Alice Cooper Explains Why His New Album Is Inspired Particularly By Detroit

The founder and lead singer of his self-titled band, Alice Cooper posted a new video of himself on Instagram in which he opened up about the source of inspiration that helped him create his upcoming album, ‘Detroit Stories,’ and clarified why the city Detroit has such a significant impact on his music.

Throughout his almost 50-year-old career, Alice Cooper has achieved many successes as a talented singer, songwriter, and actor. He found one of the most iconic bands of all time back in 1964 along with Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

Known for his raspy voice and the legendary stage he and his bandmates perform on stage live, Alice Cooper has been working on his 21st solo album titled ‘Detroit Stories.’ For his 73rd birthday, which was on February 4th, Cooper released his brand new single named ‘Social Debris‘ from his upcoming album which will be released on February 26, 2021.

Recently, Alice Cooper shared a video of himself on his official Instagram account and opened up about the inspiration for his new solo album, ‘Detroit Stories.’ In the video, Cooper stated that Detroit is his hometown but it is also the hard rock capital of the United States. He mentioned that while Los Angeles had The Doors and New York had The Young Rascals, Detroit had The Stooges, the MC5, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, and Ted Nugent, which were all guitar-driven rock and roll bands.

Apparently, Alice wanted to celebrate the legacy of Detroit since he owes a lot to the city where he was born. He stated that he specifically write and record the album there so that it can have the pure essence of Detroit. Cooper also added that he worked only with the musicians from Detroit in his new album, except for Joe Bonamassa, who was his guest in there.

Here is what the caption of Cooper’s video said:

“Alice Cooper – About ‘Detroit Stories’

Patience, Minions. Detroit Stories is coming soon.

Pre-order now at the link in bio.”

Here is what Alice Cooper stated about the reason why he was influenced by the city Detroit:

“Well, I was born in Detroit, and Detroit was the, is the hard rock capital of the United States. Los Angeles had The Doors, and they were kind of a sexy rock and roll sound. San Francisco had The Grateful Dead. New York had The Young Rascals. Detroit had The Stooges, the MC5, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent. We were all hard rock — guitar-driven rock and roll bands.

And, for some reason, that just became the home of hard rock. And it was in the same place as Motown, which was interesting. We had, actually, two musical movements going on at the same time — Motown and hard rock — and they both got along very well together.

So, I said, ‘Let’s do an album that basically celebrates Detroit since I was born there and I owe a lot to Detroit. But let’s not just do that. Let’s go in there and record there, write the album there, only use Detroit players, and make it pure Detroit.’

So that was a bit of a discipline for us because we like to use different players and everything. The only one that wasn’t from Detroit was Joe Bonamassa; he was our guest in there. But everybody else on the album was Detroit rockers.”

You can click here to see the Instagram post and watch the music video of Alice Cooper’s latest single, ‘Social Debris,’ on Youtube below.