Michael Schenker Fest Live, Tokyo International Forum Hall A – MICHAEL SCHENKER

If the past tells us anything, it's that some things are strictly of their time and place. One might be tempted to nick a few bars of Michael Schenker's "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" in judgment of his well-intended if staggeringly muffed return to MSG roots. Currently riding a high with his TEMPLE OF ROCK, one can only think comradeship and a pining for past glory days played into this Tokyo, Japan gathering of MSG alumni on August 24, 2016. Now remember, Michael Schenker and MSG released 1982's "One Night at Budokan" when Michael was 23, already staking the career of a lifetime eight years prior. Considered by many as one of the all-time great live albums, lightning assuredly doesn't strike twice as we near that landmark recording's 35th anniversary. Without beating up Schenker and his supporting cast on "Michael Schenker Fest Live, Tokyo International Forum Hall A" too harshly, the spirit is there. So are names from Schenker's past like Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley, Chris Glen, Ted McKenna and Steve Mann. Schenker's trusty Flying V: also there. The rehearsals alone for this 18-song reminiscence were most likely brutal after so long a separation; it's remarkable the group got so much of it together. Nonetheless, "Michael Schenker Fest Live, Tokyo International Forum Hall A" is a disappointment as much of it is the post effects of a train wreck and during Graham Bonnet's appearance, the actual collision itself. Four songs from the set list are pocked from the 1980 "Michael Schenker Group" album, grabbing "Into the Arena", "Cry for the Nations", "Armed and Ready" and "Victim of Illusion", the latter as much a live Schenker staple as "Coast to Coast". "Attack of the Mad Axeman" and "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" appear from the '81 "MSG" album and the delightful instrumental "Captain Nemo" from "Built to Destroy" makes a welcome appearance. Schenker hoists three selections from the Graham Bonnet-led "Assault Attack" album including the title track, "Desert Song" and "Dancer". Another three from MSG's softer-toned era check in with "This Is My Heart", "Love Is Not a Game" and the set's best number, ""Save Yourself". Naturally, the show is capped by a stoic run through UFO classics, "Shoot Shoot", "Rock Bottom" and a gang-tagged encore of "Doctor Doctor". Many fans may be remiss "Lost Horizons" didn't make the cut, but then again, given the overall sluggish performance, seven minutes extra was probably much to ask from a group that hardly plays together anymore. As much as the 5,000-strong Tokyo audience sits in reverence and anticipation during the "Searching For Freedom" intro, by the time the sputtered "Into the Arena" limps into play, it's to their credit they absorb what's given to them. Never say Chris Glen, Ted McKenna and Steve Mann didn't have a blast playing this show. Their constant smiling, their gleeful laughter, Chris Glen's random mugging and smothering bass clouds, it's all endearing and for that, we should be happy. Michael Schenker, sporting a customized denim shirt with patches outlining his career with UFO, SCORPIONS, MSG and TEMPLE OF ROCK, sells the moment to his flock while checking himself down repeatedly. "Attack of the Mad Axeman" is, frankly, too slow, but Schenker shreds only fast enough to rip the scales appropriately. He avoids overshadowing his band, including Gary Barden, who swings through the number amply enough. Barden shines on the bobbing "Victim of Illusion" and guides the Tokyo fans through a firm rendition of "Cry for the Nations". "Armed and Ready", however, is astonishingly flat, as is Schenker's signature SCORPIONS instrumental, "Coast to Coast". The latter flop is hardly his fault, and given the fact Michael Schenker mandatorily plays it at every show he plays, an off night with old friends is merely to be endured. Graham Bonnet, whose name has cropped up lately more than even Michael Schenker's current mike ace, Doogie White, brings the party behind his dick-swinging "Miami Vice" duds. He also brings utter chaos in his own inimitable fashion. Graham Bonnet, whose finest hours were stationed inside his own group, ALCATRAZZ, was never given a chance to perform with Michael Schenker onstage. While Bonnet's vocal style has always been an acquired taste, when hanging in the clean ranges, one understands why he was given so many chances during the 1980s. To be fair, the man is coming upon 70 years, and anyone who gets out there with the sheer balls Bonnet has—well, it's compelling to watch. Even if he makes a mess out of "Assault Attack" and (with McAuley and Barden supporting him) the uber-commercial "Dancer", you can't take your eyes away from Bonnet. He's an unabashed alley cat, hard on the ears, yet so much in control of his domain, particularly on "Desert Song", where he maintains control while the band shanks it instead. The tatted-up Robin McAuley is the saving grace of this whole venture. Still in magnificent vocal form, McAuley's caliber finally sets the band on firm footing, even if it's on MSG's less driving material like "This Is My Heart" and "Love Is Not a Game". When the band tears into "Save Yourself", however, everything clicks like it's 1989 again, even if Chris Glen and Ted McKenna had already left by then. Funny how, after scoring a hit on "Headbangers Ball" with "Gimme Your Love" in 1987, the song refuses to budge from Schenker's vault. From an enthusiasm standpoint, this performance rates a 10. For nostalgic value, give it a 9. The UFO material comes off well, and that's because Robin McAuley is so dynamic and Schenker is so determined to finish this gig on a high, particularly during his jam sequence on "Rock Bottom". With McAuley, Barden and Bonnet wailing like graduating teens sneaking through the late hours of a shackles free pub crawl on "Doctor Doctor". It's a huge, wild moment and exactly what this awkward show needed to end with. We can all agree to cut some slack for this fun intended if bumbled MSG class reunion. The late Cozy Powell might've picked this dragging concert up a few clicks, and though he's a classy stage performer, you have to think Michael Schenker at least wanted Powell on the stool. This so he could fly instead of hang back so as not to dust his old team. Nevertheless, there is a glaring difference between this and the soaring TEMPLE OF ROCK, likewise fortified by elder rock lords, in that case, exhibiting a ton of steam.

