Nashville, Tennessee May 14th, and 15th: Longtime Alice Cooper fans flocked to the capital of Tennessee to witness a rare, one-off reunion. Original Alice Cooper band members, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith gave guests exactly what they came for, a chance to witness the original Alice Cooper Band members on stage together for the first time in decades. They performed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall playing a mini-set on Sunday, May 14th. The 2011 Hall of Famers joined in for the last several songs of Alice Cooper's "Spend the Night" concert which is touring through June 24th.
The night's set included the pulsating "Muscle of Love," "Billion Dollar Babies," the irreverent "School's Out," "No More Mister Nice Guy," and the iconic "Eighteen." Current Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie substituted for the late Glen Buxton. For the closing song, “School’s Out,” the original lineup were joined by Cooper’s current bandmates: guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henricksen, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel.
The reunion continued the following night playing to an intimate crowd attending the Music Business Association's conference. The set featured "I'm Eighteen," "Under My Wheels," "Billion Dollar Babies," "No More Mister Nice Guy," "Muscle of Love," and ending with "Schools Out." The Music Business Association (Music Biz) presented the original Alice Cooper Band and Alice Cooper's manager Toby Mamis with a special lifetime achievement awards prior to the performance.
Bruce, Dunaway, and Smith have also been contributing cowriters to Cooper's upcoming Paranormal, a twelve-track LP, produced by Bob Ezrin. The project is set to come out on July 28th of this year. Stay tuned for more.
All photos of Alice Cooper were captured by Phillip Solomonson which you can view below or in the Gallery!