Alice Cooper Debuts Top of the Charts With Welcome 2 My Nightmare

Sep 21, 2011, 17:08 ET from Universal Music Enterprises

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The founding father of modern horror rock music explodes onto the Billboard 200 this week landing at #22.  With a music career that started more than 42 years ago, Alice Cooper sits squarely on the charts with current artists such as Lady Gaga, Primus, Bush, and Beyonce. This amazing achievement for one of music's most influential artists proves the relevance and popularity of Alice Cooper today. This debut marks Cooper's highest charting release in over 20 years, and since the incorporation of SoundScan as a method of tracking album sales. The album also debuted on SoundScan's Hard Music Albums chart at #6 and Rock Albums chart at #11.

Released on September 13, 2011, by Universal Music Enterprises, Welcome 2 My Nightmare is the long-awaited sequel to his 1975 classic Welcome to My Nightmare. From the opener, "I Am Made Of You," through the already established live favorite and first single "I'll Bite Your Face Off"(which is currently #2 at Classic Rock Radio), to the surprising duet with Ke$ha, "What Baby Wants," this album is a testament to Cooper's ability to incorporate various musical collaborations into his own unique musical style.

Welcome 2 My Nightmare is the long-awaited sequel to his 1975 classic Welcome to My Nightmare. The original album was a landmark album for Cooper. It was his first solo release, following a historic string of anthems written and recorded by the original band between 1971 and 1974, including "School's Out," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Elected," and "I'm Eighteen." Welcome to My Nightmare is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneered a U.S. TV special, and certified Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer whose influence continues today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theatre, television, film and much more.

Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who also produced the original multi-platinum album in 1975, Welcome 2 My Nightmare picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.

Collaborators on the new album include: the original Alice Cooper members Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith reunited on 3 tracks; global pop superstar Ke$ha; and legendary Alice and Lou Reed guitarist Steve Hunter, who is part of Alice's current touring band and featured prominently on the first Nightmare album.

In the midst of his "No More Mr. Nice Guy" world tour, Cooper played a special club show at the Whisky a Go-Go on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, with newest member of the band, eminent guitar prodigy Orianthi. This was the first time Cooper had been back on the Sunset Strip in 40 years.  Special guests Ke$ha and Robby Krieger (the Doors) joined him on stage for a special treat for fans.

In addition to his worldwide touring schedule, Alice Cooper, who single-handedly masterminded the rock-horror genre, spins his new collection of disturbing horror imagery in "Alice Cooper:  Welcome To My Nightmare," an outrageous new "Halloween Horror Nights" maze at Universal Studios Hollywood. The event launches on September 23 and continues on select nights through October 31. Inspired by Cooper's landmark concept album Welcome To My Nightmare and its sequel Welcome 2 My Nightmare, the new attraction takes guests on a terrifying trip through Alice Cooper's twisted mind, where his most famous songs, bizarre themes and demented characters collide inside a living horror movie.

Alice Cooper's Worldwide "No More Mr. Nice Guy" 2011 Tour Continues:

September 22

Auckland, New Zealand

Trusts Stadium

September 24

Brisbane, Australia

Convention & Entertainment Centre

September 26

Sydney, Australia

Enmore Theatre

September 29

Melbourne, Australia


September 30

Melbourne, Australia


October 2

Perth, Australia

Challenge Stadium

October 5


The Coliseum

October 7

Jakarta, Indonesia

Ex-Park Plaza

October 12

Rome, Italy


October 13

Padova, Italy

Gran Teatro Geox

October 14

Milan/Bergamo, Italy

Live Club

October 16

Basel, Switzerland

St Jakobshalle

October 17

Graz, Austria


October 18

Vienna, Austria


October 20

Chemnitz, Germany


October 21

Goppingen, Germany

EWS Arena

October 22

Mannheim, Germany


October 23

Zoetermoor, Holland


October 25

Sheffield, England

City Hall

October 26

Bristol, England

Colston Hall

October 27

Birmingham, England


October 29

London, England

Alexandra Palace

October 30

Manchester, England

O2 Apollo

October 31

Glasgow, Scotland

Clyde Auditorium

November 2

Brussels, Belgium

Ancienne Belgique

November 3

Lille, France


November 5

Toulouse, France


November 6

Lyon, France

Halle Tony Garnier

November 8

Paris, France


November 9

Rouen, France


November 10

Rennes, France


November 12

Bremen, Germany

Pier III

November 13

Mulheim An Der Ruhr, Germany

RWE Arena

November 14

Berlin, Germany


November 17

St Petersburg, Russia


November 19

Moscow, Russia

Crocus City Hall Expo, 3rd Pavilion

November 26

Mt Pleasant, Michigan

Soaring Eagle

November 27

Huntington, W Virginia

Keith Albee Theatre

November 29

Verona NY

Turning Stone

November 30

Albany, NY

Palace Theatre

December 2

Atlantic City, NJ

House of Blues

December 3

Bridgeport, CT

The Klein

December 5   

Kingston, ON

K-Rock Centre

December 6

Kitchener, ON

Centre On The Square

December 7   

Oshawa, ON

GM Centre

December 9  

Merrillville, IN

Star Plaza Theatre

December 10

Erie, PA

Warner Theatre

December 12

Cincinnati, OH

Taft Theatre

December 13

Atlanta, GA

Cobb Energy Center

December 14

Orlando, FL

Hard Rock Live

December 15

Hollywood, FL

Hard Rock Live Arena

SOURCE Universal Music Enterprises