METALLICA Kicks Off North American Leg Of ‘WorldWired’ Tour In Baltimore: Video, Photos

METALLICA kicked off the North American leg of its "WorldWired" tour Wednesday night (May 10) at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The band's 18-song setlist included five tracks from METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", which was certified platinum last month by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). METALLICA was joined in Baltimore by Danish/American rock and rollers VOLBEAT and popular California act AVENGED SEVENFOLD. METALLICA's setlist was as follows: 01. Hardwired 02. Atlas, Rise! 03. For Whom the Bell Tolls 04. Fuel 05. The Unforgiven 06. Now That We're Dead 07. Moth Into Flame 08. Wherever I May Roam 09. Halo on Fire 10. Hit The Lights 11. Sad But True 12. One 13. Master Of Puppets 14. Fade to Black 15. Seek & Destroy Encore: 16. Battery 17. Nothing Else Matters 18. Enter Sandman METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that playing two one-off stadium gigs last year — at San Francisco's AT&T Park and Minneapolis's US Bank Stadium — showed the group that they could still draw larger venues in the U.S. as they tour in support of "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct". "It was like, 'Holy fuck, people really still care about this band in ways that you stopped taking for granted literally decades ago,'" he said. "It was very inspiring and kind of eye-opening. "Full stadium runs can sometimes be a little intimidating," he continued. "There's all these things to worry about like, 'You should really try to play maybe only on the weekend,' and, 'Where do you play on Tuesday?' and some of those practicalities can get a little bewildering. We just threw caution to the wind. Doing a stadium run seemed like the perfect thing on the back of how well this record has been received and all the good will that's out there in METALLICA's world right now." The recent gain in "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" sales is owed mostly to a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band's stadium tour that went on sale on February 17. Redemptions of albums included with the purchase of a concert ticket register as a sale in the week the customer redeems/receives the album. The North American leg of the "WorldWired" tour will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August.

Setlist and photos from tonight's show in Baltimore can be seen here https://metallica.com/tour/30520

Posted by Metallica on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MARILYN MANSON Completes Work On ‘Heaven Upside Down’ Album

Marilyn Manson has announced a revised title for his new album, tentatively due later in the year. Although Manson said in a 2016 interview that his follow-up to 2015's "The Pale Emperor" would be called "SAY10", he told Fabulous TV (see video below) at this past Monday's (May 8) premiere of the "King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword" film that his new disc is finished and is named "Heaven Upside Down". Manson in April released several cryptic videos on his Instagram account which were thought at the time to be related to the release of his next album. In November last year, Manson issued a brief teaser video for the track "SAY10" which saw him tear pages from the bible and focus on the bloodied body of a man in a suit — believed to represent then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Manson revealed last September that his new album — which was originally expected in February — would be ""the last thing people would expect after hearing 'The Pale Emperor'." He explained: "Coming from the people who I've played it to, it's a combination of 'Antichrist Superstar' and 'Mechanical Animals' in feeling." Manson added: "It wasn't my intent to go backwards. Everything goes in a full circle and it just becomes, without cannibalizing work from the past, the same thing, which is ultimately you. I'm a little over-anxious to release it, so it was done very quickly, but it's by far the most thematic and over-complicated thing that I've done. In a way, it's deceptively delightful to strangers. It's like the old saying that the devil's greatest secret is that people don't believe he exists." Manson will begin touring again this summer, with a three-week European tour scheduled to kick off on July 20 in Budapest, Hungary.

FEAR FACTORY’s BURTON C. BELL Joins DELAIN On Stage At Whisky A Go Go (Video)

FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell joined Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers DELAIN on stage last night (Tuesday, May 9) at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California to perform the song "Where Is The Blood". Video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Bell appeared on the studio recording of "Where Is The Blood", which was included on DELAIN's third album, 2012's "We Are The Others". DELAIN previously stated about how the Bell collaboration came about : "We met Burton at the Wacken Open Air festival [in 2010] and stayed in touch afterwards. When we were working on [the song] 'Where Is The Blood', we didn't hesitate to contact him for cooperation. He's done such an amazing job on the song turning the song into a most violent duet; his exceptional, raw voice fits perfectly to this song!" FEAR FACTORY was the subject of unfounded breakup rumors last week when the band's former bassist-turned-guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers posted a since-deleted eulogy for FF on his Instagram. He wrote "RIP Fear Factory" and appended that post with the hashtag #GrownAssMenThatCantWorkOutShit. FEAR FACTORY is currently in pre-production for the follow-up to 2015's "Genexus" album, tentatively due in early 2018. DELAIN and HAMMERFALL have joined forces for a co-headline North American tour. This trek marks DELAIN's first run of U.S. dates in support of its new album, "Moonbathers", which was released last August. As previously reported, DELAIN will take part in a very special run of shows in October, dubbed the "Danse Macabre" tour. Joining the band for this exclusive set of dates is longtime friend and collaborator, NIGHTWISH lynchpin Marco Hietala.

GENE SIMMONS To Release ‘On Power’ Book In November

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will release his next book, "On Power", on November 14 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Simmons told "The Ride With JMV" on 107.5/1070 The Fan that the book is about how "everybody can make more money and actually become relatively rich." He explained: "There are certainly enough economists in the world who have broken through the glass ceiling and taken the message out there that we've always assumed that the top should only be the people that are the smartest and the richest and all that stuff, and that the masses — the great unwashed masses — can never attain the heights, and that is patently untrue." Simmons's last book, "Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business", came out in 2014. Although Gene has long portrayed himself as the brains behind KISS, his bandmate Paul Stanley's memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", paints a different picture, with Stanley claiming that Simmons was always more concerned with the Gene Simmons business. According to Keith Spera's review of "Face The Music" in The Times-Picayune, Paul wrote in the book that he, along with his therapist at the time, realized in the 1980s that KISS's financial managers were acting in bad faith. Other managers — not Simmons — encouraged diversification into a wide and lucrative range of merchandising opportunities. "I saw the term 'marketing genius' used in reference to Gene quite frequently . . . [and] it turned my stomach," Stanley wrote of Simmons. "Neither Gene nor I has had an active hand in any significant deals. "He was no marketing genius. He just took credit for things. It was unwarranted, selfish, and hurtful, and there was no way to excuse it. Calculated strategist? Sure. Genius? No." Despite the barbs directed at Simmons, Stanley said in an interview that his longtime bandmate and business partner "had no arguments with" the comments Paul made in "Face The Music". "We've always been very honest with each other," insisted Stanley.

Which Drummer Would LARS ULRICH Choose To Replace Him In METALLICA?

