-- As announced this past week, Alice Cooper will be the special guest opening act on Mötley Crüe's farewell tour, which kicks off with a North American leg that's scheduled to run from early July to late November. Meanwhile, Cooper revealed recently that by the time he hits the road with the glam-metal rockers, his fans should be able to get their hands on his latest studio effort.
"[I've got] a new album coming out in the spring, which is my first covers album," the shock rocker tells ABC News Radio, referring to the previously reported project featuring songs by fellow members of an informal drinking club known as the Hollywood Vampires.
"It's basically all my dead, drunk friends," adds Alice about the record, which is being produced by his frequent collaborator Bob Ezrin. "I'm covering all my friends that I used to drink with that aren't with us anymore."
Cooper gave up alcohol a long time ago, but during the late 1960s and 1970s, he says he used to frequent Los Angeles-area bars with such stars as The Doors' Jim Morrison, The Who's Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.
"That's just four of 'em," he notes. "When you get down to Harry Nilsson and T. Rex['s Marc Bolan], all the other guys that we used to drink with, then you can start picking some pretty good songs for a covers album."
Although Cooper hasn't unveiled a full track list, he revealed last year to Billboard that four covers he's been performing at his recent concerts -- The Doors' "Break On Through (to the Other Side)," The Beatles' "Revolution," Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Foxey Lady" and The Who's "My Generation" -- will be included.
He tells ABC News Radio that although he's finished recording the album, he may consider adding a song to the collection as a tribute to Lou Reed, who died of liver failure at age 72 in October. Cooper points out that he and Reed lived at New York City's infamous Chelsea Hotel at the same time, and they both also worked with Ezrin.
Asked whether the new album will feature some guest performers, Cooper reveals, "It's gonna be all guests. Some of my backing band, but…almost all guests, and a really, really great bunch of guests…I'm really excited about this album."
Meanwhile, prior to hitting the road in North America with Mötley Crüe, Cooper will be playing a bunch of dates in Europe. On March 9, he'll headline the month-long Rock Meets Classic Tour, which makes stops in 17 German cities, as well as venues in Switzerland, Austria and France. Alice also will play a handful of European shows in late May and early June, including a June 4 appearance with Aerosmith in Norway and a June 5 set at the Sweden Rock Festival. Visit AliceCooper.com to check out his full itinerary.
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