Welcome 2 My Nightmare: Alice Cooper Returns with a New Album, New Nightmare

The Long-Awaited Sequel to his 1975 classic out on September 13, 2011

Aug 01, 2011, 09:00 ET from Universal Music Enterprises

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alice Cooper's widely anticipated new album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, will be released September 13, 2011, by Universal Music Enterprises. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum Welcome To My Nightmare album in 1975, the album picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.

The original release is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneering U.S. TV special, and certified Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer whose influence persists today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theatre, television, film and much more.

More than 35 years later, Alice and Ezrin have resurrected the horror and humor for a new generation.

"This is Alice's nightmare 35 years later," explains Alice, "Bob and I created this character and we know how to write for him. I play the part but we're not writing for me, we're writing for Alice. We kept the first Nightmare album very personal to us, on this one we found more humor and we were more open. This was our world and we want to present it to the fans. The original album was my first solo album after all those huge hit records with the original band and now that nightmare is exposed, this one can be a little bit more open. The music crosses all sorts of boundaries; we went where the lyrics took us."

There is an array of collaborators on the new album, including original Alice Cooper members Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith reunited on 3 tracks; global pop superstar Ke$ha, who affectionately calls Alice "dad"; 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.

Musically, the album ranges far and wide, from trashing disco to garage punk, pop balladry to a rocking number, very much in the spirit of the Rolling Stones. And then there's the ballad "Something To Remember Me By," described by Alice as "the prettiest song we have ever released."

Glimpses of themes from the original album are intertwined throughout, each track representing a different aspect of Alice's nightmare.

From the opener, "I Am Made Of You," through the already established live favorite and first single "I'll Bite Your Face Off," to the surprising duet with Ke$ha, "What Baby Wants," this album is a reminder that albums just aren't made this way anymore.

And musicians do not play together like Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith anymore.

"I wanted a '70s feel for 'When Hell Comes Home,' says Alice, "and I didn't even have to ask for it, it's just how they play and they did it live in the studio. When they got done playing the basic track, Bob and I just looked at each other, that sound is built into their DNA. We didn't need to go and fix anything. The way they finished was a little bit ragged, and that's the way we used to finish songs, that's what I like about it."

Co-writers on various songs include the aforementioned Bob Ezrin, Ke$ha, Dunaway, Bruce and Smith, plus Buckcherry's Keith Nelson, Desmond Child (who famously co-wrote and produced "Poison" with Alice), longtime collaborator Dick Wagner, current touring band member Chuck Garric, and film composer Jeremy Rubolino.

"That's my rebellion," says Alice of the more surprising guests, "I like people that don't belong and yet what they're doing works perfectly. I don't care where it comes from, as long as it's right. If you tell me something doesn't work, I'll work my head off until it does then shove it down your throat."

"I think a lot of my audience is going to go 'KE$HA!?', but she probably wrote the most wicked lyrics in the song – we had to rein her in. I like people to know that just because artists are put in a pigeon hole, that doesn't mean that's what they are. Give people a little room."

With Steve Hunter, one of rock's great guitarists, added to the band's lineup of guitarists Damon Johnson and Tommy Henriksen, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel, Alice has been tearing up venues worldwide on his 2011 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" tour.

Alice gave fans an up close and highly personal experience in June with a surprise performance at London's legendary 100 Club, when actor Johnny Depp joined the band on guitar. Alice showcased the powerful band that had blown away the Download Festival crowd the previous weekend.

This year, the original Alice Cooper group was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, and Alice was honored with both the Kerrang! Icon Award in the U.K. and the Revolver Golden God Award in the U.S.


1. I Am Made Of You

2. Caffeine

3. The Nightmare Returns

4. A Runaway Train

5. Last Man On Earth

6. The Congregation

7. I'll Bite Your Face Off

8. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever

9. Ghouls Gone Wild

10. Something To Remember Me By

11. When Hell Comes Home

12. What Baby Wants

13. I Gotta Get Outta Here

14. The Underture

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

August 5

Billings, MT

Alberta Bair Theatre

August 6

Sturgis, SD

Buffalo Chip Campground

August 7

Moorhead, ND

Bluestern Center for the Arts

August 9

Akron, OH

Civic Theatre

August 11

Grand Rapids, MI

Rock The Rapids

August 12

Pittsburgh, PA

Stage AE

August 13


Connecticut Foxwoods

August 15

Morristown, NJ

Mayo Performing Arts Center

August 16

Reading, PA

Sovereign Center

August 17

Columbus, OH

LC Pavilion

August 19

Lewisburg, WV

State Fair

August 20

Englewood, NJ

Performing Arts Center

August 21

Red Bank, NJ

Count Basie Theatre

August 23

Scranton, PA

Cultural Center

August 25


MA Calvin Theatre

August 26

Buffalo, NY

Erie Canal Harbor Park

August 27

Clarkston, MI

DTE Energy Center

September 22

Auckland, New Zealand

Trusts Stadium

September 24

Brisbane, Australia

Soundwave Revolution

September 25

Sydney, Australia

Soundwave Revolution

September 26

Sydney, Australia

Enmore Theatre

September 29

Melbourne, Australia


September 30

Melbourne, Australia

Soundwave Revolution

October 1

Adelaide, Australia

Soundwave Revolution

October 3

Perth, Australia

Soundwave Revolution

October 5

Singapore Marina

Bay Grand Theatre

October 7

Jakarta, Indonesia

Venue TBA

October 12

Rome, Italy


October 13

Padova, Italy

Gran Teatro Rex

October 14

Milan/Bergamo, Italy

Live Club

October 16

Basel, Switzerland

St Jakobshalle

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

SOURCE Universal Music Enterprises