Written by Lisa Torem: Longtime Alice Cooper fans flocked to Nashville 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.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee
They performed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall playing a mini-set on Sunday, May 14. 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 24.
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 Associate's conference. The set was "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 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, Bob Ezrin-produced project, set to come out on July 28 of this year (earMUSIC).