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was interviewed by Justin, Scott and Spiegel of the Baltimore radio station 98 Rock the day before the launch of the North American leg of the band's "WorldWired" tour. You can now watch the chat in three parts below. Asked which drummer he would name as his successor if METALLICA ever had to continue without him and he was given the opportunity to choose his replacement, Lars said: "If I could pick it, if I could hear somebody drum behind [James] Hetfield's riffs, I'd take Phil Rudd [AC/DC]. Just having his kind of vibe, like what he would do… And he's been probably my main, biggest source of inspiration when we did the turnaway from the super-progressive stuff, the crazy stuff after 'Justice', when we got into the 'Black' album and the 'Load' stuff, when it got a little more about the bounce and the riffs and the feel and the groove and all that. Phil Rudd, he's the top of that pyramid. Hearing Phil Rudd play behind James, that'd be pretty cool." Ulrich also talked about a hypothetical scenario where one of the musicians in the current lineup of METALLICA was no longer able to play with the group and his bandmates had to decide whether or not to carry on with a replacement player. Asked if METALLICA could continue without one of its core members, the drummer said: "That's one of those extra-hard questions to answer. I think a lot of it would have to be under what the circumstances were. And what I've learned along the way… I always try to speak my momentary truth, and I've said a lot of shit over the years, and a lot of stuff comes back to haunt me. But I'll always say that, at that moment, whatever I was feeling, it was my truth — it wasn't a party line or whatever. And so, if somebody leaves, it's hard for me to imagine that we would not go, 'You know, we've had a great ride for thirty-five years…' But if somebody encourages the other three guys to continue, or there's an injury… I mean, there's so many arbitrary parts of that, and I can just see the headline on Blabbermouth now: 'Lars Ulrich says METALLICA will…' Whatever. And it's not any of that. But I'm just saying you never know what the circumstances are… It's hard for me to imagine, as I sit here on May-something 2017 to think that METALLICA would continue. But you never know what the circumstances would be. It's a hard question to answer, and I just want you to know that I'm happy that I don't get asked it very much. 'Cause , as you can see, I'm just waffling along here, really. I don't really have an answer. I'm just taking up time on the radio." METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett confirmed in a 2015 interview with an Albany, New York radio station that the band at one point considered firing Ulrich back in 1986. The long-running rumor first gained traction in 2009 when ex-METALLICA guitarist Dave Mustaine revealed it to Rolling Stone, and surfaced again when ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian discussed it while doing press for his 2014 memoir, "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax". Asked about the rumor by Albany station PYX 106, Hammett revealed: "That was just an old thing, you know. I think at one point or another, we were pissed off at Lars, around maybe 1985 or something. We were unhappy and we might have grumbled something to someone. And then that person might have picked up on it and made it something a lot bigger than it actually was. To be completely honest, [Lars] has a lot of drive, and that’s a part of the reason why I love the man. His drive and his motivation is just so intense, you know." METALLICA's "Now That We're Live" live rehearsal special from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore streamed on Facebook Live on Tuesday night (May 9). The webcast featured the band performing four new songs from the "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" album, while also previewing the band's new stage production. The special aired on the eve of METALLICA's first full-length North American tour in seven years, which kicks off Wednesday night (May 10) in Baltimore. The trek will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come from AVENGED SEVENFOLD, VOLBEAT and GOJIRA.

EVANESCENCE Announces ‘Synthesis’ Album, Tour

EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee has finally revealed the details of the unique project which the band has been working on for the past few months. Due this fall, the album, titled "Synthesis", will be called that "because it is a synthesis — the combination, the contrast, the synergy between the organic and the synthetic, and also the past and the present," the singer said in a video message announcing the record. According to Amy, "Synthesis" will be different from all previous EVANESCENCE albums in that it will be "about orchestra and electronica. We're taking our music, stripping out the big distorted guitars, stripping out the rock drums and replacing it with full orchestration in a completely synthetic world of beats and sounds. We've gone through our entire catalog of music and picked out the songs that are made to be heard in this way, and we're sewing them together from the ground up," she explained. Clarifying that "Synthesis" is not a collection nof remixed versions of existing EVANESCENCE songs, Amy said that the album's creation involved rebuilding the material "from the ground up, with different tempos, with different parts, with intros and outros and segues and new pieces, and putting this all together like one big piece of music, like one big classical piece, or sort of like a soundtrack. Actually, in a lot of ways, it sounds a lot like the soundtrack of my life. [Laughs]" In addition to reworked versions of EVANESCENCE songs that fans will already be familiar with, "Synthesis" will contain "two completely new and original compositions as well." Amy added: "We're collaborating on this with the legendary David Campbell, who arranged the strings for all three of our albums. This time he's come to the table with way more — full orchestra, meaning wood winds and brass and strings and harp and jus the whole thing. It's really awesome." In support of "Synthesis", EVANESCENCE will embark on a special tour this fall which will see the band performing with a "full orchestra." "Get ready to put on your fancy clothes and experience EVANESCENCE in a whole new way," Amy said. EVANESCENCE debuted a previously unheard song called "Take Cover" during its North American tour last fall. Lee also released a solo single called "Love Exists" in February, while a second solo song, "Speak To Me", appears on the soundtrack for the forthcoming supernatural thriller "Voice From The Stone", which came out on April 28. The current EVANESCENCE lineup includes Jen Majura, the German guitarist who joined the group in August 2015 as the replacement for Terry Balsamo.
Album announcement: SYNTHESIS

