Watch: Alice Cooper Band Reunite for 5-Song Set

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Cooper, in Nashville Predators jersey, during the evening’s final encore

Three members of the original Alice Cooper band—from the days when Alice Cooper was still the name of the band—reunited with that band’s namesake for a one-off performance in Nashville Sunday night (May 14). Bassist Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce joined Cooper for an incredible four-song “mini-set” as the evening’s first encore at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall.

They then returned with Cooper’s current band to perform the evening’s closing number, a medley of “School’s Out” and a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.”

The Nashville date was the only time during the “Spend the Night with Alice Cooper” tour where the four will meet up. All four were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Glenn Buxton, the band’s original guitarist, died in 1997.

Related: Our interview with Cooper in which he talks about the reunion

Following Cooper’s 16-song set which included such classic rock hits as “Only Women Bleed” and “Welcome to My Nightmare,” Dunaway, Smith and Bruce joined Cooper on stage. Their first two numbers? “I’m Eighteen” and “Billion Dollar Babies.”

Related: Our Album Rewind of Billion Dollar Babies

Next up was “No More Mr. Nice Guy”…

The first encore’s closer was “Muscle of Love”…

When all of the evening’s musicians returned to the stage for the second encore, Cooper had donned a jersey of the hometown’s NHL Nashville Predators. The band combined Cooper’s huge “School’s Out” hit with the cover of the defiant “Another Brick in the Wall.” “It’s party time in Nashville!” yelled Cooper at one point.

Dunaway, Smith and Bruce have also contributed to Cooper’s forthcoming new album due this summer, produced by Bob Ezrin. In a statement, Cooper said, “We’ve recorded much of my last album and my new one in Nashville and it’s such a great music town. With so many musician, songwriter and producer friends here, as well as great rock fans who come to our concerts, it’s special to be performing with Neal, Michael and Dennis in Nashville for them.”

The combined bands following the evening’s final encore

The U.S. tour continues through June 24. (Tickets available here and here.)

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