Legendary rocker Alice Cooper has told Billboard.com that he is “three-quarters of the way through” a covers album featuring songs that were originally written and recorded by THE DOORS, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and THE WHO, members of the so-called “Hollywood vampires” of the early and mid-’70s. A 2014 release is expected.
“We’re really happy, all of us, everyone involved in the covers because it’s pretty much what we wanted to do,” Cooper said. “We specified a certain time period and said, ‘Let’s stay within that. Let’s not move it around too much.’ We don’t want to be doing cover songs from the 80s and 90s when the Hollywood vampires kind of thing was more ’73, ’74, ’75.”
Back in March, Cooper told RollingStone.com about the upcoming CD: “We do a thing in our show, which is a tribute to Hollywood Vampires, my drinking club,” Cooper explained. “And it was Keith Moon, John Lennon,Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz — a very eclectic bunch of drunks. Half of them are dead, so we do four songs in the show in tribute to them. We do‘Break On Through’, ‘Revolution’, ‘My Generation’ and Jimi Hendrix‘s‘Foxey Lady’. I just kind of said, ‘We’ve never done a covers album, let’s think about that.’ So [producer Bob] Ezrin and I are kind of bouncing it around right now.”
Asked what some of the wish-list songs are, Cooper said: “I would keep it right to about ’73, ’74. I don’t want to just go anywhere. I want to keep it right in that sort of drunk era, so it’s specific. I would say ‘Break On Through’, that’s a really good rock track there. The other ones, think of it — Harry Nilsson, there’s a lot of good stuff there that could be rocked out. I think of songs as being clay. Take a song like ‘Jump Into the Fire’and take that to a harder level, and that’ll work.”
Alice‘s latest album, 2011’s “Welcome 2 My Nightmare”, sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart.