Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper has announced a brand new two-disc studio album. It’s called Paranormal and is out on July 28 via a new deal with earMusic.

Paranormal will be Cooper's first new studio release in six years and will include a bonus mini-album with three brand new songs and selected live tracks featuring original Alice Cooper Band members Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, and Michael Bruce. Cooper has once again teamed up with legendary producer Bob Ezrin for this new album, which was recorded in Nashville and it also boasts some maybe surprising guests. U2's Larry Mullen Jr. has played some drums, ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons has contributed guitar, and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover adds some bass.

Cooper says that U2’s Mullen had a rather surprising method of preparing for the collaboration, asking to see the lyrics for the songs he was working on. “He said, ‘I play to the lyrics, I don’t play to the bass,'” Cooper explained. “And I said that is so cool, just the idea that you’re interpreting the lyrics on the drums. It totally makes the album another album.” Bob Ezrin suggested Mullen contribute to the album.

Gibbons plays guitar on a song called “I’ve Fallen in Love and I Can’t Get Up.” “After we cut the record I said, ‘If Billy Gibbons doesn’t play on this, we shouldn’t put this one out,'” Cooper declared. “Because it is just so him. And [when] he got the record, he said, ‘I got the flu, but, man, this song makes me feel better.’ He just killed it.”

Cooper says Paranormal is not a concept album. “It’s not really a scary record … but [instead] paranormal meaning ‘other than normal,'” he says. Cooper will tour all this year, before taking 2018 off-the-road to record another album with Hollywood Vampires, also starring Johnny Depp and Joe Perry. Cooper says that album will be all-original songs.

Paranormal will come in all the usual formats you’d expect these days: a digital download, a two-disc CD Digipak, a double vinyl edition, as well as a special limited edition box set. Artwork is yet to be revealed.