New Alice Cooper Album To Feature Members Of U2 & ZZ Top

May 10, 2017

Alice Cooper's upcoming album Paranormal is expected to drop in July 2017 and will be the rocker's 27th studio album!

Cooper is no stranger to collaborating with his fellow rockers throughout the years (ex: the all-star supergroup, the Hollywood Vampires), and Paranormal is no exception as fans will be treated to cameos by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and U2's Larry Mullen.

While speaking with Eddie Trunk, Cooper revealed that his producer Bob Ezrin Jr. had the idea of recruiting Mullen to play on the drums on the new record. “I said, ‘that’s a great idea, it’ll change things up so much, just on the basic tracks.'”

Cooper explained that Mullen had an interesting approach when readying himself to working with him. “He said, ‘I play to the lyrics, I don’t play to the bass,'” Cooper said. “And I said that is so cool, just the idea that you’re interpreting the lyrics on the drums. It totally makes the album another album.”

But what was it like working with Billy Gibbons on the record? "After we cut the record I said, ‘If BIlly Gibbons doesn’t play on this, we shouldn’t put this one out,'” Cooper said. “Because it is just so him. And [when] he got the record, he said, ‘I got the flu, but, man, this song makes me feel better.’ He just killed it.”

And despite naming the album Paranormal, Cooper says that fans shouldn't be thrown off by the title, saying that it isn't based on a supernatural concept. “It’s not really a scary record … but [instead] paranormal meaning ‘other than normal,'” said Cooper. “This is not a normal Alice record. Bob and I decided, no theme this time, we’re gonna make a record of things that just get us off, things that we like. And it might go in a lot of directions.”

(source: Ultimate Classic Rock)