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Alice Cooper, Deep Purple & Edgar Winter hit the road on Saturday
Alice Cooper kicks off his summer triple bill tour this weekend with Deep Purple and Edgar Winter. The trek kicks off on Saturday (August 12th) at Las Vegas' The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan and winds down just over a month later on September 10th at Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center. Alice Cooper is touring behind his just-released 27th album, Paranormal. Paranormal features a two-track reunion with the original Alice Cooper Band -- Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, and Michael Bruce -- along with contributions from U2's Larry Mullen, Jr., Deep Purple's Roger Glover, and ZZ Top's Bill Gibbons. In April, Deep Purple released its latest album, Infinite -- which, like Alice's new set, featured legendary producer Bob Ezrin behind the boards.
Alice told us that this summer's tour is essentially a "win-win-win" situation for the crowd: "Coming up with the tour with Deep Purple; when you get two classic rock bands together, you're gonna get so much music. First of all, Edgar Winter is going to be opening for everything and he just kills it -- he's been on tour for as long as I have, pretty much. And then you get the classic Deep Purple. Every single song is something you've heard on the radio. The guys are super musicians -- super cool guys, also. And a totally different kind of show than we are."
During Deep Purple's 2016 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, drummer Ian Paice spoke candidly about life within the band: "I'm the guy who's been there from the beginning. And when I say I've seen it all, I mean it: The good, the bad, the crazy. You can work together and you can create wonderful things and then you find that you can't deal with each other. And you look back and you wonder how you can be so stupid. Bands are strange creatures, they have a weird soul, a life of their own and they're beyond understanding. But when it works -- it's pretty damn good."
Edgar Winter shed light on how his signature tune and 1973 chart-topper, "Frankenstein" came to be. It seems the band had worked up a piece of untitled music for his live shows that just kept getting longer and longer over the years, and he had no intention of recording it. The band was jamming on it in the studio one day with the tape machines recording, as usually happened, when they decided to see if they could make something from it. Winter told us that the title came as a joke from one of his bandmates when he saw that the tapes were spread out all around the room: "Back in those days, the only way to edit anything was by physically cutting the master tape and putting it back together with splicing tape. Chuck (Ruff), the drummer, said, 'Wow, man! It's like Frankenstein!' -- drawing the analogy of an arm here, and a leg here, and pasting the thing back together. And I said, 'Wow! That's it!' It has that lumbering, monster sound."
Alice Cooper / Deep Purple / The Edgar Winter Band tour dates (subject to change):
August 12 - Las Vegas, NV - Chelsea Theater
August 13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek
August 15 - Phoenix, AZ - AK-Chin Pavilion
August 16 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheatre
August 18 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 19 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 21 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
August 23 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
August 24 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
August 26 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 27 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
August 28 - Holmdel, NJ - P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
August 30 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Pavilion
September 1 - Pittsburgh, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
September 2 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
September 3 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 6 - Chicago, IL - Tinley Park
September 8 - St Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 9 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
September 10 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Recently released is Deep Purple’s latest live DVD and Blu-ray concert collection, called Live In Verona. The summer 2011 show was filmed in the Arena di Verona -- a Roman amphitheater originally built in 30 AD -- and features the band joined by Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt for the performance.
The disc includes such Deep Purple favorites as “Smoke On The Water,” “Lazy,” “Strange Kind Of Woman,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Highway Star,” “Woman From Tokyo,” “Hush,” and “Black Night” -- all performed with the backing of the symphony orchestra.