the mid-'60s in Phoenix and recorded seven albums, starting with Frank Zappa's Straight Records label, then moving to Warner Bros. for hits such as "I'm Eighteen," "School's Out" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy." The group broke up acrimoniously after 1973's Muscle of Love, with Bruce, Dunaway and Smith going on to form the short-lived Billion Dollar Babies band.
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There's no timetable on when Cooper's next album will come out. He's currently touring, mixing dates with his own band with the Hollywood Vampires, his all-star project with Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry. That group is also planning a second album, and some of the songs may well come from Cooper's current stash of material. "
"I know there's three or four songs I've started writing for the next Alice album, and I've already gone, 'It doesn't work for our album, but that might work for a Vampires album,' which I think is a little more modern rock," he explains. "It's still guitar rock, but it might have more elements of modern rock."