TAMPA – Alice Cooper is currently on tour with special guest Ace Frehley. The tour will bring the couple to the Tampa Bay area for a show on Monday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US 301 N., Tampa.
Tickets start at $ 20. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com.
Alice Cooper celebrates the release of “Detroit Stories”, her new album. Released on February 26 by earMUSIC, “Detroit Stories” is the musician’s 28th studio album. Produced by Bob Ezrin, the album is named after the town that launched the original band Alice Cooper on the road to success. It follows last year’s EP “Breadcrumbs” as a modern-day tribute to the toughest and craziest rock and roll scene that has ever existed, according to a press release from Grandstand Media.
In 1970, Ezrin was still a young producer when he moved to a farm on the outskirts of Detroit to work with the band Alice Cooper. Abandoning the flower power of Los Angeles, Alice had brought her decidedly darker gang back to her birthplace to the legendary rock scene that gave birth to hard rock, garage rock, soul, funk, punk… and more. Ezrin drilled into the band for 10 hours a day to define their sound signature.
“Detroit was the center of heavy rock then,” Alice said in a press release. “You would play Eastown and it would be Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, the Stooges and The Who, for $ 4. The following weekend at the Grande it was MC5, Brownsville Station and Fleetwood Mac, or Savoy Brown or the Small Faces.
Los Angeles had its sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield. San Francisco had the Grateful Dead plane and Jefferson. New York has seen the rise of The Rascals and The Velvet Underground.
“But Detroit was the birthplace of angry hard rock,” Alice explained. “After not fitting in anywhere in the United States – musically or in terms of image – Detroit was the only place that recognized the hard rock sound of Alice Cooper and our crazy show. Detroit was a haven for outcasts. And when they found out I was born in East Detroit… we were home.
Half a century later, Ezrin and Alice reunited, bringing legendary Detroit musicians together in a Detroit studio to record “Detroit Stories.”
Frehley, a musical maverick and iconoclast adored by millions of fans around the world, is a founding member and lead guitarist of KISS, one of the best hard rock bands in the world. Frehley formally separated from KISS in 2002, when he left his second term with the band.
He enjoyed a successful solo career, with his 1978 solo album and post KISS work including “Anomaly” from 2009 and “Space Invader” from 2014. Frehley continues to be the best-selling member of the original group. In 2016, Frehley released “Origins, Vol. 1,” which features guest appearances by Slash, Lita Ford, Mike McCready, John 5 and Paul Stanley.
In 2016, Frehley released “Spaceman”, his next musical journey. “Spaceman” might be the closest link to his widely acclaimed 1978 solo record, both in spirit and performance. First, Frehley played all guitar parts on “Spaceman”, as well as bass on all but two songs. Longtime drummer Anton Fig, whose friendship with Frehley began on this 1978 record, also appears on “Off My Back” and “Pursuit of Rock and Roll”. Longtime collaborators Scot Coogan and Matt Starr play drums on “Spaceman”.