Album announcement: SYNTHESIS

Posted by Evanescence on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MACHINE HEAD Frontman Announces 50th-Birthday Bash

Robb Flynn, frontman of San Francisco Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD, has just announced a special birthday show in his honor. The event is set to take place at the Oakland Metro on July 22, and will feature a plethora of special guests, including the man himself. MACHINE HEAD has released the following statement regarding the event: "Yes ladies and gentlemen, this July our fearless leader Robb Flynn will officially be a Quinquagenarian?! "In LED ZEPPELIN terms, that's halfway up the stairway to heaven! In fact, at 50, he'll spend more time trimming his nose hair than his head hair! "Hell, the best form of birth control for Robb at this is point is nudity! "At 50, he's entered the Stone Age... gall, kidney, and bladder. "He's seen it all, done it all… but can't remember most of it! "That's right, his back goes out more than he does! "Turning 50 means he's so old that 'doing it three times a night' is how many times Robb gets up to pee! "At 50 he's stiff in all the places he doesn't want to be, and needs a pill to get stiff in the places he does! "Christ, his wild oats have just turned to porridge! "Ba Da Bing! "In honor of the inglorious occasion, the youthfully challenged yet chronologically gifted frontman will be celebrating with a concert performance on Saturday, July 22nd at The Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California, [featuring] a cavalcade of D-List rockstars, has-beens, and never-was's, such as Fuckin' Joe Cabral and Robb himself. "The debaucherous, alcohol-drenched event will likely be viewed by future generations as 'the greatest show of all-time' and is sure to make him an official charter member for the 'Old Farts Hall Of Fame'! "He only turns half a century this year. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime event! "Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon California time." MACHINE HEAD's latest track, "Is There Anybody Out There?", cracked the Top 40 on the Active Rock chart in the United States last August. It marked the first time any Nuclear Blast artist has entered what is widely considered to be the "official rock chart" for the United States, and only the the third time the band had charted in the Top 40 in their illustrious career. MACHINE HEAD last year wrapped up the tour cycle for its first Nuclear Blast Entertainment album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds", where the band toured for twenty months and performed a whopping 283 concerts on five different continents around the world. Around 250 of those shows were performed as "An Evening With MACHINE HEAD," with no support bands and performances often lasting two and a half to three hours. Three tours of the United States, three tours of Europe, (including multiple dates in Russia and Greece), shows in Mexico and South America, a completely sold-out run of nine Australian / New Zealand shows, sold-out dates in Japan,and their first-ever plays in Taiwan and Thailand, and all without any festival performances which the band publicly announced they would stop performing at in 2014. "Bloodstone & Diamonds" debuted at No. 21 on The Billboard 200 chart with 19,000 sold its first week.

TESTAMENT And OVERKILL Hockey Jerseys, Hoodies Available Through Custom Sportswear Brand PUCK HCKY

