Alice Cooper is eying a covers album which will pay tribute to his heroes from the 1960's. Cooper, who's in pre-production on the collection, is once again working with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, and told Rolling Stone, "I just kind of said, 'We've never done a covers album, let's think about that.' So Ezrin and I are kind of bouncing it around right now." He added that he's considering some of the classic tunes he's incorporated as part of his live show, including, the Beatles' "Revolution," the Who's "My Generation," and Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady" -- with a possible cover of one by his early-1970's drinking buddy, the late Harry Nilsson. The album, which will be the followup to 2011's Welcome To My Nightmare 2, will probably be out in 2014.
Alice Cooper first met John Lennon shortly after the couple's infamous 1969 Bed-In's when they both performed at September 1969's Toronto Rock & Roll Revival Festival. Although they went on to become drinking buddies together later on in the mid-'70's in L.A., Alice recalls Lennon cutting a pretty intense figure at first sight: "Well, he was very driven by his political motivations at that time. He was a very cynical guy and at the same time very lovable. And he always went to: 'I'm gonna prove a point here.' The point was, 'I was just in the Beatles -- the biggest band of all time. Now I'm here with Yoko, who can't sing a lick, and yodels, and does all this stuff; I'm gonna prove to you I can make this work, too.'"
- UPDATED: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson tour dates (subject to change):
June 3 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre
June 6 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre At Universal CityWalk
June 8 - El Paso, TX - UTEP Don Haskins Center
June 10 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
June 17 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 18 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Performing Arts Center
June 20 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook
June 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
June 25 - Saint Charles, MO - The Family Arena
June 28 - Rockford, IL - BMO Harris Bank Center
July 2 - South Bend, IN - Morris Performing Arts Center
July 9 - Sylvania, OH - Centennial Terrace
July 10 - Fort Wayne, IN - Embassy Theatre
July 11 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza Theatre
July 14 - Minneapolis, MN - The State Theatre
July 18 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
- Alice Cooper covered the Beatles' "Because" in the 1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club movie.
- He featured Jimi Hendrix's "Fire" on his 2002 compilation, Hell Is, and the Who's "My Generation" on the 2000 live collection, Brutally Live.
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CHECK IT OUT: Alice Cooper's 1978 cover of The Beatles' "Because":
Alice Cooper On Meeting John Lennon In 1969
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