Alice Cooper Says New Covers Album is “Mixed, Ready to Go”

Alice Cooper’s new star-studded covers album is finished and in the can. Speaking with Billboard.com, the veteran shock rocker said he’s “very, very happy” with the disc, which features an A-list of Cooper’s musician pals. “McCartney’s on it,” he says. “Zak Starkey’s on it. Dave Grohl is on it, [AC/DC frontman] Brian Johnson–and in places where you wouldn’t expect them to be. That’s the cool thing.” Other confirmed guests include Joe Perry and musician-actor Johnny Depp. A primary goal, says Cooper, was to pay tribute to the “Hollywood Vampires,” friends with whom he shared wild times in the early ’70s. Cooper declined to specify which songs he covered, but he did offer some tantalizing hints. “If you think of it, who were the Hollywood Vampires?” he says. “John Lennon was there. Jim Morrison was an early Vampire. We had Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, of course, Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan. Those guys were all Vampires.”

By Gibson