Listen: Alice Cooper’s ‘Paranormal’ Album

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On June 2, he released the album cover artwork for his upcoming Paranormal album. On June 9, Alice Cooper has unleashed the guitar-driven “Paranoiac Personality,” the first single. On June 14, Cooper announced that he’ll be touring this fall with the original members of the Alice Cooper band.

Paranormal will be released July 28 by earMUSIC as a 2-CD Digipak, a 2-CD with tshirt box set, 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, and in digital formats.

On July 25, earMUSIC released a nearly 12-minute preview of the entire album. Listen to it below…

As previously announced, Paranormal features two songs written and recorded with the original members of the Alice Cooper band and also has guest appearances by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Roger Glover of Deep Purple.

Listen to what’s called “the official Paranormal pre-listening”

The album was recorded in Nashville with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin. From today’s announcement, “In keeping with his passion for the unexpected, the singer decided to steer clear of writing another concept album like 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare, and focused on creating an explosive collection of unforgettable standalone songs.”

“Bob Ezrin and I wanted to break the mold,” says Cooper. “I said, let’s get 20 different ideas from 20 different places, put our spin on them, and go with whatever turns out the best.”

Listen to “Paranoiac Personality”

The biggest surprise on Paranormal is the historic two-song mini-reunion with his former bandmates, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith.

Watch Cooper’s interview about the album

“When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood,” says Cooper.  “There were no lawsuits–we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five Platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for 10 years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow.”

“But last year Neal called me up and said, ‘I have a couple of songs.’ I said great, bring ’em over. Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, I got a couple songs. So, I thought, hey let’s do this! When you listen to record, it just fits right in.”

Related: Our interview with Cooper

The album also includes a bonus of six live tracks recorded at one of Cooper’s 2016 shows in Columbus, OH.

Watch the official lyric video for “Paranormal”

Paranormal Track Listing

1. Paranormal
2. Dead Flies
3. Fireball
4. Paranoiac Personality
5. Fallen In Love
6. Dynamite Road
7. Private Public Breakdown
8. Holy Water
9. Rats
10. The Sound of A

New studio recordings with the original Alice Cooper band
11. Genuine American Girl
12. You And All Of Your Friends

Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6, 2016, with the current Alice Cooper band
13. No More Mr. Nice Guy
14. Under My Wheels
15. Billion Dollar Babies
16. Feed My Frankenstein
17. Only Women Bleed
18. School’s Out


Cooper is on a world tour throughout 2017. He has European dates through August 6 and also tours South America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe this fall. Tickets for North American dates are available here and here.

North American Tour With Deep Purple and the Edgar Winter Band:

Aug 12 – Chelsea Theater at The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV
Aug 13 – The Greek – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 15 – AK Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
Aug 16 – Isletta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
Aug 18 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
Aug 19 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
Aug 21 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
Aug 23 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
Aug 24 – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
Aug 26 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, NY
Aug 27 – Xfinity Center – Boston, MA
Aug 28 – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Aug 30 – Klipsch Amphitheater – Indianapolis, IN
Sept 01 – KeyBank Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 02 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
Sept 03 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
Sept 06 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Sept 08 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Sept 09 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
Sept 10 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH

Alice Cooper 2017 U.K. Tour (with original Alice Cooper band)

Nov 11 – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Nov 12 – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro
Nov 14 – Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena
Nov 15 – Manchester – Manchester Arena
Nov 16 – London – The SSE Arena, Wembley

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  1. The wizard
    #1 The wizard 14 June, 2017, 00:50

    Seems we never get anyone to rock the house at the Palace Theatre, Albany, New York anymore. Back in the 70’s-80’s, and the 90’s, we had some serious rock n rollers tear the roof off the Palace. We always had a show to go to. Now it seems like the Palace is off the rock radar. And that’s just a sad thing. Some groups show up at The Times Union Center in Albany, but the acoustics, far as I’m concerned, can’t compare to the mighty Palace Theatre. Smaller, yes, but definitely the place to rock out. Love to see some of the greats (too many to name) come back to Albany’s greatest venue. And believe me, we saw and rocked with the BEST in the Palace!!
    Johnny, Buck, Toy, Tyler, Alice, Gene, we’ll never forget ya!!! Most definitely,
    Tommy Messore

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