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On September 26, Chad Tyson of the 98.7 The Gater radio station in West Palm Beach, Florida conducted an interview with legendary rocker Alice Cooper. You can now listen to the chat below.

Cooper has just completed work on 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 spring 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 told RollingStone.com earlier in the year. “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 said about the upcoming CD: “We do a thing in our show, which is a tribute to Hollywood Vampires, my drinking club. 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.'”

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.”

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Last week, Pat Lynch and Taco Bob of the morning show on the Orlando, Florida radio station WJRR conducted an interview with legendary rocker Alice Cooper. Cooper talked about how he hashed things out on stage with Marilyn Manson and how he helped keep Dave Mustaine from going over the edge. You can now listen to the chat in two parts below.

Cooper recently claimed that labeling MUMFORD AND SONS a rock back would be an “offense to rock ‘n’ roll.” According to The Pulse Of radio, the singer explained that modern musicians were “afraid to be in a rock band” and said that the current generation needs to “quit eating vegetarian food” and “eat a steak” instead.

Cooper added, “Rock ‘n’ roll is not about ‘Happy happy happy, everything’s okay. We’re THE LUMINEERS, let’s clog dance.’ Hey, there’s a place for that. If I wanted to see a great clog dancing band, I’d see THE LUMINEERS.”

Cooper also revealed that although MUMFORD AND SONS are great at what they do, they are not rock ‘n’ roll. He said, “I get they want to be folk rock, and I guess they want to look like everybody else. I’m old school when it comes to if you’re in a band, you’re an outlaw. You don’t play by those rules, you’re a rock ‘n’ roll outlaw. It doesn’t mean you have to be on drugs, but when you get onstage you don’t play the guitar up here, and it’s not an acoustic guitar. You play the guitar down here. It doesn’t come from your brain, it comes from your guts. It comes from your groin. It’s sexual. It’s tribal.”

He added, “Finally, I just went ‘Okay — you guys don’t want to be rock bands, great. That’s better for us.’ There’s more for FOO FIGHTERS, there’s more for GREEN DAY, more for the bands that really are rock bands. I don’t understand why everybody is so afraid to be in a rock band.”

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Legendary rocker Alice Cooper recently spoke to Highway 81 Revisited about how he plans the setlist and the look for each tour.

“It’s so funny because it’s almost the hardest thing when you’re trying to please all the fans is trying to do something that everyone wants,” he said. “Of course we’re going to do all the hits, but then I get e-mails going, ‘How come you didn’t do this?’ and, ‘How come you didn’t do that?’ Everybody has their own favorite songs for their deeper cuts. So we’re going to do 28 songs. That’s one of the hardest parts of doing a show: What songs are we gonna put in? Once you get them in there, the easy part for me is staging it.”

He continued: “This show that you’re going to see this time is totally different from the show that you saw last time. That’s kind of the fun part for me, putting the new show together, and let’s see what we’re going to do this time to surprise the audience.

“I think one of the most important parts of this show is that the band is so good. The band is the best band I’ve ever had. The reviews every time are ‘this band is unbelievable.’ Orianthi on guitar, Ryan Roxie on guitar, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, Glen Sobel on drums, Chuck Garric on bass and me. And then, of course, extras. But this band gets great reviews every single night. It’s easy for me when I get a band that just takes my songs and really rips ’em.”

Asked what he wants people to say when they walk out of the venue, Alice said: “I think they come in with the pre-thinking of, ‘Well, this a legendary, mythical character,’ and ‘He must be 65, so this must be Alice walking through this and kinda doing his hits and talking to us.’ They get just the opposite. We do all the hits, but it’s the highest-energy show they’re gonna see all year. And Alice is more of a villain now than he’s ever been. He’s more pronounced than he’s ever been. Then they’re wondering, ‘How did I get confetti in my hair? Why do I have stage blood on me? Look, I caught a necklace, I caught a cane, I caught a riding crop.’ Everyone goes home with souvenirs that get thrown from the stage to the audience. So it’s a huge party. When they walk away, they go, ‘That was the most fun show I’ve seen all year.'”

Read the entire interview at Highway 81 Revisited.

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Danish rock singer Maryann Cotton (born Jackie Patino), the son of KING DIAMOND bassist Hal Patino, has announced via his Facebook page that legendary rocker Alice Cooper “has written material” for Cotton‘s sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2014. Alice‘s involvement will be featured on three songs, along with his former collaborator Dick Wagner.

“My meeting with Alice Cooper in Germany went so well,” says Maryann. “He was such a nice guy and I can’t wait to go in the studio and record the songs they have written. It takes me back to my childhood when I listen to the tracks by Dick Wagner and Alice Cooper.

“Thank you so much for a great time together and for all your help and support, I really appreciate it!

“My biggest inspiration and hero of all time, Alice Cooper!”

Wagner is producing the new Maryann Cotton CD, which will be “a full concept album,” with “the most terrifying horror story ever,” according to a press release. Also set to make a guest appearance on the effort is KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque.

La Rocque previously played on Cotton‘s debut CD, last year’s “Free Falling Angels”, on the tracks “Crazy”, “Night Train To Paris”, “Miss Misery”, “Shock Me” and “Maryann”.

Maryann Cotton debuted his new band on September 14, 2012 at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Free Falling Angels” was released on June 15, 2012 via Pure Steel Records. The CD featured guest appearances by four musicians who performed on KING DIAMOND‘s 1990 album, “The Eye”Hal Patino, guitarists Andy La Rocque and Pete Blakk, and drummer Snowy Shaw.

Maryann Cotton‘s career was launched in 2006 when he performed live on Danish TV as part of the “Scenen Er Din” program (Danish version of “Star Search”).

Photo above courtesy of Maryann Cotton‘s Facebook page.

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Fuse News recently spoke to legendary rocker Alice Cooper.

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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.

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Legendary rocker Alice Cooper was recently interviewed on the CBC radio show “The Bridge”.

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Legendary rocker Alice Cooper has told The Oakland Press that he is working on 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.

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London, U.K.-based rockers NEONFLY will be the main support act in Germany for legendary rocker ALICE COOPER as part of his “Raise the Dead” 2013 tour.

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Jacky BamBam of Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR radio station recently conducted an interview with legendary rocker Alice Cooper.

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