Alice Cooper will drop the first single from his upcoming Bob Ezrin produced Detroit Stories album today (November 13th). The lead single is cover of Lou Reed’s 1970 Velvet Underground classic, “Rock N’ Roll” — which tips its hat to Motor City’s Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels’ 1971 cover. Guitar ace Joe Bonamassa plays on the new single.

Cooper explained to Rolling Stone why he decided to pay homage to Detroit this time around, “After not fitting in anywhere in the U.S. (musically or image-wise) Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar-driven, hard rock sound and our crazy stage show. Detroit was a haven for the outcasts. And when they found out I was born in East Detroit. . . we were home.”

Detroit Stories will be released on February 26th, featuring contributions from MC5’s Wayne Kramer, the Detroit Wheels’ Johnny “Bee” Badanjek, and the Motor City Horns — best known for their work with Bob Seger.

SIDE NOTES

  • Alice Cooper’s Detroit Stories is now available for preorder and will be released in various formats “including CD, CD and DVD digipak, a CD box — with CD, Blu-ray, T-shirt, face mask, torchlight, and three stickers — and a double-LP vinyl set.”
  • Included on the DVD/Blu-ray edition will be the 2018 Alice Cooper’s concert film, A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris, which has only been available on CD.

CHECK IT OUT: Alice Cooper’s 1977 Bob Ezrin-produced Top 10 hit, “You And Me”: