Things have been relatively quiet for Alice in Britain recently but he has been busy in the States with a 90-date 2016 tour. There is also a new album due in 2017, which may feature songs written with original members of the Alice Cooper band, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce. This follows the release of the limited edition live version of I'm Eighteen/ Is It My Body, recorded in Dallas in 2015 by Vince, Dennis, Neal and Michael who had reunited to record at the Good Records store.
Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville and garage rock. In 2012 he toured Britain with his Halloween Night of Fear show. He continues to tour the world and also hosts his syndicated radio show which is heard on Planet Rock in the UK.
Fear: Poster for Alice Cooper's 2012 Halloween Night of Fear show
For the forthcoming UK tour, Alice is bringing two bands with him that reflect his outrageous theatricality and the darker gothic rock that he influenced.
"I remember during the summer of 1972 being at scout camp and hearing this new song on the radio that absolutely mesmerised me,'' Wayne recalls. ''It was School's Out by Alice Cooper. I loved it – and still do. Fast forward to 1987 and our first headline spot on the Friday night at Reading Festival. Headlining the Sunday was Alice Cooper. And now we've been invited by Alice to join him on his UK tour next November."
Art school: The Tubes (pic: Janice Kang)
The Tubes come from the same art school, shock-rock background as Alice Cooper and, originally, the same city (and actually the same schools), being formed by Phoenix, Arizona, natives.
They made their name in psychedelic San Francisco, honing their satirical act, concept albums and ambitious stage shows that showed a preference for self-made props and costumes. Frontman Fee Waybill's characters caused outrage in the UK, as did their bondage gear. In 1977 their show was banned in many British cities but the music cut through with the seminal White Punks On Dope defining their sound.