Alice Cooper was making his manner throughout Germany final week, headlining a tour that additionally featured Cheap Trick, when he discovered that the nation was prohibiting gatherings of greater than 1,000 folks on account of coronavirus worries. The tour was canceled, and he and his crew instantly needed to navigate their manner again residence, after the U.S. reduce off journey to and from Europe. Everyone ultimately flew to the States. Cooper postponed his upcoming North American dates, and now he’s shifting his consideration to the issues he can do at residence.
“While our management is working to reschedule the postponed shows, I’m going to finish work on my next album, which is nearly done,” he tells Rolling Stone through e-mail. “At least now I won’t be squeezing in vocal recording sessions on days off, between shows. I don’t like a lot of time off, as anyone who sees my schedule already knows, but a little extra time at home can be re-energizing.”
Cooper says he hasn’t actually turned a lot to different folks’s music to assist him recharge — “I rarely listen to music at home,” he says — however he does take pleasure in listening to Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM when he’s driving, and it’s the type of soundtrack that makes him comfortable. “They play a great mix of young retro bands — the Strypes, Bayonets, etc. — and deep cuts from classic bands I play on my radio show, Nights With Alice Cooper, like the Yardbirds, Love, Paul Butterfield, Procol Harum, etc.”
Although he’s greatest recognized for doom and gloom onstage (he nonetheless travels with a guillotine and dons a straightjacket throughout his reveals), Cooper says hope is holding him going. Since everybody all over the world goes via the identical factor proper now, he says we’ll be stronger as a result of of it. “We’re all in this together,” he says. “Whether you’re entertainer or fan, rich or poor, male or female, old or young. And we’ll get through this together. And when we do, we’ll be back on the road, doing what we love to do.”
He additionally hopes individuals are in a position to assist artists who’re much less lucky than him. “My band has been around a long time and are lucky enough to have the resources to survive through this,” he says, “but maybe fans should buy some merch or music from younger newer bands that can’t tour right now and don’t have the reserves that we have.”