Puck Hcky — the custom hockey apparel brand making big moves in the music world — recently shook things up with the announcement of Snoop Dogg's Snoop X Puck: A Blazin Hot Collection. This month, Puck Hcky is going back to its heavy metal roots by signing on with two forefathers of thrash: TESTAMENT and OVERKILL! The TESTAMENT line, dubbed "Brotherhood Of The Skate", features exclusive jerseys in San Jose colors (the band's favorite NHL team), as well as jerseys in colors from the first original NHL hockey teams. The OVERKILL "In Union We Skate" line features jerseys, hoodies and more! OVERKILL is Puck Hcky's very first East Coast thrash band, so it's only natural that the colors in the line reflect hockey teams from New York and New Jersey. And of course, several merchandise options come in the band's favorite color — green! "We are so thrilled to announce our 'Brotherhood Of The Skate' collaboration with TESTAMENT and our 'In Union We Skate' collaboration with OVERKILL," says Matt Marini, CEO of Puck Hcky. "To add such legendary metal acts to our Puck Hcky roster is seriously a dream come true for us. We have been fans of both bands for decades, and the fact that each of them continue to crank out amazing albums and tours illustrates the staying power of quality thrash metal! Once we found out the guys in both TESTAMENT and OVERKILL were hockey fans, we knew we had to collaborate with them! We think the metal community around the world will love hitting the ice and street in what we have created." Chuck Billy of TESTAMENT says: "TESTAMENT have teamed up with Puck Hcky to produce a collection of hockey jerseys for the fans! Our collaboration with Puck Hcky is cleverly named 'Brotherhood Of The Skate'. Playoffs are in full swing so get your TESTAMENT jersey and represent your team." Bobby Blitz of OVERKILL says: "Metal and hockey, OVERKILL and Puck Hcky — sounds like someone is about to be checked into the boards! OVERKILL proudly announces a new signing, and that would be our 'In Union We Skate' partnership with Puck Hcky, where we will be presenting jerseys, hats and other fine gear fit for the ice and the pit! Metallic hockey street wear. So let's drop the puck and stand 'em up at the blue line... Ooooooooooh, now that's got to hurt!" To order these and other Puck Hcky merchandise designs, visit www.puckhcky.com.

ALICE COOPER’s ‘Paranormal’ Album To Feature Guest Appearances By ZZ TOP’s BILLY GIBBONS, U2’s LARRY MULLEN JR.

Alice Cooper will release his 27th studio album, "Paranormal", in July. The follow-up to 2011's "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" will feature guest appearances by ZZ TOP's Billy Gibbons, three members of the original ALICE COOPER band and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. During an appearance on last Friday's (May 5) episode of the SiriusXM radio show "Trunk Nation", Cooper said producer Bob Ezrin was responsible for getting Mullen Jr. involved in the sessions. "Bob Ezrin and I sat there, and Bob says, 'What do you think about Larry Mullen on drums?' And I went, 'That's a great idea. It'll change things up so much on just the basic tracks.'" Cooper also talked about the U2 drummer's somewhat unusual approach to recording. Alice recalled: "Larry [said], 'I wanna see the lyrics.' I said, 'Really?' He [said], 'Yeah, I play to the lyrics. I don't play to the bass.' And I said, 'That is so cool — just the idea that you're interpreting the lyrics on the drums.' So that totally makes the album another album." Gibbons, meanwhile, plays guitar on a song called "I've Fallen In Love And I Can't Get Up". "After we cut the record, I went, 'If Billy Gibbons doesn't play on this, we shouldn't put this one out,' 'cause, I mean, it is so much him," Alice said. "And he got the record, and he said, 'I've got the flu, but, man, this song makes me feel better.' He just killed it." In addition to performing on "Paranormal", original ALICE COOPER bandmembers Neal Smith (drums), Michael Bruce (guitar) and Dennis Dunaway (bass) were involved in the songwriting for the new record. "I wrote three songs [with them] for the new album. Dennis brought in two songs, Mike brought in a song. There's one song called 'I Wanna Be A Genuine American Girl'. It was gonna be 'I Want A Genuine American Girl', and I went, 'No, no, no. I Wanna Be A Genuine American Girl! It's really a tough song, so it's this guy going, 'I've gotta paint my nails, I've gotta do my hair.' [Laughs]" With reards to the "Paranormal" album title, Cooper said: "I love that title, 'Paranormal', but it's not really a scary record. There's a couple of scary songs on it, but [it is] 'paranormal,' meaning 'other than normal.' This is not a normal Alice record. Bob and I decided, 'No theme this time. We're gonna make a record of things that just get us off, songs that we like. And it might go in a lot of different directions, but these are just songs that get us off." Cooper added that he doesn't have unrealistic expectations for his new album, explaining that he is making records for his longtime fans, full aware that the days of multi-platinum LPs and million-dollar profits are long gone. "Those days are over," he said. "The golden age is over. I have a world of fans out there, all over the world, and it took forty-five years to build that fanbase. So when I make records now, I make 'em for those people. I'm not trying to break a new audience. I am playing an album for an audience that's already there, and I think AEROSMITH is too, and I think anybody that's established is making records for their fanbase."