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Alice Cooper (And Friends) Will Pay Tribute to Detroit on Upcoming 'Breadcrumbs' EP

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Alice Cooper performs in concert at Grona Lund on June 7, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Alice Cooper is tossing fans some Breadcrumbs before the release of his next studio album.

Cooper has announced a Sept. 13 release for a six-song EP drawn from sessions with producer Bob Ezrin. He started recording the songs, which pay homage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Motor City hometown, in Detroit during March and continued in Los Angeles. 

Breadcrumbs will feature covers of Bob Seger's "East Side Story," the MC5's "Sister Anne," Suzi Quatro's "Your Mama Won't Like Me" and Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels' "Devil With a Blue Dress On," plus a rework of "Detroit City" from 2003's The Eyes of Alice Cooper album titled "Detroit City 2020," and a new song co-written with Wayne Kramer, "Go Man Go." The EP will be released digitally and on limited 10-inch vinyl and features appearances by Kramer, Detroit Wheels and Rockets drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, former Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, Dirtbombs and Gories leader Mick Collins and longtime Detroit musician Paul Randolph. Original Alice Cooper band bassist Dennis Dunaway is also working on potential material for the album, and Cooper told Billboard earlier this year that he and Seger "will be working on something on this new album."

No release date or title have been announced for the full-length album -- Cooper's follow-up to 2017's Paranormal -- but the shock rocker tells Billboard that he and Ezrin have finished seven songs so far and will be doing more during August after he wraps up a summer North American tour with Halestorm and Motionless In White. "We work really fast; We don't dilly dally in the studio," Cooper told Billboard recently. "We all knew each other back in the day, but now where we are 40 years later and it seems really natural. We go in the studio with these guys and it just clicks. I think it's because we're all Detroit guys, and we kinda know what we're looking for." As for the "Detroit" sound he's after, Cooper said "it's undefinable. There's a certain amount of R&B in it. There's a certain amount of Motown in it. But then you add the guitars and you add the attitude and it turns into Detroit rock. I feel like if we mine around with all Detroit players, we're gonna find that sound."

Cooper also released another album, Rise, last month with the Hollywood Vampires, his all-star band with Johnny Depp and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. The group played some dates earlier this year, but Cooper isn't sure when the next tour will come. "You can imagine what the scheduling is like, we're all so busy," he says. "We have to go, like, a year in advance and say, 'OK, next April and May, nobody plan anything and we'll do South America and we'll do Australia and we'll do the United States.' That's how far ahead we have to plan things."


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